We are delighted to announce the names of this year's winners chosen by the 53 finalist artists themselves at London's Bargehouse on 7th October

Project Prize Winner, 4,000 € - Krysia Kordecki, 'Yesterday's noise is today's silence'

 Painting & Drawing Prize, 4,000 € - Flavia Pitis, 'All Sides of Balance'

Photography & Digital Graphics, 4,000 € - Kal Karim, 'The Sea in Fort de-l'Eau'

Video & Animation Prize, 4,000 € - Laure Catugier, 'Room m3'

Installation, Sculpture & Performance Prize, 4,000 € - Markus Hoffmann, 'Zirkon Kompass'

Super-Young Prize, 3,000 € - Jay Harrison, 'Electromechanical Lithophone'

Finalists' full voting results

Project Prize: 2nd Guy Goldstein; 3rd Hella Gerlach

Painting & Drawing Prize: 2nd Annalisa Parisii; 3rd Paul De fleurs

Photography & Digital Graphics Prize: 2nd equal Laura Pannack, Retouch, Patricia Smiths; 3rd equal FP, Waseem Syed

Video & Animation Prize: 2nd KO; 3rd equal Daniel Nicolae Djamo, Colin Hill

Installation, Sculpture & Performance Prize: 2nd Frank&RobbertRobbert&Frank; 3rd equal Eunhyung Kim, Christina Massey, Charlotte Pann

Super-Young Prize: 2nd Paul Valentin; 3rd equal Lisa Cutrino, Peng Yi Hang, Parvaneh Rahimi, Guendalina Urbani

Finalist works exhibition, 7-9 October 2016, at Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1

Emerging artists Benefits programme 2016/7

Art Rooms, London, UK - Janusz Jurek, Markus Hoffmann, Reyhane Mirjahani, Emmanuelle Moureaux
Doppelganger Gallery, Bari, Italy - Lars Reiffers
Each winners receives a free personal page in Kleio, and a web portfolio in Viewbook

The Prize

We would like to thank Ellen Blumenstein and members of the jury for their finalist choices and their contributions to this year's talk 'Taking Part is All that Matters? Aims and structures of Art Prizes' which took place during the awards evening

Our renewed thank you to all artists who this year joined the prize and in so doing shared their work and vision with everyone!

Celeste Prize is an international contemporary arts prize which every year awards 23,000 € and rewarding benefits to emerging and mid-career artists.

Open to artists, photographers and creatives worldwide, without limits of age or experience. Works should contain an exciting and profound mix of contemporary perspectives and a creative use of artistic languages.



53 finalist works and projects will be chosen by a jury of top art curators and critics, led by Ellen Blumenstein, director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Prizes are awarded according to voting by the 53 finalist artists themselves at the final exhibition in London.

  • 23,000 € cash prizes
  • Project Prize 4,000 €
  • Painting & Drawing Prize 4,000 €
  • Photography & Digital Graphics Prize 4,000 €
  • Video & Animation Prize 4,000 €
  • Installation, Sculpture & Performance Prize 4,000 €
  • NEW  Super-Young Prize 3,000 €


Exhibition opportunities are just some of the benefits which everyone can gain when entering the prize.

If you enter you could be selected for

  • A group exhibition in one of our partner art Galleries
  • Inclusion in ‘Editors' choices’, the network's weekly online showcase of 5 prize works
  • Active promotion of your artwork in our internet social media channels

If you are a finalist

  • Your work will be presented to each of the 160 past jurors of Celeste Prize
  • Your work will be exhibited in central London and in contact with the city’s art crowd
  • You benefit from the communications whirlwind in the international art press
  • Your work and personal presentation will be published in the prize's printed catalogue

If you are a winner

  • We shall send a dedicated email about you and your work to everyone in the community
  • Interview about you and your work in a dedicated online page
  • A dedicated news article in Celeste Network
  • A personal web portfolio in Viewbook
  • A personal page in Kleio
  • A part of 23,000 € cash prizes

 Art-Rooms    doppelgaenger    kleio    viewbook    


Enter artwork from your account in Celeste
  • 50 € for one work
  • 90 € for a project, up to 10 works
  • 30 € for one work, under-26 years old in Super-Young

15% reduction with Premium membership 2016


Become Premium for a 15% discount on entry fees.
  15 July
Last day to enter artwork from your account in Celeste.
   25 August
Jury announces  names of this year's 53 finalists artists.
   7 October
Awards ceremony, Bargehouse OXO Tower, London.


