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ART PRIZE CBM - Premio Biennale “Carlo Bonatto Minella”
TURIN – PRAGUE – LONDON
III Edition – 2015/2016
12 January – 20 July 2015
Theme: Space. Inside and Outside the Limits
The Cultural Association AREACREATIVA42, located in Casa Toesca, in the heart of the old town of Rivarolo Canavese (Turin), aims at valuing Historical Art and promoting Contemporary Art, with a particular attention to its new generations.
Since 2010 AREACREATIVA42 established a biennial Prize for artists, dedicated to Carlo Bonatto Minella (1855-1878), Piedmontese artist and virtuous pupil at Albertina Academy in Turin, who died very young leaving his talented artistic career incomplete.
Each edition of the prize is given a different theme taking inspiration from a work of Carlo Bonatto Minella: to this end a short text is written by the artistic director suggesting a contemporary interpretation, according to the objectives of Areacreativa42.
“Edition 2015 of Art Prize CBM is inspired, in its theme, by one of the latest works, maybe the very last, painted by the Piedmontese artist: “Religion of the departed”, a canvas preserved at GAM (Gallery of Modern Art) in Turin, fascinating and mysterious, arousing meditation.
The sacrificial gesture of the profile figure, ingratiating gods, is full of spirituality, placed as it is in the centre of a space at the border between finiteness and infinity, in between need of protection and consignment of one's desires.
To the young Minella, space looks as full of loneliness, compared to the daily chaos and to the noisy city, it is a space at the limit between a “here”, where material presence is nostalgia and a “there”, where the ideal is silence and poetry. The artist paints a “moment” marked by memories, images, figures, still-lives and vegetations, sliding into a delicate harmony; all these elements give stronger energy and essence to the surrounding landscape, outside and inside the household walls.
Inspired by the meaning and significance of Carlo Bonatto Minella painting, artists who will take part to the Prize, could use painting, sculpture, photography, installations or video-art or whatever artistic language is more suitable to them, to express their creative inspiration, stopping to reflect about physical and mental space, where objects from the inside speak about affection, memories and pulsing life, while the outside extends in a landscape loaded with sought but not found values.” (Antonio D’Amico)
3) Admission requirements
The contest is open to all contemporary artists from all nationalities. The basic selection criteria will be coherence of one's artistic research and quality of the means of expression used, which should throw light upon one's personal reflection, in contemporary terms, about the Prize theme – “Spaces inside and outside limits”.
The work of art presented at the contest must be property of the artist and must never have appeared in previous contests. It also must be alienable and at complete disposal for all further exhibitions following one's qualification as a finalist or winner for both categories Under 30 and Over 30.
The following techniques are admitted to the contest:
PAINTING: This section admits works made of oil, tempera, acrylic, varnish, ink, drawing, gouache collage, incision, watercolour, computer graphic, and works executed with mixed media and mixed-material applications on any kind of support. Works admitted to the contest must have maximum dimensions of 180 cm height and 240 cm width.
SCULPTURE: This section allows works made of any material, either traditional or original, made in form of sculptures or installations. Works admitted must not exceed 180 cm height and 240 cm width and must not present any elements in any way dangerous for the organizers or for possible users.
PHOTOGRAPHY: This section admits digital and analogical photographs, in colour or black and white, and all other expressive ways of photography, including interactive applications and visual analysis obtained through post-production. The photographic works allowed must measure maximum 180 cm height and 240 cm width.
VIDEO-ART: This section includes videos, movies and e works made through any motion technique on any digital or analogical support. During the selection phase one will have to send a CD/DVD containing a reproduction of the work, lasting maximum 15 minutes, including opening titles and ending titles.
PERFORMANCE: An artist or group of artists can take part to the contest with one or more performances which could be achieved through any technique and form of expression and through any supporting material gave by the artist. During the selection phase the artists should send a video containing the performance, lasting maximum 15 minutes, including opening titles and ending titles.
4) How to participate
In order to take part to the contest, the artists, must have turned 18 and they will have to fill the online form available at
At the end of the subscription each candidate will receive a confirmation email with a subscription code to be preserved carefully.
