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The Focus Foundation launches a new edition of the International Painting Prize


The competition has an open theme and any pictorial technique can be used. First prize is worth €12,000 and entries can be submitted until the 19th of this month.

30 August, 2017- The Focus Foundation has launched a new edition of its traditional Focus International Painting Prize, which is open to any professional or amateur artist over the age of 18 who has not won the prize previously or been a runner up. The deadline for entries is 19th September, 2017.

The competition has an open theme and artists can choose any pictorial technique. Each artist may submit a single piece of work which must be original and must not have been submitted to other competitions or previous editions of this Prize. The maximum dimensions for submitted works are 200 x 200 centimetres and the minimum size is 73 x 60 centimetres.

Entries can be sent by e-mail to, by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt or they can be delivered directly to the headquarters of the Focus Foundation (Hospital de los Venerables, Plaza de los Venerables, 8, 41004, Seville), stating “Premio de Pintura Focus 2017” on the envelope.

A digital catalog will be published on the Foundation's website with the works of the finalists upon completion of the competition. Moreover, the winning piece will be exhibited at the Hospital de Los Venerables.

The Focus International Painting Prize, which has been held since 1983, enjoys a long tradition and a prestigious reputation in addition to awarding the winner with €12,000. The artist Ana Barriga Oliva was last year’s winner for her work, Viva el vino (Long live wine). The jury was composed of Juan Bosco Díaz-Urmeneta, Juan Carrete Parrondo, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Carmen Laffón de Escosura, Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui and Juan Suárez Ávila, and was chaired by Anabel Morillo León, General Director of the Focus Foundation.

This international prize further strengthens the Foundation’s commitment to contemporary art, contributing to the exchange of artistic experiences with countries outside of Spain, reflecting the concerns and wishes of the award’s founders. Furthermore, the International Painting Prize represents a unique experience as it is open to both recognised artists and talented newcomers.

The complete terms and conditions of the competition are available on our website:

Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus)

The Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus) was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period.

This cultural activity inspired and promoted by Abengoa, is based on the support and a series of activities which is of great benefit to society. The Focus Foundation was born from this conviction at the start of the 80s.

1991 became a key year in the organization’s recent history as its location was moved to the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, a 17th century monument, owned by the  Archbishopric of Seville in addition to inaugurating the exceptional baroque organ. From this point onward, the institution has organized 34 plastic arts exhibitions- visited by over one million people, and has offered a musical program for the organ of international reference.

Since 2007 and following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation, the Hospital de los Venerables has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist. Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture. This entire heritage is widely spread by Focus Educa, our area of education, by means of which we raise awareness and bring culture closer to society.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Focus Foundation at the Hospital de los Venerables, and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé E. Murillo, the Hospital de Los Venerables hosted the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exhibition (2016-2017). This was a first rate cultural phenomenon that received more than 120,000 visitors, making it the most visited exhibition in the history of the Foundation. A series of organ recitals which were held in the Church of Los Venerables made up the musical framework entitled, Tribute to Murillo: Homage to a universal painter. 

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