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April 20, 2023 - Comments Off on Announcing the 2023 Finalists

Announcing the 2023 Finalists

The Institute for Art and Olfaction celebrates the finalists of the 9th Art and Olfaction Awards. The finalists were shared at a special announcement at Esxence in Milan. Read more

May 11, 2022 - Comments Off on Announcing the 2022 Finalists

Announcing the 2022 Finalists

We are absolutely thrilled to introduce the finalists for the 8th Art and Olfaction Awards in the artisan category, the independent category, and for the Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent. These finalists represent the top scoring submissions as judged by our panel of preliminary judges, over the course of several months. You can meet the judges and review the judging process here.

Watch the announcement below, or visit our finalist list here.

March 8, 2022 - Comments Off on 2022 FINALISTS: TO BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 22


We are thrilled to share that we will announce the finalists for the 2022 Art and Olfaction Awards in an in-person event in Los Angeles, to be streamed online via Zoom on April 22, 2022. Please join us to celebrate independent perfumery as a whole -- and the finalists in particular -- in this global celebration of independent practices with scent.

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July 9, 2020 - Comments Off on Scent Week Lives Again

Scent Week Lives Again

Back in February of 2020 we were gathering steam for Los Angeles' first festival for scent. With the Experimental Scent Summit, the Biennial Scent Fair, workshops, scent walks, and even a scent rave, the week was actually going to be 9 days. It was all meant to take place in May of 2020, and would have culminated with the 7th annual Art and Olfaction Awards.

It was going to be so much fun. But, then, we all know what happened. COVID-19 hit the world, and, urgently, we canceled... everything.

Now, in our new world of digitized gatherings, we are very excited to share that Scent Week lives on.

We've rethought programming, and are pleased to bring a series of events designed for the internet. Over 5 days (possibly more, let's see where this takes us!) we will join with our friends around the world to share new practices, explore emergent online technologies, and much more.

And, as before, Scent Week will be built around the 7th annual annual Art and Olfaction Awards on September 17th.

There's much more to come, but please keep an eye on the developments of Scent Week here.



March 11, 2020 - Comments Off on Coronavirus and the Art + Olfaction Awards

Coronavirus and the Art + Olfaction Awards

UPDATED: As the situation has drastically worsened, we have canceled the May iteration of Scent Week and the Art and Olfaction Awards. We will present both, in September 2020.


Dear friends in the perfume community,

We are sincerely committed to our community. For this reason, all of us at the Institute for Art and Olfaction are - like everyone else we know - anxiously watching the Coronavirus / COVID-19 situation unfold.

While we cannot predict the future, or add any new information to the chorus of anxiety, we can pledge to act responsibly.

As of this writing, we have not planned to cancel the Art and Olfaction Awards. Nor have we planned to cancel any of the programs we are organizing for Scent Week.

Given the unfolding situation in Milan, our friends at Esxence have had to postpone their event to February 2021. As such, we have had to rethink how we will share the news about the finalists. We are working on this, and we will let everyone know our finalist announcement date and venue, soon.

With respect to the Awards and Scent Week activities in May, we are working with a number of partners to keep an eye on the situation, and honoring our partner venues' policies. We will, ultimately, comply with any recommendations put forth by LA County Department of Public Health. This might mean that we will need to go virtual for some of the events, and possibly cancel others.

We are keeping an eye - like everybody else.

As of right now, however, we're planning for the best case scenario, which is that this outbreak will be contained, and that we'll get to see everyone in person in May, in LA.

We look forward to getting through this unprecedented and truly surreal outbreak, together. As Douglas Adams puts it in Mostly Harmless: "We live in strange times. We also live in strange places, each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universe are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own."

Let's never stop intersecting.

Saskia Wilson-Brown

The Art and Olfaction Awards
The Institute for Art and Olfaction


May 3, 2019 - Comments Off on A TINY MANIFESTO


This is the speech given by Saskia Wilson-Brown at the beginning of the 6th annual Art and Olfaction Awards Ceremony. These ideas were triggered by conversations with friends in all fields, including Mandy Aftel.

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November 5, 2018 - Comments Off on Awards Date + Venue

Awards Date + Venue

Continuing our tradition of partnering with unique, historic, and culturally important venues, we're pleased to announce that the 6th annual Art and Olfaction Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday May 2, 2019, at Oude Kerk, in Amsterdam.


About Oude Kerk

Right in the heart of De Wallen - Amsterdam's red light district - The Oude Kerk is the first church ever built in Amsterdam and the oldest building in the city. And we say old, we mean old: It was founded circa 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint.

As a contemporary art institute housed in a historical monument, the Oude Kerk examines its past, current and future meanings and its dynamic environment as both a participant in and representative of the development of our society. In the Oude Kerk artists and historians collaborate on high-profile and influential presentations; contemporary art and heritage go hand in hand.

+ Learn more about Oude Kerk