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ART. 1 – Goals
ART. 2 – Techniques
ART. 3 – Jury
ART. 4 – Prizes
ART. 5 – Conditions of participation
ART. 6 – Selection Process
ART. 7 – Responsibilities
ART. 8 – Agreement

The Cultural Association MoCA(Modern Contemporary Art) organizes the 15th Edition of Arte Laguna Prize, international Prize aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art.
The Prize is organized with the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory and the Sea, the Veneto Region, the Municipality of Venice, the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the European Institute of Design; it obtained a medal from the President of the Italian Republic and recognition by important members of the Advisory Council.
The contest features visibility in the web portal Artelaguna.world, collaborations with international Art Galleries and Companies, Art Residencies, participation in Festivals and Exhibitions, critical texts, Cash Prizes and participation in the collective exhibition at the Arsenale Nord in Venice, Italy.

The Prize is open to all Artists and Designers, with no restrictions of age, gender, nationality or any other qualifications. Each artist can participate by submitting a portfolio of works. Artworks may have been previously exhibited. The theme is free. Below are the techniques admitted to the competition and the maximum dimensions to be respected:
works made with technical and stylistic freedom (oil, tempera, acrylic, ink, vinyl, watercolor, graphite, pencil, collage, aquatint, etching and prints of different kind, etc.) on any support (canvas, paper, wood, plastics, iron, etc.). The maximum size allowed is 175 cm per side.
Sculpture and Installation
works created with any organic or inorganic material,which may include sounds, lights, videos and mechanical or electrical movements. The maximum size allowed is: base 4 meters, depth 4 meters, height 8 meters and there is no weight limit. The exhibition space does not have dark spaces.
Photographic Art
photographs or series of photographs on analog or digital support, color or black and white photographs. The maximum size allowed is 175 cm per side.
Video Art and Short films
videos, films, video installations, slow motion, time-lapse photography or works made with animation techniques on any digital or analog support, cinematographic, promotional, or graphic computer short films. Maximum duration: 15 minutes. The video file must be uploaded online and not exceed 500 mb..
performances made by one or more artists, using any technique, expressive form and support materials provided by the artist. Finalist artists will perform live during the opening night or during the following days, in a version which does not exceed 10 minutes.
Digital Art
works entirely created by using the computer or digital applications and devices: installations or performances in which the use of digital media plays a key role in the creative process and content; net art, software, interactive devices, videogames, augmented reality and virtual art projects, rapid prototyping, etc. Works featuring an installation will have to be adaptable to the exhibition space available.
Digital Graphics and Cartoon
images and works generated or edited using a computer, tablet, smarthphone, or applications including works of digital painting, gifs and photographs, where the technological intervention is predominant. Works of digital painting, cartoon and comics, gifs and photographs where manipulation is predominant are included. Finalist works will be set up on a monitor or printed on a two-dimensional support with a maximum size 175 cm per side.
Environmental / Land Art
works or projects of environmental and land art in which the artistic intervention interacts with the environment it has been created for. There is no restrictions on the choice of the specific environment. The submitted works and projects submitted relate to nature and its features and more in general to the environment or the landscape in which they are placed. The finalist works will be exhibited with explicative panels.
Urban Art and Street Art
works or projects of urban art and enhancement, street art, graffiti and stencil art, in which the artistic intervention interacts with the urban area and the public space it has been conceived for, using any technique (spray paint, artistic stickers, stencils, projections, videos, installations, etc.). There is no restrictions concerning the artistic intervention site. The finalist works will be exhibited with explicative panels.
Art Design
Productions that are born in the artistic field and then find their application in the world of design. Works, products, projects in which the artistic influence and inspiration are clear. Finalist designers will have to present the product or a full-scale prototype or a scale model of their project based on the set-up choices by the organization.

ART. 3 – JURY 
The submitted works will be evaluated by an international jury who will select the finalist artists and designers that will exhibit at the Arsenale of Venice from March 13th to April 5th and will award the three overall winners.

Bénédicte Alliot (France, general director of the Cité internationale des arts in Paris)
Nathalie Angles (United States, founder and executive director of Residency Unlimited, New York)
Lorenzo Balbi (Italy, artistic director at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna)
Marcus Fairs (United Kingdom, founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen, London)
Matteo Galbiati (Italy, art critic and curator)
Sophie Goltz (Singapore and Austria, curator and educator)
Toshiyuki Kita (Japan, Designer, honoured with the ADI Lifetime Achievement Award “Compasso d’Oro alla carriera internazionale”)
Beate Reifenscheid (Germany, director of Ludwig Museum, Koblenz)


3 cash pizes of 10.000 € each*
*By law, on all the money prizes a withholding of 25% will be required.

Free publication on the web portal artelaguna.world
Artists can freely publish their artworks on the on-line international portal Arte Laguna World, online platform with the aim to foster the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art.

Critical text of the President of the Jury by the artistic Curator of the Prize
The three works awarded with the cash prizes will receive a critical text from the artistic curator of the Prize.

