M17 Sculpture Prize 2022: Open Call

M17 Sculpture Prize 2022: Open Call

19.10.2021 - 20.01.2022

M17 CAC and Adamovskiy Foundation announce an OPEN CALL for the second edition of M17 Sculpture Prize (for those artists who have a passport of a citizen of Ukraine)

The winner will get a UAH 250,000 reward

Contest topic: Posthumanism: Human in Changing Context

Application deadline: January 20th, 2022

This year, cross-media projects that employ new media alongside/instead of conventional ones are invited to apply. Furthermore, ideas focusing on engagement with public spaces will be prioritized.

A shortlist of nominees will be formed based on the findings of the expert selection. Except for those who will submit finalized works for competitive selection, all candidates will receive funds for the realization of the idea chosen by the expert jury based on their sketch.

All nominees’ finalized works will be displayed during the exhibition in M17 CAC in September 2022. And the winner, who will be chosen based on an appraisal of previously completed programs, will earn a reward of 250,000 hryvnias *.

The results of the first competition are available on the previous project’s page — M17 Sculpture Prize 2020

* 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

M17 Sculpture Prize 2022 topic

Posthumanism: Human in Changing Context

Posthumanism is a multi-composite concept. Unlike transhumanism, he does not appeal to the desire to transcend biological constraints and move a man to a new stage of evolution through technological advancement. Posthumanism, which also sees the emergence of new technology and new media as a main transformative element, focuses, however, on transcending the limitations of our self-perception:

  • man does not have an exclusive position in the overall system of living beings or even all things;
  • there are no “more human beings” who may be given a privileged position compared to others because of their gender, colour, ethnicity, physical characteristics, or anything else;
  • a person cannot be imagined through only one identity (political, social, gender, professional, etc.) — they are an “assemblage point” of several identities that are continuously “flowing” into one another.

However, we were drawn to the notion of posthumanism by the way the urban space turns after total medialization, as well as the changes in the self-perception of the major (formerly) active subject and direct creator of this environment.

The creation of new forms of subjectivity and modes of operation in space has already resulted from the development of new technologies. The recognition of the “fluidity” of identities is followed by the realization of continual presence in a condition of “co-space,” as documented by medialization processes: fictional worlds generated by social, political, and cultural discourses coexist and interpenetrate. These places are being transformed by new media into nomadic and transit spaces, in which the subject “slides” without direction or can be “distributed.”

Going through the latest theories that analyze such transformations, we decided to invite artists to take a closer look at the effects of new media on the modification of human nature and the interrelated modification of the urban context of human existence. And present the results of their observations, reflections and discoveries as an object of art.

Curators of the project: Eugenia Gavrylenko, Kateryna Ray
Head of the project: Natalia Shpytkovska

Conditions for participation

The application can be submitted by artists who have a passport of a citizen of Ukraine.

There are no age restrictions.

The competition is open to three-dimensional art objects, material and digital, made using both traditional techniques and technologies of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), artificial intelligence (AI), holography, Big Data, generative design, video mapping, etc.

ATTENTION! Digital proposals can be presented with well-thought-out material implementation alternatives — the “material carrier” of the idea — to display works in the art space or directly in the city.

Please be aware to contact us via email (m17sculptureprize@artcult.org.ua) or social media (Facebook, Instagram).




Selection criteria

The applications will be evaluated according to the criteria listed below:

  • idea’s conformity to the theme of the contest;
  • innovativeness in artistic solution;
  • integrity of the concept;
  • sufficient granularity of the budget (approximate template can be downloaded here);
  • availability of all requested data and documents.




  • 19/10/21
    call for applications, opening data


  • 20/01/22
    call for applications, closing date
  • 2022, 21–31 January
    technical preselection
  • 2022, February
    consideration of applications by Selection Jury
  • 2022, late February
    announcement of the nominees for the Prize
  • 2022, March
    signing agreements with nominees
  • 2022, from April to August
    execution of nominees’ contest projects
  • 2022, September
    opening of the exhibition with M17 Sculpture Prize 2022 nominees’ works
  • 2022, November
    announcement of Major Winner

Selection Jury

  • Marc-Olivier Wahler

Swiss curator and art historian, Director of the Musée d’art et d’histoire (MAH) in Geneva, Founding Director of Transformer Sculpture Park in Melides, Portugal.

  • Kevin LaGrandeur

Professor of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), a fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology (IEET), co-founder of New York Posthumanism Research Group.

  • Edward Mitterrand

Art consultant, curator, co-founder and Art Director of the Domaine du Muy contemporary sculpture park in France, co-founder of the consulting firm Cramer Mitterrand Art Advisory.

  • Jiří Fajt

Art historian of Czech origin, Head of International Programs of the Dresden State Art Collections, curator of contemporary art exhibition projects at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden.

  • Oleksandr Soloviov

Ukrainian art critic, art historian, curator, curated the Ukrainian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2007 and 2013.

  • Yana Barinova

Ukrainian publicist, public figure, scientist, Director of The Department of Culture of the executive body of the Kyiv City Council (Kyiv City State Administration).

  • Nazar Bilyk

Ukrainian sculptor, author of famous objects in public spaces, such as the “Rain” sculpture in the Peyzazhna (Landscape) Alley in Kyiv, winner of the grant of the President of Ukraine in the field of fine arts (2013), one of the finalists of SMACH, the Land Art biennial of the Dolomites, Italy (2019).

  • Asya Bazdyrieva

Art critic and researcher of visual culture. Was a Fulbright Fellow (2015-2017) and a Digital Earth Fellow (2018-2019). Since 2018, she has co-authored with director Solveig Seuss on the Geocinema project, a series of cinematic research that studies images in an expanded sense: from geological formations to modern media. In 2020, Geocinema was nominated for the Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research (Germany).


M17 Sculpture Prize is a professional award in the field of three-dimensional art. In 2019, it was launched by M17 Contemporary Art Center together with Adamovskiy Foundation. The Prize is held with the involvement of international experts and is aimed at identifying and supporting talented contemporary artists from Ukraine.

The first edition of M17 Sculpture Prize took place in 2020.

  • Mykhailo Alekseenko’s work Crystal Dream received the Major Award.
  • Andrii Kyrychenko’s work Books received the SEARCH Foundation Special Award for “The preservation and development of ceramic traditions.”
  • Daniil Shumikhin’s work Unstable Relations with the Future in the Given Conditions received the Berkeley Real Estate Special Award for “The artistic conceptualization of the architectural forms’ influence.”

More information about competition — M17 Sculpture Prize 2020