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Read this section and discover how to participate to the contest.

You can participate with one or more artworks.
You can participate alone or in team.
You can submit everything you create by computer or digital devices.

Here you find the rules of the contest and the prizes. Read them with accuracy before submitting your work. Start to create now...

Terms & Conditions for Digital Art Competition

All the partners of the DARTS project are located in beautiful historic buildings for which we will try to develop new audiences by using digital art and creative writing. To realize this aim we will organize two international contests, one for digital artists and the other for writers: create your artworks inspired by the true history and characters of the historic buildings!


Creating artworks inspired by the history/events/characters of one of the three historic buildings: the Villa Rufolo in Ravello (Italy), the Alden Biesen Castle (Belgium), the Corvin Castle (Romania). For each case-study archival documents, letters, plans, drawings, old photos, past and actual descriptions, bibliographies and any other useful materials will be collected, organized and made available online.


Participation in this competition is free of charge and open to people over 18 years, of every nationality and sex. Each artwork can be submitted either by an individual or by a team. Multiple entries per individual or team are permitted, but each submission must be registered separately.

All the participant artists will have a personal social workspace with a blog in the DARTS website. In this way they can post information about themselves, their work, their creative process and they can upload images and video and interact with their own social profile.

Eligible submissions

Participants can submit works entirely based on the history/characters/ events of one of the three historic buildings.
The artworks can be created by using computer or digital applications and devices: images,  photography, paintings, videos, mixed media, installations, net art, augmented reality projects, video games, applications for smartphone or tablet, etc.

How to apply   

Apply using the online form on the DARTS website.
Each submission must contain the following:

  1. one or more digital representation of the artwork: images, sound, video, presentation etc. (please see following file specifications)
  2. a max. 5.000 characters description of the artwork, in a textual file in English
  3. a completed participation form
  4. a short biography of the artist, in a textual file in English

File specifications

Videos should be uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo or in a similar platform and a link should be indicated in the submission form of the contest.
Each video must not be longer than 3 minutes.
Images should have a JPEG/PNG format and each one must not be bigger in size than 5 MB each, 1200 px on the longest side.

Participant's Workspace

Each participant will have authorization credentials to log in his/her own “social workspace” where it is possible to upload one or more works, biography and personal data, information about the creative process and other kind of information. Each participant can benefit of a blog for the uploading of posts, images and videos, with the opportunity to interact with some of their social network profiles.
Website visitors can interact with the participants’ profiles in order to vote for the preferred artists and/or works. The top rated works are published online in a special “online digital book” where different kind of works are coupled by keywords in real time, depending on the ratings.

Timeline >>> EXTENDED <<<

  • Launch Date: May 1, 2015
  • Deadline 1st stage: October 15, 2015 November 25, 2015
  • Submission deadline 1st stage: October 15, 2015 November 25, 2015
  • Evaluation by the international jury panel of experts: October 1, 2015 – November 15, 2015 November 25, 2015 – January 3, 2016
  • Results of the 1st stage announced: November 20, 2015 January, 4 2016
  • Weekend in the historic buildings for who passed the selection (18 artists): December, 2015 January, 2016
  • Submission deadline 2nd stage: March 21, 2016
  • Evaluation by the internet users: April 20, 2016
  • Results announced: May 3, 2016
  • Award Ceremony: June 2016 during the Festival of Ravello (IT)

Selection process

The selection will be done by a jury panel of experts, that in the second stage of the contest will be chaired by Michel Reilhac.
The selection will be done in two stages.
In the first stage 18 works will be selected by the international jury panel of experts, 6 for each historic complex. At this point the eighteen selected artists, six for each case-study, will have the opportunity to stay free of charge for a week-end at the historical site on which they have focused their work in order to gather more information, photos, videos, etc… to finalize their work.  They will have also the opportunity to interview local community and better understand the genius loci.
In the second stage the 18 selected artworks will be evaluated by the jury panel of experts chaired by Michel Reilhac, in order to select 1 winner per historic building.

The decisions of the juries are irrevocable and unquestionable.

International jury panel of experts

The selection of the submitted artworks will be done by an international jury composed by 4 members:


There will be three (3) winners, one for each historic building.

Each winning artwork will receive a money prize of € 500 (five hundreds) and the opportunity to stay as an artist in residence and have an atelier gratis for 2 weeks in an international environment. During this stay, the winners could organize short events in order to interact with the local community (e.g. organize and advertise a small exhibition inside/outside their atelier).

For the atelier, the artists can choose between two European Centres:

  • the Trossi-Uberti Foundation in Livorno (Italy), a private-public foundation that hosts contemporary art exhibitions and ateliers, organizes training courses of contemporary and visual arts (
  • one of the royal residences included in the Association of European Royal Residences, a European Network created since 1995 to share knowledge and experience in the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage in their care (

The money prizes will be given during the awarding ceremony that will be held during the Festival in Ravello, Italy, in June 2016.
At the end of the contest, the jury panel of experts will decide if and how the winning artworks can be installed at/near the historical buildings.

The awarded artists have the right to renounce the prizes, but without any compensation. In that case the prize will be re-assigned according to the ranking already made.
Prize in kinds are not interchangeable with the equivalent amount of money.

Internet users's prizes

This special prize will be offered by  the Council of Europe in order to involve active citizens in the contests. The winner of this prize will be selected by the Internet users by voting the best works online in the DARTS website.


By entering this idea competition, all participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless DARTS partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this idea competition or any competition-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded. The DARTS partners assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission, communication line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entry or entry forms. The DARTS partners are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers and providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading and downloading of any materials related to in this competition.

Intellectual Properties Rights License agreement

Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s), in the sense that it must be designed after May 1, 2015. By entering the contest, the participants remain under any event the owner of the copyrights and other intellectual property rights, but they herewith grant, without any compensation, to the DARTS partners an irrevocable, perpetual, world-wide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, publish, and create derivative works of the submitted works (along with a name credit) in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest, in any media now and hereafter known, including but not limited to: publish online and offline the works, display at the traveling exhibition during the international festivals organized by the DARTS partners, publication on the website of the project and social media, etc. Each artist gives to the DARTS partners the authorization to the treatment of personal data according to the Italian Law 675/96 about privacy and to its following changes in the Legislative Decree 196/2003 also for data entry into data banks managed by the DARTS partners. The participants declare that his work does not infringe on any third party rights and that he is free to participate to the DARTS competition.

Data Privacy

Participants agree that personal data may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purpose and within the contest and any other purposes outlined in these official rules. The data may also be used in order to verify the participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant's eligibility to participate in the contest. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by the DARTS partners by writing to ( Personal data will be used by the DARTS partners and its affiliated exclusively for the purpose stated herein.