StartPoint: Prize for Emerging Artists

3. 9. 2012
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During its ten years of existence, StartPoint has evolved from a national exhibition of graduation works to an extensive European project that follows emerging artistic talents. This year, four curators with other cooperators mapped out 37 art schools from 18 European countries in order to select the most interesting graduation projects, which then pass through further rounds of selection until the final exhibition, which features over 20 of the most distinctive artists. All 37 artists can be seen on the project’s website.

However, StartPoint is also about encounters between artists and experts across countries, traditions and genres that can bring both them and the audience new opportunities for comparison. There is also a residential programme for the overall winner and other prizewinning finalists, which aims to continue this process.
This year, the exhibition of StartPoint finalists will for the first time take place in Prague. The exhibition at DOX is followed by two selective exhibition of the awarded artists at the Victoria Art Center in Bucharest and in the Open Gallery, Bratislava. On the day of the opening of the exhibition, the international jury awards the main prize and  several honorary mentions. All the prize holders are awarded a month-long residency in Prague together with an exhibition in the following year; the main winner can also have a solo exhibition in the Fine Art Gallery in Cheb and a sponsored catalogue. There is another suplementary prize - the Award of the Czech Centres for the selected participant from the Czech Republic consisting of a two-weeks stay at one of the Czech Centres.
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Exhibiting artists: Noam Darom (VŠUP Praha) / Slavomír Durkaj (FU TU Košice) / Katinka van Gorkum (KABK den Haag) / Petra Hermanová (FaVU VUT Brno) / Christopher Holloran (GRA Amsterdam) / Pista Horror (MKE Budapest) / Ján Kekeli (VŠVU Bratislava) / Aleksi Linnamaa (KUVA Helsinki) / Andrei Mateescu (UNA Bucuresti) / Artur Niestroj (KH Kassel) / Cecilia Nygren (KKH Stockholm) / Noële Ody (AdBK Wien) / Benjamin Orlow (Goldsmiths London) / Robbert&Frank / Frank&Robbert (KASK Gent) / Matti Schulz (HBK Dresden) / Camilla Skibrek (KHiO Oslo) / Pavel Sterec (AVU Praha) / Ismael Teira (FBA UPV València) / Britta Thie (UdK Berlin) / Stefanie Walk (Weissensee Berlin) / Thomas Yeomans (RCA London)

Participating schools: GRA Amsterdam,  KASK Antwerp, ASFA Athens, FVU AU Banská Bystrica, FHNW Basel, Weissensee KH Berlin, UdK Berlin, VŠVU Bratislava, FaVU VUT Brno, FAP UNArte Bucharest, MKE Budapest, UAD Cluj-Napoca, HfBK Dresden, KASK Gent, KABK The Hague,  KUVA Helsinki, FAPDD UA Iasi, Kh Kassel, FU TU Košice, ALUO UL Ljubljana, ASP Lodz, Goldsmiths London, RCA London, NABA Milano, AdBK Munich, AdBK Nuremberg, Kunstakademiet Oslo, FU OU Ostrava, BBAA UV Pontevedra, AVU Prague, VŠUP Prague, KKH Stockholm, WSP UMK Toruń, HKU Utrecht, FBA UPV Valencia, AdBK Vienna, ZHdK Zurich

STARTPOINT is organized by the Arbor vitae Foundation, Prague.

Curatorial team: Pavel Vančát, main curator of the project / Marcel Fišer, director of the Fine Art Gallery Cheb, project coordinator / Ondřej Chrobák, curator, The Moravian Gallery in Brno / Lucia Gavulová, director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Bratislava
International jury: Adam Mazur, curator, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski,Warsaw / Hemma Schmutz, director of Salzburger Kunstverein / Chris Sharp, writer, independent curator, and editor at large of Kaleidoscope magazine.  / Radek Váňa, curator, Amsterdam

Accompanying programme:
STARTED 2012 – an exhibition resulting from residencies of the prize winners StartPoint 2011, Galerie NTK, Prague, August 20 – September 8, 2012
Tommy Høvik (prize winner StartPoint 2011), GAVU Cheb, August 29 – October 7, 2012
StartPoint Selection 2012, a selection of awarded works, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, November 2012
StartPoint Selection 2012, a selection of awarded works, CSU Bratislava, December 2012

The project has been supported by the European union programme Culture and by the grant programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
Partners: Czech Centres, AVU, VŠUP, Goethe-Institut, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Institut français de Prague, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prague
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