Verona Tessile: International textile art contest 2019

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Praise be to You, my Lord

From Francis to Francis

Organized by Ad Maiora Association, Verona (Italy)


The purpose is to encourage the spread of textile art and to favour occasions on which to meet and exchange ideas. Ad Maiora Association promotes and organizes a new international festival of patchwork and quilting which will be held from 25 to 28 April in Verona historical centre (Unesco heritage).


Praise be to You, my Lord

From Francis to Francis

The beauty of the universe and the necessity to preserve life in all its forms are the themes chosen for the fifth international contest of Ad Maiora Association. Objective of the contest is to interpret these sensorial and emotional themes through textile art .

Saint Francis‘s prayer echoes in everyone’s heart, “Praise be to You, my Lord”. In his “Canticle” he praised God for the beauty which surrounds us and he felt he was called to protect all the creatures with joy and generosity.

Saint Francis of Assisi’s sensitivity isshared byPope Bergoglio, as expressed even in the choice of his name as a guide and source of inspiration.

In his “Encyclical letter on our common home” Pope Francisshows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace. Everyone can collaborate to preserve the environment according to his or her own culture, experience and capacity.

It is an invitation to embrace these values that are the same throughout the centuries and a call to make the environment which surrounds us beautiful, sustainable and healthy so that we can admire with wonder “…our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.

Single category

All the patchwork and textile art techniques are admitted; framed works or works with fixed rigid parts that cannot be folded will not be accepted.


  • The contest is open to everyone.
  • Each participant can present ONE work only.
  • Members of the jury are not allowed to participate.

Requirements for the works

The dimensions of all works must be 80 cm (width) x 100 cm (height). A tolerance of 5% more or less is accepted. All works must have a sleeve of fabric for hanging, which must be 10cm in height and sewn on the back at the top end, running the width of the back.

On the back in the bottom right-hand corner of the work, a fabric label must be attached stating the name and address of the maker and the title of the work. The label must be covered with an accurately sewn piece of fabric.

Context of the exhibition

The competition is at the top of a series of artistic events related to textile art that will take place in the historic centre of Verona during "Verona Tessile 2019”. The works will be exhibited in one of the prestigious palazzi in the historical centre.


A jury of experts in the field, appointed by the organizers, will select works based on the documentation received from the applicants. The decision of the jury is final and unquestionable, it must not be justified.

The jury also reserves the right to exclude presented works that do not comply with the guidelines. The criteria for evaluation and selection applied by the jury are as follows: composition, use of color, emotional impact, technical work and originality, relevance to the theme.

Requested documents

To take part to the competition, all the required documentation must be sent exclusively via email to the following email address: and it will have as object: “Concorso 2019”.

The application deadline is February 15th, 2019. All applications that arrive incomplete or after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. Evidence shall be constituted by the date of the email.

List of requested documents

  • Entry form, duly completed and signed in each section (PDF Format).
  • Receipt of payment of the registration fee of 20 euro, not refundable. Participation is free of charge for the members of Ad Maiora.
  • 2 digital images (one of the entire work and one of a significant detail of the composition).

Quality of photographs

Images must be of good quality and well lit on a neutral background. They must be sent without any digital adjustments made to the colors, in JPEG format, and with high resolution, so they can be printed (10x15 cm and 300 dpi). We kindly request to register the images in the following way:
name_title (e.g. smith_my love).

Particular attention related to the framing of the photographs should be taken. Selection will be made on the basis of the received images. The jury will not take into consideration photos that do not satisfy these requirements.


The images submitted for selection will remain property of the organizers in any case. By sending digital images, participants authorize their publication for promotional purposes and for other purposes, as well as the use on the Internet. The rights of the published works remain property of the makers. Ad Maiora Association reserves the right to make any changes to the images, may particular and exceptional cases appear.

Insurance and shipping

The works will be insured from their arrival to the moment when they are sent back. However, insurance is not included during shipping. Shipping and its insurance are at the expense of each participant. Participants take responsibility for any damage or loss of the works during shipping. The packaging must protect the works from risks of damage during shipping, may it be by post or courier. The organizers will not assume liability for damages that are caused by a faulty package.

Ad Maiora Association guarantees the utmost care in the protection of the works entrusted to it when in its possession.

The works can be collected at the end of the closing ceremony or they will be returned within two weeks after the end of the event at the expense of the participant. If some works are invited to other exhibitions, the organizers will contact the artists.

Dates to remember

  • February 15th, 2019

Deadline for emailing photographs, registration form, fee and all other documentation requested. Do not send the works before this date.

  • By March 10th, 2019

Jury selection and announcement of results via email.

  • April 10th, 2019

Deadline for receiving selected works.

The works must be sent to:
Associazione Ad Maiora - Via Monte Novegno, 5 - 37126 Verona (Italy).

  • April 25-28, 2019

Exhibition of the works of the competition.

Date and place of the award ceremony will be communicated later.


The exhibition/competition will be promoted through a promotional campaign on paper (flyers, guides, posters, etc.) and online (social networks, blogs, specialized web sites, online magazines, official web site, partners web sites, etc.) and also through press releases sent to newspapers and women’s magazines, etc.

Awards offered by the sponsors

The amount and combination of prizes of the winning works will be announced later.

Documents to download

Contest notice ›
Registration form ›

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