The GRASSIMESSE is an international forum and trade fair for applied arts and industrial design in all areas. The GRASSIMESSE, both forum and sales fair, reflects the variety and world of ideas within contemporary creative design, while promoting the development and awareness of design quality. The organizer is the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts Leipzig.

Terms of participation

Application: The call for tenders is international and open to artisans and designers in all fields. A jury of experts will select participants. Both individuals and groups (with a maximum of six people) can apply. In the event of group applications, the jury will decide on the individual submitted works.

You can apply online. Please register via and follow the instructions. The requested documents are a short CV, a short introduction of the artistic work and up to five images of the artistic works. The images should be photographs (preferably professional) of the products and should represent the work intended for exhibition at the fair. The work should not be more than two years old and must be available for sale. Only printable digital images will be accepted. Please provide all the requested information in the upload area.

After confirmation of participation, the application documents and the images can be used by the organizer for advertising purposes in advance of the fair. Accordingly,
text and image rights must be free of third party rights. Image material is transferred for documentation purposes to the property of the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts. The Grassimesse thus receives a royalty-free, temporally and geographically unlimited, non-exclusive right to store, use, reproduce, distribute and make publicly available in modified or unchanged form on the Internet and via other media with naming of the author.

Costs: Participants will bear the costs for the trip, delivery and removal of objects, insurance, accommodation, and catering. After receiving the confirmation of participation, individual exhibitors are obligated to pay a participation fee of 300 € while groups must pay a fee of 500 € (all booths, however, are the same size). The fee includes a flat rate for the booth space, a share in the advertising costs, and a contribution to the website. The terms of participation are recognised with the written confirmation of participation; after this point, withdrawal is no longer possible.

Booth design: Within the framework of the GRASSIMESSE, the organizer offers the exhibitor the following services: an exhibition space (6–8 square meters) allocated
by the organizer, mandatory labelling for the booths, a basic supply of electricity and light, as well as seating accommodations. Depending on their availability, the organizer will provide show cases, pedestals ad other presentation elements. Attachments of objects of all kinds on the ceiling, walls and partition walls must be discussed with the organizer. The organizer places value on a uniform aesthetic appearance of the GRASSIMESSE. The participants or representatives of the firms or groups must be personally present at their booth.

Liability/security: As the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts is the organizer and host of the fair, visitor rules will apply for the duration of GRASSIMESSE. Perpetrating parties or persons are liable for damage to the building, inventory, and presentation tools provided by the museum. The exhibitor is responsible for the security of the booth. The organizer will not accept liability for the exhibiting booths, nor for material or personal damage due to negligence on behalf of exhibitors or their employees. An alarm system monitors the exhibition space after-hours.

Selection for participation/award of prizes

Jury: The museum organizes a jury of experts to be headed by the Director of the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts. The panel works on a voluntary basis and is able to carry out decisions even if last minute the jury should be incomplete. The jury convenes at the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts. Current jury at

Awards: On the occasion of GRASSIMESSE, the following awards will be granted:

  • Grassi Award of the Carl and Anneliese Goerdeler-Foundation   3,000 €
  • smow-Design Award                                                                                 2,500 €
  • Grassi Award of Sparkasse Leipzig                                                       2,000 €
  • Jan-Willems-Award                                                                                    1,000 €
  • Apolline Award                                                                                            1,000 €
  • Grassi Award of the Circle of Friends                                                    1,000 €

The jury will select the winners among the exhibitors at the GRASSIMESSE on Thursday morning. Awards will only be granted to sellable objects or object groups no more than two years old and owned by the artist or the manufacturing firm. During the trade fair, exhibitors are entitled to offer older objects for sale.

The closing date for applications is 15th May 2024. The jury’s decision on participation or non participation will be announced by the end of June.

Schedule (subject to modifications):
23th October 2023 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. assembly the fair stands
24th October 2023 7 p.m. awards ceremony and fair operation to 9.30 p.m.
25th October 2023 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. fair operation
26st October 2023 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. fair operation
27nd October 2023 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. fair operation
dismantling of the fair booths starting 6 p.m.

Exhibition venue
GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts
Johannisplatz 5 – 11 | 04103 Leipzig | Germany
Phone + 49 341 2229 100 | Fax + 49 341 2229 200 |

Sabine Epple Phone + 49 341 2229 106 |
Thyra - Constanza Guenther-Lübbers Phone + 49 341 2229 240 |
This information and the links for online application are available at