StartPoint: Prize for Emerging Artists 2013

6 Sep – 28 Oct 2013

During its eleven years of existence, StartPoint has evolved from a national exhibition of graduation projects to an extensive project that follows young artistic talents throughout Europe. This year the team of curators looked at 35 art schools from 16 European countries in order to select the most interesting graduation projects, which will be presented at the exhibition. On the day of the exhibition’s opening, the international jury will award the main prize and several honorary mentions.

Apart from the introduction of young emerging artists, the project aims to create a platform for encounters between up-and-coming artists and experts across countries, traditions and genres. This coming together is also being facilitated by a residential programme for the overall winner and other prizewinning finalists, and a constantly growing number of European repeat showings.

This year, the exhibition of StartPoint finalists will for the second time bring to DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in 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 by the grant programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


Hans Ahnert (AdBK Nürnberg) / Matea Bakula (HKU Utrecht) / Bianca Basan (UAGE Iasi) / Jan Kilian Bőttcher (HfBK Dresden) / Benjamin Brix (KH Kassel) / Charlotte Dualé (KH Weissensee Berlin) / Tereza Fišerová (VŠUP Praha) / Zuzana Kmeťová (VŠVU Bratislava) / Karen Kramer (Goldsmiths London) / Mina Lunzer (AdBK Wien) / Florian Mertens (KASK Antwerpen) / Michalina Mistrzak (ASP Poznan) / Jaakko Pallasvuo (KUVA Helsinki) / Jenny Patino (KHiO Oslo) / Marijke de Roover (KASK Gent) / Abigail Sidebotham (RCA London) / Jurian Vermoolen (GRA Amsterdam) / Victor Yudaev (KABK Den Haag)

Attendant exhibitions: 

Cecilia Nygren (feat. Otakar Rákosník sr.) – winner of the StartPoint 2012, GAVU Cheb, 7 Sept – 7 Oct 2013
StartPoint Selection 2013, a selection of prizewinning works, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, November 2013
StartPoint Selection 2013, a selection of prizewinning works, CSU Bratislava, December 2013
StartPoint Selection 2013, a selection of prizewinning works, KASK Gent, December 2013 – January 2014

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 / Christoph Tannert, artistic director of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin / Radek Váňa, curator, Amsterdam

Main partner: Era

Transport partner: DSV

Partners: Czech Centres, GAVU Cheb, AAAD, Goethe Institut

Media partners:  Artyč,,

Photos from the exhibition opening, 5 September 2013.