The Renaissance Art Prize

Being presented with the Residency Award by Alessandra Masolini

On the 9th of July I was invited to the Italian Cultural Institute in London as a finalist for the Renaissance Art Prize. While I didn’t win the photography award (I came in second place), I did win the coveted Residency Atelier D’Artista, organized yearly by cultural association Toscana In, giving me a 10 day residency in Tuscany of May 2010. I’m very honored to recoeve the award, as the other short-listed artists produced some excellent entries this year. Here is a bit more about the Renaissance Art Prize:

Created by Sharpcut Visual Arts Project and held annually at the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the Renaissance Arts Prize is a photography and video art award open to artists of all nationalities based in Italy and the United Kingdom, and under 35 years of age.

The first two years of the Renaissance Arts Prize were dedicated to the Italian Renaissance and to the Futurist movement respectively. The last edition, Back to the Futurism: Art is a cerebral secretion capable of exact calibration?, was supported by Tate Modern, and was reviewed by Artforum, Artinfo, ArtKey, Exibart, Evening Standard and many other Italian and international publications and websites.

The Renaissance Arts Prize 2010 draws inspiration from a chapter of Susan Sontag’s famous essay On Photography and from the life of Italian artist Mario Giacomelli, a photographer whose most famous series were a visual response to the work of poets such as Giacomo Leopardi, Eugenio Montale, Edgar Lee Masters, and Emily Dickinson. Participants were invited to submit work in response to the theme of ‘The Heroism of Vision’ and to selected quotes by John Szarkowski, Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes.

Read more and see the work of the other artists at


About Alex Boyd

A photographer, curator, and mountain obsessive.

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