Ex-tempore Piran - International Painting and Ceramics
The number of painters who submit their works to the festival is regularly over 300 (the participating ceramicists are somewhat less in numbers, around 50) – while a significant part of the participants are professional academic artists, the rest are amateur artists who are eager to offer their works for comparative evaluation. An international jury picks a selection of the submitted works (typically about 1 in 3) to be exhibited at either the Piran City Gallery or at the Monfort Exhibition Space in Portorož. Other exhibition spaces run by the Coastal Galleries are sometimes used as well, such as the Loža Gallery and the Meduza Gallery, both in Koper.
Additional side-events occasionally also take place, like, for example, an exhibition of Ex-Tempore's collection of past winners.
The international jury of the festival bestows awards to works in different categories, the most important among them being the annual grand prix for painting. Past winners include Matej Čepin (2009), Bojan Šumonja (2010), Branko Kolarič (2011), Janko Kastelic (2014) and Nicola Tomasi (2014). Other awards (usually) include the young author purchase prize (meaning that the work is purchased by either the organiser or an outside party), some further major purchase prizes (often involving prominent coastal businesses and the three municipalities), the watercolour prize, prizes for work on paper, and honourable mentions. Upon viewing selected exhibited works, various sponsors and regional hotels award a significant number of additional purchase prizes.
The festival of ceramics also gives the grand prix as well (in 2009 it went to Anja Radović and in 2014 to Mladen Ivančić (HR)), plus a solo exhibition at the Pečarič Gallery (in 2009 it went to Andreja Trkman) and – depending on the year – a set of other prizes.
Grand Prix recipients from the past include Gustav Gnamuš, Živko Marušič, Vladimir Makuc, Andrej Jemec, Zvest Apollonio, Kostja Gatnik, Kiar Meško, Jože Tisnikar, Gani Llalloshi, Majda Skrinar, Uršula Berlot, Joni Zakonjšek, Mauro Stipanov (HR), Bruno Paladin (HR) and Sergej Gligorov.
- Obalne galerije - Coastal Galleries
- Genius Loci Lera Workshop
- Piran City Gallery
- Pečarič Gallery
- Loža Gallery, Koper
- Meduza Gallery, Koper