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Exhibition / Awards /Calendar of Events / Selected Authors / Application UNICUM 2023


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 

Vth International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023
Organised by the National Museum of Slovenia
15th May – 30th September 2023

  APPLICATION     

The National Museum of Slovenia is setting up the Vth International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023 and announcing a call for applications to participate in the exhibition of international production in artistic ceramics over the last five years. The emphasis is on popularization as well as presentation of contemporary ceramics as an independent area in the field of artistic creation. Triennial is a connection between international and Slovene area and it gives a fresh insight into artistic ceramics. Its intention is searching for elementary artistic research in connection to contemporary thought. We are looking for new concepts, technologies and innovative research in the field of ceramic art that are connected to contemporary life.
V. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023 contains competitive part and accompanying events and exhibitions all over Slovenia. The National Museum of Slovenia will host the competitive part of the Triennial as well as the exhibition of ceramics of students from Art Schools and Academies chosen by the invited mentors. All the addresses of locations, where exhibitions and events will take place, and all the timetables will be announced at our web site (www.unicum.si).  

Rules of participation
Call for application is international and public, the topic is not specified, and there is no registration fee and no age limit. Any individual artist or group of artists working in the field of ceramic art may participate in the V. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023. Ceramic artworks may include other materials which must not predominate. Each participant is allowed to submit up to two artworks or two projects consisting of several ceramic elements. Due to the limitations of the exhibition space, objects must not exceed the dimensions of 2×2×2 m, and two-dimensional artworks (suitable for hanging on the wall) must not exceed 4×3 m. By applying, the artists assure that these are their own works, created within the last five years and not submitted to other competitions. If the organiser finds that the submitted work does not meet these conditions, it reserves the right to withdraw the work from the exhibition and, if this work has won any award, cancel it. Members of the organizing committee, international jury are not allowed to take part in the competitive part of the Triennial. The works selected for the exhibition will be chosen by the international jury on the basis of the received documentation. The costs of sending and returning the artworks must be covered by the author.

Application
Applications for the competitive part of the Triennial with all documentation required must be sent by email: info@unicum.si.

Each author has to deliver:

  • Correctly filled application form.
  • Two photographs of each ceramic artwork from different angles in required format and printing quality, labeled with the title and dimensions of artwork in centimeters (e. g. Title of the Artwork_Dimensions_Picture1).
  • Self-portrait photograph.

All photos should be in JPEG (.jpg); resolution of 300 dpi is required. Pictures are to be taken in front of a neutral background. A photograph of the final artwork for the exhibition must be submitted. With application, each author allows the organizer to use all the information from the received documentation for promotion and the catalogue of the Triennial. The organizer of the Triennial does not take any responsibility for published information, given by the authors in the application. The author is taking full responsibility for correctness of the information on him/her and his/her artwork. Received applications will be kept in the archives of the Triennial as a part of documentation. Authors cannot exchange artworks selected on the basis of the received photographs or otherwise replace them with other artworks. The organiser reserves the right to use photographic and video material of selected works for the exhibition.

Deadline for Application
Deadline for application is on Thursday, 1st December 2022
The organizer will not consider incomplete applications. We advise you not to submit your application just before the deadline to avoid delays or other problems with our computer servers because we expect to receive many entries just before the deadline.

Selection of Artworks and Notification 
International jury will select artworks on the basis of the received photographs. 
List of selected authors will be announced on Tuesday, 7th February 2023, on the website of the Triennial (www.unicum.si). Selected authors will be notified via email.

Delivery of Selected Artworks
The costs of sending and returning the artworks must be covered by the author. The authors must use door-to-door service (e.g. International Express Shipping). The participants must pay customs duty. Accepted artworks must be delivered in a re-usable package no later than Tuesday, 25th April 2023 to: V. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023, National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova, Maistrova ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. 
Each artwork must be delivered in packaging, required by the established standards and usable for storage and return. In case the packaging is unusable for return, the author is responsible for collecting his work personally, or it becomes the property of the organizer. After receiving the delivery, notification emails will be sent to the authors. Artworks which will arrive damaged or ruined will not be exhibited and will be returned to the author together with a damage report. Damaged artworks can be restored by the conservators and restorers of the National Museum of Slovenia if permission is given by the author. In case the selected artworks consist of several pieces, the author has to add a plan for setting up the artwork at the exhibition.