The candidate will have to place in the appropriate spaces the requested information and to attach the following:
image of the work or works for the contest (maximum three works admitted). Each image must be a JPG file of 300 dpi (maximum 4MB) and will have to be a maximum 9 cm high. The file will have to be renamed with the name and surname of the artist, title, year, technique, dimensions (height x length x depth). Artists who will take part to the contest with a video-art work or with a performance will have to indicate the appropriate technique in the appropriate space and send a CD/DVD containing the video file of their work to the Admin Office of the Prize. The file will have to be renamed with the artist name and surname, title and year, accompanied by the subscription code received after filling in the online form. The address where the CD/DVD needs to be sent is the following:
ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE AREACREATIVA42
Casa Toesca, via Ivrea n.42
10086 Rivarolo Canavese (TO) ITALY
Shipping fees will be charged to the candidates .
(Sending CD/DVD exclusively concerns artists who will take part to the contest either with a video-art work or with a performance. All other CDs/DVDs will not be considered).
Short explanatory text of the submitted work which describes it and its basic meaning, contextualizing it in the artist's career. It will also be possible to insert in this space a personal dossier of the artist containing his CV and his activity (maximum 5000 key strokes).
The form will have to be filled in completely in all its part, penalty the invalidity of the subscription.
5) Subscription fee
Subscription is free for artists between 18 and 29 years old.
Participants aged 30 or more at the moment of the subscription will have to pay a fee of 40 € to participate. Each artist can take part to the contest presenting a maximum of 3 works: in case the artist decides to take part to it with more than one work (in respect to the above limit) he will have to attach to the subscription form an image for each work in the appropriate spaces, keeping in mind that all artists over 30, will have to pay a fee of 40 € for each submitted work.
For groups of two or more artists subscription fee is mandatory, in case at least one of the members of the group have already turned 30.
Subscription fee is non-refundable. In case of missing payment the subscription will not be considered. For payments through bank transfer debts charges will not be accepted, penalty the invalidity of the subscription.
Payment of the subscription fee can be made through:
- Bank Transfer to a bank Banca Sella
Name: ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE AREACREATIVA42
Payment Reference: Subscription ART PRIZE CBM with name and surname of the artist
IBAN IT03L032683086005384 765 1860
BIC PER GLI STRANIERI ? (n.d.t)
- Credit card:
6) Selection and jury
What will be selected:
21 works for the Under 30 category;
21 works for the Over 30 category.
Amongst these 42 selected works the jury will vote two winners, one for each category.
Selected artists will be contacted by telephone by the Admin Office and their names will be published on the website ; in this way they could take agreements about the time and way to consign their works for setting up the solo and group shows.
Jury will be made up by the following members:
- President of the Jury: Karin Reisovà, President of Areacreativa42 - Turin
- Antonio D'Amico, art historian and critic, artistic director of the Prize - Milan
- Guido Curto, director of Pinacoteca dell'Accademia di Belle Arti - Turin
- Jiri Machalický, art historian, curator, artistic director of Nod Experimental Gallery - Prague
- Barbora Mastrlova, director at Art Salon S / Tančící dům - Prague
- Sharokh Koussari, lawyer, specialized in property law - London
Decisions taken by this jury are unquestionable and cannot be appealed.
Participation in the competition will allow selected candidates to obtain good visibility on different media, thanks to the national and international diffusion of the news, and then by means of the printed catalog published for the occasion.
As with previous editions during the prizegiving to winners and finalists in Rivarolo Canavese the catalog of the works will be presented, accompanied by texts in Italian and English, edited by Umberto Allemandi & C. and critical texts in the Czech too.
The catalogue will be divided as follows:
- section dedicated to the artist winner of the category Under 30, with a selection of recent works by him.
- section dedicated to the artist winner of the category Over 30, with a selection of recent works by him.
- section dedicated to all final works selected for the final for the category Under 30.
- section dedicated to all final works selected for the final for category Over 30.
-section dedicated to the winner of video art.
The catalogue will accompany all personal and collective shows held in Italy and abroad.
