M17 Sculpture Prize 2020

M17 Sculpture Prize 2020

04.08.2019 - 01.08.2020
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M17 Sculpture Prize is the first professional award for sculptors in the country, with the participation of international experts, aimed at finding and supporting talented contemporary artists of Ukraine.

The winner will receive a prize
of 250 000 UAH

M17 Sculpture Prize was launched within the M17 Sculpture Project a separate research area of M17 Contemporary Art Center, designed to offer society, business, cities of Ukraine the choice of how to improve the image of the environment, make cities attractive for tourists through sculpture and other three-dimensional art forms.

Based on the selection, a shortlist of nominees is formed. In 2019, there were 12 applicants instead of ten.

Every nominee, except for the ones have submitted already finished works, receive funding for the implementation of the project selected by the expert jury (according to the author’s sketch).

The finished works of all the nominees will be exhibited in the M17 CAC. And the winner, to be determined based on the evaluation of already realized plans, will receive a prize of 250 000 UAH*.

The focus of the Prize: sculpture, installation and other three-dimensional art

* the amount before deduction of all taxes and fees (obligatory payments) provided by the legislation of Ukraine, in particular paragraphs. 168.2.1 Art. 168 Tax Code of Ukraine

Roots and Pollen

This year, the project invites to reflect on what the concept of the “roots” is to society in the contemporary world. Does the origin of the individual affect (directly or indirectly) his life, activity, creativity, worldview. What is it the nature of constant motion, of searching for new territories, motivation to diffuse? The roots grow deeper and deeper. The pollen, for its part, can’t be contained or controlled, it flies at a wind speed to distant territories. But, settling down, takes root again.

Where are the roots in the globalized world? And how durable something that unrooted is? Where is the fulcrum, on which the art that lives in time and experiences it is focused? What will the artist see when he looks back, drenched deep in meanings of the cultures that raised him and gave him strength?

What are his perception of beauty, his ideas about the origin of the world based? How is private correlated with the overall global?

M17 Sculpture Prize nominees:

  • Alekseenko Mykhailo
  • Buchatska Kateryna
  • Buryanyk Vasylyna
  • Dyachenko Marta
  • Galkin Daniil
  • Goldakovskyi Vladyslav
  • Grublyak Vasyl
  • Kyrychenko  Andrii
  • Lokatyr Bogdan & Zhurunova Margaryta creative group
  • Popovych Taras
  • Shumikhin Daniil
  • Taradina Anna

Now the artists have to take up the execution of their ideas and later the finished works will be exhibited at M17 CAC.

The winner announcement will take place at the opening of the nominees’ works exhibition

Selection Jury

To the M17 Sculpture Project page

May 17, 2020 Space and Volume // The Ukrainian Week

Material by Kateryna Ray, curator of M17 Sculpture Project, that can provide you with insight into how three-dimensional art is transformed in times of global change. Available in Ukrainian

May 05, 2020 Coronavirus in culture: how this quarantine will affect art. Artists predictions // Iod.media

What land artists are thinking of when they don't have access to public land. Interview with Anna Taradina and Bogdan Lokatyr, nominees for the M17 Sculpture Prize. Available in Ukrainian and Russian

Mar 24, 2020 For the first time in Ukraine: M17 Sculpture Prize, a professional award for sculptors // ELLE

A new page of Ukrainian art. Announcement. Available in Ukrainian