Terms and Conditions
The Cultural Association Blob Art organizes an art prize aimed at promoting and advancing Contemporary Art. This Prize entails the selection of 80 artworks from five categories: Painting, Photography, Graphic Arts, Video Arts, Sculpture and Installation and will culminate in the exhibition of the finalists, the publication of a catalogue, and the award of money prizes and two artist- in-residence scholarships.
The exhibition, as well as the judging and award ceremony, will be held in Livorno, Italy at "Museo Civico G. Fattori ex Granai di Villa Mimbelli" and at “Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo” Provincia di Livorno from 22 of June to 6 of July 2013.
2. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
This competition is open to any contemporary artist from anywhere in the world. There are neither age restrictions or thematic constraints. The five categories are:
The selection of artworks will be based on the key criteria of quality, research, originality and contemporaneity. There are no restrictions in terms of subject, technique or style, however all submissions should be paintings. A painting is defined as any use or manual application of oil, tempera, acrylic, industrial paints, ink, etching, graphite, watercolors or vinyl on any kind of media, including pre-printed media; collage and polymateric works are also accepted. Each side of the artwork should be maximum 200 cm.
GRAPHIC ARTS CATEGORY – ON PAPER
This category is only open to artworks on cardboard and paper. The selection of artworks will be based on the key criteria of quality, project development, research, originality and contemporaneity. This category allows the use of the following techniques: drawing, watercolor, gouache, collage, various forms of printing (Giclée, offset, xylography, etching, lithography, serigraphy etc...), digital printing, computer graphics and other mixed technics. The artwork should be maximum 152x122 cm.
* The Graphic Arts category artworks, which will be selected for the final stage, can be sent without frame or rolled up. The Cultural Association Blob Art will take charge of the possible assembly or framing, without any further cost.
The selection of artworks will be based on the key criteria of formal quality and conceptual originality. There are no thematic restrictions. Media accepted for the competition are digital and analog photos, color and b/w photos and all the expressive ways of photographic art. Each side of the artwork should be maximum 150 cm.
SCULPTURE and INSTALLATION CATEGORY
The selection of artworks will be based on the criteria of quality, research, originality and contemporaneity. The Sculpture and Installation category allows the use of raw or manipulated materials, media, objects and expressive ways both traditional and innovative. The artworks may include interactive bases with electrical or mechanical movements, sounds, lights and videos. The registration may be made thorugh photos or videos that reenact the tridimensionality. The artwork should be maximum: base 4 m, depth 4 m, height 3 m.
VIDEO ARTS CATEGORY
The video arts category allows video artworks and experimental animations, video research, video dance, video theatre, video music, abstract videos, portrait videos, cities portraits and so on, excluding ficition. The minimum length of the videos should be 1 minute and the maximum 30 minutes. For the final exhibition, please submit the original artworks on DVD in HQ and in formats compatibile with the most common reading devices.
3. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY
The registration deadline is 20 April 2013. Entry to the competition may only be made through the following methods (by post validity is attested by the date on the postmark):
a) ONLINE by filling in the form cheaper and faster and upload directly at http://www.premiocombat.it/register
b) BY POST by : - filling in the APPLICATION FORM, available on the website or by request to Associazione Culturale Blob ART 118, 57125 Livorno, Italy - Tel. +390586 881165, e-mail – email@example.com; -submission of a CD-ROM containing a brief curriculum vitae or a short biography detailing the artist’s formation and any exhibition, a picture of the submitted artwork in JPG or TIFF, 300 dpi, RGB, a description of the artwork including name, surname, country, title of the work, year, technique, dimensions (Height x Base x possible Depth); copy of proof of payment of the registration fee. Alternatively, instead of the CD-ROM, it is possible to send a photograph of the artwork (minimum size 10x15cm, maximum 21x30cm) with the name, surname, country, title of the work, year, technique, dimensions (Height x Base x possible Depth) written on the back.
a) ONLINE by filling in the form cheaper and faster and upload directly at http://www.premiocombat.it/register
b) BY POST (validity as attested by the date on the postmark) by : - filling in the APPLICATION FORM; - submission of a CD-ROM containing a brief curriculum vitae or a short biography detailing the artist’s formation and any exhibition, a still image from the video and the description of the artwork including name, surname, country, title of the work, year, technique, lenght or dimensions in case of sculpture/installation. If registering in the Video Arts and Sculpture / Installation categories, it is possibile to submit a DVD with a video, minimum lenght 1 min – maximum lenght 30 mins, in formats compatibile with the most common reading device.
