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01 Sep 2013

STARTPOINT 2013 at DOX, Prague

STARTPOINT: Prize for Emerging Artists 2013
Arbor vitae Foundation


StartPoint, the prize for emerging artists, is presenting its final exhibition at DOX in Prague, bringing together talents from 34 art academies from 16 European countries. September 6 - October 28, 2013 Opening on September 5 at 6pm

Magdalena Wells, project manager

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
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Czech Republic

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Hans Ahnert (AdBK Nürnberg) / Matea Bakula (HKU Utrecht) / Bianca Basan (UAGE Iasi) / Jan Kilian Böttcher (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)

During its eleven years of existence, StartPoint has evolved from a national exhibition of graduation projects to an extensive European prize that follows emerging artistic talents. This year, four curators with other cooperators explored 34 art schools from 16 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 18 of the most distinctive artists. All candidates from all schools 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 'STARTED' for the overall winner and other prizewinning finalists, which aims to continue this process.

This year, the exhibition of StartPoint finalists will time take place for the second in Prague in the beautiful space of DOX Center for contemporary art. The main exhibition is followed by other selective exhibition in the Zwarte Zaal of KASK in Gent, at the Victoria Art Center in Bucharest and in the Open Gallery in 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 also gets the production of his/her own catalogue. The Award of the Czech Centres for local artists consists of a stay at one of the Czech Centres abroad.