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Il Varco is glad to inaugurate the sixth edition of Prisma Art Prize, a quarterly award with cash prizes for artists from all around the world that will become a collective exhibition for the first time in February 2021 in Rome.

Organized with the goal of creating a space for visual artists to share their work with hundreds of colleagues from all around the world, it offers $2000 in cash awards every year, purchase prizes and packages of services from Arteza and Biafarin in four seasonal competitions and an online gallery where the artworks are put on display forever.

Jurors are qualified and esteemed painters, curators, mixed media artists and digital artists from different countries. The exhibition will take place at Atelier Montez, a contemporary art factory born in 2012 from the redevelopment of an urban wreck on a project by the Artist Gio Montez, that has already attracted international artists like Hermann Nitsch, Cheikh Zidor and Turi Sottile.

Visit our finalists gallery and submit on our official website

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up to 8000€ in cash and services awards every year

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Borders Festival - Fragmented Identities





ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival
Deadline: August 02, 2020

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, is pleased to announce the open call for FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS – ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival.

BORDERS Festival, curated by Arch. Luca Curci, will be presented in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and in other prestigious venues from September 03 to October 02, 2020.

The first edition of BORDERS Festival took place in Venice in 2016, in the same period of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, presenting a great selection of more than 500 art and architecture works realized by 180 artists and architects, coming from 36 countries. Never as this time the concept of the exhibition seems to be epochal: since 3 months, the humankind coexists at a distance to stay closer. The new invisible borders generated by the covid-19 are creating new ways of living everyday life, new human connections, re-thinking common spaces and entire cities. Could the new “borders” be the solution?

We invite artists, architects and designers to be inspired by this new era, exploring the connection between desires, needs, fears that brings humankind to change, to transform and to evolve our inner world.

The festival focuses on the concept of “borders”, between the soul and the body, the human being and the city, the city and the ground. The festival analyzes the idea of human and urban borders, how people live them and how they are modified in contemporary society. Every human being lives in a world in which the limits, the borders, shape their attitudes and behaviors, limiting the freedom and creating a sense of alienation. The human being reacts breaking the limits and finding a new way of life. We imagine a world of “liquid cities”, where differences create new possibilities instead of being social barriers.

Human identities are both separated and related one to another into a big mosaic that complete the existence and the world culture. All the identities can be considered as fragmented pieces of human being, ready to be unique and shareable in a universe with physical limits. In art people are mixed together in a melting pot of sensation and fluctuating emotions. The challenge is to see all those fragmented identities, recognize and use them to see things through many different points of view and imagination in order to broke all barriers and boundaries of every day’s life and to create the relationship between man and space, including man-built and natural spaces. There is not a unique perspective on our unconscious beings and identities, showing how things are rarely whole or perfect.

BORDERS Festival consists of 3 main events: BODIES+CITIES SKIN (July 23 / August 21, 2020), FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES. We are now selecting artists for the following two upcoming events:

– FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES from September 03 to October 02, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from September 04 to October 02, 2020 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello
Deadline for applications is August 02, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)


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Windows into the Virtual and Augmented Reality





Call for Exhibition│Accepted media: Photography, Digital Visual Design

Group Exhibition in Rome or Milan city. February 2021


Since the Renaissance period the concept of frame itself has been a reference to the idea of a window that opens to external worlds, to others, and to what is beyond reality. With the invention of the photographic medium, and cinematography later, the first virtual reality constructions come to be. These are capable of involving the recipient / spectator in a more participatory way thanks to an aesthetic and narrative arrangement that favors a direct, and at the same time illusory, experience of a specular real world.

Augmented reality today represents a further development of this immersion:a reality where the participant (no longer just a spectator) interacts with avatars and virtual constructions.

Deadline 7th November 2020

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Primo Piano LivinGallery is pleased to announce the new contemporary art project and urban art residency titled: “Worldview: The anthropology of eco-vision”, curated by Dores Sacquegna.


The urban art residency titled “Worldview: The Anthropology of Eco-Vision ”  represents an educational path centered between urban and non-urban, between art and the environment, between work and exhibition space. This experiment connects people who do not know each other and who do not know the city, to have a plural and multidisciplinary point of view in a new context for them, through a 9-day artistic residency, in which the resident artists will live a unique and fascinating experience. An urban workshop, centered in the old city and in the suburb, in order to obtain important food for thought as well as visual / video / photographic materials that can be reworked in a final installation / works with an group exhibition at the Palmieri’s Foundation in Lecce.

