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ART. 1 - Goals
ART. 2 - Techniques
ART. 3 - Jury
ART. 4 - Prizes
ART. 5 - Entry fee
ART. 6 - Conditions of participation
ART. 7 - Selection Process
ART. 8 - Responsibilities
ART. 9 - Agreement

Arte Laguna srl, in partnership with the Cultural Association MoCA, organizes the 14th Edition of the International Arte Laguna Prize, aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art.
The Prize obtained a medal from the President of the Italian Republic, 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.
The contest features the awarding of cash prizes, the participation in the collective exhibition at the Arsenale of Venice, exhibitions in international art galleries, collaborations with companies, art residencies, inclusion into the web portal artelaguna.world and the publication of the Catalogue.

The Prize is open to all Artists and Designers, with no restrictions of age, gender, nationality or any other qualifications. Each artist can participate also in more than one section 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, 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. Works that require a set-up in the dark must be adaptable to the available exhibition space.

Photographic Art
Photographs on analog or digital support, photos which may include digital elaborations. The maximum size allowed is 175 cm per side.

Video Art and Short films
Videos, films, slow motion, time-lapse photgraphy 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, in a version which does not exceed 10 minutes.

Virtual Art
Works entirely created by using the computer or digital applications and devices: videos, installations, 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 projects, rapid prototyping, etc. Works featuring an installation will have to be adaptable to the exhibition space available.

Digital Graphics
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, 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
Works or projects of urban art and enhancement, street art, graffiti and stencil ar5t, 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.

The selection of the submitted artworks is made by an international jury composed of 13 members, subdivided into the contest categories.

Igor Zanti (Italy, Curator and Art Critic)

Iwona Blazwick (United Kingdom, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London)
Karel Boonzaaijer (Netherlands, Architect and Designer)
Valentino Catricalà (Italy, contemporary art curator - Art Section Director of the Maker Faire - The European Edition)
Aldo Cibic (Italy, Architect and Designer)
Erin Dziedzic (United States, Chief Curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri)
Zhao Li (China, professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and curator of the Chinese Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale)
Riccardo Passoni (Italy, Director of GAM - Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin)
Vasili Tsereteli (Russia, Director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art)

The total amount of the Prize is thus divided:

4 cash prizes of 10.000 € each, for a total amount of 40.000 €
In case of ex-aequo, the jury reserves the right to split the prize money among more artists.

* By law, on all the money prizes a withholding of 25% will be required.

Personal webpage on Arte Laguna World, the contemporary art platform for the promotion of all the artists participating in the 14th edition. The publication is free until December 2020 and can be renewed.

Solo exhibitions in international art galleries including: set-up, reimbursement of expenses of € 500* and a dedicated digital catalogue.

Each gallery selects one artist among those who pass the first selection carried out by the international jury (see art. 7)

Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, United States

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.

ARS (Art Reuse Sustainability) of aluminium
Prize of 3,000 Euro for the winning work or project.
Submission of works, products and art projects including design, photography, video art and performance, etc. which enhance aluminium and aluminium packagings as part of the RRR strategies (Reuse, Recycle, Reduce).
The prize is realized with the support of CIAL (Italian Consortium for Aluminium Packaging) and in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari Sostenibile.

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 apply to all the residences by filling out the dedicated form, where required.

Fabrica, Treviso Italy
Art residency of maximum 6 months
The Prize is aimed at artists and creatives under 25 working in photography, design, digital graphics, virtual art, video art.
The residency includes: shared accommodation in the city of Treviso, use of the company canteen from Monday to Friday, lessons by Oliviero Toscani, 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.

Gridchinhall Gallery and Art Residency, Moscow Russia
Art residency of 20 days + final open studio
The residency includes: accommodation, studio, grant of 300€ for basic materials for creating new works, involvement in the activities of the art residency, curatorial support and final open studio. One of the works created will remain the property of Gridchinhall.
To participate, it is necessary to fill out the form that will be sent by e-mail after applying to one of the Arte Laguna Prize sections (see art. 2).

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: board and lodging, studio, curatorial assistance on site, introduction into the Indian cultural scene, a grant for the creation of the works. 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.