The Special Prizes are organized in collaboration with high-level international partners. The selected artists will be promoted online and announced during the awards ceremony at the Arsenale of Venice. Participation is free of charge for the artists who regularly applied to the 15th Arte Laguna Prize.

NEWS: Artists who didn’t apply to Arte Laguna Prize can still apply to the Special Prizes (art residencies, sustainability and art and business for art) by paying a fee of:

40 € + 22% vat (48,80 €) for artists under 35 (an identity document is required)
60 € + 22% vat (73,20 €) for artists Over 35

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Galleries will select a winner for a special mention and a possible collaboration.

Ki Smith Gallery, New York United States
Capsule Gallery, Shanghai
Arles Gallery, Arles France
Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, United States

Art Residency programs in Italy and abroad that provide artists with a space and time to live the experience of a new culture, create new works and participate in new activities in a multicultural environment.

Each artist can compete in all the residencies by filling out, where required, the dedicated form available in the reserved area of each candidate.

Fabrica, Treviso Italy
Art residency of maximum 6 months
The Prize is aimed at artists and creatives under 25 working in photography, design, video, graphic design, and digital art.
The residency includes: shared accommodation in the city of Treviso, work space inside the rooms created by the architect Tadao Ando, use of all the facilities (library, video/music room, technical equipment included), free participation in events and workshops organized at Fabrica. The residency aims at experimenting with contemporary communication through the constant contamination between different disciplines.

Espronceda, Barcelona, Spain
Art Residency from 3 to 6 weeks + final exhibition
The residency includes: accommodation, curatorial assistance, studio, support for materials, final exhibition or another public activity, involvement in the activities realized by the art centre.

Basu Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata India
Art Residency for 1 month + final exhibition
The residency includes: accomodation, studio, curatorial assistance on site, introduction into the Indian cultural scene.One of the works created will remain the property of Basu Foundation for the Arts.

Farm Cultural Park, Favara (Agrigento), Italy
Art residency of 10 days + final exhibition
The residency includes: accommodation, studio, curatorial assistance on site, logistics support.

Labverde, Amazon Forest Brazil
Art residency of 10 days in the Amazon Forest, a unique experience of immersion in nature with the aim of understanding and reflecting on one of the most important areas of the planet. The residency includes: board and lodging, expeditions in the Amazon forest, conferences with professionals in the scientific, anthropological and artistic fields.

Collaborations with companies meant to connect creativity with the production sector.
To participate, it is required to fill in the dedicated form available in the reserved area of each candidate.

Agnese Design, Valdobbiadene, Treviso Italy
Participation requires the presentation of works or indoor projects designed for the enhancement of modern and refined environments. Specifically, the projects for 2 padded armchairs are required. There are no limits of size, technique or material. Keywords: product quality, beauty, design, relaxation. In the case of production, the company will name the armchairs with the artist’s name.
Prize of 4.000€ for the winning artistic proposal.

International collaborations with festivals and organizations to create a network where artists, visibility, and new projects meet.

Art Nova 100, Beijing, China
Exhibition of the 10 finalist videos in Summer 2021
The collective exhibition will be organized as one of the activities carried out by the platform for the promotion of international artists in China.

Art Stays Festival, Ptuj, Slovenia
Participation in the Festival and 7-day stay
The participation includes: accommodation, board, studio, logistics support, support for production costs and materials for up to € 1,000, curatorial assistance. One of the artworks will enter the Festival’s collection.

Al-Tiba9, Barcelona Spain and Algiers Algeria
Participation in the 9th edition of Al-Tiba9 and exhibition at MAMA National museum of modern and contemporary art of Algiers in 2021.
The participation includes curatorial assistance, opening event, online and offline international promotion, dedicated article on Al-Tiba9 International Art Magazine.

Collaborations with institutions whose main mission is to promote art and support artists and their careers.

Singulart, Paris France
Selection of 2 artists among the finalists (1 painting section and 1 sculpture and installation section) which will be promoted with a dedicated account, an interview on Singulart Magazine (translated into 5 languages), a newsletter for collectors, promotion on social media, studio shooting.
Selection of 25 artists among the finalists for an exclusive 1 week auction.

Biafarin, Ontario Canada
Selection of 7 artists for the awarding of 4 Blue Annual Artist Promotion Package and 3 Gold Annual Artist Promotion Package which include:
-artist’s public profile in Biafarin platform for one year
-artist’s website (dynamic, multi-lingual in artist chosen domain and free for first year)
-online sales: 5 to 10 artworks presented for sales in at least 10 online galleries
-online exhibition: 15 artworks, digital catalogue, press release and social media promotion
– artworks crowd review: 10-30 artworks’ review from art lovers
– on-line promotion: publication of articles and interviews on online magazine (for the winners of the Gold Package)

Google Arts & Culture
Publication of all the finalist works on the online platform of the Google Cultural Institute in the Arte Laguna Prize collection and insights with stories dedicated to the overall winners and other topics.

