Registration for the Mestre Painting Prize 2023


Announcement and regulation - Prize 2023


The Circolo Veneto , with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and with the collaboration of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia  and the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation, announces the international prize competition called MESTRE DI PITTURA AWARD with the aim of promoting and enhancing the contemporary pictorial art.

The Prize, now in its seventh edition, is sponsored by the Veneto Region, the Metropolitan City of Venice and the Municipality of Venice.

The competition provides for the selection of 60 works that will be exhibited in the Collective Exhibition of the Finalists at the Candiani Cultural Center in Mestre. The finalist works will be published full-page in the printed catalog of the exhibition published by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, as well as on the page of the institutional website of the prize: dedicated to the current edition.

The sixty finalists will then decide the winners of the purchase prizes and the winners of further prizes as indicated in article 3.

Candidates will also be able to obtain a personal page on the site, in the manner indicated in Article 7.


The theme of the competition is FREE. The competition is open to all without limits of age, sex, nationality. The works, to participate in the Prize, must be able to be classified as works of painting even if in full stylistic and technical freedom (it is specified that the techniques with printed reproduction * are not contemplated) and must have been made from 2021 onwards. Each artist can participate with only one work whose size must not exceed 150 cm at the base and 200 cm in height, including any frame. The applications for works that do not comply with the announcement, either by date or by technique or by size, will lead to exclusion from the final phase of the competition without any communication burden on the part of the organization.

The selected works must arrive equipped with a special hanger (even if without a frame). The framed works must fall within the indicated measurements and be free of glass (with the exception of works on paper).

The selection phase takes place on the basis of the photographic material sent by the participants at the time of registration.


* Not among the paintings eligible for the competition of prints photographs, the works created by applications and digital devices, images and generated or manipulated works through the use of computers, tablets, smartphones , applications, where technological intervention proves predominant and in any case in which the use of digital media intervenes in the creative process; interactive devices, augmented reality and virtual art projects , net art , rapid prototyping ; works of digital painting, gifs , giclée and photographs are also not contemplated.



Among all the participants in the Prize, the Technical Jury will decide the finalists and subsequently the winners of the purchase prizes :

The Technical Jury, in addition to the above prizes, reserves the right to assign MENTIONS to the finalist artists.

Following the active participation of the CGIA of Mestre in the MESTRE PAINTING AWARD as well as the values that CGIA moves towards culture and the social and economic fabric of Mestre, the Mestre CGIA Artisans Association will assign to one of the finalist works a Special Purchase Award of 1,500 €, according to the judgment of the Jury of Artisan Entrepreneurs of the CGIA, chaired by Prof. Angelo Zennaro. The prize will be awarded on the theme: THE DESIRE FOR HAPPINESS among the deposits of hope. Motivation offers moments of positive reflection in the desire that the artists' creativity can offer signs which, although intertwined with the crises that involve us on a daily basis, influence the imagination and the presence of hope, emotions that open up to the future, inherent in the pursuit of happiness .

The Mestre Award Organization will award scholarships to young finalist artists of no more than 25 years of age on the expiry date of this announcement, for works deemed worthy.

The Mestre Prize Organization also reserves the right to assign ADDITIONAL PRIZES to works deemed worthy.

All the finalist artists will compete for the POPULAR JURY AWARD. The winner will be awarded the trophy cast in bronze from the best sketch among those proposed by the students of the sculpture course of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.

Furthermore, the Rotary Club Venezia Mestre will award one of the finalist works, chosen by its own committee, the "Rotary Club Venezia Mestre Painting Prize", a non-purchase cash prize equal to € 500.00, with which it acquires the right to use the image for its own social purposes, which is part of the initiatives aimed at enhancing cultural promotion as a tool for the social and economic development of the territory.

Among all the non-finalist candidates, further works will be identified deserving of positive evaluation by the Technical Jury, for which a specific Certificate of merit will be sent after the end of the event.

** The works awarded through the type of "purchase prize" will actually be purchased (and will remain the property) by the Bodies, Companies or Individuals who have made the prizes available. As required by law, a withholding tax will be applied to purchase prizes or in any case in cash.



Artists must register exclusively online by the deadline of Sunday 21 May 2023, by filling out the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM available on this page.

The candidate works, whose image must be sent by email to within three working days from the registration confirmation message, must be accompanied by the following information: title, year of execution, technique of execution, dimensions : (height x base) without frame and (height x base) including any frame.

