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PIPA Prize’s Regulation – 2021 Edition

PIPA Prize is an initiative of the PIPA Institute. It was designed to promote and give visibility to Brazilian art and artists and to encourage the domestic production of contemporary art.

The PIPA Prize 2021 aims to reward artists with a recent trajectory, initiated within the last 10 years, but already relevant, with promising participation in the Brazilian art circuit. It’s worth mentioning that as Brazil has several regional micro-scenarios – and we want to affirm them in their diversity – this trajectory highlight may be thought locally with the expectation of its development beyond that context. They are nominated by people who are familiar with the Brazilian Contemporary Art scene. The participating artists run in two different categories: PIPA Prize and PIPA Online, as defined forward in this Regulation.


1 – Definitions

For purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions are taken:

1.1) PIPA Institute: based in the City and State of Rio de Janeiro, at Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 509 casa 1, Ipanema, CEP 22410-003, CNPJ/MF # 11.760.852/0001-05
1.2) PIPA Board: senior management board of PIPA including representatives of PIPA Institute and other renowned art experts, who work within the field of contemporary art.
1.3) PIPA Coordination: a team of employees and volunteers from PIPA Institute.
1.4) Nominating Committee: A group of 20 (twenty) to 40 (forty) renowned professionals that work within the field of contemporary art, invited by PIPA’s Board, of which each member will nominate up to 3 (three) names of artists qualified to participate in the PIPA.

1.5) Nominated Artist: an artist who’s been nominated by at least one member of the Nominating Committee.
1.6) Participating Artist: the artist who, nominated by at least one member of the Nomination Committee, signs the “Terms of Participation” and accomplishes all the requirements of PIPA Coordination within the terms fixed.
1.7) Selected Artists: the 5 (five) selected artists by PIPA’s Board, amongst the Participating Artists (qualified above on item 1.6)
1.8) PIPA Online: category in which all the Participating Artists (qualified above on item 1.6), are invited to take part in an internet vote.
1.9) PIPA Online 2021 most voted artists: the first two artists with the highest number of votes after the second round of the online voting category award.

2 – Governance

2.1) The PIPA Board 2021 eight (8) members are:

○ Kiki Mazzucchelli

○ Lucrécia Vinhaes

○ Luís Antônio Almeida Braga

○ Luiz Camillo Osorio

○ Marcelo Matos Araújo

○ Moacir dos Anjos

○ Roberto Vinhaes

○ Tadeu Chiarelli

2.2) The PIPA Board have the following duties:
(i) To contribute to the credibility and visibility of PIPA, coordinating its management and execution.
(ii) To ensure compliance with the rules of PIPA, especially this Regulation.
(iii) Coordinate the process of selecting members of the Nominating Committee and members of the Award Jury.
(iv) Discuss and propose possible changes in PIPA’s Regulation.
(v) Decide, ultimately, about all the possible omissions and all the questions that may be presented in connection with this Regulation and PIPA.


3- Participation

3.1) Participation in PIPA Prize is free and takes place only through the acceptance of the invitation by the Nominated Artists.
3.2) The selection of the participating artists in PIPA Prize 2021 will occur as follows:
3.2.1) Each member of the Nominating Committee will nominate up to 3 (three) artists based on the criteria of being an artist with a recent and promising trajectory of 10 years of career maximum. The members of the Nominating Committee must have in mind the value of the award for the artistic development of the winner’s career.
3.2.2) PIPA’s Coordination will invite the Nominated Artists to take part in PIPA Prize. Become Participating Artists those who sign the “Terms of Participation” and accomplish all the requirements of PIPA Coordination within the terms fixed.
3.3) PIPA’s Board will select from amongst the Participating Artists 5 (five) artists, these five selected artists will be considered the PIPA Prize winners.

3.4) Participation in the PIPA Prize, as well as the accuracy of information provided for PIPA Prize’s Coordination, are the sole responsibility of the participants.

3.5) Neither members of the Nominating Committee nor members of the Award Jury may not be accepted as PIPA Participating Artists.
3.6) Criteria for disqualification and exclusion from PIPA:
3.6.1) Artists who do not fit in the nominating requirements.
3.6.2) Artworks that are not made by the Participating Artists.
3.6.3) Participants who commit any kind of fraud.
3.7) May also be disqualified and excluded from PIPA:
3.7.1) Nominated Artists who do not present all required documents within the time limit established by PIPA Prize’s Coordination.
3.7.2) Nominations by members of the Nominating Committee received after the time limit established by PIPA Coordination.

4- Awards

4.1) All Participating Artists will be entitled to:
4.1.1) Profile page at PIPA website, Portuguese version (
4.1.2) Profile page at PIPA website, English version (
4.1.3) Take part in a video produced exclusively for PIPA 2021 to be published on PIPA’s websites.
4.1.4) Insertion in the printed edition of PIPA Prize 2021’s catalogue.

PIPA Online

4.2) PIPA Online category will happen in two rounds. Artists who obtain more than 500 votes in the first round move on to the second round. The score will be reset at the beginning of the second round.
4.2.1) The two most voted artists at the end of the second round of the online voting will receive R$5,000 (five thousand Reais).
4.2.2) If only one artist receives more than 500 votes in the first round, he/she will be announced as the PIPA Online Winner without the need for a second round.
4.2.3) If no artist receives more than 500 votes in the first round, there will be no PIPA Online Winner.
4.2.4) In the first round, there is no limit for the number of artists the voters can vote in. However, each visitor has to vote in at least three different artists for his/her votes to be validated.
4.2.5) In the second round, there is also no limit for the number of artists, amongst the classified for the 2nd round, voters can vote in. However, one vote only is enough for the vote to be validated, which means there is no longer a minimum of three obligatory votes.

