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Ex-libris Competition North Cyprus & Poland

Ex-libris Competition North Cyprus & Poland

International Ex-libris Competition North Cyprus & Poland’ 2019

The Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta North Cyprus is organising an international ex-libris competition in collaboration with the University of Silesia in Katowice Poland.
The contest is open to artists and designers from all countries in order to bring together and evaluate authentic ex-libris prints of highest aesthetic, artistic and technical quality, created as marks of ownership for books, to encourage artists and to introduce the art of ex-libris to the general public and create interest in the subject.
Article 1. The subject is FREE
But one of the First prizes will be given under the special subject ‘SPIRIT’
- The state of a person’s emotions.
- A fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one’s character.
- Animation and energy in action or expression
Article 2. Participants shall apply with at most 5 different works. It is obligatory that 3 copies of each print be submitted.
Article 3. No limitation exists regarding printmaking techniques. In addition to traditional printmaking techniques, photographic works or computer designs shall also be accepted on condition that all works of art should be multi-copied. Photocopies, drawings or sketches shall not be accepted.
Article 4. The works of art shall be designed as ex-libris, i. e. as small-format art graphics created to be pasted into books to identify the owner. The ex-libris shall include the words “Ex libris”, “Exlibris”, “Ekslibris”, “the bookplate of…” or an equivalent (for example, “from the library of…”) together with the name of a living person or an existing institution for whom or for which it has been created.
Article 5. Each print shall be signed or initialled by the artist. It is obligatory that the ex-libris bear legibly on the back of the print the artist’s name, the symbol of the technique used, the year of creation and the name of the owner. In case of the usage of a non-Latin alphabet, Latin alphabet version shall appear on the back of the print with the English translation where necessary.
Article 6. The paper support of the ex-libris must not be larger than 210 mm x 148,5 mm (A5). The printed surface of the ex-libris is free, It should fit aesthetically onto the paper. The ex-libris shall not be pasted to a cardboard or coloured paper.
Article 7. The deadline for submission is 1st October 2019, the stamped postal date being decisive. The ex-libris shall be posted in the safest manner to avoid any kind of damage.
Article 8. The address for correspondence is:
Eastern Mediterranean University Famagusta North Cyprus via Mersin 10, Turkey.
Faculty of Communication & Media Studies
Department of Visual Arts & Visual Communication Design
Tel: +90 392 630 29 24. E-mail:
Article 9. Prizes:
Special First Prize € 750 from the subject ‘SPIRIT’- Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam( Rector of Eastern Mediterranean University)
First Prize € 750 – Prof. Dr. Andrzej Kowalczyk (Rector of University of Silesia)
Second Prize € 500 – (by Eastern Mediterranean University)
Third Prize € 300 – ( by University of Silesia)
The Jury shall also be competent to attribute Honourable Mentions and Certificates of Honour to the ex-libris deserving honorary awards.
Article 10. The ex-libris shall be evaluated on the basis of their authenticity and originality with the subject “spirIt”, their artistic, technical and aesthetic merit, and the quality of the relation between the image and inscription in the composition.
Article 11. The Jury is composed of:
Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam rector of The Eastern Mediterranean University North Cyprus
Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektaş Turkey
Assos. Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Marek Bąk Poland
Prof. Dr. Senih Cavusoglu North Cyprus
Prof. Dr. Martin R. Baeyens Belgium
Article 12. Prize winners and artists whose work is selected for the exhibition will receive a free of charge catalogue.
Article 13. Submissions shall not be returned. Eastern Mediterranean University is entitled to use the exhibited ex-libris in the web-site, CD, catalogue, journals and books.
Article 14. A selection of the best works of art will be exhibited at the Eastern Mediterranean University and at the University of Silesia
Exhibition Eastern Mediterranean December 2019
Exhibition University of Silesia in Katowice Poland December 2019
Article 15. By participating in the competition, an artist shall be considered to have accepted its terms and conditions, and agrees to abide by the decisions of the jury.
Article 16. Participants shall fill in the form given below and post it together with the works submitted.
International Ex-libris Competition North Cyprus 2019
First Name:
For student’s name of the university:
Curriculum Vitae (in briefly):
Ex libris 1: owner
Ex libris 2: owner
Ex libris 3: owner
Ex libris 4: owner
Ex libris 5: owner


About the Author

Hasip Pektaş was born in Ermenek in 1953. He has been working as a Professor at Isik University, Faculty of Fine Arts in the Visual Communication Design Department in Istanbul. He wrote a book about "Ex-libris". He has also been working hard to make ex-libris well-known in Turkey. He organized 1st and 2nd International Ex-libris Competition in 2003-2007, 33rd FISAE International Ex-libris Congress and Ex-libris Competition in 2010 in Istanbul. He founded Istanbul Ex-libris Museum in Işık University in 2014. He is the President of Istanbul Ex-libris Society.

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