The Arte Laguna Prize, an international competition open to multiple disciplines, has opened entries for its 11th edition. Founded in 2006, this renowned art prize celebrates an important anniversary this year – a decade of art, passion, and creativity. As the Arte Laguna Prize continues to grow and improve each year, this edition of the contest will be one of the richest ever, proving its features of internationality, high quality, and diversity. Open to visual and performing arts, land art, multimedia and digital arts, Arte Laguna Prize is dedicated to starting a democratic conversation between international artists, promoting contemporary art and mapping its current status. This year, the number of collaborations and the variety of partners has risen, as well as the distinctiveness and diversity of the awards and opportunities presented to the artists. Additionally, there will be more works presented in the final exhibition in Venice. The Arte Laguna Prize is an amazing opportunity for talents of all ages to get noticed by the general public and the jury consisted of prominent names in the contemporary art scene.
The Arte Laguna Prize
With an ambition to create an increasingly trustworthy and influential system in the world of contemporary art, the Arte Laguna Prize has been gathering major players in the field such as foundations, museums, galleries, residencies and art spaces, Italian companies and international brands. This extensive network that has been the part of the competition for the last ten years, aims to open new doors and create new opportunities for the artists’ professional career. Presenting beautiful and stimulating works, each year, the competition aspires to establish a connection between the contemporary creativity and the general public. Best talents for the exhibition at the Arsenale in Venice are selected by directors of museums and foundations, critics and curators, as well as scholars and art experts. This venue is now recognized as one of the most coveted locations for artists and a reference point for the contemporary art world.
The 11th Edition
A free-themed competition open to artists from all over the world, the Arte Laguna Prize will map the expressions of contemporary art in the fields of painting, photography, sculpture, video art, performance, virtual art, land art, and, starting this year, digital graphics. Among 125 participants shortlisted as finalists, 6 will be awarded 7 thousand euros each for a total amount of 42 thousand euros. In collaboration with the TIM Future Centre, this year’s exhibition will include an additional venue in the lagoon for viewing and interacting with the digital artworks.
Finalists will be selected by a jury of international experts including Flavio Arensi (Italy, Art Critic), Manuel Borja-Villel (Spain, Director of the National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid), Tamara Chalabi (Iraq, Chair and Co-Founder of the Ruya Foundation), Paolo Colombo (Italy, Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art), Suad Garayeva (Azerbaijan, Curatorial Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Centre’s exhibitions and permanent collection), Ilaria Gianni (Italy, Curator and Art Critic), Nav Haq (Belgium, Senior Curator at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp), Emanuele Montibeller (Italy, Artistic Director of Arte Sella in Trentino), Fatos Ustek (United Kingdom, Independent Curator and Writer), and Alma Zevi (Italy, Curator and Writer). The jury is chaired by Prize curator Igor Zanti, also director of IED Venice.
The 2016 competition will present several prizes: Artist in Residence Prizes, a program of art residences in Italy and abroad aimed at providing a space and time to experience a new culture, create new world and participate in new activities in a multicultural environment; Business for Art Prizes, collaborations between artists and companies and brands; and Artist in Gallery Prizes, organization of 5 exhibitions in international galleries including Salamatina Gallery in New York, Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister in Germany, Galeria Fernando Santos in Portugal, ART re.FLEX Gallery in Saint Petersburg, and Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. As a new synergy dedicated to sustainability and art, the 11th edition has launched the award RRR Paper (Reuse Recycle Reduce) as Art and Design. Promoted and developed with the Archives of Sustainability of Ca’ Foscari University Venice and implemented with the support of Comieco, an award will be presented to the best commission that enhances paper/cardboard and cellulose packaging as part of the RRR strategies. Open to artists, designers, photographers, video artists and performers dealing with the proposed theme, the winner will be awarded a prize of 3,000 euros.
Additionally, 12 artists will be selected to participate in collective events in Slovenia at the Art Stays Festival, in Beijing with the events organized by Art Nova 100 and in Venice with the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations – Open.
Some of the winners of the 10th edition of the Arte Laguna Prize include Alexander Dashevskiy from Russia in the painting section, Thomas Friedrich Schäfer in the photographic art section, Farid Rasulov from Azerbaijan in the sculpture and installation section, Ian Wolter from the UK in the video art and performance section, Nicolas Maigret from France in the virtual and digital art section, and Elise Eeraerts from Belgium in the land art section.
Celebrating an Important Anniversary
This year, the Arte Laguna Prize has reached a milestone – it is celebrating its 10th birthday. During these ten years, the Arte Laguna Prize has been reflecting important changes in the world of art at the national and international level, starting to occupy a relevant place in the heterogeneous panorama of art prizes. With over 35,000 artists participated, 1,110 works exhibited, 290,000 euros prize money awarded, 66 jurors from 15 countries worldwide, and 40,000 visitors, the competition has provided a precise and accurate demonstration of the evolution of taste and research in the contemporary art field. “Ten years allow you to draw conclusions and to do an analysis, although this time span should be seen not so much as a point of arrival, but rather as a point from where to start again, because the prize, by its nature, is a fluid and synchronic entity, undergoing constant change and evolution”, stated the curator Igor Zanti.
The free-themed Arte Laguna Prize includes seven sections: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual art, digital graphics, environmental and land art. The call is open to all artists, regardless of the age, sex, nationality or any other qualification. Each artist can participate with one or more artwork, as well as in more than one section. The deadline for the submission of entries for the Arte Laguna Prize 2016 is November 16th, 2016 at the latest. If artworks are sent by mail, the envelope must include the application form, a short biographical statement, a picture of each work, and a copy of the payment of the entry fee. More information on the competition and submitting details for each section could be found on the Arte Laguna Prize website.