Gallery Prizes 2018

Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence program

In cooperation with viennacontemporary and EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, the Q21 awards a residency scholarship as part of the Q21 Artist-in-Residence programme at the MuseumsQuartier Wien. Exhibiting galleries of viennacontemporary had the opportunity to nominate international artists for the scholarship. The prize enables an artist to live and work in one of the nine artist studios in the MuseumsQuartier Wien for one month in 2019. In addition, the winner selected by the jury will receive a scholarship of 1,050 euro.

The Artist-in-Residence Prize was awarded to the artist Valter Ventura (Kubik Gallery, PT) in the category of artistic photography and media art. The jury consisting of Elisabeth Hajek, Artistic Director, frei_raum Q21 exhibition space, Q21 Artist-in-Residence Programme, Nela Eggenberger, Editor-in-Chief, EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Sabine Winkler, Curator, Matthew Stephenson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Photographers’ Gallery, awarded the scholarship prize on the following grounds: “In his multimedia installations, Valter Ventura (born in 1979 in Lisbon) continuously explores the nature of photography and its historical as well as contemporary significance. His almost forensic method, which can be experienced through a complex display reminiscent of natural-historical museum presentations, allows him to dig like an archaeologist into the depths in order to reveal observations of perception.”


The Artproof production grant and residency for photography

Artproof is an international art printing laboratory with locations in Tallinn, Stockholm, and Berlin. The enterprise stages more than 100 exhibitions a year for artists worldwide. 
At the Artproof photo-print laboratory, artists can realize their visions in exactly the way they want to.
In order to support young artists working with the medium of photography, Artproof has so far
awarded production grants in Estonia (since 2012), Finland (since 2014), Germany (since 2016), Sweden (since 2017), London (since 2017), and Vienna at viennacontemporary (since 2016). The grant includes 5.000 euro worth of printing and framing services. In addition, a one-week residency in Tallinn, Estonia, including flights and accommodation, will be provided, so that the winner can oversee the production process. The exhibition produced using the Artproof Grant will be delivered to Artists studio or gallery within the limits of EU complimentary.

Previous winners of the Artproof grant at viennacontemporary were Ulrike Königshofer (Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna) in 2016 and Anu Vahtra (Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest) in 2017. In 2018, a top-class jury consisting of Reinhard Braun, Artistic Director and Publisher of Camera Austria, Susanne Neuburger, Head of Collection at mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, and Krister Rekkaro, Export Sales Manager and Partner, Artproof, Berlin, chose the winner in the frame of viennacontemporary and gave the grant for production to Piruza Khalapyan represented by Focus: Armenia, organized by Armenia Art Foundation.

viennacontemporary | BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD

With the involvement of an independent jury of experts, this year’s award for an outstanding solo presentation within the scope of viennacontemporary will be awarded for the first time by the Austrian copyright association Bildrecht. Under the viennacontemporary | Bildrecht SOLO Award, 2,000 euro are awarded to an artist and to the exhibiting gallery. This year’s jury – Rainer Fuchs, Chief Curator, mumok – Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig Wien, Maximilian Geymüller, freelance curator, Sponsoring / Fundraising, Kunsthalle Wien, Roman Grabner, Director, curator, BRUSEUM, Nina Schedlmayer, freelance art critic, Hemma Schmutz, Artistic Director, LENTOS, NORDICO, Tina Teufel, curator (contemporary art), Museum der Moderne Salzburg – chaired by Günter Schönberger, Managing Director, Bildrecht –has decided to award Nana Mandl represented by Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (AT) on the following grounds: „Nana Mandl creates comprehensive room collages with images and quotations. Pictures from the web are overlaid, deformed and combined. As a very contemporary position that draws on digital content and breaks out of the canon of the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde, Nana Mandl is honored for her presence at the viennacontemporary, as well as Lisa Kandlhofer (Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, AT) for her commitment.“


For art and artists

Bildrecht, the copyright agency representing 5.000 artists active in the segments of fine arts, media arts, graphic arts, photography, performance, design, and architecture, performs a special cultural function: by acquiring and distributing royalties, offering support programs and awarding prizes, it strengthens the livelihoods of artists. Bildrecht also maintains four art spaces: Bildraum 01 and Bildraum 07 in Vienna, Bildraum Bodensee in Bregenz, and Bildraum Studio at Brotfabrik Wien. Besides monthly changing exhibitions, its residency program and the participation at art fairs across Austria, Bildrecht is a long-standing cooperation partner of various galleries, cultural institutions, and art festivals. In addition to the “Dagmar Chobot Skulpturenpreis”, which launched in 2016 and is explicitly dedicated to the medium of sculpture, experimental positions and installation art, Bildrecht has now initiated its second art prize: the “viennacontemporary | BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD”. Aimed at supporting artists and galleries alike, the award annually honors a gallery statement that demonstrates strong potential and an artist who is at a pivotal point in his/her career.