The registration fee is set at € 45.00 to partially cover organizational and secretarial expenses. Artists of no more than 35 years of age on the expiry date of this announcement, regularly enrolled in study courses at the Art Academies of the national territory, are exempted from the registration fee, to be documented at the time of registration for the competition, by means of self-certification to be completed in the registration form.

Payment of the registration fee can be made within the deadline with:

N.B. The payment must be certified by attaching the relevant receipt, complete with reason, to the email sending the image of the candidate work.

N.B. Artists who do not comply with the registration fee will not be taken into consideration for the selection.

N.B. Shipping: the works must not be sent during the registration phase, but must be sent only by the finalist artists for the group exhibition, who will be notified in advance for the purpose.

N.B. the finalist artists must comply with the declared measurements and the work must correspond to the photographic image sent for selection.



The Jury, which will select the finalists and subsequently the winners of the prizes, is composed as follows: President: Gianfranco Maraniello, art historian, Director of the Modern and Contemporary Museum Complex of Milan. Members: Elisabetta Barisoni Art historian, Head of the International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca' Pesaro, appointed by the Foundation of the Civic Museums of Venice; Saverio Simi De Burgis Art critic and historian, Professor of Contemporary Art History and History and Methodology of Art Criticism at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, appointed by the Venice Academy of Fine Arts; Stefano Cecchetto Art historian, curator and critic, appointed by the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation Institution; Francesca Rossi, Art historian, director of the Civic Museums of Verona; Michele Bonuomo, Art historian and exhibition curator, director of the monthly 'Arte' Cairo Editore; Marco Dolfin, Historian and art critic, curator of the exhibition of the finalists and secretary of the Jury.

The results of the selections will be published on the website and the selected ones will be notified individually.

The announcement of the winners will take place on the occasion of the Award Ceremony at the Toniolo Theater in Mestre.

The judgment of the Jury is unquestionable and incontrovertible; any possibility of appeal is therefore excluded.

The exhibition will be set up and organized by the Venice Civic Museums Foundation and the Circolo Veneto.

Transport costs (round trip) and any insurance of the works will be borne and by the individual artists.


Registration deadline: May 21, 2023.

Collective Exhibition of the Finalists of the Mestre Painting Award 2022 from 16 September to 15 October 2023 at the Candiani Cultural Center in Mestre.

Announcement of the winners during the ceremony on the evening of 6 October 2023 at the Toniolo Theater in Mestre.

The opening times and the awards ceremony will be communicated later.

The Organization reserves the right to extend the deadlines of the call if the need arises and communicate them in time to all participants.

The Organization will send by e-mail to all subscribers communications regarding all stages of the Award and any changes that may be made to this announcement.


All the artists regularly registered for the prize, regardless of the competition results, upon their explicit request, will be able to have the candidate works published free of charge in a PERSONAL PAGE on the site, according to the instructions specified on the corresponding page of the site. 

The personal page shows the image and information of the candidate work, a summary of biographical information and artistic curriculum, and any contact references.

The finalist works of each edition, nominated by artists already present with their own personal page on the site, will be automatically inserted by updating the corresponding page with the data present in the exhibition of the finalists, specifying the outcome of the competition, which will be communicated by email.

The non-finalist works that have obtained an evaluation with merit by the Technical Jury, nominated by artists already present with their own personal page on the site, will be automatically inserted by updating the corresponding page with the data provided at the time of application, which will be communicated by email.

Artists with a personal page on the site will be able to request any information updates by the deadline / publication of the call following each edition for which they have applied.

Each personal page is guaranteed to be published for two years following the artist's last candidacy for the Mestre Painting Award.


The Organization of the Prize, while ensuring the utmost care and custody of the works received, declines all responsibility for any theft, fire or damage of any kind to the works that may occur during the stages of the event.


Each participant expressly authorizes the Organization to process the personal data transmitted pursuant to law 196/2003.

Each participant in the competition grants the Prize Organization the rights to reproduce the works free of charge, for the purpose of drafting the catalog and for other forms of communication and promotion, online and on paper.

The organizers of the competition will have the right to make a final decision on anything not specified in this announcement.

The Organization reserves the right to make changes to the announcement if the need arises and communicate them in time.

Membership and participation in the Award imply the unconditional acceptance of all the articles of this announcement; moreover, each participant agrees, if identified among the winners of the purchase prizes, to transfer the work to the buyer.

The organization of the Award is unrelated to any commercial activity, having the sole purpose of disclosure.


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