Artistic encounters
in war and violent conflict
Anna Konik | Tsunami I, I series of Drawings of Disasters | 2010–2012 | Large-format drawing on paper, pencil | 110 × 145 cm



PRIO is proud to announce the unveiling of the INSPIRE Art Award. The Award explores creative practice and its inspiration and how artists, art and activism intersect during and after war and violent conflict.


The INSPIRE Art Award is a global art prize encouraging and supporting artists working across disciplines of contemporary creation, whose practice is or has been affected by violent conflict.

What inspires and motivates those engaged in creative practice? How do artistic expressions inspire and move others to action for social justice during and after war? How do artists, musicians, poets, art and activism intersect in and after wars in countries engaged in armed conflicts, and amongst exiled artists around the world?

The INSPIRE Art Award is an initiative of Inspirational Creative Practice: The Work of Artists after War and Violent Conflict (INSPIRE). INSPIRE is a research project that studies the role of artists and creative practice in and after violent conflict. The project is hosted by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and connected to the PRIO Centre on culture and violent conflict (CCC)

This global Award is open to artists who are invited to apply on an open call basis. The INSPIRE Art Award offers selected artists a showing of their work (exhibition, installation, performance) in partnership with major cultural and art institutions in Norway and Switzerland.

The INSPIRE Art Award is very grateful to partner with Nitja Centre for Contemporary Art, Goethe Institut, Residency Unlimited and Thanks for Nothing. Nitja, located near Oslo in Lillestrøm, will host the INSPIRE Art Award Ceremony and the Group Presentation. The first iteration is planned for spring 2024.

CALL FOR ARTISTS (Launching January 2023)

INSPIRE Art Award will be running an open call from January 2023 accessible through a dedicated page on the website. Applicants will be selected by a jury of international experts, composed of artists, curators and patrons.

Jury Members:

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