SAN FEDELE AWARD for YOUNG artists│visual arts
Through the award, with the contribution of the Cariplo
Foundation, the Cultural Foundation San Fedele intends to promote an artistic
production of original work, developed from an elaboration and reflection
on fundamental themes, as a result from a creative process involving artists,
art dealers, public and critics. Addressed to artists under 35 years of age,
the reward consists of a statue in fused bronze (30x12 cm) made form a mould specially
created for the San Fedele competition in 1951, donated by Lucio Fontana.
Furthermore, the winner will also participate in an exhibition at the San
Fedele Gallery, together with the other two classified artists (on decision of
the Award Director), the young artist nominated by the curators, and the winner
of the Rigamonti award.
Cultural Foundation San Fedele, piazza San Fedele, 4 – 20121
Milan. The representative of the San Fedele Award young artists is the Director.
Duration and location
The competition will have an annual deadline and will be
re-proposed for a period of three years. It will start in September each year
and will end in December of the following year. At the end of the third year
the San Fedele Young Artists Award will terminate with a final event, instead
of a winners exhibition (See §: The Award Exhibition). This final event will take
place at the gallery of the Cultural Foundation San Fedele.
Invited to participate at the Young Artists Award are
national and international artists who are born after January first 1975 for
the year 2010/2011, after January first 1976 for the year 2011/2012 and after
January first 1977 for the year 2012/2013. The competition is open to artists
working in every field of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography,
video, net art). For competition reasons the artists whose activity is in the
field of performance, have to present their work documented on photography or
video, along with a detailed description of the project.
The registration form and competition theme will be
available on-line from the 30th of May 2012 www.centrosanfedele.net .
Candidates must send the registration form, duly compiled and signed, to the
award secretariat (Young Artist Award, film section – Piazza San Fedele 4 –
20121 Milan), delivered by hand or
by certified mail, before the 5th of September 2012. Along with the form they
have to present
Portfolio printed or on digital supports CD/DVD.
Copy of a valid ID
Short presentation of the project.
NB: the delivered material will not be returned. If
selected, the material can be used, at discretion of the Director, for printed
and/or web publications during the San Fedele Visual Art Competition. Within
the 15th of September the 24 finalists will be selected and published. The
selection will be managed by the Director, assisted by a selection of young
curators and tutors. The selection of the candidates will be based on the
received material at the registration.
Competition development and regulation, scheduled for each
Phase 1: Selection of the 24 finalist. See § Registration
Phase 2: Work presentation meetings and training. The
selected candidates should, in this phase, participate in a series of public
presentations of their work at the San Fedele Gallery (see paragraph § Presentation
meetings) and in a series of training sessions, held by specialists of various
disciplines (philosophy, history of cinema, history of art) to study the theme
proposed in the course of the competition. To these sessions, a meeting between
artists and curators will be added to evaluate the work in progress for the
competition. To enrich the training sessions, experts in creative processes
will be invited in collaboration with the Università Cattolica of Milan. The
meetings will take place at the San Fedele Gallery or at the San Fedele
Auditorium and are mandatory to participate at the award.
Phase 3: Completed the cycle of work presentations, training
sessions and the project
verification, the artists will create an original work based on the theme
chosen by the Director and participate with their work in the collective
exhibition, to be held within the month of July, at the San Fedele Gallery (see
§ Award exhibition). The young artists can avail themselves of the
collaboration of the curators/tutors, during the realization of the project for
the Award. For the artists of the previous editions it will be possible to
contact the Award secretariat to have a curator/tutor assigned.
Presentation of the Work
The presentations of the candidate’s work, open to the
public, will be held at the San Fedele Gallery, and moderated by the Award
Director and a visiting professor chosen for each occasion by the Director. During
each meeting from four to six artists will be presented. The artists will be
provided with a video projector, DVD player, and stereo set. Other means then
the ones provided by the San Fedele Gallery will not be admitted. The
presentation cycle of the works will be held from the month October until the
month of December, according to the calendar previously decided by the award
direction. During the presentation of the projects to the public, the
participants will be asked to complete an evaluation form for each artist
presented that evening. Each session will be prepared after a meeting between
the curators and the Award Director, in which the artists involved that day,
NB: In case of withdrawal of a participant the Director,
referenced by the curators, preserves the faculty of substitution on his
An Award Exhibition will be held within the month of July and
will last for approximately one month. This exhibition will be open to the
participants of all editions according to the limit of age imposed by
regulation. Every entitled artist has to present an unpublished work according
to the theme of the correspondent year, within the terms decided by the award
direction. The dimensions or length of the works (in case of video or
performance) will be communicated to the artists. The number of projects shown
at the award exhibition will include the winners of each year (first, second
and third classified and the young artists selected by the curators) as well as
a selection – at the discretion of the Award Director, on proposal of the
curators/tutors – of the best projects presented. Also exhibited will be the
winner of the Paolo Rigamonti Award. The San Fedele Gallery will publish a
catalogue of the award exhibition containing images of the shown work, a short
CV of the artist, texts by the Director and a choice of curators.
The jury will be composed of twelve members, one of which
will be the Award Director, as well as the curators/tutors nominated by the
Director, each with a single vote. The other members will be chosen amongst
critics, collectors, artists, and journalists, nominated by the Director. Each
member of the jury will dispose of three votes, respectively worth 3, 2 and 1
point, to be assigned to three different projects. The voting will be secret.
The twelfth member of the jury will be the public who, based on the forms compiled
during the day, will assign three votes of respectively 3, 2 and 1 point. The
score decided by the public will be held valid also for the successive editions
in which the candidate is entitled to participate. In order to assign the
Award, the winning project has to have collected at least 12 points. In the event
of a tie, a new ballot will be held by the Director and the curators/tutors,
disposing of one vote each. The members of the jury express individually the
proper preference for a single project. In order to assign the Award, the
winning projects must have collected at least four preferences. In the event of
a tie, the Director and curators/tutors will vote again. The curators will then
express a special nomination for a project, disposing each of one vote.
The Cultural Foundation San Fedele can use the images of the
projects presented during the Award for promotion of the initiative and the
promotion the various collateral activities of the Cultural Foundation. The
winners who have presented video projects (first classified, artist chosen by
the curators/ tutors and the Rigamonti Award winner) will be admitted by right
to the art film festival of Asolo, according to the regulation imposed by the
festival, visible at www.asolofilmfestival.it
Phase 4: During the first two years, the winner of the Award
will exhibit together with the winner of the Rigamonti Award. The other two
classified can also participate at the discretion of the Award Director.
Third year: The final event.
The third year, instead of just an exhibition of the
winners, a final episode will be organized in autumn 2013, consisting in an
event, open to the city of Milan, in which, besides the exhibition all sectors
of the Award will be involved.
Shipments and insurance
Shipment of the material and works will be at participants’
expense. The San Fedele Gallery will take extreme care in handling the works,
but won’t hold any responsibility for damage, loss or theft. In case an artist
wants to insure the work, this will be charged to the latter. The works not
exposed at the Award exhibition have to be withdrawn within one month from the
closing date of the exhibition. In case of failed withdrawal within the
established date the San Fedele Gallery declines all responsibility.
NB: subscribing the participation documents for the
competition implies the full acceptance of the award regulation. The award
direction will maintain the right to decide on all non specified issues
concerning the regulation. In case of dispute the Italian version is
authoritative. For any dispute the law court of Milan has jurisdiction.