Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2024

Acceptance of applications

3. 10. – 7. 11. 2023

Award announcement

January 2024

About the Jindřich Chalupecký Award

Schedule for the 35th year

October 3, 2023 - start of the open call
November 3, 2023 – applications deadline 
January 2024 – public announcement of the JChA Laureates

Conditions for Receiving the Award

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).

Selection of laureates*

The Jindřich Chalupecký Award is decided upon by an independent jury of experts in the visual arts, appointed by the Board of Directors of the Jindřich Chalupecký Society. The jury is composed of five members, including citizens of the Czech Republic as well as foreign experts, usually in a ratio of 2:3. Jurors are limited to a three-year term. The Jindřich Chalupecký Society has no right to influence the jury's decision. The selection of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award laureates is decided by the jury members by consensus, based on intensive group discussions and a thorough selection process.

International Jury

The members of the jury will be announced during September 2023

Awards for laureates*
  • budget for the creation of a new work or project in the amount of CZK 60,000
  • artist fee and year-round scholarship support
  • Professional cooperation on architectural and technical solution of the exhibition project professional cooperation on the adjustment and exhibition of the work in one of the partner institutions (Moravská galerie in Brno, Národní galerie Praha, PLATO Ostrava)
  • year-round curatorial and production cooperation
  • Securing of residencies after the end of the current CJCH cycle
  • A possibility of studio space
  • Promotion of the artist's work in both specialized and general media
  • Professional consultations with the CJCH international jury
  • International networking among the Jindřich Chalupecký Society's network of foreign partner institutions and contacts


The application is submitted electronically through this website by creating and submitting an artist profile. In addition to basic information, the profile includes:

Artist's statement

Answer several questions regarding your work.
Instead of “artist statement“ which was required in the past, please briefly answer the following questions:

  • Sum up the main character of your work, your long-term interests, and themes.
  • Describe the context of your work – what are your inspirational sources and theoretical starting points, which artists and tendencies do you consider as referential to your work.
  • What is your work process like? Do you deal with preparation and research? How do you search for your themes? How do you choose the media you work in?
  • What is your vision for the future? How do you want to develop your work and continue your previous projects/realizations? What is your long-term goal/dream?

Please write a brief summary of your artistic practice in one paragraph format (studies, characteristics of your work, achievements / exhibitions). You can find inspiration here: https://www.sjch.cz/en/artist-database/

  • studies
  • awards
  • residences
  • exhibitions

  • The maximum amount of the artworks is 20
  • 3 slides can be added to every artwork
  • Names / notes of the artworks must be in English or in English and Czech
  • Upload a video on Youtube / Vimeo
  • It's not necessary to create the "series"; all the "works" can be added within one serie like separate pieces but if you use series, you can easily structure your portfolio by the dates e.g.

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