Young designers face a huge challenge: how can they catch the eye of the world and show people what they can do? One of the best ways is to compete at the International Talent Support (ITS), a visionary showcase for designers. Covering the fields of fashion, jewelry and accessories, ITS is also open to the field of art, thanks to the support of Swatch.


ITS – the 15th Utopia is the fifteenth edition of the annual event that draws young designers from all over the world to Trieste, Italy. ITS ARTWORK is the contest category supported by Swatch, focusing on pure artistic creativity. Open to all participants, the contest challenges them to make a work of art expressing their personal vision of artistic utopia.


Swatch Creative Director Carlo Giordanetti and ITS founder Barbara Franchin reviewed dozens of applications and selected ten finalists from seven different countries. These talents have been invited to the final ITS event, set for July 16th in Trieste, to meet an international jury, who will review their artworks and choose the winners of two exceptional prizes:

• ITS ARTWORK AWARD - The winner receives €10,000 and the opportunity to exhibit a special project at ITS 2017

• SWATCH AWARD - The winner receives €10,000 and a 6-month paid internship at the Swatch Creative Lab in Zurich, Switzerland.



The jury for ITS ARTWORK 2016 is comprised of an eclectic group of creative professionals: joining Carlo Giordanetti and Barbara Franchin will be Mats Nilsson, Art Director with IKEA, Sweden; Alessandra Laudati, an architect and freelance writer from Italy; Michele Ciavarella, fashion editor of the Style Magazine Corriere della Sera; and Nicola Bonaventura, Creative Director at Safilo, the Italian maker of designer eyewear. 




Swatch, one of the main partners of ITS 2016, has named 10 remarkable young designers as finalists for this year’s ITS ARTWORK category with two significant prizes to win.

Click here to discover the finalists.




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