Sustainable Art Prize

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in collaboration with ArtVerona has launched the third edition of the 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 2022.

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 of Art&Sustainability of 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 winner obtains a budget of € 5,000.00 for the completion of his project in collaboration with the Sustainable Ca’ Foscari Office. 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 fourth edition of the Sustainable Art Prize were the President Elena Semenzin, delegate for the Sustainability of Ca’ Foscari Rector; the President of Aquafil S.p.a Giulio Bonazzi; the art collector Michele Furlanetto and Diego Mantoan - researcher in History of Contemporary Art at Ca' Foscari University, scientific responsible of the Prize and non-voting member of the jury, as well as Francesca Barea as secretary of the Prize. 


Winner of the Sustainable Art Prize 2021

On Saturday 16th October 2021 at the ArtVerona fair, the winner of the fourth edition of the Sustainable Art Prize was named. In 2022, the winner, together with Ca' Foscari students, will create an art project at Ca' Foscari focused on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

The jury decided to award the Prize to Post Disaster collective, presented at ArtVerona in the section LAB 1, which presented at the fair a work moved from the post-industrial condition of Taranto to embrace the Mediterranean basin in a reflection on the challenges of resilience. Post Disaster convinced thanks to its ability to create a connections between different territorial realities by exploiting the frame of a language between the use of public space and rigorous archival practise. In particular, the collective impressed the jury for the creative intelligence and social sensibility with which their work addresses the issues of geographical peripheries and the need for redemption of their humanity.  In the collective’s work it clearly emerges how, through partecipation practises pursued with balance between planning and ephemeral, it is possible to create prolific comparisons in the urban, social and environmental context. Post Disaster presented at the fair an idea of a lived sustainability, intrinsic in the processes of reconsideration of our reality, which finds complete relevance to the themes promoted by Ca’ Foscari and to the venetian territory in general, so much so that it can generate an intresting sharing with the entire university community for the proposal of new ways of interconnecting local and global at the service of sustainable development.


On Sunday 13th October the winner of the Sustainable Art prize 2019 was named. The jury named the artist Gayle Chong Kwan, presented at ArtVerona by Galleria Alberta Pane with establishments in Venice.

Gayle Chong Kwan has convinced for her solid and visionary poetics that is fully in line with the objectives of the award promoted by Ca’ Foscari. In particular, she impressed the jury because the thematics she deals with in her projects - such as the reuse of food waste and their artistic translation– match with the discussion around the fragile balance that characterizes our contemporary realities. For Gayle Chong Kwan, waste is never an end in itself or decontextualized, but a vibrant and vital question that has its roots in the modus vivendi of our society.


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.


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.

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Last update: 12/08/2022