Section 1 – PURPOSES

Section 2 – ADMISSION AND SELECTION STANDARDS
Section 3 – TERMS AND PROCEDURES
Section 4 – REGISTRATION FEE
Section 5 – SELECTION PROCEDURES
Section 6 – THE JURY AND THE SELECTION
Section 7 – REWARDS
Section 8 – THE STEPS AND THE DEADLINES
Section 9 – THE CATALOGUE
Section 10 – RESPONSIBILITIES
Section 11 – PRIVACY CONSENT



Section 1 – PURPOSES

The Blow Up Cultural Association presents the first edition of the Artkeys Prize 2019 with the purpose of promoting and enhancing the contemporary art. The competition includes the selection of 60 works, divided into six sections: Painting, Sculpture and Installation, Photographic art, Videoart, Illustration and Graphic Design and Performance; the realisation of an exhibition event, the publication of a catalogue, cash prizes, art gallery events, collaborations and artist residencies are up for grabs. The exhibition of the finalist works, the voting and the assignment of the rewards will take place at the “Castello Angioino Aragonese” in the “Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e degli Alburni” of Agropoli from 5 to 13 October 2019, Italy.

Section 2 – ADMISSION AND SELECTION STANDARDS

The competition is open to contemporary artists of all ages and nationalities, with no thematic restrictions. The basic selection standards will be exclusively quality, planning ability, research, originality and modernity of the proposed work. The sections are shown below:

1. Painting

All the works with no restrictions in subjects and techniques are allowed (including oil, tempera, acrylic, watercolour, ink, graphite, vinyl, etc.); collage works and/or the ones which include polymeric applications on any layer and modular works, as long as they are in line with the reference section, are accepted too. The maximum allowed dimension for each side of the work is 150 cm. The works must be already equipped with hangers or, if they have a frame, the overall size must not exceed the specified limits. The themes are at the complete discretion of the artist.

2. Sculpture and Installation

All the techniques, from the most traditional to the less conventional, and the use of all kind of materials are allowed (plaster, paper, metal, wood, polymers, glass, etc.). The works can be interactive and include mechanical movements, electronic parts, lights, sounds, videos, with no technique and expression limits. Maximum dimension of the proposed works: height 300 cm, width 300 cm, depth 300 cm. On the other hand, there are no size limits for outdoor sculptures. The registration of the opera for the competition will be possible through photos and videos.

3. Photographic art

Photography is allowed in all its technical variants, both digital and analog. The works must not exceed the dimensions of 150cm x 150cm, it is also allowed to submit photographic projects or series that have a maximum of 3 works inside them. The 3 photographs must have the same format (base / height ratio) and must not exceed 150×150 cm overall, including the spacing between the works. The works must be received already equipped with hangers and if provided with a frame, these must fall within the limits set. The projects must be presented in a single pdf, during the application phase. A high resolution scan is required for analog photos, in order to allow an appropriate opinion.

4. Videoart

All the works related to video language, with no restriction in technical choices, are allowed: animation (stop motion, 3D, 2D, etc.), documentaries, short films, experiments related to dance and/or theatre, music videos, etc. with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. For the final exhibition, just original works realized from 2015 will be accepted, reporting the Youtube / Vimeo / Dropbox / Google Drive link, without password. It is not possible to join the competition with works which belong to or on behalf of third parties, but the artistic quote is allowed, if it does not result in plagiarism.

5. Graphic Design and Illustration

Works on any medium and with any technique are allowed. The works must not exceed 80×80 cm and if provided with a frame, this must be within the limits set. It is also allowed to subscribe projects that have a maximum of 3 works within them (eg: comic strip tables, graphic novels, advertising campaigns etc.). The 3 illustrations / tables must have the same format (base / height ratio) and must not exceed 80×80 cm overall, including the spacing between the works. The projects must be presented in a single pdf, during the application phase. In order to receive an adequate judgment, high resolution files are required.

6.Performance art

Performances of a maximum duration of 15 minutes are allowed, made by groups of artists or individuals, with any form of expression and using audiovisual, scenographic and objects that must be provided by the artists in the event of selection. The finalist performances will perform on the opening night of the Artkeys Prize. The works can be presented in video format or multimedia project in pdf by following the instructions on the registration form. It is not possible to nominate works by / for third parties, but artistic quotation is allowed, if this does not result in plagiarism.

Section 3 – TERMS AND PROCEDURES

The artists cooncerned can register by 23:59 on 30 June 2020 through the online mode on the registration page. Within the module it is possible to choose a section in which to participate and upload the desired works, by submitting two or more works in the Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Illustration sections, it automatically contributes to the assignment of special prizes, which consist of residences of artist, personal exhibitions, collaborations with museums and commercial activities in the Cilento area. Applications from associations, collectives, groups or individual artists are admitted. The same candidate can decide to participate in an additional section by sending a new adhesion to the registration form.