Maradiva Cultural Residency, Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius
Cultural residency of 15 days at Maradiva Villas Resort in collaboration with Basu Foundation.
The residency includes: journey, accommodation at the exclusive resort Maradiva, logistics support, studio, involvement in the local artistic scene, final exhibition.
Two of the works created during the residency will remain the property of Maradiva: one will become part of the Maradiva Art Gallery collection and the other will be donated to a charitable organization or to the Museum of Mauritius. The artist will also have to provide Maradiva with an adequate number of works for the final exhibition at the Maradiva Art Gallery.

Collaborations with companies meant to connect creativity with the production sector.
To participate, it is required to fill in a form with a dedicated project.

Outofblue, La Palma, Canary Islands
Prize of 3000 € for three artists (1000 € each)
Period of stay of 1 month (July 2020) at the tourist facility located in La Palma - Canary Islands, in order to enhance the spaces with artistic interventions. Included: round trip, accommodation, on-site assistance, materials for creating the work (to be agreed with the property). The works or interventions created will be owned by Outofblue.

Majer, Venice, Italy
Prize of 2,500€ for the winning work
Selection of one artist among the Under25 artists who submit at least one work in the painting category.
The winning work will remain the property of the company that will cover the transportation costs and exhibit it in one of its premises.

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

MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow Russia
Collective exhibition of a selection of artists at MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art in August/September 2021.
The exhibition will display also other works of the winner artists of the Arte Laguna Prize's past edition and will include set-up, curatorial support, opening, international promotion.

Art Nova 100, Beijing, China
Exhibition of the 10 finalist videos in Summer 2020
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.
Art Stays selects one artist among those who pass the first selection carried out by the international jury (see art. 7).

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, in March/April 2020.
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 is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue. All the finalist works, included those awarded with the money prizes, remain property the artists.

The entry fee allows each artist to present their resume and a portfolio of works to the selection jury, to participate in the selections for the finalists exhibition at the Arsenale of Venice, to participate, without additional costs, to all the prizes by filling out, where required, the dedicated application form. Moreover, the entry fee allows each artist to create their own webpage on the platform Arte Laguna World, publishing their works for free until December 2020.

Entry fee:
  • 100 € + 22% VAT (122 €) for artists over 25 (born within the year 1993).
    The fee allows the applicant to submit 5 works also in different sections; each additional work, following the 5th, costs 20 € + 22% VAT (24,40 €).
  • 80 € + 22% VAT (97,60 €) for artists under 25 (born in 1994 and later); artists under 25 must attach a copy of their ID when applying. The fee allows the applicant to submit 5 works also in different sections; 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.

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Artists can apply by November 27th, 2019  Deadline extended to December 20th, 2019 
using one of these modalities:
a) On-line
After creating their profile on Arte Laguna World, artists must enter the application procedure to submit their works
On-line Application

b) By mail
By sending in an envelope or delivering to the Head Office of the Prize (ARTE LAGUNA - Via Roma, 29/A - 31021 Mogliano Veneto (TV) - Italy):
- 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.

The payment of the entry fee can be made by using:

On-line by credit card
    PAY PAL > Automatic connection at the end of the application.

Virtual POS
Automatic connection at the end of the application.

Bank transfer
IBAN: IT77A0538761800000002950941 - BIC / BC NR / SWIFT: BPMOIT22XXX - addressed to Arte Laguna srl, with the reason “Application Prize 19.20 - name, surname and telephone number of the artist”.
We do not accept any transfer fee charges, on penalty of the cancellation of your registration.

Bank transfer
POSTE ITALIANE - FIL. Mogliano Veneto, Via 4 Novembre 14/C
IBAN: IT12R0760112000001042943371 - BIC / BC NR / SWIFT: BPPIITRRXXX
addressed to Arte Laguna srl, with the reason “Application Prize 19.20 - name, surname and telephone number of the artist".
We do not accept any transfer fee charges, on penalty of the cancellation of your registration.

We do not accept cheques.

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 in March/April 2020, 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 www.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.

Published: 2nd September 2019