  • Ellen Blumenstein, KW Berlin
    Ellen Blumenstein, KW Berlin
  • Juliana Bardolim, Moscow
    Juliana Bardolim, Moscow
  • Moritz Wesseler, Kölnischen Kunstverein
    Moritz Wesseler, Kölnischen Kunstverein
  • Chiara Ianeselli, Italy
    Chiara Ianeselli, Italy
  • Marc Bembekoff, La Halle des bouchers
    Marc Bembekoff, La Halle des bouchers
  • Chris Fitzpatrick, Kunstverein München
    Chris Fitzpatrick, Kunstverein München
  • Felix Hoffmann, C/O Berlin Foundation
    Felix Hoffmann, C/O Berlin Foundation
  • Marianna Liosi, Italy
    Marianna Liosi, Italy
  • Barbara Piwowarska, Poland
    Barbara Piwowarska, Poland
  • Alya Sebti, Marrakech Biennial, Morocco
    Alya Sebti, Marrakech Biennial, Morocco
  • Sandro Droschl, Künstlerhaus Graz
    Sandro Droschl, Künstlerhaus Graz
  • Martin Germann, SMAK Ghent
    Martin Germann, SMAK Ghent
  • Zane Onckule, kim? Riga
    Zane Onckule, kim? Riga


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  • The Bargehouse on OXO Tower Wharf, London
  • Awards night and finalists' exhibition,
  • 7-9 October 2016.



These ‘Terms & Conditions’ were published on 9th February 2016.
The deadline to join is 30th June 15th July 2016.

Enter artwork from your personal page in Celeste Network. Sign-up or login here. Then click on the box ‘Celeste Prize 2016’ at the centre of your admin page, pay entry fee and begin to upload.

Art. 1 – AIM
The prize has been established to promote international contemporary art in the widest possible sense. There will be a final exhibition of 50 works and 3 projects, a catalogue of circa 80 pages which will contain illustrations of finalists' works and critical texts, as well as 6 prizes totalling 23,000 € in cash. Awards night and exhibition of finalist works at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London, 7-9 October 2016.


The competition is open to any person practicing art, either as a full-time or part-time professional or student, or as a self-taught artist from anywhere in the world. There is no age limit for applicants and the prize is open to all artists whatever their qualifications, with or without experience of public or private exhibitions. The prize encourages participation by artists at every level.

Art. 3 – PRIZES
Excellence in content, contemporary aesthetic, technique, and material is sought in the selection of works for the final exhibition. There is no special subject, title or theme required for participating works. They can range from being figurative to abstract, from conceptual to participatory to performance. Works submitted to the prize can have been exhibited before or not.

23,000 € cash prizes
A two-stage selection process guarantees openess, clarity and legitimacy to selections and awards. Firstly, a top, international jury of art critics and curators publishes its choice of finalist works, then the finalist artists themselves vote the award winning works at the final exhibition.


Artists are encouraged to present works which investigate relevant social, political, economic or personal themes today. Projects can include up to 10 works in a mixture of media such as installation alongside video and photography, or in any one media, for example a photographic series or a series of paintings. Each project must consider a maximum exhibition area of 6x6metres and the use of 6 linear-metre wall space. 3 Projects will be selected for the final exhibition by the chief-juror of the prize, Ellen Blumenstein.

Media accepted: oil, acrylic, vinyl, watercolor, graphite, pencil, ink, illustrations, printing in its various forms, etc. The work can have any form of support: canvas, paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, metal, glass, etc. Diptychs or triptychs are considered one work. There is no limit to the size of works accepted. 10 Works will be selected for the final exhibition by the ‘Painting & Drawing’ jury.

Media accepted: digital or analogue photography; computer graphic modeling; net/web art and software art presented in a 2D format; works in which several media are used, for example digital manipulations which include the use of painting or other forms of manual expression, collages, polaroids, mobile phone photographs, etc. Diptychs or triptychs are considered one work. There is no limit to the size of works accepted. 10 Works will be selected for the final exhibition by the ‘Photography & Digital Graphics’ jury.


Media accepted for the video and animation: video, short film, time lapse, stop motion, any kind of animation 2d and 3d, any kind of combination between video, film and photography in motion (see video Art. 5. (B), for video formats). 10 Works will be selected for the final exhibition by the ‘Video & Animation’ jury.


