The LAP has begun the journey to build an ethnoanthropological mapping of the region and to transfer experiences from one country to another. In order to meet the needs of the regional community with a push towards Italy and the world, the LAP in 2013 launched the Public Art Award, the first international competition dedicated to Public Art that aims to explore the Basilicata region. The first edition of the international competition LAP | Public Art Award has allowed Basilicata to leap to international attention, reaching an audience of 50,000 users in the field of contemporary art and involving the community of the Public Art Award social network, in continuous evolution, more than 300 professional artists from France, England, Japan, China, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Spain, Ethiopia, Albania, Australia, Holland, Switzerland, South Africa and Italy (Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Sicily, Apulia, Lazio, Tuscany, Lombardy, Sardinia, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Umbria and Marche). The LAP with the Public Art Award in partnership with the University of Basilicata, Department of DiCEM, brought in Basilicata Higher Education on Public Art held in Potenza and Matera from 16 to 22 September 2013 with highly qualified teachers: Anna Detheridge, Theorist of Visual Arts, essayist, president of Connecting Cultures; Emilio Fantin, Artist and Professor; Bianco and Valente, artists; Mariadelaide Cuozzo, Professor of Contemporary Art History and Francesco Marano, Professor of Visual Anthropology at University of Basilicata; and hosting 20 artists from all over Italy and the world selected by the Competition. The 261 works submitted to the competition have contributed to the creation of an archive of projects created specifically for the Basilicata region, now available to 131 towns of Lucania to achieve the objective of the LAP: the creation of the first permanent public art laboratory at regional scale in Italy. The jury of the LAP | Public Art Award 2013, composed of the President Spencer Tunick, an artist of international renown, and by the commissioners Bruno Di Marino, an expert in video art, and Basak Malone, New York gallerist, selected among the finalists the two winners of the first edition of the Public Art Award: the group Maria Angela Capossela & Liviana Davì, with the project “The display of the bedsheet” and Marco Rossetti, with the project “Sublime Bother”.
click on image to watch LAP | Public Art Award | Urban Screen 2014 Video Spot
click on image to watch LAP | Public Art Award | Urban Screen 2013 Video Spot