The project in short

In the contemporary world, the concept of the city itself is continually questioned enough to say that there are different forms of urban life. The city borders are faded, the borders are areas of opacity, always mobile and indefinite.  But how is this boundary identified? The project focuses on the concept of “boundaries” between man and the city, between the city and nature. It analyzes the idea of human and urban boundaries: that is, how people live them or how they are modified in contemporary society. Thus, you will have a narration of the landscape, a way of describing the city through itself.

The strength of this art project lies in the choice of some specific urban places accessible by foot or by city buses. Some of them are a real open-air museum rich in street arts murals and art public works. Each resident will have to map as a border or a working area, describing their idea of ​​”border” and reflecting on the words “man and environment”, “art and nature”, “city and border “. In this sense, art becomes a real research tool, urban and human redevelopment.The residency project allows artists to “experiment” themselves in an unknown place and make new acquaintances. Among the works created, those with the greatest visual impact will be chosen by Art Curator  for the group exhibition “Worldview: anthropology of eco-vision” in Lecce.

Eligibility and works
The project is open to worldwide artists operating mainly with Urban Design, Land and enviroment Art, Short video /films, Photography, Installations, Collage, Mixed Media, Creative Writing, Drawing and more.

Main activities about residency

  • urban art project under supervision and care of Dores Sacquegna
  • work districts in situ and visit tours and meeting with art curator
  • contact to the local scene:  artists studios, collectors homes and foundations
  • organized tours at the contemporary art museums, art galleries, heritage monuments
  • selected accomodations in the old city full furnished to live a safe and pleasant stay

Main activities abour show

  • Group exhibition in interesting and Renaissance venue from 7th to 21th December 2020
  • Printed catalogs with published works
  • Video Review by recognized artists
  • Live performance for opening day
  • Works for sale in situ and by online e-commerce
  • Prize & Award

Dates Art Projects

  • Art Residency: December 2020, from 1th to 9th (n. 8 nights)
  • Group Exhibition: December 2020, from 7th to 21th  – Palmieri’s Foundation (n. 15 days)

The Art Curator

Dores Sacquegna is a curator and art director of contemporary art. Since 1994 to date, she has worked and reviewed works by recognized artists such as Christo and Jeanne Claude, Louise Bourgeois, Hermann Nitsch, Matthew Barney among others. She has curated exhibitions in Italy and abroad, collaborating with art galleries, museums, foundation, corporates and collectors. To learn more visit

Lecce, Capital of Baroque

The city of Lecce is a crossroads of cultures and sedimentations from prehistoric times to today, has seen its splendor in its wonderful Roman, Messapian, Medieval, Renaissance, Liberty, Arab, Spanish and Jewish’s architecture present in the city and small villages around it.  Lecce is mainly a Baroque city, which explodes with bright decorations that enrich palaces, churches and private homes with the intense colors of its stone: a soft and compact limestone, with warm and golden colors that lends itself very well to working with the stonemason. Baroque art spread to Lecce in the Seventeenth Century, during the Spanish domination, replacing classical art and creating a style that left room for fantasy and imagination. Lecce it is hospitable and tidy town, with a great gastronomy and an exceptional landscape and sea between Ionian and Adriatic coasts in which Lecce overlooks. An open-air museum among the most fascinating in Italy, the pearl of Puglia’s region. Scenic and welcoming, Lecce attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. You're welcome!


The project request a fee for art services including accommodation. Artists can involve their sponsors or ask for a grant in their country of origin. In return, PPLG will add details and logo with a dedicated page in the catalog of the show. Ask for more details.

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To help and to increase the career opportunities of the artists involved, Primo Piano will select the best projects that will receive Prize & Awards Certificates printed on A4 format Parchment paper, signed by hand by Art Curator and by President of Primo Piano LivinGallery.

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Worldview: The Anthropology of Eco-Vision





The era of man and his impact on the planet nourish a decidedly immersive experience and invite us to look at what we call "progress" from other perspectives.

Primo Piano LivinGallery is pleased to announce the new contemporary art exhibition entitled: "Worldview: The anthropology of eco-vision", curated by Dores Sacquegna. The exhibition will be set up at the Palmieri's Foundation, an ancient and Renaissance location in the heart of the old city of Lecce in 2021 (between January and February). Lecce is the capital of Baroque in Southern Italy, also known for the beauty of its landscape and for paper mache. Florence of the south is called for its numerous architectural and artistic riches and heritage.

