Program in support of young Russian artists

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the awardees of its grant program for 2014/15 in support of emerging artists.

From 273 applications received in summer 2014, five new winners have been selected to receive this year's scholarship: 

  • Timofey Radya (Ekaterinburg)
  • Nikolai Alekseev (Voronezh)
  • Alexandra Sukhareva (Moscow)
  • Aslan Gaisumov (Grozny)
  • Anastasia Kuzmina (Moscow)

Ivan Gorshkov and Evgeny Granilshchikov are awarded the grant for the second year in a row.

"The grant system is a fundamentally new practice for Russia that will hopefully encourage the formation of a new generation of artists. This is an important step for Garage in its mission to support contemporary art in Russia" - Daria Zhukova, Garage founder.

Launched in 2012, the program is currently the only initiative of its kind to support young Russian artists. The scholarship recipients represent a range of genres in contemporary art, including video art, photography, sculpture, painting, and street art. The principal selection criteria include originality, use of novel forms and materials, and credibility of artistic solutions.

The 2014/2015 expert committee is as follows:

  • Ekaterina Inozemtseva, chief curator of the Moscow Museum of Multimedia Art (MAMM).
  • Alisa Prudnikova, head of the Ekaterinburg branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art. 
  • Svetlana Marich, vice chairman and co-director of the contemporary art department, Phillips auction house, Europe. 
  • Anton Belov, director of Garage.
  • Kate Fowle, chief curator of Garage.
  • Ekaterina Chuchalina, curator of exhibition program, V-A-C Foundation.
  • Anastasia Shavlohova, art-director of Winzavod.

The next application round for this annual program will start in summer 2015. The application process is based on an open call, after which an expert committee will determine the final winners, who will receive monthly payments of 20,000 roubles throughout the year. The grant program is designed to help artists aged 18–35 gain financial independence and focus on developing both their professional skills and the scope of their research. Grant holders are also encouraged to participate in Garage's various educational programs and exhibitions.

In 2012, seven artists were selected from a total of 405 applicants. Scholarships were awarded to Ivan Gorshkov, Yulia Zastava, Kirill Lebedev, Kirill Makarov, Margarita Ovcharenko, Igor Ponosov, and Maria Kharitonova. In 2013, 307 applicants were assessed, the winners being Marina Androsovich, Ivan Gorshkov, Ebgeny Granishchikov, Ilya Dolgov, Arseny Zhilyaev, Ksenia Sorokina and the group ZIP. Held in 2014 as part of Garage's Project Space, an exhibition titled 11 featured works by the eleven previous awardees. The show was curated by artist Evgeny Antufiev, the appointed head of the scholarship program.


Pictured: Timofey Radya, Something, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

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