Lagos Council has announced the winners of the first LocalARTE contemporary art project, launched in Lagos last year to promote the talents of local artists.
First place went to Timo Dillner, who will receive €3,000 in prize money, followed by Adelaide Filipe in second (€2,000) and Gonçalo Cabral in third (€1,000).
Marcelo Pereira, Nélia Duarte and Peter Jones received honourable mentions.
Artists born or living in Lagos were invited to submit works which were created after the global outbreak of Covid-19.
The three best works were selected by a jury panel featuring local councillor Sara Coelho; regional director of culture in Algarve, Adriana Nogueira; university professor and director of the Visual Arts course at University of Algarve, Pedro Cabral; representative for the Algarve tourism board (RTA), André Valente; and artist Raquel Taquelim d’Almeida.
Jury member Sara Coelho said that these initiatives are needed to gradually resume cultural activities in Lagos, adding that it is the council’s responsibility, as a public entity, to support local artists.
Fellow jury member Adriana Nogueira highlighted the “huge talent and quality” that was on display and said that the artworks have the potential to be exhibited “in any large gallery in Portugal or throughout the world”.
More than 80 works by 49 artists were submitted, all of which are now being exhibited at the Lagos Cultural Centre.
The works will remain on display at the cultural centre’s rooms 1, 2 and 3 until March 19 and can be viewed for free between 10am and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday.