Opening: Friday June 3 from 19-22h
On view: June 4- June 25
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: SHIFRA OSORIO WHEWELL Amsterdam / ADAM HEJDUK Brno / ALEXANDER JERMILOV Den Haag / ASSAF HINDEN Antwerpen / LUKE McCOWAN Utrecht / KVET HOA NGUYEN Bratislava
WINNERS OF STARTPOINT 2021
The main prize goes to Shiffra Osorio Whewell (GRA Amsterdam),
the honorary mentions of the jury were given to Kvet Nguyen (VŠVU Bratislava) and Adam Hejduk (FaVU VUT Brno).
All three awarded artists will be invited for a residency stay and collective exhibition in Prague in the autumn of 2022, the winner will get covered a production of a solo publication published with the opening of StartPoint 2022. Big congratulations and thanks go to all artists of StartPoint 2021!
In the nineteen years of its existence, the StartPoint Prize has grown from an initially national graduate’s showcase to a large-scale European project tracking emerging artistic talent. Each year, members of the international curatorial team and other collaborators map around 20 art schools from many European countries to select the most interesting works. These then go through further curatorial selection into a final exhibition of the most outstanding emerging European artists. The individual representatives of each school are presented on the project website www.startpointprize.eu.
In addition to the exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue and website, it is above all a meeting of up-and-coming artists and professionals across countries, traditions, and genres, which can bring them and the audience new opportunities for comparison. This rapprochement is further developed by the STARTED residency programme for the winner and awarded finalists.
The StartPoint Prize project was created in 2003 at the Galerie Klatovy/Klenová as a competition for graduates of Czech art academies. It soon expanded to the surrounding countries, and in 2009 the award was extended with the Started residency program for award-winning artists. Since 2010, the StartPoint project has become independent and was presented in many prestigious institutions in Czechia (GASK Kutná Hora, Wannieck Gallery Brno, DOX Prague, National Gallery in Prague, Brno House of Arts) and abroad (Bucharest, Bratislava, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent). Since 2017, StartPoint has been under the patronage of the Fund for Contemporary Art, which also manages the renowned Richard Adam Collection. During its nineteen years of existence, hundreds of artists have participated in StartPoint, and all of them together create a unique geographical and temporal cross-section of contemporary European contemporary art in its freshest form.
Image: Shifra Osorio Whewell, Rebecca & Her Children
This project is supported by Tsjechisch Centrum Rotterdam