Contemporary Talents Competition

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Contemporary Talents Competition

Contemporary Talents Competition now is over!

Contemporary Talents Competition: The François Snider Foundation recently has announced the 10th edition of its Contemporary Talents Competition, this time on the theme of Water, inviting artists from around the world to participate with they best artworks.

Short description

The François Schneider Foundation invites artists from around the world to participate in the Contemporary Talents Competition on the theme of ’Water’.

Through the “Contemporary Talents” competition he established in 2011, François Schneider provides support to artists by acquiring their works and presenting them at the Foundation’s Contemporary Art Centre via an exhibition and the publication of a catalogue.

Essential to all life and to the development of humanity, water is multi-faceted and yet singular. Symbolically, it is one of the four natural elements that make up the universe, alongside air, fire and earth. It lies at the heart of myths and religions, functioning as both sign and symbol, and constantly changing form. Water is certainly a natural resource, but for a large part of the population, it is also the rarest commodity.

Submission requirements:

artists are invited to submit their offerings on the water theme, realistic or utopian, figurative or abstract, whilst offering a singular and sensitive viewpoint on the theme.

eligible disciplines are the following: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video or any other form of plastic or visual art.

for installations and sculptures, artists have the possibility to present either an existing work or a project. For a project, a production budget must be attached.

for other art forms, only an existing work can be presented. No additional production budget can be allocated for paintings, drawings, photographs or videos.

the work presented must be unique. Films, live shows and performances will not be accepted.

applications must be written in French by French-speaking candidates, or in English by other candidates.

The Announcement of the winners will take place in May 2021 in Wattwiller.

Who may enter?

This Competition is open to major visual artists, of all nationalities, at the mid-point of their career.


4 winning artists will be rewarded. Two works or projects from the fields of sculpture or installation will be rewarded as well as two (existing) works from the rest of the visual arts (painting, drawing, photography, video). The winning works will be acquired by the Foundation. Each prize-winner will receive 15,000 EUR (approx. 17,640 USD) for the acquisition of their work. The endowment also includes:

a collective exhibition at the Foundation’s Contemporary Art Centre
a bilingual publication presenting the prize-winners’ work
the inclusion of the work in the Foundation’s collection
a video portrait of each of the laureates.

Entry fees

There is no entry fee to participate!

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