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, organizes the 16th Edition of Arte Laguna Prize, International Award aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art.
The Prize is organized annually with the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory and the Sea, the Veneto Region, the Municipality of Venice, 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, collaborations with international art galleries, companies, art residencies, festivals, critical texts, inclusion into the web portal Arte Laguna World and the participation in the collective exhibition of the 120 finalists at the Arsenale Nord of 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:
• Painting
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, 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..
• Performance
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. The material necessary for the realization of the performance is in charge of the finalist artists.
• 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.

*The material necessary for the realization of the finalist works at the Arsenale Nord of Venice is the responsibility of the artists.


The submitted works will be evaluated by an international jury who will will select the finalist artists and designers that will exhibit at the Arsenale of Venice. The ranking of the winners will be decreed by the sum of the preferences of: Jury, Advisory Council, Ambassadors, Press, Social Media, Partners, Members of MoCA.

Kobi Ben-Meir
Israel – Chief Curator of Haifa Museum of Art

Louise Fedotov-Clements
United Kingdom – Artistic Director, QUAD & Director, FORMAT International Photography Festival

Pasquale Lettieri
Italy – Curator, critic, historian, academic and journalist

Alka Pande
India – Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre in New Delhi

Danilo Premoli
Italy – Architect, Designer

Alisa Prudnikova
Russia – founder, commissioner and artistic director of the Ural Industrial Biennial


1 cash pizes of 10.000 €*

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

Free publication on the web portal artelaguna.world
Each artist has free online visibility on the international portal Arte Laguna World, digital platform for the promotion, enhancement and sale of contemporary art works.


The finalist artists selected by the international jury will participate in the major collective exhibition which will take place in Venice, at the Arsenale Nord.

All the submitted works remain property of the artists. After the closing of the exhibition, the works exhibited in Venice can be curated by the Cultural Association MoCA which will take care of the exclusive promotion and sale for an agreed period.



The Special Prizes are made in collaboration with high-level international partners who will each choose a winner to offer new career opportunities and visibility to the participating artists. The Special Prizes include collaborations with art galleries, art residencies, collaboration with companies, participation in art festivals.

Participation in the Special Prizes is free of charge for the artists who pre-applied or applied to Arte Laguna Prize 16.

NEWS: Artists who didn’t apply to Arte Laguna Prize can still apply exclusively to the Special Prizes until 31.01.2022.

• Art Galleries
Galleries will select an artist for a solo exhibition.

Cris Contini Contemporary, London UK, Tivat Montenegro

Art Residencies

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.

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.

Fonderia Artistica Versiliese, Pietrasanta – Lucca (Italy)
Art residency of 15 days.
The residency includes: accommodation, workspace, assistance with model and mold making, bronze casting, finishing and coating. The work must be within the relative measures of 30x40x40 cm.
The work created will remain the property of the artist.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art – Berlin (Germany)
Art Residency of 1 month.
The Institute in Berlin’s centre includes exhibition halls, function rooms, offices, and a cafe, alongside apartments and studios, and provides a space for encounters and exchange
The residency includes: accomodation.

Galliani, Montecchio Emilia (Reggio Emilia) Italy
Art residency of 10 days at the studios of Omar and Michelangelo Galliani + final exhibition
The residency includes: board and lodging, workspace, on-site assistance, materials for creating the work.

Residency Unlimited, New York, United States
Virtual residency of 1 month (date to be determined for 2022)
The residency includes a weekly meeting with an art professional, a weekly meeting with the RU team, connecting with the RU residents and a virtual public program (date to be determined with the selected artist)

Art Residencies in the Venetian Villas – Villa Roberti, Brugine (Padua) Italy
Art residency of maximum 15 days
The residency includes: accommodation, workspace
The work created will remain the property of the Villa.

Art Residencies in the Venetian Villas – Villa San Liberale, Feltre (Belluno) Italy
Art residency of maximum 15 days
The residency includes: accommodation with breakfast, workspace
The work created will remain the property of the Villa.

Art Residencies in the Venetian Villas – Villa Rechsteiner, Oderzo (Treviso) Italy
Art residency of maximum 15 days
The residency includes: accommodation at the Rechsteiner farmhouse a few kilometers from the villa, work space
The work created will remain the property of the Villa.

• Sustainability and Art
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 which enhance the RRR strategies (Reuse, Recycle, Reduce) in the context of preserving biodiversity as a strategy to use the resources of nature in a sustainable way. The prize is realized with the support of EcorNaturaSì and Ca’ Foscari Sostenibile of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

• Business for Art
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.

Nature Becomes Art | Bios Line
Cash prize of 5000€  for the winning artistic proposal*
* As required by law, a withholding tax of 25% will be applied to cash prizes.

Participation requires the presentation of a site specific installation for the outdoors, designed to enhance and make the entrance area to the Bios Line company environments iconic and in dialogue with the materials and the architectural structure. There are no technical limits, the material must be suitable for outdoor use, the approximate dimensions must not exceed three meters in height and two meters at the base. The theme is free, but the project must be inspired by the conceptual approach of the company (and possibly be the “conveyor” of its vision) which is characterized by a strong natural and eco-sustainable vocation. The company will then decide whether to support the production of the project in whole or in part – for this reason the artist, in the application phase, must also indicate in advance the production costs of the work.

Exhibitions in Veneto – The Land of Venice
Diffusion of the works of Arte Laguna Prize in the “Land of Venice” with exhibitions in Venetian Villas, Castles and Historic Houses.

Collective exhibitions in the following locations with selected works:

Villa San Liberale, Feltre (Belluno) Italy
Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza Italy
Castello di Thiene, Thiene (Vicenza) Italy
Villa di Montruglio, Mossano (Vicenza) Italy
Villa Rechsteiner, Oderzo (Treviso) Italy
Villa Roberti, Brugine (Padua) Italy

• Festivals and Exhibitions
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 2022
The collective exhibition will be organized as one of the activities carried out by the platform for the promotion of international artists in China.



To apply to the competition it’s necessary to login to artelaguna.world web portal, create the reserved area, fill in the profile, upload the works and pay the entry fee.
The deadline for applying is November 30, 2021 December 21, 2021.

From the reserved area, artists can:

  • submit the works for Arte Laguna Prize 16
  • publish and sell works on Arte Laguna World

On the welcome page, artists must check the summary of their works.


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

The fee allows 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.

The payment of the entry fee can be made:

  • On-line
    Automatic connection from the reserved area. It includes also payments with virtual pos, alypay and wechat.
  • Paypal
    Automatic connection from the reserved area. The use of PayPal involves an additional transaction cost of 5€.
  • Bank transfer
    IBAN: IT77A0538761800000002950941 – BIC / BC NR / SWIFT: BPMOIT22XXX – addressed to Arte Laguna srl, with the reason “Application Prize 21.22 – 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 consideration 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 selections results will be announced online on the website www.artelagunaprize.com

The proclamation of the winners will take place during the opening of the finalist artists exhibition at the Arsenale Nord of Venice. 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 Juries 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.


The awarded artists have the right to renounce to 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. Each artist consents to the free publication of the images and texts in the online platform Arte Laguna World; however, artists can access the platform at any time and cancel their profile. 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.



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Published: 1st September 2021.