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The Contest for the

Radoslav Putar Award 2019

Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
in collaboration withYVAA - Young Visual Artists Award, Residency Unlimited, New York and Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York

is pleased to announce an open call for the 2019 YVAA - Radoslav Putar Award - for artists up to 40 years of age, including artists born in 1979.

The deadline to apply for the Award is Sunday, March 10, 2019. (post stamp), & the results of the competition are announced the latest by March 31, 2019.

Send your applications to:
Institut za suvremenu umjetnost
TRG KRALJA TOMISLAVA 20, HR - 10000 Zagreb
(za Nagradu Radoslav Putar 2019.)

in case you are applying with electronic materials only, send your files by Wetransfer to emailnagrada.putar@institute.hr (10. 03. 2019., until midnight, 24:00 hrs).

All info at
email: nagrada.putar@institute.hr
tel: +385 1 88 97 098 | gsm: +385 91 61 99 454, Janka Vukmir

The winner will attend a two-month artist residency program in New York at Residency Unlimited (http://residencyunlimited.org/), have a solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb and a seat on the jury of the Radoslav Putar Award 2020.

Artists working the field of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, prints, drawing, installations, photography, video, new media and performance art are encouraged to apply. Artists working in applied arts, design, theatre, dance and film are not eligible to apply. Applicants should enter the open call individually or can be nominated by arts professionals active in the field of contemporary art.


The award is intended for individual artists only up to 40 years of age. The residency program is designed for and can only host one individual artist per country, in a given award year.

Applicant must have been active as an artist for at least 3 years in Croatia and have a considerable body of work exhibited in art institutions such as galleries, art centres or museums. Non-citizen artists of Croatia have to be recognised for their contribution to the developments in the art scene and their artistic career must have a significant connection with Croatia. Emigr artists should be members of the country's artistic community and regularly exhibit in Croatia.

Artists should have command of conversational English in order to participate in the residency program and engage with art professionals and artists in New York.


1. Name, surname, address, phone, e-mail of the applicant
2. Professional curriculum vitae (in Croatian and English) - with the mandatory year of birth!
3. Documentation of the submitted works of art produced in 2018 and 2019, marked with all the information about the author and the work (title, year, technique, dimensions, where the work was exhibited). Documentation may include digital images on a CD / DVD or video (VHS, CD, DVD). Photos submitted should be high-quality (300dpi, max 3MB).
4. A short statement about the artist work in Croatian and English (maximum 1 page; in Croatian and English).

Original works, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Finalists will be selected on the merit of their portfolio, exhibited artwork in the finalists' exhibition, prior accomplishments and exhibitions, and demonstrated potential.

A jury of established professionals will select four finalists who will present work in a group exhibition at MMSU, Rijeka, on Thursday, June 6, 2019., where the winner will be announced.

In 1990 Wendy W. Luers, founder and director of Foundation for a Civil Society, together with President Vaclav Havel and a group of dissident artists first established the Jindrich Chalupecky Award in Czechoslovakia to recognise artistic excellence in young visual artists, under 35 years old, and provide them with a U.S. residency experience.
Institute for Contemporary Art has raised the age limit to 40 years, for the contestants in Croatia. The Young Visual Artists Awards program (YVAA - http://www.yvaa.tumblr.com/) was established over several years as an international network of similar awards with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, a US foundation. Today 12 European countries are part of this network: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Montenegro. In 2015, Residency Unlimited (RU) was engaged as the organiser of the YVAA program and host of the NY residency program.

Documentation sent to the competition will not be returned. It will be become archived in Radoslav Putar Award Archive at the Institute for Contemporary Art.

During February 2019 there will be workshops organised at the Institute, including presentation of the Award and instructions of how to apply. Dates to be confirmed. Info: nagrada.putar@institute.hr

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