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International Call: SpallArt Prize Salzburg 2021

Sponsor: Sammlung SpallArt
Administered by the Salzburger Kunstverein

Deadline: December 1st, 2020

The Salzburger Kunstverein now announces the call for the 2021 SpallArt Prize Salzburg. This is an international award for excellence in contemporary photography. The inaugural winner in 2019 was Pierre Descamps (France/Germany), the winner in 2020 is Luise Schröder (Germany) .

Sponsored by SpallArt, the SpallArt Prize Salzburg consists of a €4,000 prize, a residency and solo exhibition at the Salzburger Kunstverein.

Applicants must be practising artists who work with photography and who have a significant professional practise (ie. exhibitions in contemporary art institutions). Applications must be accompanied by a recommendation from a recognized art professional (professors, artists, art critics or curators / directors of museums, galleries, Kunstvereine, or other public art institutions). A one page recommendation form may be found here.

Applications without recommendations will not be reviewed.

Deadline for submissions: December 1st 2020, midnight Central European Time, 2020.
Late applications will not be reviewed. Only the successful candidate will be contacted. The decision of the jury is final.

Applications (in German or English) should take the form of a single word or pdf document (please do not send multiple documents nor exceed the below criteria) by email to info@salzburger-kunstverein.at (subject line: SpallArt Prize Salzburg 2021) in the following format:

1. One page cover letter with contact details and any short description of artwork
2. Two page CV listing exhibitions
3. Portfolio: Up to five pages of images of recent work. 1 or 2 photos per page recommended. Titles, medium, dates included. Choose your best work. A sample page is available here.
4. Completed recommendation form (may be sent separately by either party, and does not need to be combined into a single document as above material)

By Post:

SpallArt Prize Salzburg 2021
Salzburger Kunstverein
Hellbrunnerstrasse 3
5020 Salzburg

Queries may be directed to the addresses above. Please note that materials will not be returned. Please do not send original materials, DVDs, CDs or .mov files. Only word or pdf documents or printed materials will be reviewed.

A limited edition of an agreed photograph will be provided to the Salzburger Kunstverein by the successful artist (costs borne by the SKV).

Abourt SpallArt
The private art collection SpallArt arose from Andra Spallart’s enthusiasm for the diversity of possibilities that photography uses to obstruct, deny and challenge our perception. Andra Spallart first acquired contemporary photography and video in the end1980s. The collection commenced with a focus on contemporary Austrian photography and has broadened to a European and international focus. Since 2011, the collection has increased its presence in the public eye through various publications and exhibitions; for example, Andra Spallart has presented curated exhibitions at the Foto-Raum in Vienna. After moving to Salzburg the collection thrives to this day. Temporary pop-up exhibitions at the Foto-Raum’s depot are shown under the title “Open Space,” regularly conveying a sense of the collection’s breadth of photographic themes. The entire collection is also presented online. www.sammlung-spallart.at.

About Salzburger Kunstverein
The SpallArt Prize Salzburg is administered by the Salzburger Kunstverein. Founded in 1844, the Salzburger Kunstverein is a long-running and leading contemporary art organisation. It organises about twelve exhibitions of international and Austrian artists annually, and generates discourse and through its lectures, residencies and screening programs. The Director since January 2014 is Séamus Kealy.

About Luise Schröder
In her artistic works (including photographs, videos and publications), Luise Schröder (*1982, Potsdam) deals with the instrumentalization of the past as it pertains to a politics of the present. She examines the perpetuation of historical myths and their significance for various identities and communities. She lives and works in Potsdam, Leipzig and Paris. www.luiseschroeder.org

About Pierre Deschamps
Pierre Descamps (*1975, Amiens) got a vocational training in plastics processing in Lyon and a master of art at the Villa Arson in Nice. He then moved to Berlin where he still works and lives. Besides his own work, he works as a freelance conservator for international galleries.