• Artists of Tomorrow Award

Open call for The Artists of Tomorrow Award 2016

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is pleased to announce the open call for
the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2016 – for Kosovo artist up to 35 year of age.
This pivotal independent award is organized in cooperation with Residency Unlimited in New York and is supported by The Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York.

The deadline to apply for the award is June 26, 2016.
The results of the competition will be announced no later than July 20, 2016.

The winner will be awarded with a two-month artist residency program in New York, US, at Residency Unlimited (http://residencyunlimited.org/) in the period of April/ May 2017, and a solo exhibition within the annual program of Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina for 2017.

If other obligations prevent the artist to attend the residency in New York within the provided time frame, they should consider to apply for the award in next editions.

Artists working in the field of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, prints, drawing, installations, photography, video, new media and performance art are encouraged to apply.

Artists cannot apply with works in applied arts, design, theater, dance and film should not apply.



The award is intended for artists only up to 35 years of age.

Eligible for applying at the Artists of Tomorrow Award are individual artists and artists working in groups which fulfill the criteria of the award.

The residency program 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 Kosovo, have 3-5 reference projects, and have exhibited in art institutions such as galleries, art centers, museums or public spaces.

Non-citizen artists of Kosovo have to be recognized for their contribution in the developments in the art scene and their artistic career must have significant connection with Kosovo.

Emigré artists should be members of the country’s artistic community and regularly exhibit in Kosovo, at least last 3 years.

Application procedure

Artists can apply for The Artists of Tomorrow Award 2016 by applying online and uploading the requited documentation through the online registration platform of Artists of Tomorrow Award 2016 at the web site of Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina (http://stacion.org/aot2016).

The completed online application has to include the following information and the following uploaded documentation:

1. Personal information: Name, surname, address, phone, e-mail of the applicant

2. Professional curriculum vitae (in one of official languages of the country and English) – with the mandatory year of birth 1981.

3. Documentation of the 3-5 projects - works created during 2014, 2015 and 2016, with all relevant information about the author and the work (title, year, technique, dimensions, where the work was exhibited), or projects not jet completed.

Documentation may include up to 10 digital images in JPEG format. The file name of projects should be in the following format: Number_LastName_Title (e.g. 01_Lila_Untitled 1, 02_Lila_Untitled 2, etc.). Photos submitted should be high-quality (300dpi, max 3MB).

Documentation may include two different 3-5 minute video/audio samples. Video/audio files should be in MPEG, MP3, MP4, MOV, AVI or FLV format for viewing/listening on a PC. Label each digital file as follows: Number_LastName_Title.ext (e.g. 01_Lila_Untitled3.MPEG).  The maximum file size for uploaded video or audio files is 20MB.

4. Project - idea for participation at the finalist’s exhibition. The project can be a new project or a project completed in the last two years.

5. An artist statement (one page) in language of the country and English language.

Incomplete applications are subject to rejection. Original art works and documentations sent after the deadline will not be accepted of considered.

If applicants need to submit additional documentation for their application, they can send the additional material in an electronic format (.zip, .rar, max 7MB) at info@stacion.org, latest until June 26 2016, or by post, (postmarked latest on June 26 2016) sent at:

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina
PO box 262
10000 Prishtina
Republic of Kosovo


Additional documentation of projects besides CD/DVD, or audio/ video materials (VHS, CD, DVD) can include catalogues, texts and other documentation.

The documentation will not be returned and will remain part of the archive of the Artists of Tomorrow Award.

For additional information please contact us at info@stacion.org.


Selection procedure

An international jury of established professionals will select three finalists who will exhibit work in the finalist’s exhibition the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2016, which is scheduled to open at the Boxing Club in Prishtina in October 2016.

Finalists will be selected on the merit of their artistic portfolio, prior accomplishments and exhibitions, and demonstrated potential.

The winner of The Artists of Tomorrow Award 2016 will be selected on the merit of their portfolio, exhibited artwork in the finalists’ exhibition, prior accomplishments and exhibitions, an interview with the jury and demonstrated potential.

The jury will announce the winner of The Artists of Tomorrow Award 2016 in the opening of the finalist’s exhibition on October 20 2016.

Application form

The Artists of Tomorrow Award in Kosovo and the international context

The Artists of Tomorrow Award is a unique project which provides young visual artists under the age of 35 the opportunity to produce new work, be part of a tailored education process, have meetings and presentation for an international jury, and a have a joint exhibition with the finalists at Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, but also to travel to the United States and experience New York’s dynamic art scene for a two month residency at Residency Unlimited, and have a solo exhibition at Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina after returning from US.

The Artists of Tomorrow Award is part of the Young Visual Artists Awards program - a network of ten similar awards organized throughout Central and Eastern Europe founded in 1989 in Czechoslovakia by President Vaclav Havel and dissident artists with the intention of supporting the emergence and development of contemporary art and civil society.

The intention of President Havel, Wendy W. Luers, the US organizers and funders was to award young artists with a US residency - that is to expose them to the outside world - and to underscore the role of culture in democratization and civil society. They established an open and transparent annual competition judged by an independent and changing jury without the nepotism and favoritism. This founding mission and programmatic framework - to promote contemporary art, recognize and award artistic excellence, foster cultural exchange, and build capacity of local art NGO’s and civil society – is also a guide for Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina to implement The Artists of Tomorrow Award in Kosovo.

In 2015 Residency Unlimited (RU) became the new host of the Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) program in US. In September 2015, Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina has been tasked to assume leadership of the Artist of Tomorrow Award (AOT) in Kosovo starting with the first cycle in 2016 and with building upon and carrying forward the legacy of the Award.

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina aims to enhance the potential and influence of The Artists of Tomorrow Award in the general developments in contemporary art in the whole territory of Kosovo.

Applicants and winners of the Artists of Tomorrow Award

The Award in Kosovo was first organized in 2002 and has proven to be as prestigious as in other countries. In the first edition the winner was Tahar Alemdar. In following editions winners of the Artists of Tomorrow Award were: Jakup Ferri (2003), Kadër Muzaqi (2005), Fitore Isufi-Koja (2006), Fatmir Mustafa (2007); Bekim Glloku (2008), Miranda Thaqi (2009), Loreta Ukshini (2010), Astrit Ismaili (2011), Majlinda Hoxha (2012) and Artan Hajrullahu (2013).

In the last edition of the Artists of Tomorrow Award (2014) the winner of the award was Doruntina Kastrati, awarded for the work “You are drying along with the flowers " (2012). Other finalists in this edition were Qëndresë Deda, Jetullah Sylejmani, Fidan Bejtullahu.