Call Type Residency
Call Eligibility International
Entry Dates 1/1/23, 4:40 PM - 9/30/23, 4:40 PM 65 Days Left
Entry Fee? Yes (33)

Via di Tiglio 370
Lucca 55100 Italia


LUBICA - Lucca Biennale Cartasia is the most important event celebrating Paper as an artistic and architectural means worldwide. It takes place every two years in the city of Lucca, Tuscany. Founded in 2004, LUBICA made a pledge to promote tradition, culture, sustainability, and innovation. Its 12th edition will take place in 2024, marking 20 years of activity.
LUBICA aims at bringing together and offering inspiring new opportunities to artists who are looking for a challenge, want to “educate about beauty”, take care of the Other, and are willing to think outside the box to come up with new points of view.

The competition is open to artists, architects, designers, and engineers interested in creating monumental (both outdoor and indoor) or smaller (indoor) paper artworks. Projects should exploit paper in bold and innovative ways in order to enhance its original features. Throughout the event, the selected monumental artworks will either be exhibited in the main squares of Lucca (outdoor), or in the indoor venues. After the event, they will become part of LUBICA’s permanent collection and have the possibility of being exhibited during other events.

The theme of LUBICA’s 12th edition is “Here and Now: Tomorrow”
Nowadays, nothing seems to last and people often seem to act only in the here and now, without considering the consequences of their actions, as if they faced no tomorrow. Art, on the other hand, has always had its eyes set on tomorrow, and on the human mind’s countless opportunities to travel beyond itself, searching for new worlds to build, imagine and discover. At the same time, knowing how to live in the present – the here and now – is crucial in our existence. The present is the only time in which we can truly exist, grow, feel, love, and rejoice. Too often, we forget about this simple fact and end up repeating the same actions over and over as if in a trance, that of linear time, the time of our ego, of material living. The outside world, society, our obligations, as well as social media are constantly calling our attention away from the here and now, distracting us from the present moment, postponing it to a later time, tomorrow, maybe.


Predominant use of paper and cardboard;
Entering one or more original projects;
Paying the entry fee;
Being at least 18 years old;
It is possible to participate as a single artist or as a group of maximum 2 people.*

To take part in the competition, artists must:

Fill in the entry form attached to this Call;
Pay a € 30 entry fee either via:
bank transfer to the following Banco Popolare account
IBAN: IT69C0503424742000000001881
Swift: BAPPIT21S38
Account holder: 9 Muse s.r.l.
or PayPal to

Email via WeTransfer ( to or send by regular mail to 9 Muse s.r.l., Via di Tiglio 370 - 55100 Lucca, Italy, the following:
Signed entry form
Payment receipt
Additional material describing the proposal (see “Phase 1”)
Social media accounts (IG, FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN, TIK TOK)

By and no later than 30th September 2023, at 11.59pm (GMT +1). The shipping date will be checked against delivery.

To participating artists the Organising Committee guarantees:

Accommodation for the time required for the construction of the artwork*;
Round-trip travel expenses *;
Agreement on food expenses;
A cash prize of € 1000 (one thousand) to be awarded at the end of the event, provided the artist actually takes part in the event, as well as in the construction and completion of the artwork;
Promotion of both the artwork and artist.

*In case a finalist is an art collective, please, state in the entry form only the names of the 2 team leaders that will take part in the construction of the artwork in residency. LUBICA will cover their expenses. If also other members of the collective wish to join, the collective itself shall bear their travel and accommodation expenses.

Artists should be ready to support LUBICA in case it takes part in European or international exchange programmes promoting artist mobility.

For the artwork creation process, the Organising Committee guarantees:
Assistance from the Technical Committee in the project planning phase, a work team, and on-site assistants
3 (three) Iveco daily van trips, one of which for disassembly*;
Hardware and wood material for a maximum of € 400 (four hundred)*;
Tools and spare parts for a maximum of € 200 (two hundred)*;
Unlimited supply of paper and cardboard.

*Artists are encouraged to use their own vehicles in case their needs exceed these dispositions. Should the spending limits not be respected, the organization will withhold the extra amount from the cash prize.
Any material purchased with the contribution of LUBICA should be considered as LUBICA’s property.
The selected finalists will be considered the primary authors of their artwork and must therefore guarantee their presence and collaboration during the creation and installation process.
The Organisation reserves the right to select the final installation site.

Posted on: 1/24/23, 3:48 PM