Radoslav Putar Award 2022 – Open Call for Artists


Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb in collaboration with the
YVAA – Young Visual Artists Award;
Residency Unlimited and
Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York;
HULU – Split, Split and Gallery S, Koprivnica



is pleased to announce an open call for the 2022 YVAA – Radoslav Putar Award – for artists up to 40 years of age, including artists born in 1982, or later.



The award is given for quality, courage, and innovation, for works of art realized not before 2021 or 2022.



The deadline to apply for the Radoslav Putar Award is Sunday, March 13, 2022, (electronically and/or post stamp the latest at 24:00 h) & the results of the competition will be announced the latest by April 1, 2022.




Send your applications to:

Institut za suvremenu umjetnost
TRG KRALJA TOMISLAVA 20, HR – 10000 Zagreb
(za Nagradu Radoslav Putar 2020.)




if you send materials in the application only in electronic form:
by Wetransfer to



 All info at
tel: +385 1 88 97 098 | gsm: +385 91 61 99 454 (Janka Vukmir)



The winner receives:
– a two-month artist residency program in New York at Residency Unlimited (, in time in agreement with the RU
– a solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb during 2023,
– production of a multi-original work in cooperation with Gallery S from Koprivnica,
– a seat on the jury of the Radoslav Putar Award in 2023.


Artists working in the field of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, prints, drawing, installations, photography, video, new media and performance art are encouraged to apply. Artists working in applied arts, design, theatre, dance, and film are not eligible to apply. Applicants should enter the open call individually or can be nominated by arts professionals active in the field of contemporary art.





The award is intended for individual artists only up to 40 years of age. The residency program is designed for and can only host one individual artist per country, in a given award year.
In case the applicant signs all or part of the works from the application in collaboration with a group or collective, all participants must be informed of and consent to your application.


Applicant must have been active as an artist for at least 3 years in Croatia and have a considerable body of work exhibited in art institutions such as galleries, art centers or museums. Non-citizen artists of Croatia have to be recognized for their contribution to the developments in the art scene and their artistic career must have a significant connection with Croatia. Emigré artists should be members of the country’s artistic community and regularly exhibit in Croatia.


Artists should have a command of conversational English to participate in the residency program and engage with art professionals and artists in New York.



  1. Name, surname, address, phone, e-mail of the applicant
  2. Professional curriculum vitae (in Croatian and English) – with the mandatory year of birth!
  3. Documentation of the submitted works of art, marked with all the information about the author and the work (title, year, technique, dimensions, where the work was exhibited). Documentation may include digital images on a CD / DVD or video (VHS, CD, DVD). Photos submitted should be high-quality (300dpi, max 3MB).
  4. A short statement about the artist work in Croatian and English. (maximum 1 page; in Croatian and English)

Original works, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.




Finalists will be selected on the merit of their portfolio, exhibited artwork in the finalists’ exhibition, prior accomplishments, exhibitions, and demonstrated potential.


A jury of established professionals will select four finalists who will present work in a group exhibition in Split, in the organization of HULU – Split, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. The exhibition remains open until July 9, 2022. (changes possible according to the epidemiological measures)


In 1990 Wendy W. Luers, founder and director of Foundation for a Civil Society, together with President Vaclav Havel and a group of dissident artists first established the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in Czechoslovakia to recognize artistic excellence in young visual artists, under 35 years old, and provide them with a U.S. residency experience.

Institute for Contemporary Art has raised the age limit to 40 years, for the contestants in Croatia in 2017.

The Young Visual Artists Awards program was established over several years as an international network of similar awards with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, a US foundation. Today 12 European countries are part of this network: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Montenegro… In 2015, Residency Unlimited (RU) was engaged as the organizer of the YVAA program and host of the NY residency program.


Documentation sent to the competition will not be returned. It will be become archived in Radoslav Putar Award Archive at the Institute for Contemporary Art.


During February/March 2022, there will be on-line workshops organized, with the instructions on how to apply.

Dates of the workshops to be confirmed. Info: