Open to Art Ceramic award 3rd Edition

The Open to Art award dedicated to the promotion of contemporary ceramics is at its third edition. Launched in 2014 to promote the use of ceramics in contemporary art and design, the competition - open to artists of all nationalities, single or associated, without age limits or thematic constraints - is now open.

The third edition confirms the first two Cash Prizes, worth € 5,000 each for the Art section and the Design section. Open to Art, is promoted and organized by Officine Saffi with the aim of enhancing and promoting the use of ceramics in contemporary art and design.

Open to Art is open to all contemporary artists of any nationality, individuals or groups. There are no age limitations nor thematic constraint.

Complete application (online application form, images, curriculum vitae, identity document, receipt of payment of the application fee) should be uploaded by 21st September 2018

The competition is divided in two sections:

ART selection criteria;

  • technical quality
  • originality
  • conceptual research

DESIGN selection criteria;

  • technical quality
  • originality
  • functionality
  • reproducibility

Works can be made in any ceramic technique. Works that include other materials are accepted as long as clay is the principal material used. Artists must declare that they are the authors of the works, that they own property, that the works have been made during the last two years and that the works haven't been presented in other competitions. Works have to be maximum dimensions of 150x150x150 cm . Bigger works will be evaluated by the jury.

First prize - Art Section; € 5,000* First prize - Design Section; € 5,000*

Collateral prizes include residencies in The Netherlands, Japan, Finland and Denmark.

About Officine Saffi Gallery

Officine Saffi was founded in 2011 by Laura Borghi with the objective of promoting contemporary ceramic art. The gallery programme is focused on this versatile and simple material, as ancient as art itself, with a timescale that embraces the entire 20th century and reaches the present day.

Officine Saffi presents works by historic artists such as Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Nanni Valentini and Carlo Zauli, and also highights the creativity of new artists by means of an ongoing international survey of the field.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-03-2019
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 21-09-2018
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Contact Phone +39 02 36 68 56 96
Gallery Officine Saffi
Via Aurelio Saffi, 7, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Gallery Officine Saffi

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