The Social Art Award 2017


Call for Entries is CLOSED

The Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. launched the first Social Art Award. Artists and cultural actors of all areas were invited to apply with their work to the field of social art. The submissions are now closed and the finalists will be announced soon.


Social Art and the award’s purpose

We define Social Art as any artistic expression that aims at creating social impact and change. This definition delineates the intention of the artist as crucial. Art engages in questioning and rethinking existing systems and paradigms. Artists are visionaries, utopists, agents for change, with the ability to affect society by creating emotionally captivating experiences. It is aesthetic revolution that preludes societal revolution.

Thus, the goal of the Social Art Award is to invigorate the rise of social art. We need more people to create impact and to inspire change. Even if this approach dissents from the widely claimed autonomy of art. The award explores and clusters this field, and seeks to raise attention for social art. Furthermore, the award aims at strengthening the recognition of social artists and the value of their work. Hence, it cherishes the importance of social art for society. All artists and cultural actors are invited to apply with their work they consider relevant for the field of social art. There are no restrictions based on gender, training or nationality.


The selection process

The jury identifies the best contributions through a three-stage selection process. First, the jury does a preselection of 50 artists based on their artwork contributions. These will be published in the book “The Social Art Award 2017 – Invigorating the Rise of Social Art”. At the next stage, the jury nominates a shortlist of 10 projects out of the 50. Additionally, 2 wild cards enter the shortlist based on public online voting. Finally, the jury selects the 3 winning artists from the 12 shortlisted finalists.


Prizes and Award

  1. Gallery WhiteconceptsThe winner receives 1.000 Euro in prize money.
  2. The three selected winners for the exhibition present their artwork in Berlin, Germany in August/ September 2017.
  3. The 10+2 shortlisted artists will receive a professional feedback by jury.
  4. The 50 artists of the preselection will be published in the official award book.
  5. The 50 preselected artists will receive additional exposure through pr and social media together with a honorary mention.
  6. All applicants of the award will receive 2 printed copies, plus the digital version of the award book.


The Institute

The Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. is a multidisciplinary institute that explores and promotes art and innovation as a means to foster social impact and change. For this purpose the institute establishes the Social Art Award. The accompanying book supports the spread of Social Art, the artists and their work. Furthermore the institute undertakes research, training, production and exchange. The Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based in Berlin, Germany.

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