Installation works of any nature in any material, video installation, multimedia or multidisciplinary installation; sculpture – all materials are accepted (organic or inorganic); net/web art and software art presented in a 3D format with or without web streaming; works with an interactive basis and/or connection to electricity, motorization, light, sound art or video installation. Any kind of human or interactive performance, which may or may not include the use of any form of software and hardware. Live Media audiovisual performances can either be projected on screens or presented as a live audiovisual performance, sound art and all forms of participatory art. There is no limit to the size of works accepted. For finalist works, it might be necessary to adapt them to site-specific necessities. 10 Works will be selected for the final exhibition by the ‘Installation, Sculpture & Performance’ jury.

Super-Young is a new prize launched this year to promote artwork by artists under 26 years old. Entrants can be students or not, from art school, secondary school, university, academy or art courses, or be artists working outside education. Works can be submitted in any media such as painting, photography, drawing, installation, sculpture, video, performance or any other artistic crossover or derivative. 10 Works will be selected for the final exhibition by the chief-juror, Ellen Blumenstein. Entry to the final exhibition will be subject to verification by Celeste staff who will be requesting documentary proof of age (only artists 25 years old or younger on the date 9 February 2016 - date of publication of these Terms & Conditions - can apply) to confirm admission to the final in London.

*Celeste Prize has by Italian Law to hand over to the Italian state 25% of finalists’ prize money for tax purposes. This sum will be withheld by the Organizer from each first prize winner.

In order to guarantee accountability during the selection process and greater professionalism in the choice of finalist works, the jury is divided into specialist panels, in which curators with a track record in a particular media make selections.

Ellen Blumenstein is chief-curator of Celeste Prize 2016, 8th edition

The specialist panels within the Jury:

Project Prize
Ellen Blumenstein, director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Painting & Drawing Prize
Juliana Bardolim, art critic, Moscow/Berlin
Chiara Ianselli, independent curator, Trento/Amsterdam
Moritz Wesseler, director, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Ellen Blumenstein, director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Photography & Digital Graphics Prize
Marc Bembekoff, director, Centre d'art contemporain La Halle des bouchers, Vienne
Ellen Blumenstein, director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Chris Fitzpatrick, director Kunstverein Munich
Felix Hoffmann, curator, C/O Berlin

Video & Animation Prize

Ellen Blumenstein, director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Marianna Liosi, independent curator, Italy
Barbara Piwowarska, independent curator, Poland
Alya Sebti, curator, director of Marrakesh Biennial, Morocco

Installation, Sculpture, Performance Prize

Ellen Blumenstein, director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Sandro Droschl, director and curator, Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria
Martin Germann, senior curator, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium
Zane Onckule, director kim? contemporary art centre, Riga, Latvia

Super-Young Prize
Ellen Blumenstein, director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Each selector, in his or her prize category, chooses and publishes online 10 works for the finalist shortlist. The 10 works which receive a majority of preferences in each prize category will go through to the final exhibition. There will be 10 finalist works in each prize category, except in the Project Prize category in which there will be 3 projects, chosen by the chief-curator Ellen Blumenstein. In the event of there being an equal number of preferences for works in any prize category Ellen Blumenstein will decide which works will go forward into the final exhibition. If more than one work by the same artist is chosen as finalist by the selection panel, Ellen Blumenstein will decide if both or just one will go to the final exhibition. Selections will be announced online by end-August.

Only works present at the final exhibition can be voted for prizes. Each finalist will exercise one vote of preference in each of the 6 prize categories (Projects; Painting & Drawing; Photography & Digital Graphics; Video & Animation; Installation, Sculpture & Performance: Super-Young). The voting will be confidential. No one may vote for themselves or in agreement with other finalists, to do so will result in disqualification. Voting slips will be named and checked by Celeste. Winners will be those artists who receive the highest number of preferences in their prize category. In the event of a tie during voting in any prize section, Ellen Blumenstein will decide which artist shall be the winner. Finalists unable to be present at the voting will be able to cast their vote in advance via email.

All finalists' works, including those by prize winners, will remain after the awards ceremony and exhibition, property of the artists or of their legitimate owners.

Entry deadline is 30th June 15th July 2016, midnight Italian time. This deadline hour and date is the last moment in which entry fees can be paid. Participants will have a further 7 days in which to upload their works and complete submissions.

There are two ways of submitting a work:
It's EASIER and more ECONOMIC to submit directly online.