PIPA Prize – Selected Artists
4.3) The 5 (five) selected artists will be entitled to:
4.3.1) Highlighted insertion in PIPA 2021 catalogue, including a critical text written exclusively for the catalogue by an art critic of the artist’s choice. The art critic will receive a payment established by PIPA Institute.
4.3.2) An online exhibition/takeover at PIPA’s websites and social media, producing something specifically for the occasion. The idea is to work as a virtual exhibition of the Selected Artists and to promote their work.
4.3.3) A donation of R$ 10,000 (ten thousand Reais) to each of the Selected Artists, given at the end of the exhibition/takeover.


4.4) Awards – Additional information
4.4.1) One artist may win PIPA Prize and PIPA Online.
4.4.2) The Selected Artist(s) who do not comply with the requirements of this Regulation will be disqualified and will lose the award(s).
4.4.3) The use of images that will comprise PIPA’s annual catalogue, referred to as an award, on the terms of item 4.1.4, shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of the Participating Artists themselves, which should submit the image file according to the request by PIPA Prize’s Coordination.


5- Artists’ duties
5.1) All nominated artists must sign the Terms of Participation as an artist and send the solicited material by the PIPA’s Coordination within the deadline established to confirm their participation in the PIPA Prize 2021.

5.2) The five Selected Artists must sign the Terms of Participation as a Selected Artist and send the solicited material by the PIPA’s Coordination within the deadline established to confirm their participation in the PIPA Prize 2021.

5.3) All values of donation to artists described in this Regulation correspond to the total disbursement to be made by PIPA Institute. It is up to artists and/or their galleries, when applicable, to afford all expenses relating to their respective participation in PIPA and the fulfilment of the obligations established herein, including but not limited to travel tickets, food, insurance, assembly and disassembly, transport of works, delivery of works donated, payment of any taxes or penalties for ECAD (when he or she uses music in its works), etc.

5.3.1) Possible platforms and website’s residence will also be under the artist’s responsibility, according to what the WordPress (website’s residence of PIPA Prize) bears or allows unless there’s the possibility to be done directly at the websites and The exhibition page is designed by PIPA’s Institute Coordination, having in mind the specifics of each artwork and the WordPress’ conditions. All possible changes pass through the sieve of the Coordination and will be decided alongside the artists.

5.4) All amounts donated by PIPA Institute to the artists are gross, ie any taxes, fees, contributions, fines, interest on late payments, etc. are the responsibility of the Participating Artists.

5.5) The Selected Artists are encouraged to present new works exclusively conceived to digital/online media, but this is not a requirement of the PIPA Prize. The exhibition will be exclusively virtual.  The exhibition will be exclusively for online media. The Selected Artist is solely responsible for the rights of their works and will be held responsible for the authorship of the same, and will be held judicially responsible in the case of forgery or any questioning regarding the veracity of the informed authorship.
5.5.1) The Selected Artists should present a proposal of the work(s) that will be shown at the online exhibition to PIPA’s Institute curatorial team at least one month before the opening of the show.
5.6) The participants of the PIPA Prize, including the winners, assume full and sole responsibility in respect of all and any claims by third parties who were disadvantaged by their participation.
5.7) The participants of the PIPA Prize, including the winners, allow the use of their names, images and voices, free of charge in all PIPA Prize, PIPA Institute.
5.8) The five Selected Artists of the PIPA Prize allow the use of their names, pictures and voice, free of charge in any publicity of PIPA Prize, PIPA Institute.



6 – General

6.1) The PIPA Prize is purely cultural in character, not involving any kind of chance or connection with the purchase of products or services and therefore not dependent on any official agency authorization, under Law 5.768/71 and other applicable legal provisions.
6.2) The PIPA Institute reserves itself the right, at its own discretion, to change the terms of this Regulation, informing participants in advance, by notices on the PIPA Prize website, always bound by legal principles and respect for the participants.
6.3) The selection and judging criteria are set directly by PIPA Board and the Award Jury, whose decisions are final and sovereign and there will be no possible revisions.
6.4) Loss of entitlement to the prize will occur if the winner is unable to receive it. In this case, the right to the award will be transferred to the participant ranked in the subsequent position.
6.5) Any question, dispute or situation not covered by this Regulation shall be assessed and decided by PIPA’s Board, whose decision is sovereign and unappealable.
6.6) Participation in PIPA Prize implies full agreement with this Regulation.
6.7) This is a free translation from the Regulation in its official version, in Portuguese.


7 – Calendar

7.1) PIPA Prize 2021 will have the following schedule:

  • 25 March (Thursday) – PIPA 2021 Launching – Eleventh edition of the Prize, together with the announcement of the Board the disclosure of the Regulation & Schedule
  • 23 April (Friday) – Nominating Committee announcement
  • From 03 May through 07 May (Monday to Friday) – Announcement of the Nominees
  • 16 July (Friday)  – Announcement of PIPA’s 2021 Selected Artists
  • 15 August (Sunday) – 21 August (Sunday) – PIPA Online’s first round 
  • 29 August (Sunday) – 05 September (Sunday) – PIPA Online’s second round 
  • 06 September (Monday) – PIPA Online Winner announcement
  • 13 September (Monday) – PIPA Prize 2021 online exhibition/Takeover
  • 16 October (Saturday) – End of PIPA’s online exhibition/Takeover

7.2) Although great efforts are made by PIPA Institute, always looking for compliance to follow this schedule, given to a large number of participants and matters involved, it is not possible to guarantee total compliance.


8 – Communication

8.1) PIPA’s main vehicle of communication is through its own site ( and

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