About

Allegro and Contemporary Lynx Foundation are proud to announce
the third edition of the Allegro Prize competition with a
total prize pool of 80 000 PLN.

We aim to:

  • Give artists the chance to present their works to an extremely wide range of Polish and international recipients.
  • Through this financial support give artists the opportunity to fully devote themselves to artistic development.
  • Create a platform where art lovers and professionals from all over the world can meet artists selected by the prestigious jury panel.
  • Search for new talent and promote the visual arts.

Calling all:

  • Artists from any country, all ages

    representing all forms of visual arts.

  • Students and graduates

    of art schools and colleges.

  • Artists who haven’t graduated

    but have documented artistic pathway.

No entry fee

All participation fees are waived.

Prizes

Main Award

3 x 25 000 PLN

  • Article in Contemporary Lynx Magazine 1(19)2022 or 2(20)2022.
  • Article with works published in Contemporary Lynx Weekly Online and on the Allegro Prize website.
  • Article posted on the social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Newsletter).
  • Annual subscription for the print edition of Contemporary Lynx Magazine (delivery cost included).

AUDIENCE AWARD

5 000 pln

  • Article with works published in Contemporary Lynx Weekly Online and on the Allegro Prize website.
  • Article posted on the social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Newsletter).
  • Annual subscription for the print edition of Contemporary Lynx Magazine (delivery cost included).

SPECIAL MENTIONS

10 x

  • Article with works published in Contemporary Lynx Weekly Online and on the Allegro Prize website.
  • Article posted on the social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Newsletter).
  • Annual subscription for the print edition of Contemporary Lynx Magazine (delivery cost included).

ADDITIONAL GIFTS

30 x

  • A copy of the latest Contemporary Lynx Magazine.
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Jury

  • Joanna Kamm

    Director of Liste Art Fair Basel

    Born in Munich, Joanna Kamm studied philosophy and cultural studies in Munich and Berlin. From 1998 to 2001 she was the director of a Berlin project space before founding Galerie Kamm, which she ran until 2014. From 2001 to 2003 her gallery was part of Liste Art Fair Basel and took part at Art Basel from 2005 to 2013 at the sections Statements, Feature and Galleries respectively. As a gallerist, she was a member of the committee of Art Basel Miami Beach and of the boards of abc – art berlin contemporary as well as Gallery Weekend Berlin. As successor to Peter Bläuer, she is the director of Liste Art Fair Basel since September 2018.

  • Slavs and Tatars

    Art collective

    Slavs and Tatars is an internationally renowned art collective devoted to an area East of the former Berlin Wall and West of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. Since its inception in 2006, the collective has shown a keen grasp of polemical issues in society, clearing new paths for contemporary discourse via a wholly idiosyncratic form of knowledge production: including popular culture, spiritual and esoteric traditions, oral histories, modern myths, as well as scholarly research. The collective’s practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, publications, and lecture-performances. The collective has published more than twelve books to date, including most recently The Contest of the Fruits (MIT Press, 2021) as well as a translation of the legendary Azerbaijani satirical periodical Molla Nasreddin (currently in its 2nd edition with I.B Tauris, 2017). In addition to launching a residency and mentorship program for young professionals from their region, Slavs and Tatars recently opened Pickle Bar, a slavic aperitivo bar-cum-project space a few doors down from their studio in Moabit.

  • Ksenia Malykh

    Head of the Research Platform of PinchukArtCentre

    Art historian, curator, researcher, Head of the Research Platform of PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine. Co-founder of the OK Projects NGO and Closer Art Center, Kyiv. General manager of the Ukrainian National Pavilion on 58th Biennale in Venice.
    Focused on research and education activities.
    Born in Kyiv, 1985. Temporary based in Hannover, Germany as a resident of Kestner Gesellschaft.

  • Anja Rubik

    Supermodel, philanthropist and Founder of sexed.pl

    Polish born supermodel Anja Rubik has been at the pinnacle of her industry for 20 years. She has featured in ad campaigns for the most notable houses that included Saint Laurent, Chloe, Gucci, Chanel, Valentino, Estee Lauder, Versace and Fendi just to name a few. She has become one of Karl Lagerfeld’s most recognizable muses and supported the career of Saint Laurent Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello where she continues to be the face of his designs. Rubik’s time during the past two decades has been shared between dozens of Vogue covers and other top fashion magazines, television series and catwalk through to consulting and designing for brands. Vogue Paris named her one of its Top 30 models of the decade, and she has ranked third on the US edition of the publication’s list of Top 10 models.
    In 2017 Rubik accepted the role of Creative Consultant and Ambassador for Parley. In the same year she founded a sexuality education foundation, #SEXEDpl, in her country of origin Poland citing a void in the current curriculum that could not be responsibly ignored. #SEXEDpl quickly became the the most successful educational platform in the Poland while being recognized by the most influential global institutions such as the United Nations and UNFPA. Anja Rubik is also the author of the #SEXEDpl book for teenagers that became a nation-wide bestseller, selling over 220K copies. Over the years Anja Rubik has been a figure that has transcended the fashion world into social and environmental issues in many forums and many different platforms and her consistent clarity of thought and moral courage has become universally respected.
    photo: Karim Sadli

  • Dorian Batycka

    Curator and art writer

    Dorian Batycka is a curator and art writer based in between Europe, Canada and Dubai. His writing can be found in Hyperallergic, CoinDesk, Decrypt, Artnet News, The Art Newspaper, Contemporary Lynx and others, where he covers everything from the trials and tribulations of the art market, cultural politics and issues ranging from censorship to restoration, heritage and technology.

