Residency Prize FAQ

Is it possible to get a refund after I’ve entered?

If at any time you wish to withdraw from the Banditto Residency competition, we will offer you a full refund within 30 days of the entry date. Refunds will be made by the same method of payment. Please include your Order Reference Number as proof of purchase. Please mail us at and explain that you would like to withdraw.

If you wish to withdraw after the winners are presented, or if you enter the competition but fail to send your work, a refund cannot be processed.

Why do you charge a processing fee?

We receive hundreds of submissions for this prize. Checking every submission and selecting our winners is extremely time consuming and requires certain resources to be carried out in an efficient manner. Its very important to us that every submission is handled with care and is evaluated equally. For this reason we require a processing/admin fee.

How can I pay my Entry Fee?

You can pay online using Paypal or your credit/debit card.

Are there any additional fees after I pay the initial handling fee?

Definitely not. We have organized this prize because we are interested in finding new talent from all over the world, and in providing equal exposure opportunities to these artists regardless of what representation they may or may not have.

The artist selected for our residency will have all their transportation, flight, accommodation as well as some meal costs covered. We will also select a few shortlisted artists to display their work in a group exhibition. The only costs for this will be to get their works to our galleria in Tuscany. Any work that is not sold after the exhibition will be transported back to the artist at our expense.

Why was I invited?

There are various reasons why each artist could be specifically invited to enter the Banditto Residency Prize. Some artists are invited based on their online presence and the visible works shown on their various social media profiles or website (if applicable). The Galleria invites those that display talent and promise, regardless of the medium or style of the works.

Is there a theme to the Art Prize?

No, there is no specific theme to the Banditto Residency Prize. It is an open call for artists and you are welcome to submit work on any subject with the use of any medium.

Who can submit work for the Banditto Residency Prize?

Anyone can enter the Banditto Residency Prize. This is an international competition and we welcome work from entrants of all ages (under 18’s must provide written consent by their parent/guardian) and all nationalities.

Why do you limit your support to online communication?

Due to the nature of our business and for record keeping purposes, online communication and support over email is the most effective way to handle any queries. It allows for optimal service with quick turn-around time, exchanging of images, helpful links and pages, etc. Phone communication is therefore limited to collectors interested in buy artwork, or for appointments at our Galleria. This said, each query is important to us, and we always try to ensure your email is attended to within 24 hours.

How do you handle Intellectual property of the submissions?

Artists that enter their work into the Banditto Residency Prize will hold all intellectual property rights. By entering the Banditto Residency Prize competition artists agree to their works being used in publicity materials however – print or online. Artists will be credited in full.

Do I retain the rights to my work?

Yes, all entrants retain the copyright to all work submitted.

Can I get feedback on my work?

Due to the number of entries received, the judges unfortunately cannot offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.

Can I contact the artists and/or judges featured on the Banditto website for information?

It is important to note that the artists and collectors we have chosen to feature on our blog page or other pages, are in no way to be personally or directly contacted regarding the Banditto Residency Prize as this could jeopardize the validity of your entry. Any attempt to make contact with a featured artist or collector/curator by any entrant or invitee, will be viewed as an attempt to sway the votes and gain an unfair advantage. Any artist doing so will have their entry discarded, and be banned from any further submissions for the Banditto Residency Prize. Should you have any queries, please contact us directly. Our trained support consultants are ready to assist.

How will the Banditto Art Prize be judged?

The judging panel will select artwork of which 100 artists will be long-listed. From this selection, there will be a number of entrants shortlisted. Of those shortlisted, there will be three winners, one for the Main Prize and two for the Emerging Art Prize.

What happens if I am selected for the Banditto Residency Prize?

If you are selected for the Prize, you will be asked to supply high resolution images of your artwork for inclusion in social media marketing, showcasing to our list of collectors, and coverage in the accompanying publication (Banditto Mag - A Collectors Magazine).

The Residency Prize winner will receive a 10 day stay at the Galleria, Tuscany including flights, accommodation and breakfast daily.

If you are shortlisted for the Prize, you will be asked to supply your artwork for exhibition in Montefollonico, Italy. Artists selected for the exhibition will be responsible for transportation (delivery) and insurance costs of artworks.

Once artworks are on display, they will be invigilated and exhibited in a secure location at our associate gallery, Galleria Banditto.

What will the editorial in Banditto Mag consist of for the winners?

The first edition after every deadline will include a full spread for the winners.

Can I submit work that has been previously published elsewhere?

Yes. We accept works previously published and exhibited elsewhere, but any information on previous publication and exhibition must be included on your submission form. This will not affect the judging process. In the event that you are selected, it is good-practice for competitions and magazines to credit previously published and exhibited works.

Can I alter my entry once it has been submitted?

Alterations can be made to a submitted piece, as the work will be stored on our entry platform. Please email our team to make any changes. However, due to the high volume of entries, judging will begin before the deadline of the last day of the month. It is at the judges' discretion whether they re-review any updated work.

Who can I contact for questions regarding the Banditto Residency Prize?

A pleasant experience with Banditto Art is very important to us. Our customer service is exemplary.  If you have any questions or queries regarding the award or your entry, please contact us at

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