• 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 18th 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 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 except for the categories Climate Change Art and Climate Change Theatre / Playwriting and Poetry. 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. Multi channel videos are not accepted. Maximum duration: 15 minutes. The video file must be uploaded online and not exceed 500 mb. The finalist works will be exhibit on a TV screen in loop.

Performance and Acting (Stage and Film)

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. Also accepted monologues or scenes up to 10 minutes in any language (with English translation) taken from any kind of a stage performance or audiovisual work made by one or more performing artists, in any acting style, genre or technique. 

Virtual and Digital Art

works entirely created 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. Additive Art, Bio Art, Data Art, Digital Communities, Digital Performances, Digital Poetry, Game Art, Generative art & Algorithmic Art, Mobile Art & App Art, Net Art, Electronic Art, Robotics Art, XR Art, Blockchain & NFT Art, Metaverse Art, GAN Art & OpenAI Art, Chrypto Art. The 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, GIF Art, Digital Animation, Infographic Art, Glitch Art, 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 are no restrictions on the choice of the specific environment. The submitted works and projects 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 are 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 and designers that will exhibit at the Arsenale of Venice. 

It will be update soon



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 2nd to April 1st 2024.

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.


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 are correctly applied to Arte Laguna Prize 18.


• Art Galleries

Galleries will select an artist for a solo exhibition.

Cris Contini Contemporary, London, UK

Luisa Catucci Gallery, Berlin, DE

• 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.

Blackholes, Riga, Latvia

Art residency of 21 days in Rīga, Latvia at Totaldobže Art Centre. The Prize offers to the winning artist an interdisciplinary artistic creation together with other 5 artists from different countries through knowledge exchange, experiments and workshops. The outcome – new ideas for new artworks or events, possible long term collaboration. 

The residency includes: accommodation in a private room, studio space, final event open to the local public 

Taiwan Art Space Alliance, Taiwan

Art residency from two to three months in 2024 taking place in different locations in Taiwan and in collaboration with members of Taiwan Art Space Alliance (TASA).

The Prize offers to the winning artist an opportunity to promote artistic creation through a constructive debate about East Asia and Europe.

The residency includes: orientations, accommodation, expeditions, and meals during the program period, and participation in the final exhibition.

Cross Cultural Collaborative, Accra Ghana

Art residency of 14 days at Aba House in Nungua, a fishing village in a suburb of Accra in Ghana.

The Prize offers to the winning artist an opportunity to promote artistic creation through interaction between African and non-African artists.

The residency includes: Airport pickup, Orientation, Accommodations and Work space.

NY20+, Chengdu, Sichuan China
Art Residency of 31 days at Nongyuan Culture in Chengdu, Sichuan, China

The residency includes: accommodation in furnished and equipped private or shared bedrooms, standard breakfast, lunch and dinner and use of private or shared studios/workspaces.

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.

MoCA Art Residency, Venice Italy

Art Residency of 15 days in Venice and Treviso.

The Prize offers to the winning artist the opportunity to experience the Venetian artistic and cultural scene.
The Residency includes: accommodation with kitchen and bathroom, cultural visits, final exhibition.


• 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.

This section will be update soon with the partnerships.


• Festivals and Exhibitions

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

KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin Germany

Participation in one of the events or discursive programme of KINDL and accommodation for 2 nights. 

KINDL will select an artist among the finalists of performance or video art to be included and promoted in the calendar of events of the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art. The prize includes the possibility to perform live or to screen the video (one evening event) and to have a talk with the public. The space of 400 sqm is equipped with a video projector with sound system, stage, the possibility to have  light or dark space; other necessities will be evaluated with the partner.



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 October 26, 2023.


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From the reserved area, artists can:

  • submit the works for Arte Laguna Prize 18
  • 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

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 also includes 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 23.24 – name, surname and telephone number of the artist”.
    We do not accept any transfer fee charges, on penalty of the cancellation of your registration.

Cheques are not accepted.



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 22/05/2023.