  • Karolina Miszczak

    Owner of the Collectibles and Art category, allegro.pl

    A graduate of art history and cultural studies at the University of Warsaw and graphic design at the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design. She has been connected to the art market for over 10 years. From 2014 to 2017, she was an advisor to collectors associated with the art tank collection project, and she was also a co-curator of the collection with the same name – based on Polish artists’ works of the young and middle generation. From 2018 to 2019, she was the director of the Fort Institute of Photography in Warsaw. Since 2020, she has been associated with Allegro as a Key Account Manager in the art, collectables and investment segments. Since October 2021, she has been the Senior Category Owner of the Collectibles and Art category and is also responsible for activities involving contemporary art in the platform's communication area.

  • Dobromiła Błaszczyk Sylwia Krasoń

    Editors-in-Chief of Contemporary Lynx Magazine

    Dobromiła Błaszczyk — art historian, curator and author of texts about art. She’s the co-founder of the Contemporary Lynx organisation and press outlet established in London (2013), as well as the editor-in-chief of Contemporary Lynx Magazine and President of the Contemporary Lynx Foundation in Warsaw. She obtained her MA degree in art history from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. At Starmach Gallery, where she worked in the years 2009–2016, she organised and coordinated exhibitions, art fairs and projects in close collaboration with institutions and art collectors from Poland and abroad. Previously she worked with, among others, Galerie Parrotta Contemporary Art in Stuttgart, lokal_30 in Warsaw, Kraków Photomonth Festival, Art Agenda NOVA and East of Art Foundation (2007–2008). She was involved in organising the 7th edition of Biennale Jeune Création Européenne in Montrouge, France. Member of competition juries, lecturer, moderator and participant of panel discussions held in Poland and the UK.

    Sylwia Krasoń — art historian, co-founder of Contemporary Lynx organisation and independent press outlet established in London (2013), editor-in-chief of Contemporary Lynx Magazine and Vice-President of the Contemporary Lynx Foundation in Warsaw (since 2018). She obtained her MA degree in art history from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, as well as an MA degree in arts policy & management with a specialisation in curating contemporary art from the Birkbeck College of the University of London. She worked at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Phillips de Pury Auction House and Barbican Art Gallery, where she joined the curators’ team as an intern and contributed to the creation of the exhibition ‘Bauhaus. Art of Life.’ She run her own London-based art gallery Wrong Door in 2012. Author of texts about art and culture, member of competition juries, conference speaker, guest and moderator of discussion panels held in Poland and the UK.

Deadlines

Start

11

May

Deadline

27

September

Shortlist

16

November

Winners

06

December

What are the basic portfolio criteria?

  • The portfolio shall be submitted in English with a short biography of the artist. It should include at least 3 works (but not more than 30) in one pdf, and the file should not exceed 10MB.

Application

Application via online form:

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Application via e-mail (download documents and send to: allegroprize@contemporarylynx.com)

Before submiting, please read all legal documents:

Articles

Latifa Zafar Attaii, Untitled, Thread on Print 8”.12”, 2017

Portfolio: Latifa Zafar Attaii She makes stories of dissent and rebellion.

"To be born, brought up, and live in a society where one is intrinsically deprived and forgotten as a female, isolated and labeled as the ‘other’ in one’s own homeland, femininity and ethnicity become one’s identity."

Contemporary Lynx Team Apr 15, 2022
Debashish Paul, "Beyond The Body and Gender" Photo by Srabani Naskar and courtesy of the artist

Portfolio: Debashish Paul He explores the problems of queer identity in a society dominated by heterosexual norms

He seeks to expand and explore the tabooed conception of homosexuality by unveiling the body, treating it as a tender landscape, and generating new references to queer identities.

Contemporary Lynx Team Mar 18, 2022
Paweł Starzec, from the series "Makeshift"

Portfolio: Paweł Starzec documentalist, photographer, sociologist

Mainly interested in correlations between space and its context, and in envisioning broader processes through their aftermath and peripherals.

Contemporary Lynx Team Feb 18, 2022
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Organisers

Initiators:

One of the largest Polish e-commerce platform, which since 2018 has been promoting antique and contemporary art through the Collector's Zone programme.

allegro.pl

The Contemporary Lynx Foundation supports widely understood artistic and educational activities, especially in promoting and popularising Polish and international art in the world.

Contemporary Lynx Foundation

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For any questions regarding the competition, please contact us at:

allegroprize@contemporarylynx.com