International Call for Luxembourg Art Prize
Deadline: May 31, 2017
The Luxembourg Art Prize is an annual international competition aiming to discover talents, amateur or professional, regardless of age and nationality. The ambition of the Prize is to accelerate the careers of unknown artists by providing them with professional art gallery space, first as part of a group exhibition showcasing the finalists for the Prize and then as a solo exhibition for the winner.
To help the winner prepare and create a solo exhibition at the gallery, a grant of 25,000 euros (about 26,688 USD or 21,583 GBP or 26’645 CHF or 35,180 CAD or 2,998,500 JPY) is awarded by the gallery for the 2017 edition of the prize.
All the artists’ expenses are paid by the gallery during the 2017 Luxembourg Art Prize exhibition (transport and insurance for the works of art, air and train tickets and full-board accommodation in a four-star hotel). This also applies to the expenses of one other person of their choice who can accompany them to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The Prize is aimed at artists working in one or more of the following media: drawing, printing, installation, painting, performance, photography, digital art, sculpture, sound art, video, mixed media, decorative art (textiles and material, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, mosaic, paper or other techniques).
Call for submissions
Entries are submitted via the secure Candidate Space until 31 May 2017 at 23:59:59 (Luxembourg time).
Ten artists will be selected by 30 June at the latest by an artistic committee chaired by Hervé Lancelin. The finalists will exhibit their work as a group at Galerie Hervé Lancelin from 23 September to 4 November 2017.
Selection of the winner
The winner of the 2017 Luxembourg Art Prize is selected by the final jury, and his or her name is announced on the opening evening of the finalists’ group exhibition. An award of 25,000 euros is allocated to the winner by the gallery to help finance the production, and framing if necessary, of further work.
The winner of the 2017 Luxembourg Art Prize will be given a solo exhibition in 2018 at Galerie Hervé
Lancelin in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg Art Prize aims to reveal and promote talented artists who have yet to establish a profile on the contemporary international scene. Its function is to discover artists, and it is open to any artist, amateur or professional, with no limits on age, nationality or place of residence. The Prize is aimed at artists working in one or more of the following media: drawing, printing, installation, painting, performance, photography, digital art, sculpture, sound art, video, mixed media, decorative art (textiles and material, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, mosaic, paper or other techniques).
What are the submission criteria?
- No age limit on submissions
- Open to amateur and professional artists
- All nationalities are eligible
- Open to artists from all the countries of the world
Artists have to create a Candidate Space on the Luxembourg Art Prize website and complete the entry form on-line. Everything takes place via the Luxembourg Art Prize website. Only entries submitted on-line via the artist’s personal Candidate Space will be accepted. Candidates may update and complete their submissions on-line as many times as necessary until the deadline for submissions.
Candidates’ entries must be completed on-line in the Candidate Space by 31 May 2017 at midnight.
What should the entry contain?
The entry, completed on-line in the Candidate Space, includes the following information:
- Personal details: the candidate’s full name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number
- Biographical information
- A brief note presenting the artist’s approach
- A good-quality identity photo
- A selection of one to three recent works, not necessarily in the same medium, with a good-quality image of each work to enable the selection committee to form as accurate an idea as possible of the candidate’s practice.
The entry may be written in the candidate’s first language if this is easier.
Candidates must not send original artworks to the gallery.
Entry for the Luxembourg Art Prize 2017 is subject to the payment of an entry fee to be paid on-line. The entry fee is €45 (about 48 USD or 39 GBP or 48 CHF or 63 CAD or 5,397 JPY).
The entry fee pays for the time spent examining the entries by all the members of the selection committee. Talent is independent of age; we hope to receive submissions from artists young and not so young who have real personality and whose works will delight us.
Your career launched at last!
The winner of the Prize in 2017 will receive an award of €25,000 (about 26,688 USD or 21,583 GBP or 26’645 CHF or 35,180 CAD or 2,998,500 JPY) to fund the production of further work and an individual exhibition in a prestigious gallery. The finalist artists will be included in a group exhibition in the gallery. The Luxembourg Art Prize is a unique opportunity to enter the international professional art circuit and to have your work seen by major private and institutional art collectors. You will have the chance to be supported and personally advised by Hervé Lancelin.
Unlike other prizes or art salons, the Luxembourg Art Prize is designed to boost your career by exhibiting your work in an international gallery and giving you a high level of visibility. Hervé Lancelin has been an art enthusiast for nearly 50 years. He is a member of ADIAF, a prestigious association of major European collectors. He has been a member of the selection committee for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris and has been a trustee of the Amis du Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut (Friends of the Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art) in Lille for several years.
Who pays the artists’ costs?
All the costs associated with travel to and accommodation in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the nominated artists and one other person of their choice will be paid in full by the Gallery in 2017. This includes transport and insurance for the works of art, air and train tickets and full-board accommodation in a four-star hotel.
The gallery will organise return travel for the nominated artists and their companions by train or air. The gallery will send travel documents to the nominated artists and their companions within the ten days before the opening of the nominated artists’ group exhibition.
The gallery will also book hotel rooms for the purpose on the basis of dual occupancy (each artist with his or her companion).
The candidates are invited to research as early as possible whether their journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will require a visa (http://www.gouvernement.lu/4843909).
How does the Artistic Committee make its choice?
The Artistic Committee is already looking forwarding to getting to know your work and examining your entry carefully. They expect you to fulfil certain criteria, which may appear subjective but are nevertheless important.
For example, the Committee may be sensitive to the following points: the originality of the work, technical mastery, coherence of the work, freshness, novelty, historical continuity, the artistic, literary, historical, scientific or philosophical references in your work, the message conveyed, the poetry that emerges from the work.
The Committee hopes to find works that have been produced in a unique moment of grace experienced by the artist at the time of their creation. These magical creative moments are what make a work unique and unlike any other.