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


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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).

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?

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.

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.

Tsunami I, I series of Drawings of Disasters (Anna Konik)
Tsunami I, I series of Drawings of Disasters (Anna Konik)

CALL FOR ARTISTS (Launching November 2022)

INSPIRE Art Award will be running an open call from November 2022 to 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.

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 your practice, how you relate to the INSPIRE project, and an initial idea of the works you would like to create should you be selected for the award (500 words max.)
  • A CV
  • Website and/or social media (if applicable)

The jury will select five shortlisted artists who will receive financial compensation and will be part of a group presentation in spring 2024 at Nitja Centre for Contemporary Art. The selected artists will have a year to plan and create work for the group presentation.

At the Award Ceremony at Nitja (spring 2024), a winner will be awarded from the shortlisted artists. The winner will be awarded with EUR 10,000 in addition to an artist residency and a solo exhibition at our prestigious partner institutions (TBC), as well as a presentation of their work at PRIO.

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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