Entry fees:
30 € for each work in ‘Super-Young Prize’, for under-26 year olds (25 € for each additional work).
50 € for each work (40 € for each additional work).
90 € to enter the ‘Projects Prize’ which includes up to 10 works (70 €  for additional projects).

Entry fees for Premium members (15% discount):
25 € for each work in ‘Super-Young Prize’, for under-26 year olds (21,25 € for each additional work).
42,50 € for each work (34 € for each additional work).
76,50 € to enter the ‘Projects Prize’ which includes up to 10 works (59,50 €  for additional projects).

Entry fees are not refundable.

To submit: sign-up or login to your personal admin page in Celeste, click on ‘Enter a work’ in the box 'Celeste Prize 2016’, pay your entry fee, and immediately begin to upload your artwork, description and statement. You can always return to finish upload, when you have completed all uploads click on 'confirm' to ensure your work is visible and among candidate works to the prize.

Entry fee: 50 € for ‘Super-Young Prize’ or 80 € for each work. 120 € to enter the ‘Projects Prize’ which includes upload by Celeste staff of upto 10 works on a specific project.
Entry fees are not refundable.
Send to: Celeste Network, Via Sangallo 23, 53036 Poggibonsi (Siena), Italy.
Include the following:
1. A complete and signed copy of the Application Form (see below and print).
2. On CD/DVD (or as positive photographs and text): Curriculum Vitae or a short biography, preferably written in English, but other languages are also accepted; An image file of the work you wish to submit, including title and description.

Image specifications for all works (except videos):
Images can be uploaded onsite in JPG or PNG; we advise at least 2,500 pixels on the longest side, sufficient for reproduction in the prize catalogue if selected. It is possible to approve, or not, visualisation onsite of the image in high resolution.
If you are applying by mail, send images of your works on a CD in JPG or PNG format. We advise a document size of 21x29 cm at 300 dpi. Or send a photograph in positive format, minimum size 15x10cm, maximum 21x29cm (A4). Please indicate on the reverse of all photographs: name and surname, address, title of work, medium, dimensions (width x height) and year of execution.

Image specifications for videos, motion graphics, animation, and live media:
To submit your video to the prize, upload it first in your free account in Vimeo, Then join the prize from your account in Celeste and copy the video's Vimeo weblink into the submission form in Celeste Prize. In this first, pre-selection stage of the prize your video should not exceed 500 MB. The original version will be requested if you are selected for the final exhibition. You will also need to prepare and upload a still image taken from your video.

(a) Online. Login, enter your personal admin area and click on the box ‘Join the Prize’, pay with credit card or use an account in PayPal, then begin to upload your artwork.

(b) Electronic bank transfer
Account name: Celeste Network
Bank name: Banco Posta
Branch: Poggibonsi (Siena), Italy.
IBAN: IT74 W076 0114 2000 0000 5409 079
Send your entry fee in € Euro currency only, net, without transfer fees or commissions payable by Celeste on receipt. For bank transfers sent from outside Europe you must ADD 10 € Euro to the entry fee.
Please state the following details if you make a bank transfer:
1. Participating artist’s full first and family names, email address.
2. Celeste Prize 2016 entry.
Entries paid via bank transfer will be activated as soon as the credit is received, usually after 2 days. For valid entries, payments no later than the deadline date.

(c) Western Union or MoneyGram
Send to: Name: Steven; Surname: Music; Address: San Gimignano (Siena); Country: Italy.
Ensure that we receive your entire, entry fee amount in Euro €, net of any transfer charges. If we have to pay transfer charges your application process will be halted. Please include in the description which accompanies your payment the following: ‘Entry fee payment for Celeste Prize 2016 include artist’s name, surname and country from where the money is being sent’. Then, send confirmation email to [email protected] with the transaction code. As soon as we receive your entry fee we shall activate in your account in Celeste the possibility to upload your prize work.

  • 30th June 15th July, midnight Italian time - last day to join Celeste Prize 2016.
  • 1st September – expected publication of the jury’s choices for the 53 finalist works and projects.
  • 7-9th October - awards night and final exhibition at Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London, UK.


