Prizes and Grants

SP-Arte is always looking to build and reinforce ties that join different players from the arts circuit. As such, it fosters actions targeted at artists, curators, institutions and galleries. They are initiatives that leverage continued education opportunities through artist residencies abroad offered to Brazilians, and financial support for developing creative projects.

Also read about Túlio Pinto’s nomination for the EFG Latin America Art Award

SP-Arte Residency Prize


Laura Belém, from galleries Athena Contemporânea and Luisa Strina, was the artist selected in 2018 to receive a three-month stay at Delfina Foundation, in London – one of the main artistic residency organizations in the world. This is the award’s sixth edition, offering a unique opportunity for Brazilian artists at foreign institutions. Brazilian or naturalized artists represented by galleries participating in SP-Arte/2018 were eligible to participate. The selection was made by a jury composed of representatives from Delfina Foundation and SP-Arte.

Illy Sustain Art


Artist Rodrigo Cass, represented by Galeria Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, was selected to receive the Illy Sustain Art Prize which, for the seventh time, awarded a young talent from SP-Arte a money prize. Rodrigo was selected by juror Tiago Mesquita, art history professor and critic. To be eligible for the prize, artists needed to be born in Brazil, be at least 35 years old and be represented by one of the SP-Arte/2018 participating galleries. Founded in 2007, Illy Sustain Art was created with the objective of discovering and encouraging new contemporary-art talents in developing countries. One of its activities is the Illy Award, which increased its prize to R$25 thousand.

Marcos Amaro Art Award

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Brígida Baltar, from Galeria Nara Roesler, was the recipient of the Marcos Amaro Art Award, which offered the artist a R$25 thousand prize. In its second year, the award in partnership with SP-Arte aims to support names that have stood out with their creative production. Curator Ricardo Resende, from Fundação Marcos Amaro, Marcos Amaro, artist, collector and president of the Foundation, artist Gilberto Salvador, art critic and curator Agnaldo Farias and curator Lisette Lagnado participated in the selection.