Recognizing the need for institutional support of culture and art in Russia, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art founded the first grant program for emerging artists in 2012. This program is still the only one of its kind in the country.

In 2017/2018, grants will be awarded in following categories: grants for contemporary art; a special Signet Land Art project grant for a land art piece in Gorky Park; and GARAGE.txt, a program supporting researchers writing on contemporary art and culture.

Art and Technology

Garage opens applications for its Art and Technology grant, which supports emerging artists and artist groups working with information and engineering technologies, and in the field of art&science.

As well as a monthly fellowship of 30,000 rubles, the winners will have an opportunity to visit the BMW Museum located at BMW Munich headquarters. Each winner will have a year to implement the project, whose maximum budget should not exceed the allocated funding of 750,000 rubles.

Expert committee 2017/2018 features:

  • Anton Belov, Director at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art;
  • Тhomas Girst, Head of Cultural Engagement, BMW Group;
  • Katya Inozemtseva, Garage Senior Curator;
  • Оlga Shishko, Head of the Department of Film and Media Art at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

Program in support of Russian contemporary art

Currently the only program of its kind in the country, Garage’s grant program was launched in 2012 in order to create a system of support for emerging artists.

Offering emerging artists a period of financial independence, the program allows them to become more deeply engaged in creative activities, to grow professionally, and to conduct research. Recipients are also invited to take part in Garage’s exhibition and education programs.

The winners, selected by an expert jury, are awarded a monthly fellowship of 30,000 rubles.

Expert committee 2017/18:

  • Anna Zaytseva, Deputy Exhibitions Director at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow;
  • Alexey Novoselov, Deputy Exhibitions Director at Moscow Museum of Modern Art;
  • Andrey Misiano, Junior Curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art;
  • Ilya Shipilovskikh, Head of Exhibitions at Yelstin Center, Yekaterinburg;
  • Elena Yaichnikova, independent curator;
  • Yana Gaponenko, Head of the Vladivostok School of Contemporary Art.

Signet Land Art special grant for a land art piece in Gorky Park

The grant is offered to artists working in the field of land art.

The winner will get a monthly fellowship of 30,000 rubles, a trip to Scotland and a Signet Land Art commission for a land art piece in Moscow’s Gorky Park. The winning project must be complete by May 2018 and will remain on display in the park for up to 12 months. Artists who have previously taken part in the program include Nikolay Polissky (2016) and Alexander Povzner (2017).

Expert committee for Signet Land Art grant program 2017/2018:

  • Anton Belov, Director at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art;
  • Marina Lulchuk, Director at Gorky Park;
  • Svetlana Stishkova, Marketing Director, Moet Hennessy Russia.

GARAGE.txt: support for researchers writing on contemporary art and culture in Russian

GARAGE.txt is Russia’s first long-term museum initiative supporting academic research in art and culture.

The program offers funding for new projects by Russian and international researchers writing in Russian language, as well as opportunities to publish completed manuscripts.

Garage will accept applications with original studies in the history and theory of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, aesthetics, new media theory, the sociology of culture, critical theory, and the history of Russian contemporary art. The text should not exceed 320,000 characters.

Garage retains the right to edit the text before showing it to the author for a final approval.

Aslan Gaysumov
No Need for Theories, 2011
From the series Untitled (war).
Mixed media, book, soil, 7,5х12х26 cm.
Courtesy of the artist

Ivan Novikov
Wildorder, 2015
Marble, wood, oil. Sizes vary.
Courtesy of the artist

Nikolay Polissky
Signet, 2016
Mixed media, wood. The sizes vary.
Photo: Alexey Kalabin / Alexander Murashkin

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