Only the actual work (in its original size, medium and content, as described at the moment of submission online to the prize) can be brought to the final exhibition and be voted for prizes. In some exceptional cases, for example very large or complex installations, a reduced format of the work can be brought to the final for exhibition in agreement with the Organizer. Each finalist will arrange and cover transport and insurance costs of his or her work to and from the final exhibition location, as well as any personal travel arrangements. Installation and hanging of works for the exhibition will be decided by the chief-curator and the Organizer. All construction and production costs, as well as costs for particular supports to the installed work such as extra lighting, stands, or wiring to complete set-up, will be covered by the artists themselves.


A copy of the 80 page catalogue with illustrations of the finalists' works, presentation of artists work and critical texts written by members of the jury, will be available free to finalists and everyone who will be present at the final exhibition in London.
(A) By ticking online Celeste Prize’s ‘Terms & Conditions’ or signing the ‘Application Form’ (the latter if prize submissions are made by post), artists accept and are responsible for all that these 2016 ‘Terms & Conditions’ and Celeste Network’s website ‘Terms of Use’ contain and declare.
(B) All works appearing onsite and in print remain copyright and property of the artists who created them or the works’ legal owners. But artists expressly allow Celeste Network to use the images of works they upload in Celeste Prize for communication and promotion purposes only, to create the prize catalogue, to use in online pages in Celeste Network or other promotional material associated with the prize inside or outside Celeste's websites.
(C)  CDs, DVDs, CVs and any texts or catalogues submitted for the prize will not be returned, but archived by the Organizer.
(D) Those persons who upload text, images, or videos onto the prize website, and/or those persons who upload on behalf of participating artists, are personally responsible for the texts and for the visual content of the uploaded images. The Organizer reserves the right to remove any defamatory images or texts, he considers defamatory, unless these are motivated in writing by the artist. Artworks uploaded and presented to ‘Celeste Prize 2016’ and personal webpage relating to the artist will remain visible online and in use as described in (B) above, as part of the complete visual documentation of each prize submission and cannot be removed.
(E) Applicants to the prize authorize the Organizer Steven Music, Celeste Network and all those persons charged with working for them to handle personal data and images of creative work submitted to Celeste Prize, according to Italian Law - Legge 675/96 (the so-called ‘Privacy Law’) and successive amendments to it, D.lgs 196/2003 (Codice Privacy), for the purposes of insertion of information in databases and website. Any controversies will be argued and settled in the Italian legal forum. Personal data, images of creative work, or films and videos taken by the Organizer during the course of any event organized by Celeste Network, might be used by the Organizer to promote artists, other contemporary art events, web promotion, communications, and marketing without necessarily seeking another written consent from third parties.
(F) The Organizer retains the right to change the Terms & Conditions should the need arise.

Celeste Prize 2016, 8th edition
is organized by Celeste Network,
Via Sangallo 23,
53036 Poggibonsi (Siena), Italy.
Tel / Fax: +39 0577 1521988
[email protected]

APPLICATION FORM FOR POSTAL ENTRIES ONLY - Celeste Prize 2016, 8th edition

If you wish to enter the prize by post complete and sign the Application Form and send it with all materials requested in Art.5 (B) of the 2016 Terms & Conditions.

1. I wish to apply to Celeste Prize 2016:
Name and Family name/Surname_________________________
Postal address________________________________________
Place & date of birth (city & nation)_____________________
Place of work/study (city & nation)_______________________
Email and website_____________________________________
Telephone number/cell._________________________________

2. With the following artwork:
Measurement (width x height x depth in cm)________________
Year of execution______________________________________
If the work is a video, name author of musical credits_________

3. I wish to enter the following prize category(ies)
(make a cross beside) :
Projects Prize
Painting & Drawing Prize
Photography & Digital Graphics Prize
Video & Animation Prize
Installation, Sculpture & Performance Prize
Super-Young Prize

4. I have attached the following documentation listed in Art. 5 (B) of Terms & Conditions:
Signed and completed Application Form, photographic or video materials, CV, receipt confirming payment of 80 € entry fee in which the Organizer uploads my candidate work, or 120 € to enter the Projects Prize.

5. Acceptances
1) I accept selections made by the members of the Jury.
2) I accept the decision to award prizes to artists who receive a majority of preferences from other finalists.
3) I accept the selections made for catalogue illustration.
4) I have read and I accept the ‘Terms & Conditions of 2016 Celeste Prize’.


Send Postal Applications to:
‘Celeste Prize 2016’,
Celeste Network, Via Sangallo 23, 53036 Poggibonsi (Siena), Italy.
Tel & Fax: +39 0577 1521988
[email protected]