Junge Grafik Award 2021
Call For Entries
Great graphic work is being made in Swiss schools and universities—the makers of the Junge Grafik Award 2021 (Engl.: Young Graphic Award 2021) are certain of this. That’s why the association has created an award for Swiss graphic talents in training. The idea is simple: Young graphic talents should be able to show their works outside of school, university or apprenticeship. The award is therefore aimed at all students and trainees of graphic arts throughout all parts of Switzerland. In addition to small cash and non-cash prizes, the 30 winners can look forward to an exciting audience: “The winning works will be presented in a traveling exhibition at various schools and published in a special publication. The winning works can also be seen on our website,” explains board member and graphic designer Loana Boppart. “Above all, it is also important to us to offer the young talents the opportunity to network with each other and with important people in the scene. The award night and after-party offer them a great way to do that.”
The winning works are selected by an illustrious jury of Swiss graphic artists. In addition to big names such as Felix Pfäffli, Marion Fink, Jonas Vögeli, Valeria Bonin, Demian Conrad, Dennis Moya, and Larissa Kasper, two young graphic artists, Lena Ruppen and Audrey Fleur Ljubenovic, will also have their say in the selection process. The association behind the Junge Grafik project consists of eleven mostly young representatives and experts of the Swiss graphics scene. As simple and necessary as their project may sound, the journey from the initial idea to the award was challenging: “Since the award should to be supported by all institutions and will remain a non-profit cause, we had to convince all schools and partners of the idea and worked closely with the two professional associations SGV and SGD,” says board member Remo Stahl. “At the same time, we had to find benefactors and foundations to finance the expenses.”
The association has mastered both—and so the only thing standing in the way of the Award Night on October, 9th may be the pandemic. But Meret Fischli is convinced that even this hurdle will be overcome: “We are broadly positioned in a variety of areas—from web and print to events, social media, and travelling exhibitions. So we are more flexible than long-established events.” On March 15th, the call for entries of the Junge Grafik Award 2021 was launched. “We are looking forward to the many great works that will hopefully arrive—after all, we have been working towards this moment for almost two years!,” says Meret Fischli.
Junge Grafik Award
Call for Entries
Deadline: June 14th, 2021
Initiators: Junge Grafik
Jury: Felix Pfäffli, Marion Fink, Jonas Vögeli, Valeria Bonin, Demian Conrad, Dennis Moya, Larissa Kasper, Lena Ruppen, and Audrey Fleur Ljubenovic
Award ceremony and afterparty: October 9th, 2021
Start of traveling exhibition: October 9th to 16th, 2021 in Lucerne, Switzerland
Number of winning entries: 30
Contribution per project: CHF 20.– (≈ € 18 Euro)
Accepted work: 20 Students from across Switzerland. All years of study and training. Work completed within the last two years: school year 2019–2020 and 2020–2021.