Semmelweis Art Award

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Semmelweis Art Award is open to applications from groups of young European artists (under 35 years, groups of up to 5, from different European countries) to develop an art exhibition project in Vienna to mark the life and work of Hungarian physician, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis.

Application for an art prize and the realization of an exhibition concept for the 150th anniversary of the death of the world-famous Hungarian physician, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis (1818-1865). Drafts from young international contemporary artist groups are welcome.

Deadline for proposals: 28 June 2015

The Hungarian cultural institute in Vienna, Balassi Institute – Collegium Hungaricum Vienna, has worked out an innovative international project that shows that scientific and artistic efforts are connected through creativity, innovation and courage. Another aim of the project is to support the dialogue and the activities of young contemporary artists in Europe and to remember the “savior of mothers”, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis.

In the spring of 2015, Collegium Hungaricum Vienna is announcing an international call for proposals that will be evaluated with the help of a multinational expert jury. The Balassi Institute network and other partner institutions like the Austrian Cultural Forum and 40 different European universities will assist in the announcement of the call for proposals all over Europe.

Groups of artists with members of different European nations (at least 3 and no more than 5 members, all below the age of 35)have the opportunity to apply with a new creative proposal for an exhibition at the gallery of Collegium Hungaricum Vienna. The groups are asked to send a draft of their innovative concept, which could physically be exhibited and which could be executed in about 3 weeks by the group and which fits well into the gallery. The artist groups are free to propose an exhibition, an installation or a mix of art forms. But of course we are thinking of visual artworks such as paintings, sculptures, design, videos, photos, animations, graphic arts etc. and any combination of these. Parts of the concept can also represent other artistic fields (for example literature, music). The organizers accept only digital material for the application. Groups of artists, who want to apply, are asked to send a one-page-long concept, a visual draft (digital animation, plan, montage) and a calculation of material expenses in Euros (maximum amount 2000-2.500 EUR). In addition, every artist of each group is asked to send information of himself/herself (short CV, contact, studies, artworks of the past, exhibitions, scholarships, achievements etc. in no more than two A4-pages). Please also give a title for the artwork/concept and send the materials in one PDF file. Every artist group is allowed to send one draft. Besides, we can accept all application material only in English.

Thanks to our private sponsors the three best concepts can be awarded, however only the winning team will be able to realise its concept.
1st prize: 5000 EUR + costs for travel to Vienna to realise the project + a limited amount for material expenses
2nd prize: 3000 EUR + extra payment for travel to the award ceremony /up to 300 EUR/
3rd prize: 2000 EUR + extra payment for travel to the award ceremony /up to 300 EUR/

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