Startpoint 2019

Prize for European art graduates

Project Curator

Pavel Vančát
Project curator

Jury Members

Marcel Fišer
Director, GAVU Cheb

Lucia Gavulová
Slovak national gallery, Bratislava

Adam Mazur
Curator and editor, Szum Magazine, Warsaw

Hemma Schmutz
Artistic director, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz

Radek Váňa
Curator, Amsterdam


Nadační fond současného umění
Havlíčkova 118/5
Brno, 602 00, Czech Rep.

StartPoint Prize
Dukelských Hrdinů 500/25A
170 00 Praha 7, Czech Rep.



The StartPoint Prize, dedicated to European art school graduates, has evolved during its seventeen years of existence from a national show of degree’s works to a prestigious international project, annually introducing the most outstanding talents of emerging artistic generations from various European countries, being the largest compendious project of its kind.

The works of all 16 finalists in this catalogue will be also published on the project’s website Instead of one enormous overview, this year we are planning several smaller exhibitions in different cities: after the last successful year we are again bridging Prague and Brno with two complementary exhibitions, which are crowned by a display in the outstanding space of Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam during February 2020. As the tradition goes, the winner of the prize gets a complete production of his/her solo catalogue and together with other awarded artists a one-month residency in Prague during the following year.

StartPoint Prize was founded in 2003 at the Galerie Klatovy/Klenova, since 2009 the award was accompanied by a Started residency programme for awarded artists. Since 2010 is StartPoint Prize an independent project, being hosted by important museums (GASK Kutna Hora, Wannieck Gallery Brno, DOX Prague, National Gallery in Prague). StartPoint also produces smaller selective exhibitions in other European cities (Bucharest, Bratislava, Gent, Amsterdam). Since 2017, StartPoint Prize is backed by the Contemporary Arts Fund, which also manages the renowned Richard Adam Collection.

The StartPoint Prize is unique not only for its long tradition and span, but also for its independence, where the academies hold only a minority consulting vote. It does not even determine the medium, technique or theme, the most important criterion is the novelty and originality. Its main purpose lies in finding a fresh look at the most recent emerging art across Europe and in its promotion and popularization.


BRNO 11/12 – 19/12 2019
Kovomat, Křenová 6

PRAHA 12/12 – 19/12 2019
Holešovická tržnice, Hala 17

AMSTERDAM 1/2 – 1/3 2020
Arti et Amicitiae, Rokin 112

The project has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and by the City Hall of Prague.