• 10.000 € first prize Overall Winner
  • 5000 € for an installation in Siena, Italy
  • 3000 € for a work that uses steel
  • 3000 € for the best work that enhances Sustainability
  • 2000 € for a water-themed work
  • 1000 € each for 3 Under 35 artists
  • 4000 € for the creative proposal that enhances the combination of heaven and earth
  • 3000 € for a digital transformation themed work
  • 36 days of exhibition at the Arsenale of Venice for 240 artists
  • E-commerce on artelaguna.world
  • Exhibitions in Veneto and Italy in 2023
  • 1 exhibition in Beijing for the video art section’s finalists
  • 1 exhibition at Cris Contini Gallery in London for 1 artist
  • 30 days of exhibition at the Mediterranean Biennale for 1 artist
  • 6 months of residency in Treviso, Italy
  • 4 weeks of residency in Barcelona, Spain
  • 4 weeks of residency in Bilpin, Australia
  • 10 days of residency in Favara, Italy
  • 15 days of residency in Lucca, Italy

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 17th Edition of Arte Laguna Prize, International Award aimed at promoting and enhancing Contemporary Art.

The Prize is organized annually with the patronage of the the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Veneto Region, the Municipality of Venice, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, RUFA Rome University of Fine Arts; 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 which includes 240 finalists from March 11 to April 16, 2023 at the Arsenale Nord of Venice, Italy.


The Prize is open to everyone, 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, 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. 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. In wide sense: Additive Art, Bio Art, Data Art, Digital Animation, Digital Artivism, Digital Communities, Digital Painting & Still Image Art, Digital Performances, Digital Poetry, Game Art, Generative art & Algorithmic Art, GIF Art, Glitch Art, Hacking Art, Infographic Art, Interactive Art, Math & Physics Art, Mobile Art & App Art, Net Art, Electronic Art, Robotics Art, XR Art, Blockchain & NFT Art, Metaverse Art, GAN Art & OpenAI Art, Crypto Art.

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 the international jury who will select the finalist artists 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.

Mohamed Benhadj
North Africa and Spain – Curator and Founder of AlTiba9

Raphael Chikukwa
Zimbabwe – Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Giulia Colletti
Italy – Public Programs and Digital Sphere’s curator at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin

Paul di Felice
Luxembourg – Art Curator, Critic and Art Historian

Chloé Hodge
United Kingdom – Project Manager at the Tate Britain, curator and producer

Dick Spierenburg
Netherlands  – Creative Director of IMM Cologne – The international furniture and interiors fair

Xiaoyu Weng
New York and Toronto, Curator and Head of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario


1 cash prize 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. In the portal, the artist will add the most appropriate tags for optimization for indexing purposes.


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, from March 11 to April 16, 2023.

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. 



NEWS: Artists who didn’t apply to Arte Laguna Prize can still apply to the Special Prizes until December 22, 2022.


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, Emerging Artist Award and participation in art festivals.

Participation in the Special Prizes is free of charge for the artists who are correctly applied to Arte Laguna Prize 17.


• Art Galleries

Galleries will select an artist for a solo exhibition.

Cris Contini Contemporary, London, United Kingdom

Personal exhibition for 1 finalist artist.

• 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.

BigCi, Bilpin, Australia

4 weeks residency.
Included: accommodation, shared living facilities (bathroom, kitchen, internet, electricity, water), projection and video room, 8 acres of land for various activities, guided trekking in the Blue Mountains, Open Day Exhibition at the end of the residency, possibility to hold an art talk, make a performance, workshop or similar events, representation on the website and social of BigCi.
The residency aims to help artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects.

Espronceda, Barcelona, Spain

Art Residency OF 4 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.

Farm Cultural Park, Favara (Agrigento), Italy

Art residency of 10 days + final exhibition.
The residency includes: accommodation, studio, curatorial assistance on site, logistics support.  

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, Benetton company canteen from Monday to Friday, 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.

Fonderia Artistica Versiliese, Pietrasanta – Lucca (Italy)

Art residency of 15 days.
The Prize is aimed at artists under 35. 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.

• 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.

ARS (Art Reuse Sustainability)

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) and their positive impact on nature and on the lives of citizens. In particular it’s requested the sending of works or projects that involve the use of cork. The prize is realized with the support of Contarina spa and in collaboration with 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.