Creative projects to support sustainability and the Reuse Reduce Recycle strategies. To participate, it is required to fill in a form with a dedicated project.

Prize of 3,000 Euro for the winning work or project.
Submission of works, products and art projects including design, photography, video art, performance, etc. which enhance the RRR strategies (Reuse, Recycle, Reduce) and their positive impact on nature and the lives of citizens. The prize is realized with the support of Contarina S.p.A and Ca’ Foscari Sostenibile of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

The 120 finalist artists selected by the international jury will participate in the major collective exhibition which will take place in Venice, at the Arsenale Nord, from March 13th to April 5th 2021.
The jury, at its discretion, may decide to select a smaller or larger number of finalist artists based on qualitative and set-up reasons.
The exhibition will also include the finalist works of the 14th Edition for a total of 240 works and 4,000 square meters of exhibition space.
All the finalist works remain property of the artists or can be donated to the Cultural Association MoCA for future exhibitions.

To apply to the competition it’s necessary to login to artelaguna.world web portal and create a private profile.

Artists can apply by November 27th, 2020 December 16th, 2020 using one of these modalities:
a) On-line >

b) By mail sending to “Arte Laguna Via Roma, 29/A – 31021 Mogliano V.to (TV) Italia”
– the application form
– a short biographical statement
– a picture of each work (maximum size: 20x30cm), including the artist’s name and surname, country, title, size, technique, year on the back side of the picture, or a DVD with the files of the works
– a copy of the payment of the entry fee.

The videos sent on DVD will be uploaded in a private password-protected Youtube or Vimeo account, to facilitate the selection by the international jury. Please do not send the original work during the application; the first selection will be made based on the photos of the works. The documentation will not be returned to the artist.

If the submission includes material that is obscene, slanderous or that may affect the visitor’s sensitivity, Arte Laguna srl and the Cultural Association MoCA reserve the right to remove it in whole or in part.

ENTRY FEES — The fee allows the applicant to submit 5 works also in different sections.

  • 80 € + 22% vat (97,60 €) for artists under 35 (an identity document is required)
  • 100 € + 22% vat (122 €) for artists over 35

Each additional work, following the 5th, costs 20 € + 22% vat (24,40 €).

Artists must keep a copy of the payment. The entry fee is not refundable.
To get the invoice write to info@artelagunaprize.com

The payment of the entry fee can be made:

  • On-line
    Automatic connection at the end of the application. It includes payments with credit card, paypal, alypay and wechat.
  • Bank transfer
    IBAN: IT77A0538761800000002950941 – BIC / BC NR / SWIFT: BPMOIT22XXX – addressed to Arte Laguna srl, with the reason “Application Prize 20.21 – name, surname and telephone number of the artist”.
    We do not accept any transfer fee charges, on penalty of the cancellation of your registration.


The jurors will evaluate the works by taking into considerations the international contemporary art features and according to qualitative criteria as well as research and technical abilities. The jury can evaluate all the submitted material.
The jury will make the first selection by choosing 200 or more artists, who will be admitted to the second selection, after which the finalist artists, who will participate in the group exhibition at the Arsenale of Venice from March 13th to April 5th 2021, will be announced.
The winners of all the other prizes will be selected by each partner (see art.4) . The selections results will be announced online on the website artelagunaprize.com
The proclamation of the overall winners and of all the prizes will take place during the inauguration of the finalist artists exhibition. The set-up and the organization of the exhibition will be done by Arte Laguna srl and the Italian Cultural association MoCA. Transportation (round trip) and possible artworks insurance costs will be at the expense of each artist.
The decisions of the Awarding Jury and of the Partners are irrevocable and unquestionable.


Arte Laguna srl and the Cultural Association MoCA, while guaranteeing the greatest care and custody of the works, will not be liable for any thefts, fires or any damages to the artworks or people that could occur during all the stages of the event. Any insurance request is the responsibility of the artists.
Arte Laguna srl and the Cultural Association MoCA reserve the right to modify these “Terms and Conditions”, if it is necessary.


The awarded artists have the right to renounce the prizes, but without asking for any kind of compensation, in this case the prize will be re-assigned according to the ranking made by the jury. Each artist has the rights to the images and to the submitted works but gives to Arte Laguna srl and the Cultural Association MoCA, without any compensation, the rights of reproduction, exhibition, publication, translation and communication to the public, in any manner and without exception, for their works and for the texts participating in the selection. Arte Laguna srl and the Cultural Association MoCA, while fully respecting the moral rights of the author, will exercise these rights for all institutional activities of communication concerning the competition. Each candidate gives to the Cultural Association MoCA, as well as to its direct representatives, the authorization to the treatment of personal data according to the privacy law and the European Regulation (GDPR 2016/679) and also for data entry into data banks managed by the subjects mentioned above and by third parties who pursue the same purposes.


Tel. +39 041 593 7242
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E- mail: info@artelagunaprize.com


Published: 1st September 2020