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Ibero-American arts award : Apply until 16 October

Ibero-American arts award : Apply until 16 October

FIRST EVER IBERO-AMERICAN ARTS AWARD LAUNCHES TODAY IN LONDON, CALLING FOR ARTISTS TO EXPLORE THE CONCEPT OFUTOPIA”   

  • Theme: Ibero-American Utopias  

  • Deadline for submissions: 16 October 2016  

  • Exhibition at the Embassy of Brazil in London  

  • Prizes: 1st Prize £3,000; 2nd Prize £1,000; Peoples Choice £1,000.  

  • No submission fee  

The Embassies of Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal, in collaboration with Itaú Unibanco are delighted to launch the first everIbero-American Arts Award. In an unprecedented exchange between the UK and Latin cultures, the exhibition and award invites all UK-based artists to explore the concept of Utopia in Ibero-American cultures.   

In 1516, Thomas More published his Utopia. Playing on a pun contained in the neologismutopia, he had conceived a place that was bothgoodandnon-existent. Throughout time, utopian narratives have sought to examine this fundamental tension: whether or not aperfectedsociety is possible, or even desirable, to achieve. 500 years on, our participating artists are invited to consider the relevance of theutopian impulse” to Ibero-American nations, whose intellectual and artistic histories may indeed be seen as a rich tapestry of utopian dreams, projects and debates.  

The Ibero-American Arts Award is an initiative organized by the Embassy of Brazil and ACALASP (Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal), in partnership with Peoples Palace Projects, and sponsored by Itaú Unibanco, Latin Americas largest private bank.    

Renato Lulia, CEO of Itaú BBA International, said:For over 50 years Itaú Unibanco has been a custodian of Brazilian and Latin American art. We are very pleased to be sponsoring this first IberoAmerican Arts Award and in this way further foster the development of Latin-inspired art around the world.”     

Submissions for the competition, which may include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints, are now invited from artists living and working in the UK. Participants must be aged 16 or over. Entries can be submitted digitally up until midnight on Sunday 16 October 2016. For further details about the competition and how to enter please visit: https://iberoamericanartsaward.org/  



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