Calling All Aspiring Artists

Fancy yourself the next Monet/ Banksy/ Gilbert and/or George? The Vienna Tourist Board is launching a nationwide hunt to unearth the next big artistic talent.

2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt. To commemorate this well-loved and world-renowned Viennese artist, The Vienna Tourist Board is commencing the search for his 21st century successor.

Hopeful entrants must create a Klimt and/or Vienna inspired masterpiece. Although liberal in his approach to subject matter, Klimt believed that square dimensions were essential for the creation of ideal beauty. In recognition of the artist’s legacy, prospective entries must be created in conformance with this.

All submissions must be photographed and uploaded to: wientourismus.codeon.at/en/klimt_illustrated. The general public will then be able to vote for their favoured artwork through the site. Those with the most votes will be shortlisted for consideration by renowned street-art gallery owner Steve Lazarides, and leading Austrian curator, Sydney Odigan, who will select the winning piece.

The lucky winner will receive a weekend trip to Vienna for two, and the chance to experience the rich culture that inspired a fore father of the Art Nouveau movement. They will also have the opportunity to meet Steve Lazarides at a private VIP preview of the 'Klimt Illustrated' exhibition at Lazarides Gallery on Thursday 23rd August, at which the 12 renowned street artists will be present. Budding artists will receive the added benefit of press exposure following the announcement of the competition.

For terms and conditions and to enter, please visit the Vienna Tourist Board website: wientourismus.codeon.at/en/klimt_illustrated

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