Registration for the Mestre Painting Prize 2021


Announcement and regulation - Prize 2021

The integrated texts on 5 May 2021 (*) and 14 July 2021 (**) are in red


The Circolo Veneto, with the support of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation, announces the international prize competition called PREMIO MESTRE DI PITTURA with the aim of promoting and enhancing contemporary painting art.

The Prize , now in its fifth contemporary edition, is sponsored by: the Veneto Region, the Metropolitan City of Venice, the Municipality of Venice , with the collaboration of the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice and the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation .

The competition involves 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 award's institutional website : dedicated to the current edition.

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


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 Award, 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 2020 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 candidates not to conform to ban works, or to date or technique or for size, will result in exclusion from the final stage of the competition without obligation to give notice by 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 :

  • 1st PRIZE € 5,000,00. The work will become part of the Collection of the Civic Museums of Venice (Ca 'Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art).

  • 2nd PRIZE € 2.500,00. The work will be exhibited at city cultural institutions or institutions.

  • 3rd PRIZE € 1.500,00. The work will be exhibited at city cultural institutions or institutions.

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

The CGIA Association of Mestre has established an additional Special Purchase Award of € 1,500.00, which will be awarded by the CGIA Jury chaired by Prof. Angelo Zennaro to one of the finalists, on the theme "Life and torment of the urban territory" in the pictorial representation , whose work will become part of the art collection exhibited in the city headquarters of the Association. (*)

The Zanetti Foundation Onlus has established a Prize dedicated to the theme "Contemporary youth discomfort, represented in painting". A specific jury made up of members of the Zanetti Foundation will select the work from among those participating in the Premo Mestre di Painting that well represents the attention to the world of minors, their fragility and respect for rights, the leitmotif of the activities and work of awareness raising carried out by the Treviso foundation. The prize consists in the purchase of the winning work for a value of 1,500 euros. (**)

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

All finalist artists will also compete for the awarding of the POPULAR JURY PRIZE .

** The works awarded through the type of "purchase prize" will actually be purchased (and will remain the property) of 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.

Tutt the artists enrolled in the prize , regardless of the bankruptcy outcome , the explicit request , some tranno have free published the works proposed in a PERSONAL PAGE on site , according to the instructions specified in the corresponding page of the site. The personal page contains the image and information of the candidate work, a summary of biographical information and artistic curriculum, and any contact references . Of or ach page staff are guaranteed of public tion for two years following the last application artist to Mestre Painting Award.


Artists must register by 15 July 202 1 , by filling in the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM available on this page , identifying themselves with surname, name, place and date of birth.

The works 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 € 35.00 to partially cover organizational and secretarial expenses.

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

  • Postal Bulletin: c / c n. 95545778 - in the name of “Il Circolo Veneto” with Reason for "Mestre Award Registration, name, surname of the artist".

  • Bank Transfer: to IBAN: IT64P0760102000000095545778, BIC / SWIFT: BPPIITRRXXX - made out to “Il Circolo Veneto” with Reason for "Mestre Award Registration, name, surname of the artist".

NB Artists not up to date with the registration fee will not be taken into consideration for the selection.

NB Shipping: the works must not be sent during the registration phase, but must be sent only by the finalist artists for the group exhibition.

NB Finalist artists must comply with the declared measurements and the work must correspond to the photographic image sent for selection.


The Jury of the 2021 edition of the Mestre Painting Award is made up as follows: president Gianfranco Maraniello, former director of MART, vice president Gabriella Belli, director of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation; components: Karole Vail, director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; Michele Bonuomo, director of the monthly 'Arte' Mondadori; Riccardo Caldura, director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice; Roberto Zamberlan, director of the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation; Christiano Costantini, curator of the Friends of the Mestre Painting Award site; Secretary of the Jury Marco Dolfin, historian and art critic and curator of the finalists' exhibition. (*)

The Jury will select the finalists and subsequently the winners of the prizes .

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.

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


Deadline for registration: 15 July 2021 .

Group Exhibition Selected of the Mestre Painting Award 202 1 from September 2021 at the Candiani Cultural Center in Mestre .

Announcement of the winners at the Toniolo Theater in Mestre: October 2021

The dat and and time of the paint and the awards will come years later Comunicat and.

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

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


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 to communicate them in time.

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


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