Tuesday, January 17, 2017

23rd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art – Gabrovo – Bulgária 2017

23rd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art – Gabrovo – Bulgária 2017
Dear colleagues,
The Museum House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo, Bulgaria launches a campaign for registration of entries for the 23rd  International Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art that will open on 19th  May 2017. The works selected by the jury will be on display at the Museum from 19th May until 30th September 2017.
The twenty-third edition of the Biennial is comprised of a competition and a curated exhibition. The competition is held in two sections – cartoons (in three categories) and contemporary art (works of art executed in any technique and media – painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, poster, installation, video and others).
The theme of the competition is Laughing in the Face of.... fear, crisis, adversity, the status quo – artists are invited to complete the phrase and make a statement by addressing the present day and its social, economic, political, cultural and daily problems and challenges.
In order to apply artists complete an online entry-form on the Biennial website biennial.humorhouse.bg, where the conditions of entry and additional information are published. The closing date for application and sending works online is 12th March 2017, midnight Bulgarian time (GTM+2). The selection of the works is made online by an international jury. The artists with selected works send the originals by post within the indicated deadline.
The Biennial website is also accessible via www.humorhouse.bg, the official website of the House of Humour and Satire.
As organizers of the Biennial kindly request you to assist us in spreading this call for entry among the artists you work with, as well as, if possible, to publish it on your website.
We shall appreciate your responsiveness and cooperation, and remain at your disposal for any further questions.
Sincerely,
Margarita Dorovska (Director)

1.           Organizers - Museum House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo Municipality and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Organizing Committee is chaired by the Mayor of Gabrovo.
2.           Opening - 19th May 2017, 7.00 p.m. at the Museum House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo
3. Theme: Laughing in the Face of…
3.           fear, crises, adversity, the status quo – artists are invited to complete the phrase and make a statement by addressing the present day and its social, economic, political, cultural and daily problems and challenges.
Eligible for the contemporary art section of the competition are works of art executed in any technique and media (painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, poster, installation, video, and others).
Prizes:
·              Golden Aesop Prize – a statuette and 5 000 BGN (appr. 2 550 euro)
·              Gascar Prize of the town of Gabrovo awarded to a young artist (up to 40 yrs.) – a statuette and 3 000 BGN (appr. 1 530 euro)
·              Special prize given by Skalni Materiali JS Co-Rousse – 3 000 BGN (appr. 1 530 euro)
The cartoons competition section includes the following categories:
·              Cartoons (original works signed by the artists and digital works, up to A3 size)
·              Animated cartoons (gif and flash)
·              Printed cartoon publications (albums, catalogues, artists’ books)
Prizes :
·              Grand Prix – 3 000 BGN (appr. 1 530 euro)
·              Prize for cartoon (hand-signed originals and digital drawings) – 2 000 BGN (appr. 1 020 euro)
·              Prize for animated cartoon (gif and flash formats) – 2 000 BGN (appr. 1 020 euro)
·              Prize for printed cartoon publication – 1 000 BGN (appr. 510 euro)
The prizewinning works remain in the Humour of the Peoples art collection of the Museum House of Humour and Satire.

The organizers kindly invite all artists to visit Gabrovo on 19th May 2017 for the opening of the Biennial exhibition and join in the Gabrovo carnival.

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