For the second time this year, the 5th Art – Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair (May 20-23, 2021) and the Cultural Association of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece (PEEVE) address young artists, up to 33 years old, with an invitation to participate in the MATAROA AWARDS.

With the aim of artistically promoting young artists and highlighting them in the artistic potential of the country, they organize through a competition, a thematic exhibition, and awarding of corresponding prizes for the artists that will be distinguished. Through the open call process with the submission of a portfolio and evaluation of the candidates by a special 5-member committee, 10 young artists are given the opportunity to exhibit their work individually in a specially designed space at the 5th Art Thessaloniki Fair.

The committee and the public will highlight, among the selected 10 portfolios, the most significant participation by awarding a cash prize of 1,500 euros, as well as two honorary distinctions of 700 euros / each. In addition, the 10 selected artists will be presented on the websites of Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair, | and the Cultural Society |, while the thematic edition MATAROA will host a special tribute to the first prize winner in printed and electronic form



Thouli Misirloglou, Assoc. Director of MOMus, Experimental Art Center

Dimitris Xonoglou, Visual Artist

Sania Papa, Dr. Art Historian, Lecturer of the Department of Fine & Applied Arts of AUTh.

Xenis Sachinis, Professor of the Department of Fine & Applied Arts of AUTh.

George Skabardonis, MATAROA Publishing Consultant.



young visual artists (up to 33 years old), graduates of the School of Fine Arts

non-graduates with at least one individual or participation in a group exhibition of branded galleries.

The 10 selected in the MATAROA 2019 awards exhibition do not have the right to participate.



send portfolio with paintings, sculptures, engravings, mixed materials, installation, with 7 to 10 photographs of the works (.jpg), 300 to 500KB each.

Each photo should appear in a different file (no pdf) and have a full description as follows:

name of the artist

project dimension, material.

Attached to the email will be sent a short CV with a recent photo of the participant.

The material should be sent to (T: 2310 291117, 2310 291141).


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 15, 2021


The MATAROA AWARDS award ceremony will take place at the 5th Art Thessaloniki Fair 20-23/05/2021, while the exact date-time will be announced in our next announcement.



The MATAROA project is a platform for Greek artists and modern culture in Greece.
An initiative of the Cultural Association of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece that aims to promote modern Greek artistic creation and cultural activity. The MATAROA project has three main pylons: the printed version, the website, and the homonymous awards for young artists.

Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair Fair has been established as the most important artistic event in the South-Eastern part of Europe, which apart from its commercial dimension, with the presentation of important galleries from Greece and abroad, much of it is dedicated to culture. with exhibitions and projects of high prestige. It is implemented by Pantelis Tsatsis, Founder and Artistic Director, in collaboration with TIF-HELEXPO at, pavillions 10-9-8.