Tapiluran Illustrators Contest

Deadline: 20 October 2018
Open to: Italian or foreign artist; there is no age limit however underage candidates need parents’ authorization
Award: first prize awarded by the jury – 2.500 EUR


For someone it represents the origin of all things, for others it is only the state in which they find their own desk; for someone it is a mathematical and physical theory that can understand only those who have an incredibly high IQ, for others it represents the emblem of the society in which we live. It is about the CAOS, or CHAOS if you prefer. Which is also the theme of the 14th edition of the Tapirulan illustrator contest.

If at this moment your mind appears totally empty and you have any idea of what you could draw to participate in the competition, well … don’t worry, this is Chaos too, in a certain sense: that is a primordial state of emptiness, a (creative) darkness that precedes the realization of a magnificent illustration. The important thing, however, is that the darkness vanishes within October 20, 2018, that is the deadline of the competition. Given the theme the contest leaves maximum freedom of delivery, but in the organization of Tapirulan perhaps it is better that the chaos still does not reign… So even in this edition it is necessary to draw up a regulation, that you can find it here.


Any Italian or foreign artist is eligible to submit work. There is no age limit however underage candidates need parents’ authorization. Every candidate is allowed to submit only one brand-new work. Works which have been awarded prizes or merits previously will not be accepted.

Any medium and technique is allowed.
Each work must be square-shaped, not smaller than 25×25 centimetres and not bigger than 40×40 centimetres.
If the artwork is applied on a panel or frame, it must not exceed 3 mm in thickness.
In case of a digital image it should be 31×31 centimetres (300 dpi – JPG format – best quality).
Theme of the contest: CAOS (Chaos)
The subscription fee is 15 euros.


2.500 euros – First prize awarded by the jury. The winner will be invited for a solo exhibition at Spazio Tapirulan in the next edition of the competition and will be published in a personal catalogue.
The winning work will also be published on the Annual of the “Autori di Immagini” Association.
500 euros – Prize awarded by the registered subscribers in Tapirulan website.
The 48 artists whose works will be published in the catalogue will receive a copy of the catalogue and a copy of the calendar.
All the candidates will be given a free copy of the calendar during the prize-giving ceremony.

How to apply?

In order to take part in the contest, candidates can choose between two ways:

  • They can fill in the form that can be found on the following web address: illustationcontest.tapirulan.it
  • They can send their work by mail together with the relevant form which must be filled in and signed as well as the receipt for payment of the subscription
    fee to the following address:
    Associazione Culturale Tapirulan
    corso XX Settembre 22, 26100 Cremona – Italy

For more information please visit the official website.