For a full comprehension of the poetics, the artist may submit a maximum of three other works to support the candidate one. Artworks submitted in support will not require any registration fee. Please send these pictures separately following the above instructions. All material should be sent at the entrant’s expense by post, courier or be delivered directly to:
ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE Blob ART
Corso Amedeo 118
57125 LIVORNO – ITALY
(please specify PREMIO COMBAT PRIZE)
4. REGISTRATION FEE
The registration fee, which cover part of the organization costs, is Euro 50 (fifty) for each artwork entered in the competition in the Painting, Graphic Arts, Photography, Video Arts, Sculpture and Installation categories. It is possible to enter more than one artwork in the same category or in the five different categories. Entrants will need to fill in a separate registration form and pay the registration fee for each submitted artwork. Artworks submitted in support of the main entry will not require any registration fee. The registration fee should be paid in Euro and any bank fee and commission should not be charged to the Organization. Fees are not refundable. The acceptable methods of PAYMENTS are:
- Online by credit card via PayPal on http://www.premiocombat.it/register (if the card is not registered in the artist's name, please write both the name of the holder and the name of the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bank transfer to: Blob ART ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE with the reference 'PREMIO COMBAT PRIZE 2013 and artist’s name and surname. Bank details: Banco Posta, filiale di LIVORNO, ITALY - IBAN IT67 A076 0113 9000 0009 7568 935 - Bic/Swift BPPIITRRXXX
5. VISIBILITY AND PUBLICATION OF ARTWORK
Entrants’ artworks in the three Painting, Photography, Graphic Arts, Video Arts, Sculpture and Installation categories will be published online on the Prize website on demand, including of three other works in support (sent via post or online) and their descriptions. Artists who do not wish to appear online on the site are accepted in the competition.
6. JURY AND SELECTION
The selection of the works will be carried out by the following artistic jury :
After the initial short-listing the based on the entry applications and submissions, artists will be asked to send their original artworks to be included in the collective exhibition. The selected works will be 30 for the PAINTING category, 10 for GRAPHIC ARTS category, 20 for PHOTOGRAPHY category, 10 for VIDEO ARTS category, 10 for SCULPTURE and INSTALLATION category. All transportation costs (delivery to the Organization premises and return to the artist) will be paid by the entrants. Depending on the place of shipping, a maximum refund of the 50% is offered by the Cultural Association Blob ART. The jury will select the winners of the five different categories and the winners of the Best Artist Under 35. The Jury decision is unappealable and unquestionable.
6000 (six thousand) Euros to the winner of PAINTING category
6000 (six thousand) Euros to the winner of the PHOTOGRAPHY category
4000 (four thousand) Euros to the winner of the GRAPHIC ARTS category
4000 (four thousand)Euros to the winner of the SCULPTURE and iNSTALLATION category
4000 (four thousand) Euros to the winner of the VIDEO ARTS category
Scholarship Special Prize Artist Under 35 - two months artist-in-residence in Berlin
Scholarship Special Prize Artist Under 35 - two months artist-in-residence in Belgrado
Online Jury Prize – best artist judged online - 500 (five hundred) Euros
Popular Jury Prize – best artist judged by the visitors of the exhibition – 500 (five hundred) Euros
As required by the law, a tax of 25% will be withheld from every money prize. The winning artworks of Painting, Photography, Graphic Arts categories will become property of the Associazione Culturale Blob ART; all the other artworks, including the winners of the Video Arts category, Sculpture and Installation category, Artist Under 35 Special Prizes, Online Jury Prize and Popular Jury Prize will remain property of the artists.
8. STAGES AND DEADLINES
Registration deadline - 20 April 2013.
Announcement of the selected 80 finalists - 16 May 2013.
Finalists Exhibition - 22 June – 6 July 2013 at "Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori ex Granai di Villa Mimbelli " Livorno and “Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo” Provincia di Livorno, Italy.
Award announcement and Ceremony - Saturday 6 July 2013.
The catalogue will be published by the publishing house "Sillabe". It contains 120 pages, 160 illustrations and critical texts written by the jury. A copy will be available for free to each of the 80 finalists, while participating artists will receive a discount. Copies of the catalogue can be collected at the final exhibition or can be bought online at www.sillabe.it directly from the publisher.
The organization, Associazione Culturale Blob ART, will ensure the greatest care of the artworks in its custody, however it will not be liable for theft, fire or any damages to artworks or people that might occur during the organization of the event. Any insurance request should be subscribed by the entrant.
Entrants authorize the Associazione Culturale Blob ART and its legal representative to use their personal data according to the Italian privacy law (Legislative Decree 675/96 et seq. 196/2003), including the entry into databanks managed by the above organization. Entrants will grant any reproduction rights of the artworks and texts submitted, for free, to the Associazione Culturale Blob ART and its legal representative, in view of the editing of the catalogue, the relevant publication on the Prize website and any other forms of communication, promotion and activity by the Organization. Any material submitted will not be returned. The Prize organizers have the right to make a final decision on any matter which is not specified in these competition rules. The Organization reserves the right to amend these competition rules whenever is required. The participation to the Prize implies the knowledge and total acceptance of these competition rules.