Social Art Award 2021 “New Greening” – Call for applications

Social Art Award - New Greening

The Social Art Award 2021 “New Greening”, launched by the Institute for Art and Innovation, recognizes visionary works from artists (co-)creating positive futures, communicating compelling ideas, concepts, narratives, practices and visions of coexistence. Applications are welcome that focus on this year’s theme “New Greening” providing hopeful prospects towards climate change, resource saving, environmental protection, ecosystem recovery, water conservation, biodiversity, resilient cities etc. as the UN-decade on Ecosystem Restoration has begun. 

The world-wide crisis offers a unique opportunity to discuss our understanding of wellbeing – of both humans and all other species on our planet. We believe that humanity can solve complex global problems faced today with openness, inclusiveness, and interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve living in the “New Greening“ world. 

We believe through art, intangible parts of the joint conversation can be showcased, mutual ideas can be supported, and we gain a holistic view of intentions to share. With this year’s Social Art Award we want to serve as an inspiring anchor for future conversations, envisioning an open-minded, regenerative world and sculpting a demanding, truthful commitment to it.

The goal of the Social Art Award is to invigorate the rise of social art. We need more people to create impact and inspire change. Even if this approach dissents from the widely claimed autonomy of art. The award explores and clusters the 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. Thus, promoting the importance of social art for society and its action-oriented participatory projects. All artists and cultural actors are invited to apply with work they consider relevant to the field of social art. There are no restrictions based on gender, age, training or nationality. 

Application deadline: 15 April 2021 

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Criteria for the selection process

  • Impactful contribution to the topic of “New Greening” catalyzing transformations towards green, regenerative societies
  • Collaborations with innovators, architects, urban designers, ecologists, technologists and changemakers – it’s not a must, but an advantage
  • Participatory practices

Prizes and Awards

1.    The winner receives 1.000 Euro in prize money. We are collecting donations to enable a higher prize money and special prizes.

2.    Three selected winners for the exhibition will present their artwork in Berlin, Germany in Summer 2021.

3.    The Top 50 submissions will receive additional exposure through a touring exhibition raising awareness for green societies. 

4.    The 10 shortlisted artists + 2 wildcards winners will receive professional feedback by our jury.

5.    The Top 50 artists of the preselection will be featured in the official published book for 2021.

One comment

  1. chris says:

    Dear IFIA

    My work is about changing climate. Rising Seas in particular. I am a painter. I collaborate with a Swiss poet in Geneva. He interprets my paintings in his short French poems. My work inspired in the first place by my poems.

    I envisage some visual art work based on the Island Museum in Berlin, being flooded, surrounded by frolicking fish, perhaps with music from Wagner’s Gotterdamerung (where the river Rhine overflows at the end). That might be enough of a challenge but Its possible to extend the project to add an architect or urban designer to the team. Perhaps also a technologist involved in marine communications. If you would like to nominate someone to fill those positions I would be pleased to develop my proposal.



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