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MARTINSONS AWARD, International Ceramics Competition 

Latvia, Daugavpils, July 6 – September 9, 2018 


Celebrating the Centenary of the Latvian State, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Ceramics in cooperation with Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre announces a call for applications for the MARTINSONS AWARD, International Ceramics Competition within frames of the 2nd Latvia International Ceramics Biennale in 2018. 





The MARTINSONS AWARD International Ceramics Competition is organized by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Ceramics in cooperation with Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre. The event is being implemented in the framework of the 2nd Latvia International Ceramics Biennale program in 2018, anticipating the Centenary of the Latvian state. 


Curator of the Competition: 

Valentins Petjko, +37120207533,  



Dainis Pundurs (LATVIA), artist, associated professor of Ceramics Department of Latvian Art Academy, National Gold Prize winner at MARTINSONS AWARD Competition in 2016 

Marie-Josée Comello (THE NETHERLANDS), artist,  International Gold Prize winner at MARTINSONS AWARD Competition in 2016 

Ilona Romule (LATVIA), artist, council member of International Academy of Ceramics  

Bernd Pfannkuche (GERMANY), publisher of NEUE KERAMIK/NEW CERAMICS Magazine, member of International Academy of Ceramics 

Anthony Stellacio (USA), artist, curator, researcher, member of International Academy of Ceramics 

Claudia Casali (ITALY), art historian, Director of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza 

Valentīns Petjko (LATVIA), artist, curator, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Ceramics  



Individual artists, as well as groups of artists, are invited to submit their artworks for the MARTINSONS AWARD International Ceramics Competition. The applicants are not restricted by age or nationality. Each applicant (individual artist or a group of artists) can submit only one artwork. Artists awarded with Gold, Silver or Bronze prizes in both National and International categories during MARTINSONS AWARD Competition in 2016, cannot participate in the Competition in 2018. 

The artwork submitted for the MARTINSONS AWARD Competition has no thematic restrictions. The ceramic component of the artwork must be at least 80%, and it must have been created in 2017-2018. Artwork must not be displayed in other competitions, as well as published in catalogs. The minimum size of artwork should be equal or exceed 25cm at least in one dimension. The maximum size has no restrictions.  


Application procedure 

Individual artists and groups of artists are invited to apply for the MARTINSONS AWARD International Ceramics Competition by submitting 


3 high printing quality jpg or jpeg images (at least 300 dpi) attached to the Application Form should represent the artwork from different angles on a neutral background (white, black or grey). Images of the selected artworks will be used to create the catalog of exhibition. 


Applications must be submitted before 1st April 2018.  

Applications submitted after 1st April 2018 will not be considered. 


Selection procedure 

The selection of the submitted applications will be processed in 2 stages: 


1st stage – selection of participating works 

On a basis of Application Forms received, the jury will choose works for participation in the MARTINSONS AWARD International Ceramics Competition. The results of selection will be announced by 29th April 2018. Participants must deliver the selected works to the exhibition venue by 1st June 2018. 


2nd stage – selection of the winning works 

Six winners (3 National and 3 International) of the MARTINSONS AWARD International Ceramics Competition will be selected prior to the opening of the exhibition in a closed jury vote after the evaluation of artworks on the spot.  

The winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the MARTINSONS AWARD International Ceramics Competition on 6th July 2018. The winning entries will become the property of the organizers and part of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre collection. 


Transportation & Insurance 

Delivery of artworks to the exhibition venue: 

30th April till 1st June 2018 

The participants selected during the 1st selection stage have to deliver the selected work to the exhibition venue before 1st June 2018. The work may be submitted in person directly to the exhibition venue during its working hours or sent via door-to-door delivery service at the expense of the sender (participant). Participants are responsible for proper packaging for their work (the same packaging will be used by the organizers for the return of the work). All insurance costs during the transportation of work to the exhibition venue shall be born by the participant.  

From arrival to exhibition venue till 30th September 2018, the organizers will provide a 24-hour security service. 


Return of artworks: 

10th September till 30th September 2018 

Participants may either collect their work from the exhibition venue or use door-to-door delivery service at the expense of receiver (participant) from 10th September till 30th September 2018. All insurance costs during the return of work to the participant shall be born by the participant. 


Participants may also donate their work to organizers. In this case the work shall be included in the International Contemporary Ceramics Collection and the donor will receive an appropriate certification. 


Works that are not collected by 30th September 2018, will become property of the organizers, to all intents and purposes. 



The exhibition of the MARTINSONS AWARD International Ceramics Competition will take place at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre form 6th July till 9th September 2018, as part of the 2nd Latvia International Ceramics Biennale. 


Exhibition venue: 

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre 

Mihaila str. 3 

Daugavpils, LV-5401 



The exhibition setup will be exclusively undertaken by the organizers.  




National Martinsons Award|Gold Prize - EUR 5000 

National Martinsons Award|Silver Prize - EUR 3000 

National Martinsons Award|Bronze Prize - EUR 2000 


International Martinsons Award|Gold Prize - EUR 5000 

International Martinsons Award|Silver Prize - EUR 3000 

International Martinsons Award|Bronze Prize - EUR 2000 


The Awards will be subject to the applicable withholding taxes. 


Benefits for Participants 



The works of the selected participants will be exhibited at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia’s best renowned and largest centre for contemporary art, located in the Dinaburg Fortress, the historical area of Daugavpils, where the world’s best-known Latvian ceramist Pēteris Martinsons (1931 – 2013) was born. Since 2013, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre holds the largest selection of artworks by Pēteris Martinsons in its Contemporary Ceramics Collection.  



The Jury will select six MARTINSONS AWARD winning works in two categories: 3 National and 3 International award-winners will be chosen from the works selected for the Biennale. 

Participation in the Biennale program 

Along with participation in the MARTINSONS AWARD Competition, participants will be invited to attend all events (exhibitions, conferences, lectures etc.) related to the program of the 2nd Latvia International Ceramics Biennale from 2nd July till 6th July 2018. 


All works exhibited at the exhibition of the MARTINSONS AWARD Competition, will be included in the catalogue of the exhibition. Each participant will receive a copy of the catalogue along with the certificate of participation. 


The organisers will promote participants in art-related media, websites and social networks. 


The artworks of prize-winning participants, as well as of those participants who decide to donate their works to the organizers, will be included in the organizers' Contemporary Ceramics Collection. The donors will receive an appropriate certification. The works will be stored under appropriate conditions, and will be exhibited at various exhibitions in Latvia and abroad. 


Use of Personal Information 

Participants allow the organizers to reproduce the images of prize-winning and other selected artworks, as well as other information about participants submitted within the application in any kind of media. 


Contact information 

Valentins Petjko, Curator of Competition 

tel.: +371 20207533,  

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