"Open to Art" International Competition for Art Ceramics and Design - Milano 2014

The International Art and Design Ceramics Competition, at its first edition, is run by Officine Saffi with the objective of highlighting and promoting the use of ceramics in contemporary art, design and furnishing, providing a privileged viewpoint of the current state of visual and technological innovation in these areas.

OS Project is a multifaceted cultural project, an architectonic envelope that encloses art, workshops and publishing projects, located in central Milan. It includes the Ceramic Arts Gallery – Officine Saffi with the objective of promoting ceramics in their most sophisticated form, namely works of art, by new artists as well as artists of consolidated fame from both Italy and abroad, the workshop OS Lab, used for practical workshops led by important ceramic artists. And the publishing project with the magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo, a magazine with an international outlook dedicated to traditional and contemporary ceramics in all their forms and expressions.

The competition is promoted and organized as part of the Officine Saffi mission.
First Level of Selection
By 30 January 2014, the jury will select works for admission into the competition. The works that have been accepted for the competition on the basis of the images sent cannot be replaced by other works; if the works do not correspond to the images, they will be excluded from the competition. The works themselves must reach the competition office by 3 March 2014, with all transport charges paid by the applicant. Applicants will be promptly informed of acceptance into the competition and the rules for delivery of the works.

Second level of Selection
By 11 March 2014, the Jury will view the works delivered, and will award the Officine Saffi prizes and the other secondary prizes. All the works admitted to the second level of selection will be exhibited in a show running from 2 April until 10 July 2014.
The Jury’s decisions are final and unimpeachable.

The winning works will become part of the Officine Saffi collection. All selected works will be exhibited in the gallery.

First prize in the Art Ceramics Category, to the value of € 5,000.00

First prize in the Design Ceramics Category, to the value of € 5,000.00

Other prizes:
Special commendation by the Carlo Zauli Museum, which will offer the opportunity to the winner support a guest artist in an artist’s residency.

Special commendation by Bitossi Ceramiche, who will offer an internship to a young applicant selected by the company.

Officine Saffi will publish a special edition/catalogue for the competition.

The catalogue will be printed by Officine Saffi, who will also select the images to be published. By taking part in the competition, applicants cede all rights concerning the reproduction of images of their works to Officine Saffi.

Likewise, artists authorize the production of photographs, video, film, television or digital documentation of ther works for all the uses that Officine Saffi deems as opportune for the promotion of the competition (posters, postcards or other materials) or for its other cultural activities. A list of the works accepted will be published on the website www.laceramicainitalia.com.

Applicants will be able to purchase the catalogue at a discounted price. One copy of the catalogue will be given free to each of the finalist artists. Copies of the catalogue can be collected during the final exhibition, or they can be purchased online at the website www.laceramicainitalia.com.


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