StartPoint Prize

During its ten years of existence, StartPoint has evolved from a national exhibition of graduation works to an extensive European project that follows emerging artistic talents. This year, four curators with other cooperators explored 37 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. All 37 artists 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 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 take place in Prague. The exhibition at DOX is followed by two selective exhibition of the awarded artists at the Victoria Art Center in Bucharest and in the Open Gallery, 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 can also have a solo exhibition in the Fine Art Gallery in Cheb and a sponsored catalogue. There is another supplementary prize - the Award of the czech Centres for the selected participant from the czech Republic consisting of a two-weeks stay at one of the czech Centres.