Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in collaboration with ArtVerona created the first Sustainable Art Prize for artists and collectives of artists reflecting issues of social, economics and environmental sustainability through art to tackle major global challenges in line with the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promoted by the UN. Artists can find the registration form on the Italian webpage.
The prize entails the construction of an installation, an exhibition or a performance which relates to sustainability, to be hosted at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Autumn 2019.
The construction of the project will involve students at Ca’ Foscari, while the artists will work in a new environment collaborating with the university community in Venice - a unique opportunity of dialogue between art and research.
The prize falls within the projects ofof Ca’ Foscari and shows the commitment of Ca’ Foscari towards sustainable development issues by presenting them in a new innovative way, including emotional investment that characterizes art.
The winners will obtain a budget of € 5,000.00 for the completion of their project in collaboration with the Special Projects Office - Sustainable Ca’ Foscari. Expenses linked to the organization and communication of the project - including curatorship, coordination and setups, vernissage and students’ involvement, possible collateral activities and catalogue - will be covered by Ca’ Foscari.
The members of the jury for the second edition of the Sustainable Art Prize were:
- President Warren Raymond Lee Cairns, researcher of the Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes at CNR and Professor at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, expert in analytical chemistry applied to the environment and polar regions
- Maria Adelaide Marchesoni, renowned journalist, currently writing for ArtEconomy24 - Il Sole 24 ore
- Carlo Sala, one of the most active Italian curators in the field of talent scouting
The three jurors, with their cross-sectoral competencies, were assisted by jury secretary Diego Mantoan, art economist and historian.
On Sunday October 14th the winner of the Sustainable Art prize 2018 was named. The jury named the artist Paolo Ciregia, presented at ArtVerona by gallery L'Elefante with establishments in Treviso.
Ciregia has convinced by its ability to seize the urgencies linked to sustainable development in urban contexts and the ability to investigate immediately the conflicts and contradictions mounting in our daily life through a process of crystallization and unveiling that manages to reactivate the gaze, engage the viewer and spread awareness.
Thanks to the collaboration between the University and Veronafiere, entry to the modern and contemporary art fair of Verona - ArtVerona was free for professors, technical and administrative staff and students of Ca’ Foscari, on presentation of Ca’ Foscari’s CartaConto.
The jury named the collective made up of artists Sasha Vinci and Maria Grazia Galesi, presented at ArtVerona by gallery aA29 Project Room with establishments in Caserta, Milan, Prague, on the following criteria: the interpretation of the concept of sustainability, the aesthetic maturity of the project and the capacity to share the concept and involve the community.
The artists’ dedication to deal with environmental, social and political sustainability was met with enthusiasm as well as their capacity to translate their commitment in an aesthetically interesting project that was particularly striking in a communication perspective, and their honest community involvement, one of the key features of their projects.
On Sunday October 15th the winner of the Sustainable Art prize 2017 was named.
The 2017 jury was made up of the President Fabio Pranovi, Rector’s Delegate for sustainability, journalist Riccarda Mandrini, curator Carlo Sala and art historian Diego Mantoan as Secretary.
Last update: 17/06/2019