The artists winner for both the categories will receive as a prize:
- a solo show in the prestigious venue of Areacreativa42 in Casa Toesca, Rivarolo Canavese (Turin), during October/November 2015.
- Participation in the exhibition dedicated to the Prize with the winning work and / or a personal selection of works at the Christine Park Gallery in London in November / December 2015.
- Participation in the exhibition dedicated to the Prize with the winning work and / or a personal selection of works at the Art Salon S Gallery / Dancing House of Prague in the January / February 2016 and / or at Gallery Nod Prague.
The artist will be given a budget of €500 to cover travel costs and transportation costs of the works to the different show venues. Shall he spend more, the exceeding amount will not be reimbursed.
The finalists of both categories will receive as a prize:
- the twenty artists selected for the final for the category Under 30 and the twenty artist selected for the category Over 30 will receive as a prize the chance of showing their works in the group show organized at Villa Vallero in Rivarolo Canavese (Turin), during October/ November 2015.
- Participation in a group exhibition dedicated to the Prize at the Christine Park Gallery in London and at the Art Salon S Gallery and/ or NoD Gallery in Prague if selected at the discretion of the hosting galleries, respectively, in November / December 2015 and January / February 2016.
The artist winner of video-art category:
The winner of the video-art category will be showed in the spaces of Pinacoteca dell’Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin, during October/November 2015 and then at NoD Gallery in Prague, between January and February 2016. The artist will be given a budget of €200 to cover travel costs and transportation costs of the works to the different show venues. Shall he spend more, the exceeding amount will not be reimbursed.
Final or winner artists of both categories who submitted a performance for the contest, will perform the evenings of the opening of the various shows, presenting their work in a version lasting no more than 10 minutes. For works including non original music or images copyrights and Siae rights must be guaranteed, if necessary.
As for the previous edition, special mentions for artists considered particularly talented could be created.
All works on show will be part of the catalogue edited in occasion of the Prize.
The President of the Jury will consign a copy of the catalogue to each finalist and a certificate documenting his participation, during the official ceremony held at the opening, when the various institutions will be attending.
8) Deadlines and steps
Deadline for sending the complete subscription with the requested documents:
20 July 2015 UNLESS EXTENDED
Proclamation of the 40 finalists and the two winners:
Following the exhibition of the winners and finalists in the various locations as specified in the preceding paragraphs.
Areacreativa42 Cultural Association, assures the maximum care and conservation of the submitted works, though declines all responsibilities for all possible damages happening to the works, for all the period and phases of the contest, in Italy and abroad.
Expedition of the works of finalists and winners to Areacreativ42 in Rivarolo Canavese (Turin) are at the expenses of the artists.
All charges for the expedition of the works form Areacreativa42 to the London and Prague venues and their return are at the expenses of di Areacreativa42, which determines the modalities.
In case of installations artists will have to provide the organizers with all necessary materials for setting their works and to personally supervise the preparation.
The materials sent for the subscription will not be returned. The organization has the right to modify the procedure, in case of necessity. Adhesion and participation to the prize imply the acceptance to all terms and conditions expressed in the articles of this guideline.
Each edition of the prize has been given a different theme taking inspiration from a work pf Carlo Bonatto Minella: to this end a short text is written by the artistic director suggesting a contemporary interpretation, according to the objectives of Areacreativa42.
Each candidate expressly authorizes Areacreativa42 Cultural Association and whoever cooperates to the Prize to the treatment of transmitted personal information, according to the Italian law n. 675/96 (”Privacy Law”) and its further modifications D.lgs.196/2003 (Privacy code), also concerning the insertion of this information in appropriate databases supervised by the above-mentioned people.
Each selected artist provides Areacreativa42 Cultural Association and whoever cooperates to the Prize with free rights of reproduction, exhibition, publication, translation and communication to the public through any possible media, for all works, photographic reproductions and texts, submitted for the selection and for all activities concerning the Prize.
Carlo Bonatto Minella Prize
AREACREATIVA42 Cultural Association
Via Ivrea n.42 – 10086 Rivarolo Canavese (TO) ITALY
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Carlo Bonatto Minella:
Religion of the departed, 1878