Section 4 – REGISTRATION FEE

It is allowed to register with a maximum of three works per section.
The registration fee is set as follows:

1 WORK2 WORKS3 WORKS
30 €50 €60 €

The payment of the registration fee must be made in euros in the appropriate registration form, by Paypal, Credit or Debit Cards or Bank Transfer, without bank fees or commissions charged to the organization. The registration fee allows you to access the application and selection phase by the jury, and can be refunded only in case of cancellation of the event but not in case of postponement.

Section 5 – SELECTION PROCEDURES

The works will be evaluated by the jury considering the characteristics of contemporary art and different artistic fronts, the qualitative standards, the research, the technical ability and the originality. The jury will evaluate all the submitted materials, selecting 130 or more artists, who will be admitted to a second selection that will decide the finalists. The finalists will exhibit their works in the “Castello Angioino Aragonese” of Agropoli. The winners of the other prizes will be selected according to the specific modalities of each section. The results of the selections will be published on the website www.premioartkeys.it . The announcement of the overall winners and of all the prizes will take place at the inauguration of the exhibition on October 5th, 2019. The preparation and the organization of the exhibition will be assigned to the Vyolaa Collective and the Blow Up Cultural Association. The transport costs (round trip) and the eventual insurance policy of the works will be at the expense of the artist.

Section 6 – THE JURY AND THE SELECTION

The selection of works will be carried out byan artistic jury, which will decide the 60 finalists.. After a previous selection of the applications, the selected artists will be asked to send the original works to be sent by 27 September 2019 at the Angioino-Aragonese Castle of Agropoli. The selected works will be 15 for the Painting Section, 15 for the Illustration Section, 10 for the Photography Section, 5 for the Videoart Section, 12 for the Sculpture and Installation Section and 3 for the Performance Art Section. The transportation costs for sending and getting back the selected works are a responsibility of the participants. Among the selected works, the jury will choose the winners of the different sections and the ones of the special awards.
The decisions of the jury are final and cannot be appealed.

Section 7 – REWARDS

The endowment of the prizes will be 15.000 euros divided between the different sections of the competition, with cash prizes, artist residencies, art gallery events, festivals.

Distribution of prizes:
-Artkeys prize: it consists of a total amount of 6.000 euros, distributed among the different sections of the competition.
1000 euros Painting
1000 euros Illustration and Graphic Design
1000 euros Photographic Art
1000 euros Videoart
1000 euros Sculpture and Installation
1000 euros Performance art

Possibility of ex-aequo:
in case of ex-aequo, the jury reserves the right to divide the prize among several artists.
*taxes may be applied

Only for the sections of Painting, sculpture, photography, illustration:
The artists who enter n. 1 work will compete exclusively for the cash prize, while with two or more works they will access the selection of both the cash prize and the secondary prizes.
-ArtKeys in Exhibition: collaborations and exhibitions offered by companies and institutions in the area.
-ArtKeys in Residence: Municipality of Agropoli, Municipality of Pollica, Municipality of Laureana Cilento, Municipality of Capaccio-Paestum.

Section 8 – THE STEPS AND THE DEADLINES

June 30, 2020 is the last day for registration for the prize until 23.59pm Italian time. By 1 September there will be the announcement of the 60 finalists who will access the entire exhibition, via mail, official website and social channels. From 10 to 18 October 2020 exhibition of finalist artists in Agropoli (SA) at the Castello Angioino Aragonese. The announcement of the finalists will take place during the inauguration of the exhibition.

Section 9 – THE CATALOGUE

The catalog will be about 100 pages: a copy will be delivered free to each of the 60 finalist artists and jurors. It will be contained in the Artkeys Box, a wearable and silkscreened box.
Artkeys Box 02 will be illustrated by Chiara Bertolin, winner of the contest “Disegna il Box Artkeys”. Furthermore, it will be possible to purchase the catalog during the days of the finalists’ exhibition.

Section 10 – RESPONSIBILITIES

In spite of ensuring the most care and custody of the received works, The Blow Up Cultural Association refuses any responsibility for theft, fire or any kind of damage of the works, which could occur during the event. Any insurance request must be submitted by the artist himself.

Section 11 – PRIVACY CONSENT

The awarded artists have the right to renounce the prize, without any form of reimbursement; in this case, the prize will be reassigned according to the charts established by the jury. Each artist holds the copyright of the images and of the submitted works and texts, but he gives to the Blow Up Cultural Association the rights of reproduction, exhibition, publication, translation and communication to the public, with all the modalities and without any compensation. The finalist and winning works will remain the property of the artist. The association, in the whole respect of the moral right of the author, will employ this right for all the institutional communication activities related to the competition; the candidate definitely authorizes this association and its direct delegates, in order to process the personal data transmitted in accordance with the law on privacy and the European Regulation (GDPR 2016/679), even for their inclusion in databases managed by the aforementioned persons and third parties who pursue the same purposes. The Blow Up Cultural Association reserves the right to make changes to the information published, at any time and without prior notice.

N.B. The Blow Up association reserves the faculty to modify the organizational strategy already adopted in the previous edition, adapting to the Ministerial provisions aimed at containing the risk of contagion Covid 19.
All changes will be made known.