The contest “BO it!”, now in its third edition, wants to promote the city of Bologna through an artistic and creative interpretation of the icons that identify it, such as monuments and other symbols.
The theme of this edition focuses on climate change and carbon neutrality. The “shape” of the third edition represents the outline of the city of Bologna.
BOit! 2023 will award four main prizes in July 2023. These include monetary prizes, a solo exhibition, collective exhibition and more.
BOit! is an international contest dedicated to illustration, open to everyone – the only limit is being older than 18. The competition is free to enter.
The project wants to promote creative work, facilitate networking and exchange between artists, including non-professional artists and people belonging to protected categories. In each edition, artists are asked to propose their vision of the city of Bologna addressing the chosen topic along with a “shape”.
In each edition, artists are asked to propose their vision of the city of Bologna addressing the chosen topic along with a “shape”.
The international call is open to everyone, the only limit is being older than 18. It’s possible to participate individually or collectively. The jury will select 30 artworks, including three winners (one of the prizes will be reserved for an artist in the protected categories).
The “shape” of the third edition of the contest represents the outline of the city of Bologna (“cresta” or “circla”) which recalls the cell of a beehive.
The theme of this edition focuses on climate change and carbon neutrality. Along with 100 other cities, Bologna is selected to become a carbon neutral city by 2030. Thanks to the powerful and original contributions of image creators entering the contest, the project wants to promote the city’s image beyond it’s limits.
Prizes for 2023
- First Prize Sconfinando Bologna — 800€ and a solo exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in Bologna at Palazzo Gnudi on a date to be determined (by May 2024).
- Second Prize Un segno d’impatto with the sponsorship of zeroCO2 — 500€
- Third Prize — A voucher to the value of 200€ for the purchase of fine arts instruments and materials
- Audience award — the first prize in BO it! history to be granted by the citizens of Bologna themselves.
The winning illustrations will be published in the Annual 2024 of Image Authors Association (AI), partner of BOit! International Contest.
The selected works, along with the three winning works, may receive special mentions and will be exhibited to the public in a collective exhibition. The selected artworks will also be published in a catalog and will circulate around Italy through a traveling exhibition in bookstores throughout 2023-24. Each selected illustrator will be honored with the adoption of a tree by zeroCO2.