The Renaissance Arts Prize - Photography and Video Art Awards 2009. The prize focuses on young talented artists based in Italy and the United Kingdom, giving them the opportunity to express their potential and present their work to a jury of professionals and a highly interested public of journalists, art dealers, curators and institutions representatives.
Art is a cerebral secretion capable of exact calibration?
Created in 2008 by SharpCut Visual Arts Project Director Alessandra Masolini and Consul General of
Italy in London David Morante, and hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the Renaissance
Arts Prize focuses on young talented artists based in Italy and the United Kingdom, giving them the
opportunity to express their potential and present their work to a jury of professionals and a highly
interested public of journalists, art dealers, curators and institutions representatives.
The Renaissance Arts Prize 2009 edition Back to the Futurism: art is a cerebral secretion capable of
exact calibration? invited applicants to undertake a creative dialogue with a movement that has crossed
the borders of Italy and inspired many generation of artists. A selection of quotes from the manifestos was
offered to participants of all nationalities under the age of 35 as a starting point to meditate on the
evolution of photodynamism and other futurist themes.
The jury has pre-selected eleven works which are currently under evaluation by an international
committee drawn together for the vote. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at the
Italian Cultural Institute in London on 31st July 2009, following a video presentation of the short-listed
works by Stefano Cento, Shoko Maeda, Chris Rain, Clara Turchi and Ali Waggie, in the photography
section, and Tereza Buskova, Daniele Geminiani, Riccardo Giacconi, Yaron Lapid, Valerio Rocco
Orlando and Joanna Wodzicka in the video art section.
Two prizes will be awarded in each category - to the best Italian artist, and to the best non Italian artist - and two candidates will be invited to a residency in Tuscany on the occasion of the 9th edition of Atelier d’Artista 2009. The ceremony will be followed by a wine reception courtesy of the sponsors and an unplugged concert by emerging singer songwriter Patrick Plunkett. The Renaissance Arts Prize jury, headed by Dr Alessandra Masolini, is formed by Duncan Caratacus Clark, art consultant and non-executive director of the Association of Photographers; Yvonne De Rosa, artist and photographer; Maria Domenica Rapicavoli, video artist, winner of the 2008 Renaissance video awards; Veronika Wolf, art journalist, UK correspondent for Art + Antiques and Flash Art Magazine. Members of the 2009 international committee are Emanuele Beluffi, Director, Kritika art magazine, Milan; Alvise Chevallard, President, Artegiovane association, Turin; Olivia Cole, poet and arts journalist, the London Evening Standard and Spectator magazine; Eva Kratka, member of Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague & editor in chief of Flash Art, Czech and Slovak edition; Pierfranca Lattuada, President, Toscana In association; David Morante, Consul General of Italy in London; Elizabeth Neilson, Curator and Head of Collection, Zabludowicz Collection, London; Laura Noble, Diemar/Noble Photography, London; Ida Pisani, Director, Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca; Enrico Vita, Managing Director, Indesit Company, UK; Andrew Watson, Course Director, Pg Cert Professional Studies in Photography, Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design, London; Sara Zanin, Director, z2o Galleria¦Sara Zanin, Rome.
Friday, 31st July 2009, 7 – 9 pm
Istituto Italiano di cultura
39 Belgrave Square - London