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13 Dec 2013

STARTPOINT 2013 at Zwarte Zaal of KASK, Ghent

(c) Marijke De Roover, 2013

STARTPOINT: Prize for Emerging Artists
Arbor vitae Foundation, Prague


StartPoint, the Prague-based prize for emerging artists selecting new talents from 34 art academies of 16 European countries, is presenting its curators' selection at Zwarte Zaal of KASK Gent. 19. 12. 2013 – 19. 1. 2014 opening hours: Tue-Fri 14–18 / Sat–Sun 11–18 / from Dec 23 till Jan 5 open Fri–Sun only

Radek Váňa and Pavel Vančát, curators

KASK (Zwarte Zaal)
Louis Pasteurlaan 2
9000 Ghent

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Matea Bakula (HKU Utrecht) / Karen Kramer (Goldsmiths London) / Florian Mertens (KASK Antwerpen) / Jaakko Pallasvuo (KUVA Helsinki) / Marijke de Roover (KASK Gent) / Abigail Sidebotham (RCA London) / Jurian Vermoolen (GRA Amsterdam) / Victor Yudaev (KABK Den Haag)
curated by Radek Váňa and Pavel Vančát

During its eleven years of existence, StartPoint has evolved from CZECH national exhibition of graduate artworks to an extensive project that follows young artistic talents throughout Europe. This year the team of curators evaluated 35 art schools from 16 European countries in order to select the most interesting graduation projects, which are presented at the exhibition. On the day of the final exhibition's opening in Prague, the international jury awarded 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 convergence is also being facilitated by a residency programme for the award-winning finalists, and a constantly growing number of European repeat showings. After the successful premiere at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, StartPoint Prize is pleased to show its curator's selection in Ghent.

STARTPOINT has been supported by the European union programme Culture and by the grant programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.