Call for submissions: Artraker Annual Awards

Artraker Annual Award
18 Apr 2014 - 15 May 2014

Call for submissions: Artraker Annual Awards

Alexia Webster (winner of Artraker Annual Award 2013), Street Studios, 2013. © Alexia Webster.

The Artraker Annual Award is for contemporary artists/organisations that make a direct positive change in countries that have experienced social upheaval and violent conflict. Artraker is interested in the significance of the artists’ contribution to change and the co-creation of experiences of freedom in the midst of conflict.

Artraker will offer three Award Funds of 2,500 GBP (per award) for completed work or work that can be further developed. The award winners and nine shortlisted artists/organisations will be invited to join the Artraker network (“the Artrakers”). The Artrakers’ works will be shown at exhibitions in London and Paris. The award winners will be announced in the run up to International Peace Day, 21 September.

Deadline: 15 May 2014

Submissions will be considered in relation to three award categories.

1. The Artraker Award
Submissions that display a range of qualities: originality, impact, exceptionality and engagement, within their explored conflict subject area.

2. Artraker Award for Social Impact
Submissions that create change in a conflict- or violence-affected area; that engender hope, change and peace, healing, remembrance, or diffuse situations of violence; or submissions from artists/organisations from war-affected countries, whose work over time generates deep and long-lasting positive change.

3. Artraker Award for Innovation
Submissions that reveal a different understanding or perspective on conflict, violence, and peace, submissions that use experimental methodologies (such as subversion, satire or intervention) to affect perceptions or understanding. The winner of the Innovation category will have his/her/their work included in the a/political collection.

Entries are judged by an international panel of experts from disciplines of arts, conflict, culture, politics and peace. They look for experimentation and engagement, audacity, change and capacity to inspire.

The Artraker Annual Award jury for 2014 includes Dr. Bernadette Buckley, lecturer in Art & Politics at Goldsmiths College, University (United Kingdom); Rohan Jayasekera, investigative journalism & creative advocacy in conflict zones, former Deputy CEO of Index on Censorship and Managing Editor of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting; Nikki Diana Marquardt, curator/gallerist at Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt (Paris) & founder of Work in Progress; Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Executive Director and Managing Partner of West Africa Conflict and Security Consulting (Nigeria); Elvira Santamaria Torres, Mexican performance artist based in Ireland, Artraker Annual Award 2013 award nominee and an Artraker mentor.

Artraker welcomes submissions from artists of all nationalities and at any stage of their careers.
Please find the application guidelines here and apply here.

An administration fee of 10 GBP will be charged for submissions from OECD countries. Submissions from all other countries are free.

Artraker is grateful to its partners who share its vision to promote and support conflict arts practice.
Our partners: INCAS Consulting, Integrity Research & Consultancy, a/political, Pulse Brands, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Goldsmiths College, University, Culture + Conflict, Free Dimensional, In Place of War, and Manchester University.






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