StartPoint: Prize for Emerging Artists

7 Sep – 8 Oct 2012

During its ten years of existence, StartPoint has evolved from a national exhibition of graduation projects to an extensive European project that follows emerging artistic talents. Each year, several curators map out by now almost 40 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.
However, StartPoint is not only about an exhibition accompanied by
a catalogue and a website. Just as importantly, it is 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 bring to Prague the most interesting members of the coming generation of European artists.
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StartPoint is organized by the Arbor vitae Foundation with support from the European Union's Culture Programme and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
Attendant exhibitions:
STARTED 2012 – an exhibition of works from residencies of StartPoint 2011 prizewinners, Galerie NTK, Prague, 20 Aug – 8 Sept 2012
Tommy Høvik, winner of the StartPoint 2011 prize, GAVU Cheb, 29 Aug – 7 Oct 2012
StartPoint Selection 2012, a selection of prizewinning works, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, November 2012
StartPoint Selection 2012, a selection of prizewinning works, CSU Bratislava, December 2012
Curatorial team: Pavel Vančát, chief project curator / Marcel Fišer, director of GAVU Cheb, project coordinator / Ondřej Chrobák, curator, Moravian Gallery in Brno / Lucia Gavulová, director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Bratislava
International jury: Adam Mazur, curator, Warsaw / Hemma Schmutz, director of Salzburger Kunstverein / Nicola Trezzi, editor-in-chief of Flash Art International / Radek Váňa, curator, Amsterdam

STARTPOINT is supported by the European Union's Culture Programme and by the grant programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


Partners: GAVU Cheb, Czech Centres, Academy of Fine Arts (AVU), AAAD, Goethe Institut, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Institut Francais


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