The Jindřich Chalupecký Award is awarded for outstanding artistic creation in the field of visual arts. It is intended for the emerging generation of artists whose work has the potential to stand out over the long term in both the Czech and international art scenes, and whose work embodies a unique position in terms of content and form. The award is open to artists and artist groups working in any media, while also recognizing cross-disciplinary intersections and other current trends in contemporary art.
The JChA is intended for artists living or working in the Czech Republic; however, neither Czech citizenship nor formal art education are prerequisites. Beginning in 2024, the age limit of 35 has been abolished. The award is still intended for up-and-coming artists and provides them with professional support in terms of curation, production, and funding for the further development and exposure of their work; however, the rules will no longer regard age as a limitation to this phase of an artist’s career. The award is now open for applications from, for example, collectives of artists of varying ages, artists who have interrupted their professional careers, artists who began their careers later in life, and so forth.
From 2024 onward, an international jury will select three artists as laureates of the award. Participation in the award includes the opportunity to exhibit a new work in one of the Czech Republic’s leading art institutions. The laureates receive year-round financial, curatorial, and production support, including international networking and promotion of their work. Participation in the JChA will also be followed by residencies at major international residency centers.
Artist duos and groups may apply together (by creating one joint portfolio for the application process). In such cases, the Jindřich Chalupecký Society cannot guarantee different financial conditions for participation than those stipulated for individuals. As regards residencies, SJCh can only guarantee a stay for one person. SJCh will seek additional financial funds in these situations; however, the artists may not claim any right to further support.
The Jindřich Chalupecký Award is an open call to which artists themselves apply. Art professionals may also nominate the artists. Nominated artists will be invited by Jindřich Chalupecký Society epresentatives to apply.
The terms and conditions of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award are continually evolving in line with the most current needs of the art world and in response to the prevailing social climate.
The application process is conducted online via the award.sjch.cz. In case of any technical difficulties during the application process, the Jindřich Chalupecký Society offers assistance (see contacts).