Mangelos Award

Open Call 2023

Independent Artistic Association Remont, Belgrade and “Ilija & Mangelos” Foundation, Novi Sad are pleased to announce an Open Call for Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award 2023. The call is open for visual artists up to 35 years of age who are active on Serbian art scene. The winner is awarded an artist residency at Residency Unlimited in New York in the period June-July 2024. as well as a solo exhibition in Belgrade.

As the most important award in the field of contemporary visual creativity in the local context and part of the international Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) network, Mangelos is awarded for a distinctive and outstanding multi-year artistic work, which implies rounded critical and aesthetic reflection and action.

Conditions of participation in the competition

  • Artists born after December 31, 1987 can apply for the competition
  • The artists eligible to apply can either be citizens of the Republic of Serbia, or those whose artistic practice and professional career are recognized in development of the art scene in Serbia
  • At least three years of professional experience / exhibiting practice. The minimum of completed graduate studies is preferable
  • At least one artwork realized in the last two years
  • English language skills


The jury for 2023 is composed of: Vladimir Bjeličić (independent curator and performer, Belgrade), Simona Ognjanović (curator at Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade), Jovana Trifuljesko (indepndent curator, Belgrade), Albert Heta (artist, PhD researcher, co-founder of Center for Contemporary Art Sacion, director of educational programme “Summer school as a school” and RRIPAK – network of independent culture, Prishtina), Pavle Banović (artists, winner of Mangelos award for 2022).

They will select up to five finalists, with whom they will conduct interviews in the second and final round of selection for the award. In conversation with the finalists, the jury members will be joined by Melissa Bianca Amore (curator, art critc and philosopher, New York).


Open Call from 10th of April unti 15th of May.
Extended until 19th May.

The jury phase will take place after May 25, and the second one including interviews with the artists after July 1, 2023.

Artist in residence at Residency Unlimited (NYC): June – July 2024

Solo exhibition in Belgrade, autumn 2024


Application is submitted via Google form and in 4 steps. In short, the application consists of:

  • Basic information: name and surname, contact, year of birth, education and citizenship
  • Short biography in Serbian and English (up to 1500 characters)
  • Photo of the artist (max. 300 dpi, 10 MB)
  • Letter of motivation (max 1 page A4, PDF, 1 MB)
  • Portfolio (max. 30 pages, PDF, 15 MB)
  • Selection of three artworks for online presentation (description in Serbian and English up to 2000 characters), photo-documentation (max. 3 photos per work, 300 dpi, 10 MB), video link)

Young Visual Artist Award

In 1990, Wendy W. Luers, founder and director of the Foundation for a Civil Society, together with President Vaclav Havel and a group of dissident artists, first established the Jindrich Chalupecky Award in Czechoslovakia to recognize artistic excellence in young visual artists under 35 years of age and provide them with a U.S. residency experience. The Young Visual Artists Awards program (YVAA) was established over several years as an international network of similar awards with support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, an U.S. foundation. Today 10 European countries are part of this network: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. In 2015, Residency Unlimited (RU) was engaged as the organizer of the YVAA program and host of the New York residency programs.


Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited (RU) is dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of contemporary art through a number of activities within the residential and public programs. Located in Brooklyn, RU functions as a sort of hub, a dynamic space which organizes meetings of artists, curators, art professionals, exhibitions, screenings and discursive programs. In cooperation with institutions, organizations and individuals in New York, the United States and internationally, RU initiated and developed various forms of professional support for users of its residential program in the last several years.