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About 

“Do You Have a Knack for Art?” is an international presentation of student projects, which are related to contemporary society and fine art. 

The competition was established in 2009 as an independent educational platform, which is based on the collaboration with gallery institutions. From the beginning there is the National Gallery in Prague, Centre for Contemporary Art DOX and the Moravian Gallery in Brno. Furthermore, the project is supported by the Galerie Rudolfinum and several regional galleries. In 2015 international galleries such as the Slovakian National Gallery in Bratislava and the Ludwig Múzeum in Budapest. 

Since 2012, the competition is part of the special events programme of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. Each year we are able to address and introduce our programme to most high and grammar schools in the Czech Republic. Student groups work during the whole school year on the projects, which are then sent to the organising institution. The competition’s finale takes place in a different institution each year. After evaluating the presentation of individual projects the jury choses the most interesting one. The winner is awarded with the Knack for Art Prize.

For Whom? 

The competition is aimed at students of high and grammar school aged between 14 to 19 years of age (exceptions allowed). Previous experience in the arts is not necessary. The goal is to engage students in active research of artistic approaches and their significance in everyday life. Students are asked to create a group (min. 2, max. 6 people) and work on their project according to the brief. It is possible to use different areas of student’s interest, engage their surroundings etc. 

Why?

The project’s objective is to offer students the possibility to apply their creative abilities and interest in the context of environment they live in. Moreover it provides the opportunity to share their ideas, discuss them and work on a longer project, which in one way or another relates to their everyday functioning and opens new horizons. We propose to introduce contemporary art as a partner for exploring new contexts of thinking about man and the world.

When?

September—October: Beginning of the competition, sending the information and application forms to schools 

November: Application deadline 

December—February: Workshops for students in organising institutions (galleries, museums), tutorials for student groups about their projects (on demand) 

February: Sending out information on the semifinals

March: Semifinals, choosing the 25 best projects for the competition’s finale

May: Finals, exhibition of the most interesting projects in the hosting gallery

June: Meeting of the best student groups from the Czech Republic and abroad; exhibition of their work in one of the organising institutions

How?

Each year the organisers choose a topic, which offers both the possibility of different kinds of artistic endeavours as well as many different combinations with areas beyond fine art: beginning from science, entertainment to religion. Our aim is to point out the position of art as a significant phenomenon tightly connected with the contemporary world as well as the past. The final works of students have to come out of the chosen topic. The format, choice of artistic approach and medium is entirely up to the students. They are free to choose from traditional media (such as painting, sculpture, graphics) or new media (video, photography, computer animation, use of social media etc.). The jury evaluates only the quality of the artwork and the compliance with the brief.

History

The competition was established in 2009 as an educational project of the Learning Department in GASK, Kutná Hora. Since then, other institutions participated in the project: National Gallery in Prague, Centre for Contemporary Art DOX, Meet Factory, VCG Pardubice, Lidická Gallery, tranzitdisplay, Moravian Gallery in Brno and Galerie Rudolfinum.Since 2012, the competition is part of the special events programme of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. “The competition can be understood as a ‘preparatory’ of the future laureates of our most prestigious art award,” comments Karin Kottová, president of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award.

The jury of art professionals includes artists, art theoreticians and lecturers. In previous years the jury consisted of theoreticians Marie Bergmanová, Radomíra Sedláková, Ondřej Chrobák, Karin Kottová, Vanda Skálová, Luba Hédlová, Silvie Šeborová and Jan Skřivánek, the journalist Jan H. Vitvar, artists such as Michal Pěchouček, Pavel Sterec, Markéta Kinterová, Jan Fabián, Milena Dopitová, Marek Meduna, Ondřej Brody and Filip Cenek. The competition proves an increasing interest each year not only from schools and students but also from galleries and museum institutions. A great number of schools across the Czech Republic took part in the competition – among the participants were schools from Bohemia and Moravia, the award winners are for instance schools from Mnichovo Hradiště, Jihlava and Prague. The touring prize was created by the sculptor Pavla Sceranková.