The show  is a research art project that testifies with an experiential and artistic approach, the interference that human activity has produced on the natural cycles of the planet, proposing a reflection of the impact of our species on Earth, more than ever present in the moment of a global pandemic and which strongly questions the unstable balance between man and nature.

Between vision and perception, artists are asked to represent their point of view on the theme with their works, in line with an ecological vision of the world and reflecting on words such as: NATURE – NATURANS (Nature and artifice); SUSTAINABILITY – ADAPTATION (protection of animal and plant biodiversity, separate collection of waste, plastic, drifters and pollution, natural resources, eco-sustainable materials etc); CHANGE – COEXISTENCE (climate change, solidarity between individuals and the environment, optimistic visions, aesthetic balance of nature, etc.).

Covid-19 Pandemic allow us to reflect on the real power of art, to restore, uplift, inspire and offer to all a hope for the future. International artists are welcome to submit works best before of JANUARY, 15, 2020.This is a great opportunity not to be missed!

The Exhibition  includes:

  • Video Review by recognized Land Artists;
  • Opening and drink Welcome;
  • Live Performance;
  • Printed and PDF version Art Catalogs
  • Video Presentation and video Catalog of the event
  • Curatorial texts in two language (Italian and English)
  • Prize & Award;
  • Kit Press;
  • Artworks for sale in situ and online by e-commerce

and more...

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Officine Saffi Award 4





Applications are now open to the fourth edition of the Officine Saffi Award. Up for grabs € 10,000 and 8 international residency prizes, awarded by two exceptional juries.

Milan, 1st of June 2020

Applications are open to the fourth edition of the Officine Saffi Award. This biennial award supports and promotes artists working with ceramics in contemporary art and collectible design. Up for grabs €10,000 along with 8 Residency prizes in collaboration with major international partners.

The competition is open to all contemporary artists and designers of any age, whether emerging or established, individuals or members of collectives, and with no restrictions on theme, gender or nationality, who use ceramics as an artistic medium.

The finalists of the award - which will be exhibited at Officine Saffi in Milan - are selected by a commission composed of important figures from the world of art and design:

Garth Clark, editor-in-chief Cfile

Annalisa Rosso, editor-in-chief Icon Design

Glenn Adamson, curator

Matt Wedel, artist

Elisa Ossino, architect, interior designer

Jill Singer and Monika Khemsurov, editors-in-chief Sight Unseen

Isabelle Naef Galuba, director Musée Ariana

Laura Borghi, founder Officine Saffi


The winner of the € 10,000 cash prize will be selected by an exceptional jury:

Alessandro Rabottini, artistic director, miart

Livia Peraldo Matton, editor-in-chief Elle Décor

Christian Larsen, Curator at MAD Museum

Alvise Braga Illa, collector

Julian Stair, artist

Carolina Orsini, Conservation at MUDEC

Laura Borghi, founder Officine Saffi


Along with the first prize, many residency prizes offered by some of the most prestigious international centres, such as:

Sundaymorning@ekwc, The Netherlands

Guldagergaard, Denmark

Bruckner Foundation, Switzerland

Mondovì Ceramics Museum, Italy

Este Ceramiche

International Ceramic Art Festival, Sasama, Japan

Päivi Rintaniemi and Seinäjoki City, Finland

Officine Saffi Special Award

The award is conceived, supported and organized by Officine Saffi to promote ceramics in contemporary culture. It is an excellent opportunity to create a platform where emerging artists can dialogue with established ones and with leading figures in contemporary art and design.

Officine Saffi is a cultural association that has been promoting international contemporary ceramics since 2011. The project has stood out over the years for its multidisciplinary approach, embracing the worlds of contemporary art, design and applied arts. It pursues its mission through a gallery, workshop, publishing house and a biennial award. These all work independently, while sharing the same spirit of refinement, selection and innovation. The founder, Laura Borghi, guides every project with support from a young and passionate team. In collaboration with its international partners, Officine Saffi has built a network that has played a fundamental role over the years in spreading the culture of ceramics in Italy and abroad.

The Award would not be possible without the precious support of:



Mondovì Ceramics Museum:

Bruckner Foundation:

Este Ceramiche:

Päivi Rintaniemi:

Seinäjoki City:

ICAF, Sasama:

Media Partners: Artribune, Exibart, That’s Contemporary

Under the patronage of The International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza



Entries: 31 May – 30 November 2020

Award Ceremony: 2 February 2021

Finalists’ exhibition: 3 February – 5 March 2021


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