Roberto Cipresso Special Prize, Siena, Italy

Prize of 5000 € for the winning proposal + residence at the guesthouse of Roberto Cipresso’s Winery for the realization of the work. Construction costs are borne by the company.
Participation requires the presentation of site-specific works to be installed in the square of the cellar. The proposals presented must be visible from the street, they must enhance the company’s attention to the art and art of making wine, the environment, ethics and must represent the intuition behind Roberto Cipresso’s research: The Squaring of Circle (mathematics shows that the area of a square can never be equal to that of a circle because of the Pi that is an irrational number, but philosophy has always sought another possible reading of everything. A great wine cannot be made with the only “mathematics”, it takes an interpretation, a philosophy, a momentum, a little madness).

In addition to the winning proposal, it will be taken into account further works to be installed in the hill where the Casale stands or in the internal spaces of the Cellar. Preference will be given to proposals that provide the reuse of recycled materials such as woods, stones, stones, logs and what can be found in nature. The only foreign element may be rusty iron. In a certain sense the idea is that instead of hiding the stones that emerge from the processing of the vineyard they find a new life thanks to art. The artwork realized during the residency will remain the property of the Winery.

PLANIUM, metal-morphosis collection, Milan Italy

Prize of 3000€ for the creation of the winning artwork or project.
Participation requires the presentation of a design work, in particular a lamp or a luminous decoration, a table or a support base, which envisage the use and enhancement of the metal surfaces of PLANIUM srl. The projects presented must include the use of metals as a fundamental aesthetic material (structurally different materials may also be envisaged) with the intent to create a new product aimed at spreading the principles of using metal in a creative and eco-sustainable way.

Generali, Venice Italy

Prize of 2000€  for the winning work.
Presentation of artistic proposals, videos and photos, which create a link between the theme of water, sustainability and the vision towards the future. Art as a valid starting point to protect emotions, suggest new visions of a sustainable future, of safeguarding our land and its resources with the protection of an important resource such as water at the center. Art that can also suggest a vision of the future capable of stimulating deep reflections in individuals. Water is one of the various assets to be safeguarded because Generali has always been linked to the city of Venice, the aquatic city par excellence with an important link with this vital element. The award is part of Generali Valore Cultura, which is Generali Italia’s multi-year programme to support art and culture by making them accessible to an ever wider public and enhancing the community and territories, with initiatives spread across all Italian regions.
The winning work will be selected on the basis of the originality and communicative effectiveness of the themes described here. The winner will assign to the Company all rights of industrial property, intellectual property and exploitation of image, without prejudice to the recognition of the moral right of the author.

VENPA S.p.A., Venice, Italy | The art of rental between heaven and earth

Prize of 4000€ net for the winning proposal.
Participation requires the presentation of 4 tables / images / mockups that reinterpret the connection between the VENPA rental vehicles and the sky-earth binomial (for details on the concept click here >). The 4 tables proposed will then to be completed by 8 others to obtain a total of 12 images that will be used by Venpa to create an artistic calendar (ed. 2024) to be donated to its customers and collaborators. The realization of these further tables must take place by July 2023.
It’s possible to apply photographs, drawings, paintings, graphics. Any technique of drawing and depiction is allowed.
It will be chosen the proposal that best manages to express the values of VENPA with originality, intensity, and communicative effectiveness. The winner assigns to the Company the rights of industrial property, intellectual property, and exploitation of image, without prejudice to the recognition of moral rights.

Informatic All, Treviso, Italy

Prize of 3000€ net for the winning proposal.
Participation requires the presentation of images, digital files, videos, NFT, which communicates the importance of digital transformation in companies. The winning image will be used for the brand’s communication actions. The winner will assign to the Company all rights of industrial property, intellectual property and exploitation of image, without prejudice to the recognition of the moral right of the author.


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

BJCEM – Mediterranea 20 -Young Artists Biennale

Participation in the Mediterranean Biennale 2024.
BJCEM will select an Under 35 artist to take part in one of the exhibitions organized in the Mediterranean Biennale 2024. The exhibition will last for at least a month. Logistic and curatorial support are included. it is required the filling of the dedicated form in the personal area of each contestant.

• Emerging Artist Award

Grant of 3000 euro net for the winning artworks. Three under 35 artists will receive an award of 1000 euros each (painting, sculpture, photography, video art and short films, art design). The 3 award winning artists will be chosen by the jury of Arte Laguna Prize 17.



To apply to the competition it’s necessary to login to artelaguna.world web portal, create the reserved area, fill in the profile and pay the entry fee.

The works to submit can be uploaded also later, until the final applications’ deadline on November 22, 2022.

Applications still open only for Special Prizes, deadline: 22 December 2022.


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From the reserved area, artists can:

  • submit the works for Arte Laguna Prize 17
  • 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 artists to apply only for Special Prizes.

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 22.23 – 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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Updated on 30/11/2022.