Returning of Artworks
Authors must reclaim displayed pieces within one month after the last day of the Triennial exhibition (until 31st October 2023). They can reclaim their works in person or cover the costs of returning their artworks by post.
The author can donate the exhibited work to the National Museum of Slovenia. The National Museum of Slovenia reserves the right to accept or decline donations. In the case of donation or waiver of the return of works, the National Museum of Slovenia may dispose of them according to the exhibition and promotional purposes.

Insurance of Artworks
Insurance of artworks during the transport from the author to the Organizer and back is author's responsibility. Insurance of artworks during the exhibition is made on the expense of the organizer. 

International Jury

Artworks for the Vth International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023 will be selected by an international professional jury.
The jury consists of:

  • Irene Biolchini (Italy), PhD, art historian, curator, art critic;
  • Višnja Slavica Gabout (Croatia), art historian,curator, art critic, a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC);
  • Alenka Gregorič (Slovenia), art historian, curator, Artistic Director of the Gallery Cukrarna and Gallery Tobačna, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana;
  • Karel Plemenitaš (Slovenia), academic painter, artist;
  • Assistant Prof. Lana Tikveša (Serbia), MA in ceramics sculpture, artist, Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Ceramics Department.

International jury will select the artworks based on the received photo documentation. Jury will make selection for 4 awards and 3 recognitions. The decision of the jury is final.

Awards and Recognitions
Awards and recognitions will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of the Vth International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023.

The Exhibition of the Triennial
The opening of the V. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023 will take place on Monday15th May 2023 at the National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova, Maistrova Street 1, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The closing of the exhibition will be on 30th September 2023. Along with the exhibition of the V. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023, a printed catalogue of the selected artworks and other promotion material will be published. Authors of the selected artworks will receive the catalogue free of charge.

The Organising Committee
Prof. Dragica Čadež Lapajne (president of the Organizing Committee UNICUM), professor emeritus, academic sculptor, artist, a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC);
Assistant Prof. Mateja Kos Zabel, PhD, art historian, museum counsellor, Acting Director at the National Museum of Slovenia;
Marko Košan, art historian, museum counsellor at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška;
Tanja Lažetić, architect, artist;
Tch. Assistant Maruša Mazej, designer, artist, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Department for Industrial Design and Applied Arts, Applied Arts, Glass and Ceramics Course;
Bojana Ristevski Mlaker, MA in ceramics sculpture, artist;
Assistant Prof. Kristina Rutar, art pedagogue, artist, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Department for Industrial Design and Applied Arts, Applied Arts, Glass and Ceramics Course;
Miljanka Simšič, mathematician, artist, president of the Association of Ceramics and Potters;
Mojca Smerdu, academic sculptor, artist, president of the Ceramic Section of the Slovenian Association of Fine Arts Societies;
Zora Žbontar, PhD, art historian, senior curator at the National Museum of Slovenia.

Application must be sent to: info@unicum.si.
Deadline for applications: Thursday, 1st December 2022. 

Address for delivery of selected artworks: V. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2023, National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova, Maistrova ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Please do not hesitate to contact us by email (info@unicum.siif you have any questions.

Organization
National Museum of Slovenia
Prešernova Road 20
SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Direction
Assistant Prof. Mateja Kos Zabel, PhD, Acting Director
mateja.kos@nms.si

Information
Zora Žbontar 
info@unicum.si 
T: +386 1 241 44 25




 
 
  UNICUM, Prešernova cesta 20, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija, e-mail: info@unicum.si / tel.: ++386 (1) 2414400