The call is open for the 27th “Universidad de Sevilla” European Plastic Arts Contest, 2020/2021 edition, with a single prize of 3,000.00 euros as well as a maximum amount of 6,000.00 euros in a purchase fund, according to the following


1. Contestants.

All students enrolled in studies leading to an official university degree in any European university during the 2021/2021 school year can take part in this contest, as well as anyone who graduated from said studies from the 2011/2012 school year on. Those that have been awarded in previous calls are excepted.

Contestants will present an affidavit swearing to meet one of the two requirements stated in this clause, committing to provide written justification of so in case of winning.

2. Artworks.

Each contestant may present one original artwork, of their own authorship, that has not been previously awarded in any other contest. The theme and techniques used are free of choice, and the artwork must be correctly assembled and ready for its exposition.

Maximum artwork size is 200 x 200 cm. In the case of three-dimensional works, the base must fit 100 x 200 cm and the maximum height allowed will be 200 cm.

Artworks will be handed in fully completed, without any additional element being needed for its viewing by the jury or its exposition to the public. No kind of maintenance prior to the exposition will be allowed.

3. Pre-registration.

Before submitting the artwork, contestants must register starting the day of the publication of this resolution until June 30, 2021. This can be done via the CICUS web, where they may submit:

  • Artwork title
  • Artist’s CV with pictures of previous works in .doc, .odt or .rtf format.
  • Color picture(s) of the finished artwork, as it must be shown to the jury, in .tiff or .jpg format and with at least 300 pixels and 20 cm on its larger side.
  • In case of video creation or digital creation, it must be submitted digitally, without prejudice to completing the previous point by sending a still image of the work.
  • Valuation price of the submitted artwork according to the conditions stated in clause 6. (1.500,00 euros being the maximum quantity allowed, as stated in said clause).
  • Where appropriate, the indications they deem necessary for the exhibition of the work.

In the view of the pre-inscriptions submitted, an early selection of which artworks will be shown to the jury, as the 8th base of this resolution states, and which ones may be held in the exposition contemplated in the 7th base. The selected artists will be invited to send their artworks to the contest.

This early selection will be made by a commission appointed by the general director of Culture and Heritage of the University of Seville.

4. Artwork delivery or shipping.

The selected artists will receive an invitation to send their work to the European Plastic Arts Contest, as well as corresponding instructions on how to make the delivery.

Interested participants may ship their work through any utility company or by mail. The packaging, transport and eventual insurance of the artworks will be at the expense of the artist or person delegated, both upon delivery and collection. However, when the artwork requires it, the University of Seville may pay all or part of the shipping cost for artists from universities outside of the province of Seville.

Two-dimensional artworks must be submitted framed or, at least, with a protection strip.

The University of Seville will look after the integrity of the artworks, although it declines all responsibility in case of loss due to flooding, arson or natural catastrophe, as well as for the damage they may suffer both during reception and return of them and will not take out an insurance policy covering such risks.

5. Prize. 

The winning artwork will receive a single prize of THREE THOUSAND EUROS (€ 3.000,00).

The awarded piece of work will from then on belong to the University of Seville. Likewise, and in accordance with the provisions of the intellectual property law, the author assigns to the University of Seville, without prejudice to the moral rights that correspond to them, exclusively and with the power to transfer to third parties, the patrimonial rights of reproduction, distribution and transformation of the awarded artwork. This clause will also apply to works acquired from the purchase fund referred to in clause 6, and to those not withdrawn referred to in the last paragraph of clause 9.

The award may, if appropriate, be declared void by the jury. Likewise, the jury may award one or more second prizes with no financial reward.

6. Purchase fund.

A purchase fund for works of SIX THOUSAND EUROS (€ 6,000.00) is established, which will be the maximum amount of the acquisitions to be made.

In the purchase price established by the artists (which may not exceed € 1,500.00) must include all taxes, direct and indirect, established by the law. According to the law of intellectual property, within the price established by the artist the transfer to the University of Seville is included, without any harm to its moral rights, on an exclusive basis and with the power of transfer to third parties the economic rights of reproduction, distribution and transformation of the awarded work.

In accordance with art. 1,262 of the Civil Code, the price freely estimated by the artist in his request has the value of a binding offer to the University of Seville, so as the entity will only need to communicate its acceptance to the author to complete the acquisition prior to the end date of the exhibition.

