ARTPIQER's Painting Award

Grand Award Opening

​BEYOND PAINTING - with the first ARTPIQER's Painting Award we award the painter of tomorrow! Where other, well-established art prizes are plunging into new media and futuristic conceptual art, we want to go back to the basics and focus on the next generation of artists, who deal with the classical medium of painting today.

After receiving many exciting submissions by emerging national and international artists, we would like to invite you to celebrate the winner with us!

Save the date and enjoy the award ceremony at Werthalle Cologne, as well as the exhibition of the award winners' works, followed by party with live music by local newcomers. We are looking forward to seeing you!

artpiqers painting award logo

Starting October 11 - Event Highlights:

  • Award Opening & Party
  • Top Location & Catering  
  • Original Artwork to Win
  • Free Entry!



11.10.2019 Opening & Award


17:00 - 18:00

Arrival & Welcome

17:00 - 18:00

Exhibition Opening


Award Ceremony


Artist Talk

from 20:00


11.10. - 01.11.2019 Exhibition


Tue - Fri

13:00 - 19:00 Open Exhibition

Sat - Mon

On Appointment


Werthalle Cologne is the new urban and design-focussed event location in the heart of Cologne. A wide range of events are hosted here: art exhibitions, after-work happenings, the popular network event "Creative Couch", dance tea and small live concerts. It's a perfect fit for the grand award opening!


To make sure that you have a great time at the grand award opening we'll have a variety of cold drinks - alcoholic and non-alcoholic - ready for you! The prices are on a donation basis. Enjoy everything the way you like it - even the prices!

Painting Award Catering

WIN an Original Artwork

Visit the award opening and win an original artwork by the award winner! The artist him- or herself will choose one artwork that will be given to one lucky visitor. How to take part? We'll make it as easy as possible - we promise!

win original artwork frame

How to get there

You can easily reach Werthalle Cologne by car or by public transportation.
Simply plan your way with Google Maps or Bing.


What to expect? Take a Look  

painting award moderator katharina
painting award exhibition
painting award exhibition visitors
painting award exhibition impressions
painting award overview
painting award exhibition party
paitning award moderator janine

ARTPIQER's Painting Award Winner 2019

painitng award artwork Dora Celentano
Ich hasse dich verlass mich nicht
Dora Celentano

Dora Celentano


The winner of this year's award is the Dusseldorf artist and art academy graduate Dora Celentano. She impressed the jury with her stringent approach, her painterly play with lightness and depth, as well as the topicality of her work.

Dora about her award winning work:

The oil painting „Ich hasse Dich, verlass mich nicht“ which means „I hate you, don’t leave me“ is the starting point of a newer series based on overpainted pictures of my work. It’s also a continuation of the series „& Other Things“ where I worked with silk scarves patterns. At first glance it has an abstract quality, but when you look closer you’ll find overlapping layouts of silk scarves. Over the mostly purple background a white, restless surface is painted that circumscribes a watch-pattern with chains and belts through it’s negative spaces. These negative spaces create windows that make the background more visible in fragments. As a result, when looking at the piece, the view always switches back and forth between the background and the foreground and it becomes diffcult to form a focus. I have always been fascinated with magazines and photography that creates wanting in the viewer, and replicated this practice in paintings. Ultimately, this artwork serves as an amalgamation of our complex world, which is rife with color, the intangible, luxury, and aspiration. At the same time the piece has something ghostly, broken and distorted.

Painting Award Finalists

award artwork Rhiannon Salisbury
Piggy Back
Rhiannon Salisbury
painting award artwork by arthur Liadlaw
Heilig Kreuz Kirche
Arthur Liadlaw
award artwork Nettle Grellier
I will quickly become (poisson chez moi)
Nettle Grellier

The Jury

painting award jury Dana Bergmann

painting award jury Dr. Barbara J. Scheuermann
painting award jury Raffaela Zerilli

Painting Award Partner

We are very happy that one of the coolest Co-Working Spaces in Cologne, Wertheim Cologne, will allocate its unique event location Werthalle, a former industrial space, for the award event. Wertheim Cologne is named after the birth place of its founding father, who himself is son to immigrant factory workers. The Wertheim pays homage to hard work, class and spirit. Whether founding spirit, free spirit or beautiful spirit, their house and event location provide a worthy home for joyful working and glowing creativity.

We are very excited that PADA Studios, an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation based in Barreiro in Lisbon's South Bay, collaborated with us to allocate one space in its residency program to our award winner in November 2019. Founded in 2018 by Tim Ralston and Diana Cerezino, PADA is set in a derelict industrial park with history dating back to 1885. PADA offers artists time and space to develop their practice through the exploration of technique and process.

We are very happy that the top-class design firm Vitra is generously supporting the award event with its design classics.

Delivery & Returns


Artworks are professionally packaged by us or the artist. Packaging and delivery method will vary according to the type of work. Shipping is free for any artwork. 


If you are a customer living in the European Union, the legal return period is 14 days after receipt of your order. Please note that returns are only possible if in accordance with the Terms & Conditions. If you want to return an item please contact us via first. Please note that you cannot return the artwork without contacting us beforehand, as in this case the artwork will not be insured. ARTPIQ is not responsible for any damages or loss occurring through unauthorised return shipping and will in this case not be able to release your refund.


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