NEW FORMAT FOR 2013 ABSOLUT ART AWARD
Absolut Art Bureau is pleased to announce a new format for the Absolut Art Award. The new format, which was conceived in close collaboration with art world opinion formers, highlights Absolut Art Bureau’s commitment to creative practitioners working across disciplines to stimulate new thinking.
There are three main changes to the format of the Absolut Art Award:
1. The introduction of two categories: art work and art writing
2. The possibility of creating a dream project in each category
3. A hybrid selection process combining open and closed nomination techniques.
The selection panel will be led by Jury President, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13).
This category is a EUR 20,000 cash prize, complemented by a budget of up to EUR 100,000 to produce an art work. The work will then be donated to one of Absolut’s partner institutions. The prize also includes a lifetime supply of Absolut vodka.
This category is a EUR 20,000 cash prize, complemented by a budget of up to EUR 25,000 to be used for the publication and distribution of a new publication. Absolut Art Bureau will collaborate with leading publishing houses on the design of the book, which will form part of the new Absolut Critical Writing Series, and which will be distributed in leading bookstores as well as online. The prize also includes a lifetime supply of Absolut vodka.
THE POSSIBILITY OF CREATING A “DREAM PROJECT” IN EACH CATEGORY
Absolut Art Bureau is excited by the possibility of offering the opportunity to an artist and a writer to create their “dream project.” The Absolut Art Award gives creative practitioners the chance to work free from commercial constraints and action a new or an unrealised project. Winning artists will receive up to EUR 100,000 toward the realization of a work they would not otherwise have been able to undertake. The only limitation on the art work is that it must be less than 100 sq m in size. Winning art writers will receive up to EUR 25,000 toward writing – this could be a new essay, a series of essays or short books. Absolut Art Bureau will also collaborate with an art publisher to disseminate these texts in a series devoted to award-winning art writing.