Biennale Europea d'Arte Fabbrile di Stia

International Sculpture Competition

The Biennial Show of Blacksmithing Art dedicates the 3rd International Sculpture Competition 2021 to the great poet Dante Alighieri, for the 700th anniversary of his death.

International Sculpture Competition

After the success of the second edition of the sculpture competition, the 3rd INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE COMPETITION will be organized again duringthe XXIV Edition of the Biennale Europea d’Arte Fabbrile, the theme of the competition designated by the Organizing Committee, with the patronage of the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, in memory of the great poet Dante Alighieri, for the 700th anniversary of his death, is:

“…e quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle” (“…and thence we came forth to see again the stars”)

It is the last hendecasyllable with which Inferno closes, the first canticle of the Divine Comedy, the famous poem by Dante Alighieri.

The journey into Hell alternates between strong amorous and political passions, thirst for knowledge, raw images of devils and mythological figures. In the metaphorical journey towards the light, the verses of the Great Poet make us feel that we are a National Community, giving us a bit of hope: after “the hell of the pandemic” our desire to “be reborn” will lead us to “see the stars”.

The sculptures will be exhibited during the main event in the suggestive piazza B. Tanucci and they will be used as staging elements for the creation of a sculptural path.

Two of the winning works of the competition will be placed in the park of the Palagio Fiorentino – where a Dante Center has been created – and one will remain at the disposal of the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi to be placed in a suitable space identified by the institution itself.


  • 28th June: closing date for registration requests, both for requests sent online through WeTransfer to the address and for those sent by paper mail.
  • 1st July: deadline for the Organizing Committee to request any additions to the participants.
  • 5th July: 5th July: communication of the choice of the projects, selected by a Committee composed of the members of the Council: Maria Gemma Bendoni(Presidente), Benedetta della Bordella (Vice Presidente), Melissa Gigli, Ariella Lanini, Luca Andreani, Pierpaolo Biagiolini, Claudia Bresciani, Daniela Ceccarelli, Liliana Monica Ciabatti, Sandro Faggioli, Donatella Fani, Monica Fochi, Linda Innocenti, Federica Magni, Romano Mazzieri
  • From 9:00 am of Tuesday 31st August until 6 pm of Wednesday 1st September: closing date for the delivery of the works.
  • 2-5 September: Exhibition of the selected sculptures.
  • 05th September: announcement and Award Ceremony of the three winner sculptures selected by a proper Jury.
  • The non-winning sculptures must be withdrawn by 12 am of Monday 06th September. 


Attendance to the competition is dependent on the acceptance without reservation of all the rules laid down in this Regulation and of the final decisions of the Jury.

This competition is open to adult artists (over 18) who propose original projects, under penalty of exclusion from the competition. The Association reserves the right to disqualify, even in retrospect, with the restitution of the prize in the event of a win. The prize will be given to the immediately following competitor in the ranking list. In the case that the competitor appears among the winners and is excluded from the competition, all the necessary costs for the withdrawal of the prize will be on their dime.

The “3rd International Sculpture Competition” on the theme “…e quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle” (“…and thence we came forth to see again the stars”) will be set up in Piazza B. Tanucci in Stia during the days of the Biennale Europea d’Arte Fabbrile (02nd September 2021 – 05th September 2021).

No registration fee will be required, but the competitors will have to pay:

  • shipment costs of the documentation required for registration (if in paper format), application and its annexes
  • transport costs of the selected works

The sculptures must be produced mostly with metal/metals. Even worksproduced with the use of other materials equal to a maximum of 20% will be accepted.

The “total” dimension of the sculpture must be contained in a virtual parallelepiped the size of mm 1000x1000x2000. The height of the sculpture must be: mm 1000 minimum, mm 2000 maximum.

Since the art works will be exhibited in a public area, it is necessary to take into consideration all the aspects of visitors’ safety and health, hence, the art works must not protrude beyond the square basis the size of mm 1000×1000 (variable height depending on the height of the art work exhibited).

All the art works assembled on walls must be excluded – consequently, they must be self-supporting. For public safety reasons and for potential theft problems, all the parts containing easily extractable and removable elements will also be excluded.

The pedestal of the art works must be equipped with an appropriate method of attachment on the underlying wooden base.

The proposals must be sent in the form of drawings (in A3 paper or PDF format) on a scale of 1:10 or with scale models (the images of the scale model must be in JPG format the size of maximum 3MB) together with:

  • quoted actual dimensions and approximate weight of the final work proposed: the dimensions will be previously verified – those sculptures which do not match the proposed dimensions will be excluded from the competition, with a tolerance percentage of 10%
  • title and brief description of the art work and of the techniques used
  • one short sentence describing the intentions of the artist, the meaningand the symbolic value of the work

Together with all this, the Application Form must be properly completed in its entirety.

The applications must be sent online through WeTransfer to the address mail or via paper mail to the following address:


Associazione Autonoma per la Biennale d’Arte Fabbrile 

c/o Colonica del Palagio Fiorentino

Via Vittorio Veneto n. 33

52015 Pratovecchio Stia (Ar) – Italia

The closing date for the acceptance of the requests is Monday 28th June 2021(those requests which will be sent after this date will be excluded from the competition . The selection of the online or paper mail applications will be completed within Monday 5th July 2021; by this date the chosen competitors will receive the invitation to participate to the Competition. The proposals willbe evaluated by a specific Committee of members of the Autonomous European Association of Blacksmith’s Art, whose decision will be final.

The art works must compulsorily arrive in Stia, in Tanucci Square, from 9:00 am of Tuesday 31th August 2021 to 6:00 pm of Wednesday 01th September 2021. The non-winning sculptures must be withdrawn by 12 am of Monday 06th September from Tanucci Square in Stia.

Transport costs will be borne by the participants.

Nothing but the sculpture – with no further set-ups – must be placed on the exhibiting base made available by the Autonomous European Association of Blacksmith’s Art to the Biennale Europea d’Arte Fabbrile.

Only the three projects that the Jury considers the most strictly coherent with the theme of the Competition will be rewarded. The three art works rewarded will remain property of the Autonomous Association of the Biennale Europea d’Arte Fabbrile.

The three winning sculptures of the Competition will be rewarded as follows:

  • First prize € 3000.00
  • Second prize € 1500.00
  • Third prize € 750.00

Among the selected participants, the Jury will determine the three winning sculptures and their decision will be unquestionable, irrevocable and final.

The names of the winners will be announced during the Award Ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 05th September 2021 at 5:30 pm in Tanucci Square in Stia.

The organizers ensure the utmost care for the art works received but they do not take responsibility for potential transport damages, tampering, fire, theft or other causes during the time of the event, of the exhibition and during storage. If they deem it appropriate, the exhibitors can insure their own works.

During the time of the competition and after the end of Biennale, the Association reserves the right to photograph some of the works received in order to publish them on activated social and web channels, so as to increase the participation in the competition and give visibility to the results. Such session will not be relevant in the interest of the detection of the finalists’ art works in the competition.

Each candidate explicitly authorizes the Autonomous Association of Biennale Europea d’Arte Fabbrile, as well as its direct delegate, to process personal data provided under Legislative Decree 196/2003 (Privacy Code), as amended, also for the integration in the database of the Association.

Any questions and clarification about this Notice must be sent via email to the following address:

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