BBA Artist Prize

What Makes this event different?

BBA Gallery is proud to provide a stage for emerging artists and hidden talents with the BBA Artist Prize 2021. For the 5th consecutive year, we put all our passion and expertise into scouting promising talents and giving them and their work access to a broad public. Why? Because we believe that all artists deserve the opportunity to be seen and recognised (and some even awarded) for their artistry – No matter what their discipline, where they are from or who they know. To ensure a high standard and an unbiased evaluation, a jury of experts will determine which applicants get featured as part of the longlist, whose works will be on show at the group exhibition of the shortlist during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2021 and which artists ultimately get awarded with 1 of the 3 prizes.

Call for entries for Artists.

Who is able to apply?
This is an international call open to all media, all genders, all ages over 18 and all educational backgrounds.

The selection process
A high ranking international jury of professionals judge all submitted entries. They will be looking for the artist that shows the most significant potential and professionalism, and who has convincingly and skilfully executed a concept or work. 

Application phase 1
1 November 2020 – 17 January 2021 (midnight CET)
We will select 10 artists for the longlist from all the applications received during phase 1. Be sure to apply early and secure one of the first positions on the longlist! You will be notified until January 30th and we will already start promoting you in February 2021.

Application phase 2
18 January – 15 March 2021 (midnight CET)
From all of the applications we receive during Phase 2 we will be selecting 20 artists for the longlist. You will be notified until March 30th and promoted throughout April 2021.

Longlisted artists
30 longlisted artists will be featured on the website and actively promoted on social media throughout spring 2021.

Shortlisted artists
10-15 shortlisted artists will get selected out of the longlist in early April 2021. The shortlisted artists will exhibit at the Kühlhaus, which is one of Berlin’s most impressive industrial venues for cultural events, during Berlin Gallery Weekend end of April/beginning of May 2021 organised by BBA Gallery. In addition each shortlisted artist receives a promotion through the gallery’s Artsy profile, website, PR and social media channels.

Gesture by Olivia Lennon

The prizes
1st Prize
Solo show at BBA Gallery in 2022
Cash prize 1000 €
Artsy profile

2nd Prize
Artsy profile + online solo show
Cash prize 500 €

3rd Prize
Artsy profile + online solo show
Cash prize 300 €

Exhibition at Kühlhaus Berlin
The Kühlhaus Berlin is one of the city’s most marvelous and characterful venues for art and cultural events. It is a heritage building and part of the architecture of the early industrial history of Berlin at Gleisdreieck, a central and well-known location. The house presents itself today on seven floors with a variety of extraordinary rooms and architectural situations, with a total of over 5000 square meters.

The BBA Artist Prize 2021 exhibition is showing on the 5th floor of the building, which is an independent unit with over 600 m2, a lift entrance and WC facilities. Attic windows add charm and natural light to the space, as well as fabulous sky views of Berlin. The vast space allows for the presentation of about a dozen artists and a variety of media – from installed projections, time-based media through to sculptural works. Brick walls alternate with a classic white cube style – so that paintings, photography and print works each find a perfect spot.

BBA Artist Prize 2021 is a highlight during Berlin Gallery Weekend in April/May 2021.

For more information about this opportunity for artists, please visit the Event Website.

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