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



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


The INSPIRE Art Award is a project of Inspirational Creative Practice: The Work of Artists after War and Violent Conflict (INSPIRE) - 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 in Oslo (PRIO) and connected to the PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict (CCC).  

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 Peace Research Institute Oslo (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 global award is open to artists who are invited to apply on an open call basis. The award offers selected artists a showing of their work (exhibition, installation, performance) in partnership with major cultural and art institutions in Oslo, Switzerland and the in the awarded artist’s country of origin (venues TBA). The first iteration is planned for autumn 2023.

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS (Launching June 2022)

INSPIRE Art Award will be running an open call from June 2022 until September 2022 – accessible through a dedicated page on the website. Applicants will be selected by a jury of international experts, composed of artists, curators and patrons (TBA).

To apply:
Artists across disciplines will be invited to submit:

  • A portfolio of 10 images or videos with brief project descriptions (can include existing work and project proposal);
  • A statement of intent about their practice, how they relate to the INSPIRE project, and an initial idea of the works they would like to create should they be selected for the award (500 words max.)
  • A CV
  • Website and/or social media (if applicable)

The artists will then have a year to plan and create work for their presentation at the INSPIRE Art Award Ceremony (Autumn 2023).

INSPIRE Art Award will endow one winner and four shortlisted candidates with 10,000 EURO each (TBC). The INSPIRE Art Award winner and shortlisted artists will have the opportunity to present their work in prominent partner institutions.

INSPIRE Art Award is hopeful that this cross-disciplinary artistic programme will significantly support artists in creating and presenting work; and raise awareness to the important role that inspiration plays for artists and audiences in and after violent conflict.

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