Radoslav Putar Award 2023 – 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 2023 YVAA – Radoslav Putar Award – for artists up to 40 years of age, including artists born in 1983, or later.


The award is given for quality, courage, and innovation, for works of art realized not before 2022 or 2023.


The deadline to apply for the Radoslav Putar Award is Sunday, March 12, 2023, (electronically and/or post stamp the latest at 24:00 h) & the results of the competition will be announced the latest by April 3, 2023


Send your applications only in electronic form:
by Wetransfer to

Max. 2 GB (zip, rar, pdf, word, jpeg, mp3, mp4)


If necessary, additional documentation can be sent to:


Institut za suvremenu umjetnost
TRG KRALJA TOMISLAVA 20, HR – 10000 Zagreb
(za Nagradu Radoslav Putar 202




 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 2024,
– production of a multi-original work in cooperation with Gallery S from Koprivnica,
– a seat on the jury of the Radoslav Putar Award in 2024.


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). Photos submitted should be high-quality (300dpi, max 10 MB).
  4. A short statement about the artist work in Croatian and English. (maximum 1 page; in Croatian and English)



All the mentioned application elements are mandatory. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.


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 workshops organized, with the instructions on how to apply.

Dates of the workshops to be confirmed soon.




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 Monday, June 12, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. The exhibition remains open until July 6, 2023.


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.










The Radoslav Putar Award was established in 2002 by the Institute for Contemporary Art in cooperation with the Foundation for a Civil Society and with the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding from New York.


The goals of the Radoslav Putar Award are to support artists up to the age of 40, through the gaining and transfer of experience, knowledge and education. The award helps artists in a professional sense and facilitates their further activities. Activities related to the Award direct them from marginal positions to a central role in society. The existence, organization and realization of the Radoslav Putar Award creates a positive context around creativity, creativity and innovation with which society could and ultimately should identify itself.


Important features of the organization of the award are the openness and publicity of the competition and the entire organization of the competition for artists, whereby the Expert Committee of the Award guarantees that the winner of the competition and the winner of the award will be chosen fairly, without prejudice, and that the decision about the winner will be based entirely on expert assessment.


The award is named after the prominent art historian, critic and curator Radoslav Putar (Varaždin 1921 – Zagreb 1994), who with his work significantly directed the Croatian cultural scene towards contemporary art language.

His work is important from both a professional and a social point of view because he promoted the ideas of democracy and advocated dialogue, tolerance, freedom of expression and openness to other cultures. Today it is difficult to imagine to what extent his work was heroic, and we can confidently state that his contribution to theory and practice is a key segment of contemporary Croatian art and culture.