Mangelos nagrada


Open Call 2024


Ilija & Mangelos Foundation from Novi Sad and Remont – the Independent art association from Belgrade, are announcing a new call for artists for The Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award in 2024.

The deadline to apply is March 23rd, 5 P.M.

Ilija & Mangelos Foundation from Novi Sad and Remont – the Independent art association from Belgrade, are announcing a new call for artists for The Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award in 2024.

The deadline to apply is March 23rd, 5 P.M.


The Mangelos Award, which bears the name of an important artist, the progenitor of conceptual artistic practice, and art historian from the former Yugoslavia – Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos, is a unique impetus for young artists in the field of contemporary visual art.

The award is given to artists under the age of 35 for distinct and outstanding long-term artistic production on the Serbian art scene, which also implies well-rounded critical and aesthetic reflection and practice.

International jury selects three to five finalists from applications received in the first round. Being among selected finalists for the award is already quite recognition and an opportunity for the development and articulation of artistic practice as well as connecting with the artistic community.

This year, for the first time, some novelties have been introduced in the work process and award signification. Artists selected in the first round will be given mentoring support by professionals in the field of contemporary visual arts (artists, art historians, theoreticians…), who will provide counseling and lead discussions, with the aim of helping artists develop their works and presentations and having them present themselves to the best of their abilities to both the jury and the audience. Also, the winner of the award will receive a statuette, based on a series of famous works by Mangelos with a globe motif.

The winner is provided with a two-month studio residency at Residency Unlimited in New York in the period of June-July 2025, as well as the production of a solo exhibition or a work/project upon returning to Serbia (autumn 2025).

The residency programme in New York is focused on the artist’s meetings and connecting with various actors of New York and international art scenes, and is an opportunity for his/her international career development. For the stay in New York, the following are provided: visa costs, travel, accommodation and daily allowances, as well as the possibility to meet with gallerists, curators and other professionals in the field of contemporary visual arts, according to the artist’s own suggestions and in agreement with the organisers from the USA. The D.B. Mangelos Award is part of the international Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) network.


The jury for 2024 is composed of: Vladimir Bjeličić (curator, Cultural center Belgrade, Belgrade), Simona Ognjanović (curator, the Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade), Jovana Trifuljesko (curator, Museum of contemporary art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad/Belgrade), Maria Vasileva (curator, Sofia, Bulgaria) and Elena Chemerska, winner of the DENES Award (YVAA network), North Macedonia.

The jury will select three to five finalists by the beginning of April, who will present their individual works as part of a group exhibition. On the opening day of the exhibition, the jury will conduct interviews with the finalists, followed by the second and final jury session. The decision will be made on the basis of the quality of received applications, previous artistic practice, interviews and works presented at the exhibition of finalists.

In conversation with the finalists, the members of the jury will be joined by Nathalie Angles, executive director of Residency Unlimited – New York.


Open call from 23rd February to 23rd March 2024 (17:00h)

The first jury session (selection of up to five finalists) will take place by the beginning of April.

At the beginning of April, selected finalists begin work with their assigned mentors on the production of work for the exhibition.

In the first half of June, the exhibition of finalists will be held in Remont Gallery, Belgrade.

At the opening of the exhibition of finalists, there will be an official announcement of the award winner.

The Residency Unlimited (NYC) residency programme: June – July 2025.

Solo exhibition in Belgrade or production of new work/project: autumn 2025

Conditions of participation in the open call:

  • Artists born after December 31, 1988 can apply for the competition
  • Citizens of the Republic of Serbia, as well as artists who are not citizens of the Republic of Serbia, but whose artistic development/professional involvement is related to the art scene in Serbia, can apply for the competition.
  • All candidates should have at least three years of professional/exhibiting experience, and it is preferable that they have completed at least bachelor studies
  • The applying artist must have at least one artistic work/project realised during the previous two years
  • English language skills


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.