Seventh edition of Arte Laguna Prize in Venice

JK Bank


The call for applications of the seventh edition of International Arte Laguna Prize is open for artists coming from all over the world for: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and animation, performance and virtual art. The exhibition for this edition of the prize is at the Arsenale of Venice. The money prize will be 7,000 euros for each section making the the total amount of the awards – including money prizes and special prizes, 170,000 euros. The application deadline is postponed to November 27th by mail and to December 5th directly on-line on the website

It has been for years that the prize has built a strong network of local and international collaborations with foundations, museums, festivals, over fifty art galleries and many firms that decided to participate actively in the creation of specific projects.

Considering its global growth, the Arte Laguna Prize has involved foreign curators also. This year the Indian curator Kanchi Mehta, Director and Curator of Kunsthaus Basel has been reconfirmed in the Jury. Also the Art residency in Mumbai supported by the company Technymon will feature the special prize “Artist in residence”.

The Prize, over its sixth editions, has gone through a structural evolution, becoming an established international prize supporting contemporary artists and one of the most important events of the contemporary art scene. Over 25,000 artworks have been presented by artists coming from 105 countries all over the world and many of them now have a great career. So far 43 international jurors have been selected for the judging panel, among directors of museums and foundations, independent curators and art critics; the regulations have been translated into eleven languages reaching a wider audience on the web.

The Prize has obtained a medal by the Italian Head of State and the patronage of, among others, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, and the European Institute of Design. It is supported by FOPE, a jewelery company in Vicenza (Italy). Arte Laguna presents for the second year the Virtual Art Award, dedicated to artworks created using the PC or Smart Phone applications. The winner of this award, in addition to the money prize, will have the chance to collaborate with FOPE in a creative project.

Collaborations such as Open of Venice, Glass school Abate Zanetti of Venice and the Slovenian Festival Art Stays, and IAAB of Basel will host a three-month residence in 2013.

The international Jury, chaired by the Art Critic Igor Zanti, has been almost completely renewed, and its members are: Umberto Angelini – Director of Festival Uovo, Gabriella Belli – Director of Musei Civici of Venice, Adam Budak  – Curator of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington, Cecilia Franceschini – Independent Curator; founder and director of lab-Yit | the Italian Contemporary Art Platform in China, Mario Gerosa – Senior editor of AD and Digital Art Curator, Lina Lazaar – Expert in International Contemporary Art for Sotheby’s, Kanchi Mehta – Founder and Chief Curator of Chameleon Art Projects and India Editor for Flash Art, Sabine Schaschl Pratesi – Director and Curator of Kunsthaus Basel, Felix Schöber – Independent Curator and Claudia Zanfi – Art Historian and Cultural Manager.

A bilingual publication will gather the artworks of the 110 finalist artists.

Updated: 10.22 IST, November 10, 2012

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