The Center for Cultural Initiatives of the University of Seville, in view of the list of works selected according to the following basis, will contact the authors and may agree on the acquisition of artworks up to the maximum limit of 6,000.00 euros.

7. Exposition

In addition to awarding the 27th European Plastic Arts Contest and making the purchase proposal, the jury will make a selection of artworks for their exhibition on the dates to be determined, within the year 2021.

8. Jury.

The jury will be chaired by the general director of Culture and Heritage of the University of Seville, directy delegated by the rector, and will consist of personalities of recognized prestige in the field that is the object of this award.

The jury’s decision will be final, and the award may be declared void. Likewise, the jury may award a second prize without a financial reward.

9. Artwork return.

The contest organization will notify the interested parties at least a week in advance the period of time they have to collect their works Which will last at least three days. The organization may establish a deadline for collecting the works not selected for the exhibition, before this one takes place, and another one for the exhibited works. The work may be picked up by a person other than the author, who must present an authorization from the author, as well as a photocopy of both the IDs of the author and the authorized person.

Once the deadline established for the return of the non-awarded works has expired without any of them having been picked up, it will be assumed that the author has voluntarily waived ownership of the work, which will be handed over to the University of Seville, which may give it the fate it deems appropriate, including that of its sale and/or destruction. The work will NOT become part of the University Collection, and its author will not be able to mention such circumstance in their CV. By participating in this call, the authors accept that, when the work is made available to the University of Seville by not collecting it, this entity will have the economic rights of reproduction, distribution and transformation of the work, on an exclusive basis and with the right to transfer it to third parties, without prejudice to the moral rights that correspond to the author.

10. Artwork reproduction and exhibition.

Participation in this call implies authorization to exhibit the artworks on display and not to dispose of them until the dates established for the return of the works. Likewise, participation implies the assignment of the corresponding rights of reproduction and transformation, in both printed and digital formats, for the advertising of the exhibition, including the publication of a brochure of the exhibition, if considered appropriate by the University.

Participation in this Contest implies the irrevocable granting of these rights. Artists may not withdraw their works from the exhibition, once selected by the jury, until the end of it.

11. Image use and data transfer authorization.

In accordance with Organic Law 1/1982 of May 5 on the Civil Protection of the Right to Honor and Family and Personal Image, as well as the General Data Protection Regulation, and Organic Law 3/2018 of December 5 on the Protection of Personal Data and Guarantee of Digital Rights, participants expressly authorize the University, if selected, to publicize their full name, as well as the name of the projects submitted. Likewise, they give their consent, if selected, to provide the media that requests it their telephone number and/or email address, so that they can contact them, but in no case may such personal data be published.

In application of the regulations on personal data protection (RGPD EU 2016/679 and LOPDyGDD 3/2018), participants are informed that the University of Seville is responsible for the present process: Promotional Activities of the Cultural Initiatives Center, which aims to handle and manage the use of the various services offered by the Cultural Initiatives Center of the University of Seville. The handling is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of public authority vested in the responsible person; for the implementation of a contract where the interested party is part of it. Likewise, the explicit consent of the interested party is legitimized, if applicable.

According to the aforementioned rules, you have the right to access, correct and delete your personal data, as well as other rights that you can check, together with further detailed information, at the link.

12. Funding.

In accordance with Article 46 of Law 47/2003, of November 26, General Budgetary Law, this call is conditioned to the effective appropriation in the Budget of the University of Seville for 2021. For this purpose, the following credits have been retained, which are attached to this resolution:

The prize will be paid from the organic/functional/economic application of the budget of the University of Seville for fiscal year 2021.

Similarly, the purchases will be paid from the organic/functional/economic application 18.60.18/451/482 of the budget of the University of Seville for fiscal year 2021.

13. Resources.

According to article 123 and following of Law 39/2015, of October 1, of the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations, both this call, which puts an end to the administrative channel, and the administrative acts deriving from it and from the actions of the jury, may be challenged by means of an appeal for reconsideration within one month, counted from the day following its publication, or by filing a contentious-administrative appeal within two months, counted from the day following the day of the publication or notification challenged in accordance with art. 46.1 of the Law on Contentious-Administrative Jurisdiction.