National Braidense Library 1/31th December 2020
Via Brera 28, Milano

In collaboration with
Fila, Fabbrica Italiana Lapis e Affini.

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Fila, Fabbrica Italiana Lapis e Affini, SBLU_spazioalbello announces an additional call for the creation of a bookmark.


The bookmark, which can be considered an instrumental part of the book, has the task of being a reminder and helping to find the point where we stopped reading.

The bookmarks, which F.I.L.A. produced since the 1920s with the dual function of educational tool and promotional object, they are the testimony of the evolution of taste and customs that have accompanied entire generations of schoolchildren. For more information about F.I.L.A. visit


Precisely to memory, the past and the future, artists and designers are invited to create a bookmark dedicated to time, interpreted from a scientific or philosophical point of view.


Some F.I.L.A. bookmarks collectables will be exhibited at the National Braidense Library together with all the the proposals of participants.

Works deemed offensive, detrimental to the dignity of others, of political propaganda and a form unsuitable for the function will not be admitted.

There is no dedicated catalogue. It will be evaluated the publication of some bookmarks deemed of particular interest in the 2020 catalogue of Book Objects.

The decision and choice of proposals to be published is at the total discretion of the organizers



The call is international and open to designers and artists. Students over 18 from professional art and design schools can participate in the selection.

The bookmark must interpret the identified theme. It can be made with any technique, shape and in maximum size of 7×21 cm and any case, be consistent with its intended use.

Participation is not subject to Book Object, but if an author wishes to enrol in both calls, the bookmark may also not be coordinated with the proposed artist / design book.

Each author can partecipate with only one proposal.


A contribution of 20 euros is requested from each participant to cover the set-up partially and secretarial costs, as each proposal sent will be exhibited at Braidense.

The amount is to be paid by 30th September 2020, under penalty of exclusion from the initiative.

If the bookmark is published in the catalogue, the author must provide a jpg image in high definition or authorize the organizer to take a photograph, at the cost of additional 20 euros.

Students regularly enrolled in professional art and design schools are exempt from the fee


Registration online at


Receipt/proof of payment must be sent by e-mail or together with the bookmark for the exhibition.

Reason for payment on the bank transfer should read as follows: NAME AND SURNAME (the same as indicated on registration form), BOOKMARK / BOOK OBJECT 2020.

IBAN: IT48 M050 3401 6530 0000 0003 517
intestato a: SBLU_spazioalbello Comitato Promotore “Non di solo pane”
Banca Popolare di Milano Agenzia 47, Piazza Sicilia 47
20146 Milano

The payment receipt must be sent by email at or together with the bookmark.


The bookmark must be delivered by 30th September 2020 to
SBLU_spazioalbello, via Antonio Cecchi 8, 20146 Milan, Italy
from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 13.00


The event will take place according to the following schedule:
– Delivery of the selected works and receipt of registration payment by 5th June 2020
– Inauguration of the exhibition at the Braidense National Library on 1th December 2020 (methods to be defined)
– Exhibition closure on Braidense National Library 31th December 2020
– Return of works displayed on 20th January 2021


– Organization of events and secretarial activities.
– Communication and promotion activities on media (posters, invitations, press releases distributed locally, on social networks and on the main art and culture portals).
– Exhibition rooms.
– Exhibition staging and setting up.


– Registering
– Sending one to three professional high quality resolution photographs of the work.
– Delivery and collection of the selected works to/from SBLU_spazioalbello in Via Antonio Cecchi 8, 20146 Milan, Italy

The artists are required to pay the costs of delivery and return of the works through a personal courier, or by paying the return fee via prepaid bank draft.

Those who wish can donate their bookmark to F.I.L.A., which will make its educational use only.


The authors grant a release for the use of the images to SBLU_spazioalbello and F.I.L.A which undertakes to make not commercial use of them, but only to promote the initiative.

The promoters, therefore, have the right to use the projects submitted for communication activities.

The bookmarks donated to Fila will be carefully preserved, published in part on the website, on social networks or used for exhibitions.


Participants ensure that the proposals and their exposure do not violate patents or intellectual property rights belonging to third parties.

In case of dispute the organizer reserves the right of recourse on the participant, for compensation of any damage suffered.

Dates and places may be subject to change at the organization’s discretion.


In the logistics of the services listed clearly and correctly in the notice, it is required by the organization the authorization to process personal data.

By filling the application form, the participant declares to be fully informed and authorizes the archiving, projection and publication in paper and digital format of the images of the works, trhough all kind of media.

Consent is essential for competition.

Registration online at

No later than midnight of 30th April 2020
No later than midnight of 30th September 2020


Susanna Vallebona


Via Antonio Cecchi 8
20146 Milano MI
Tel 02 48000291- 335 5453584