Art and act is an artistic contest, organised by CESIE, inspired by the beliefs and passions of Marie Marzloff (02/11/1980 -13/02/2018).

Aim of the contest


Marie Marzloff was the deputy director of CESIE. She was responsible for managing human resources and international cooperation. She came to Palermo in 2004 as part of the European Voluntary Service scheme and immediately became one of the most active and convinced supporters and advocates of CESIE’s mission and work.

This contest sets to celebrate her interest in art, literature and interculturality – and devotion to the causes closest to her, gender equality, intercultural dialogue and international cooperation.

It aims at advancing the work that Marie has started so as to enable her beliefs and passions to endure.

By the means of this contest we seek to inspire others with Marie’s curiosity and her ability to grasp different ideas from diverse realities.

Whoever had the chance to work with Marie lived an enormously enriching learning experience, which allowed them to open up new horizons. She gave sound advice that squashed any doubts as she would help express hidden solutions and ideas.

Marie was the energy, the motor and the heart of CESIE.

Guidelines and theme
of 2019 contest

Talenti di genere

Is gender a matter of equality or is equality a matter of gender?

“Talenti di genere” means the capacity of women and men to deal with the challenges of our times in ordinary or extraordinary ways.

Artists, professionals, amateurs, students, youth are asked to submit their interpretation of the theme.

The artwork should be thought-provoking and must reflect creative ideas addressing the opportunities and concerns through conceptual, social or political contents.

Entries should be new and original artwork in any of the art categories such as: drawing, illustration, painting, digital art, graphics, photography, comics, collage – not an exhaustive list.

Collective works are also accepted.


Who can participate

The art contest is open to people from all over the world without any age limits. The participation is free of charge.

How to participate

Participants are required to:

Fill in the registration form. Please note that by submitting their work online, participants accept all relevant terms and conditions
Upload images of the artwork in digital format. The image should be in high definition (JPEG file, at minimum 300 dpi). The works could be accompanied by a text

Submit the application
by 15th October 2019

Thank you for participating in the contest!
Selection of the submitted artwork has started.
Winners will be announced by 15th of November 2019.

Selection criteria

All the submitted artworks will be evaluated and selected taking into consideration:

Their effectiveness in expressing the theme and its challenges

Creativity and

Capacity of fostering critical thinking and reflection

Visual impact – the stronger the impact, the greater the influence.


Winners will be announced by 15th of November 2019. Prizes are as follows:

1st prize

€ 1000

This artwork will be integrated in 2020 CESIE’s visual identity

2nd prize

€ 500

3rd prize

€ 200

Youth award

A special prize will be awarded to participants aged under 18

(i.e. participants under the age of 18 by September 30th 2019)

Online exhibition and annual event

All the submitted artworks will be published in a dedicated online gallery available at

Selected works will be exhibited during an annual event organised by CESIE in Palermo, Italy.

Online Exhibition – 2019

Art and Act Jury 2019

Ahmed Fouad El Karran

Ahmed Fouad El Karran

Head of Inclusive and Creative Economies Program in British Council Egypt

Gal Harmat

Gal Harmat

Specialist in Gender studies and Peace Education

Marcia Mercadante

Marcia Mercadante

Producer and photographer

Rocco Carlisi

Rocco Carlisi

Artist, sculptor and painter.

Honorary members:

Aude Marzloff and Giovanni Lo Biundo

President of the jury

Vito La Fata, President of CESIE


For further information, please contact us.

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