International Ex Libris Competition Varna

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International Ex Libris Competition Varna

Largo Art Gallery invites applicants to participate in the third edition of the International Exlibris Competition Varna. The competition is open to artists from all over the world who aged 16 years or older. It is dedicated to the traditional original graphics techniques.

The mission of competition is to is to increase the interest of ex libris and traditional techniques of graphic art among art lovers, collectors, artists and students from art schools and universities.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • All artists from all over the world,
  • Who aged 16 years or older.

How to Apply:

To apply, the applicants must download the application form and the complete package with bookplates send to the following postal address: Largo Art Gallery, 8 Han Krum Str., 9000 Varna, Bulgaria


  • Participants may send maximum 5 (five) different bookplates, each of them in 3 (three) signed copies. The works shall be created in the years 2016-2018.
  • You may submit a maximum of 5 different bookplates, each of them in three signed copies. The theme is free.
  • Only traditional graphics techniques are eligible. Computer designs, photocopies, drawings or sketches will not be accepted.
  • The image (engraved part) of the ex-libris must be not larger than 170 x 170 mm. Paper size must be not larger than 290 mm x 210 mm
  • Every image has to include the name of the owner and words: “Ex libris”, “Bookplate” or some other similar expression (e.g. “From the library of…”). The bookplates must have (under the image) the author’s signature, year of creation, technique and title (if the work has such), print number or “edition of author” abbreviation – E/A, A/P.
  • On the back side of the paper every bookplate must have the following information, written with pencil, in English, with print letters: 1) last name, first name, country of the artist, 2) title of the work, 3) technique used, 4) dimensions of the engraved part in mm, 5) year the work was created, 6) full versions of initials or abbreviations, if used
  • The works should be sent without glass, frame or passé-part out, by registered air-mail as Printed Material, declaring “No Commercial Value”.
  • The works should be packaged in a solid and waterproof package, in the safest manner to avoid any kind of damage. The organizers accept no responsibility for problems arising from the fault of the postal and courier services.


  • First Prize: 500 EUR and invitation for the one-man show during the next edition of the Competition;
  • Second Prize: 200 EUR;
  • Third Prize, Istanbul Exlibris Society’s Prize: 100 EUR;
  • The prize for Young Artist (under age of 30): 100 EUR;

Application Deadline:

Entries have to be sent before 20th of June 2018 (according to the date of the post stamp of the sender).

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If you have questions about contest and rules of participation, you can email at

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