Thursday, December 15, 2011


Deadline: February 15, 2012 (RECEIVE)

Contemporary Textile Art Triennial

Guimarães, Portugal
1st of September to 14th of October, 2012

This international contemporary art event, with the textile element as a main reference in creativity, research and concern in all forms of artistic expression. It takes the format of triennial due to the need of continuity of the project, that will in the future motivate artists to pursue an experimental and cutting edge approach, and maintain the audiences interest in Textile Art. CONTEXTILE 2012 intents to create dynamics between local, regional and international organizations aiming to expand the quality of its cultural program...

CONTEXTILE 2012 will take place in the Portuguese city of Guimarães from the 1st of September to 14th of October, 2012. It takes part of the program of GUIMARÃES 2012 –European Capital of Culture.

The triennial program will include a Textile Art Competition and a Acquisition Prize (3000€) will be awarded to the winner. This competition is open to all national and international artists.

Artists may apply until the 15th of February 2012 with artwork projects from 2009 to 2012, and all forms of visual arts will be accepted, based on 3 fundamental criteria:

1- All works have to include the TEXTILE element, either by construction, and material used, or by chosen theme or concept.
2- Dimensions cannot exceed 2mt in all directions and have a maximum weight of 20 kg.
3- All works have to respond equally to creativity, originality and technical skill.

1. CONTEXTILE 2012 - ACQUISITION PRIZE is centered in the textile element, either by construction, and material used, or by chosen theme or concept.
2. This competition is open to Portuguese and international artists, that have completed 18 years of age by the entry deadline date of 15th of February, 2012.
3. Entries of all areas of visual art mediums will be accepted. Are excluded all forms of applied arts and craft works.
4. The competition is of individual artwork and collective projects are not accepted.
5. The CONTEXTILE ACQUISITION PRIZE of 3000€ will be individually. attributed. It will be announced at the Opening of the Exhibition. The winner will also be informed
by e-mail.
6. The artworks will be judged and selected by a panel of six judges, including the director of CONTEXTILE 2012, the director of Kaunas Textile Biennial, and established and practicing artists and art critics. The jury may decide not to attribute the Prize if the art works do not match the required standards of creativity, originality and technical skill.
7. There will be two rounds of judging. The first is a pre-selection over viewing portfolios and proposed art projects. The deadline date for art proposal and/or projects and also portfolios is 15th of February 2012. Artists will be notified by e-mail until 30th of March 2012, and may consult official listings in Contextile2012 internet site.
8. The artworks accepted for exhibition and competition are limited to 2mt in all directions and 20kg of maximum weight.

Download Application (english version)

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