Art Prize 2019 – G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation

Art Prize 2019 – G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation

The winners of the Art Prize 2019 by the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation were announced

The love for art, as well as the deep desire for promotion, protection and projection of the free artistic expression, led to the establishment of the homonymous Art Prize. The aim of the Prize is to support the work of Greek artists because it is one of the most dynamic, contemporary and global expressions of the creative capacities of modern Greece. The Prize marks the thirty-year of efforts to help and strengthen the artistic leadership of the country, in a globalized artistic production environment.

The Prize supports Greek artists by offering the opportunity to create a visual work that will become part of the international permanent collection of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation at the open museum of the Minos Beach art hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete.

Within the framework of the Art Prize, the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation addressed an open call for interest to Greek visual artists by the end of April 2019. The proposals were evaluated by an expert panel composed by important artists and by the President of the Foundation, Gina Mamidakis and the curator of the art collection and art director of the Foundation, art historian Sotirios Bahtsetzis.

Members of the committee were Professor of the Athens School of Fine Arts Nikos Navridis, Professor of the University of Thessaly Alexandros Psychoulis and Associate Professor of the National Technical University of Athens Giorgos Giparakis. The award includes the assignment of a specific project for which a proposal has been submitted, as well as the award-winning artist’s participation in the Artists-in-Residence annual program in the open-air museum at Minos Beach Art Hotel. The project will be presented to the public at blueFest, Blue Fest Crete 2019, in July 2019.

It is with great pleasure that the prize is awarded to the proposal of artists Theodore Zafeiropoulos and Giorgos Rimenidis entitled Come with the Wind. Within the framework of the award, the Art Director of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation, Mr. Sotirios Bahtsetzis, said: “The project is a particularly intelligent combination of sculpture and new media and involves the implementation of a sculptural and sonic installation as well as a digital application. The inconvenient ringing of mobile phones interrupting holiday peace will be replaced by airborne ringtones that will emerge from the locally recorded and digitally processed sounds of eight winds. Accordingly, and with reference to the ancient monument of the Winds located in the Roman Agora of Athens, the aim of the sculpture and sound installation is to create a soundscape at a selected spot in the open-air exhibition space. This place will be the meeting point of all those who want to create a symbolic space of social co-existence in an interactive and playful manner. ”

The G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation would like to warmly thank all the artists who have submitted their proposals.

At the same time, it announces the beginning of the procedures for the Art Prize by the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation 2020. From June 18, 2019, interested artists will have the opportunity to participate through the Foundation’s website.

The call for proposals for the Art Prize by the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation 2020 consists of three phases:

In the first phase it is necessary to send an initial idea for the preparation of a project accompanied by the relevant supporting material (portfolio and curriculum vitae). The first phase expires on September 30, 2019. The evaluation committee will select five artists based on the quality of the proposal and their overall profile, who will then be able to visit the open-air museum of Minos Beach art hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, in October 2019 and be inspired by the place.

During the second phase of the process, artists will be able to prepare a concrete proposal and submit it for evaluation by mid-January 2020.