As a European technology group for building services, Strabag SE has its origins in Austria and Germany. As well as economic and ecological responsibility, cultural and social engagement are deeply integrated into the life of the company. Strabag Kunstforum – founded in the 1990s, when the group was still headquartered in the Austrian town of Spittal/Drau – has successfully built bridges between art and business, including via its annual art prize to support young artists. First awarded in 1994, the competition was initially limited to Austria. Since 2009, when it became the Strabag Artaward International, it has also been open to artists from selected European countries.
The Strabag Artaward is an award for the support of artists from Austria and Germany. Participants must be citizens of one of these two countries or must have been permanently based in one of these countries for at least two years. Applicants for the Strabag Artaward International must be born in or after the year 1979 and work in the fields of painting and drawing, terms which are to be freely reinterpreted for the contemporary art landscape. A main prize of €15,000 and four recognition prizes of €5,000 each will be awarded. In addition, artworks of the winners might be purchased for Strabag Artcollection. Following the award ceremony and the collective exhibition of all prize-winning works, each of the five laureates will have a solo exhibition at Strabag Artlounge in Vienna and the laureates can also apply for the artist-in-residence program at Strabag Artstudio in Vienna.
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019