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International Contest 'ArteOltreConfine' (ArtBeyondBorders)
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International Contest ‘ArteOltreConfine’ (ArtBeyondBorders)

Categories: Culture and creativity -Language and education -Visual Arts

The first edition of a project on accessing the arts, is now launched to the students of the Italian schools all over the world.

Love difference - Mar Mediterraneo(2003) - Michelangelo Pistoletto
Love difference – Mar Mediterraneo(2003) – Michelangelo Pistoletto

Promoting reflection on diversity, with special reference to cultural plurality and disability, and fostering knowledge of the Farnesina Collection: those are the aims of the contest ‘ArteOltreConfine’ (ArtBeyondBorders).  The competition is open to the students attending primary and secondary schools abroad.

The contest is promoted by State Tactile Museo Omero, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Italian Ministry of Culture, and the Italian Ministry of Education, as part of the Biennale Arteinsieme – cultura e culture senza barriere.

This educational project is based on the analysis and the reproduction of an artwork chosen from the Farnesina Collection, and it aims to help people with visual disabilities to infer its shape and meaning. Students are invited to produce a tridimensional copy of the artwork, to be accessed through tactile examination by blind people. The topic of accessibility in the arts is explored also in cultural terms, through the bilingual description – in Italian and in the local language – of the reproduced artwork.

To express their interest and participate, group of students from the same class are asked to register by 27 November 2021. Audio descriptions and photos of the tactile reproductions must be emailed by 30 June 2022. Six artworks will be selected as finalists and will have to be sent to the State Tactile Museo Omero by 30 September 2022. They will be shown in a final exhibition at the Farnesina Palace during an Open Day of the Collection.

The jury will choose the two winners among the six finalists from the two relevant categories, i.e. Primary schools and Secondary schools. The winning schools of each of the two categories will be awarded a prize of €500.

The competition announcement, the registration form, and any further information are available at

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