CO.ME.L, acronym for Commercio Metalli Latina (Metal Trading Latina), established in 1968, has become a leader in the field of trading and processing semi-finished aluminium metal products.
The ‘Vanna Migliorin COMEL Award for Contemporary Art’, is dedicated to the loving memory of Vanna Migliorin who was the beating heart of the company. This award celebrates her great passion for art, her ability to communicate and her enthusiasm in supporting new projects – even the most innovative ones. She saw CO.ME.L. as more than just as a commercial enterprise and broadened its activities to include those within a social and cultural context.
The Award aims at drawing attention to the creative potential of aluminium through an investigation of its expressive, aesthetic, and communicative qualities. CO.ME.L. has also joined the initiative AMACI “Business with Contemporary Art”1 to explore ways to create and support relationships between business and contemporary art.
The first edition of the “‘Vanna Migliorin’ COMEL Award for Contemporary Art” (referred to as “COMEL Award”) took place on February 2012. Thirteen Italian artists participated. The event attracted a numerous public who showed great interest.
With the intention of achieving even greater public involvement the ‘COMEL Award 2013’ is extending an invitation to artists throughout the European Union and may well be a model for the development of an international award in 2014.
Participation is open not only to artists who have already created an artwork that follows the requirements of the COMEL Award, but also to those artists whose creativity is stimulated by the idea of working in aluminium. Submissions may include a written intention of a project to develop and complete for participation in the competition.
Aluminum is one-third the weight of steel. It can be forged, shaped, and laminated until obtaining a very thin foil. Visually intriguing, aluminium does not require any particular final treatment. Its surface offers the possibility to apply a vast range of coatings, from paint to colored anodizations. Aluminum is easy to recycle, with an energy cost equal to one-twentieth of that necessary in its first casting. One-third of the aluminium, which is in use today, is made by recycling scrap metals.
Why 13 artists?
Because aluminum is the chemical element of atomic number 13.
Art. 1 – Objectives and aims of the COMEL Award 2013
The COMEL Award 2013 would like to draw attention to the creative potential of aluminium through an investigation of its expressive, aesthetic, and communicative qualities, while also aiming to:
1. promote contemporary art;
2. strengthen the link between art and business;
3. enhance the value of aluminum, a material that, besides its relevant aesthetic value, is also easily workable, extremely versatile, flexible and recyclable;
4. establish a vital and significant relationship between the gallery ‘Spazio COMEL’, the public and the artists.
The deadline for submissions for the ‘COMEL Award 2013’ is December 31, 2012.
Participation is free and open to all artists over 18, who live and/or work within the European Community and who have used, use or intend to use aluminium as the privileged medium in the work to be submitted.
Artworks using the following techniques may be submitted; painting, sculpture, design, video, photography, and installation.
The maximum artwork size is 150x150x150 cm.
Video’s maximum length is 10 minutes.
Artworks using non-original music or images must meet copyright obligations and/or the non-infringement of Siae rights (or similar) and must be provided, if required.
In order to participate in the “COMEL Award 2013” artists can register on-line, via email, or via postal mail, by following these instructions:
1. complete the ►on-line entry form;
3. download, complete the ► entry form and send the required documents in a sealed envelope to the following address:
Premio COMEL ‘Vanna Migliorin’ arte contemporanea 2013
Via Congiunte Sinistre, 398 – 04100 Latina (LT), Italia.
In all cases, under penalty of exclusion, the following information must be provided:
a. name and surname;
b. nation and date of birth;
c. place of residence (nation, city, province);
d. postal address;
e. email address and website or internet visibility;
f. phone number.
To be attached:
g. if the artwork already exists: a series of 3 to 5 images of the work, including a description containing the indications of technical characteristics, materials used, size, title and year of creation;
h. if the work is to be created: a brief description of the intended artwork with details of technical characteristics, materials and size, as well as the proposed date of completion;
i. brief curriculum vitae, biography and ‘artist statement’.
Finally, the artist must agree to:
j. authorization for the treatment of personal data;
k. full acceptance of rules and regulations of the Award referred to in this announcement.
A panel of professionals in the field of contemporary art will select thirteen works. The selected works will be exhibited from March 9 to April 14, 2013 at the gallery Spazio COMEL for Contemporary Art, Via Neghelli, 68, Latina, Italy.
The winner of the COMEL Award 2013 will be chosen from the thirteen works selected for the exhibition.
The judgment expressed by the Jury is final and irrevocable.
The Award Ceremony will be held on the April 6, 2013, during the exhibition.
The winner will receive the “COMEL Award 2013” and a cash prize of € 2.500 2.
The artwork will become part of the CO.ME.L. permanent collection.
The artist will also be awarded a personal exhibition to be held at the “Spazio COMEL for Contemporary Art” which is located at Via Neghelli, 68 – Latina. The date to be determined.
By accepting the Prize, the winner relinquishes ownership of his/her work and gives CO.ME.L. all rights inherent in it, including the publication right of the image, while retaining the right to be recognized as the author of the artwork.
2 Withholding tax on money prize.
The opening of the exhibition will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
The works will be displayed until Sunday, April 14, 2013.
The transportation (delivery and collection) and insurance will be at the expense of the artist. The insurance of the works within the gallery space, during the exhibition, will be borne by COMEL. The artworks should be delivered by Tuesday, February 26, until Tuesday, March 5, 2013 under penalty of exclusion, at Via Neghelli, 68, 04100 Latina. The works will be installed by the exhibition organizers according to the instructions previously arranged with the artists, Except for the award-winning work (which becomes the property of the CO.ME.L. permanent collection) all artworks should be collected directly from “Spazio COMEL for Contemporary Art” which is located at Via Neghelli, 68 no later than Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Submission to the Award implies complete and full acceptance of these requirements.
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