The Visible Award is the first international production award devoted to art work in the social sphere, that aims to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context.

2015 Visible Award winners

The Visible Award, part of the broader research project, aims to research, support and offer a discursive and productive platform to innovative artistic projects that are able to become visible also in fields other than the artistic ones. Art works that are actively engaging within the social sphere, understanding art as a tool to make visible other fields and issues within the traditional art system and thus sharing an awareness about artistic production as an active element and agency in contemporary society, and with critical and future oriented aspirations.

Convocatoria for the 8th Festival de Performance de Cali - recipient of the 2011 Visible Award

Convocatoria for the 8th Festival de Performance de Cali – recipient of the 2011 Visible Award

The Visible Award is looking for artistic projects that, in a radical and proactive way, are able to rethink our cities in their approach to urban and rural communities, put into question education models while reconsidering different ways of sharing knowledge, support alternative models of economic development and new ideas for the allocation of resources, rethink the access to information or the priority of ecological and environmental needs, as well as experimenting with participatory and democratic political models while starting these open-ended projects. These are just few examples about how artistic processes can create areas for reflection and mobilization, acting as a field for action within the public domain, in favor of a reading of participation in art that considers the social body as a potential power for bringing about responsible change and social transformation.

Ahmet Ögüt and some of the London Silent University members receives the 2013 Visible Award at the Oxford University

Ahmet Ögüt and some of the London Silent University members receives the 2013 Visible Award at the Oxford University

The Visible Award not only takes up the discussions about the development of art in a responsible relationship with the complexities of social change, but it also offers artists real opportunities to produce, and thus the possibility to experiment and work on new visions that can have a significant impact on the shared imaginary and on reality itself. The award intends to break away from the conventions governing the production of public art in the form of monumental objects, in order to focus on a new form of commitment in art, and on the relationships between the production of art, science, and culture. In order to achieve this, it is essential to create new spaces and processes, rather than producing self-contained objects, and finding potential new areas for interaction, in which spectators can be considered as proactive subjects.

The Visible Award, thus wishes to bring out those artistic processes that manage to expand their practices from the ordinary spaces for art and enter directly into the public realm in its various representations.


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  1. I am eager to learn more about the Visible Award.

    I left teaching at the Royal College of Art and Boston University’s graduate school in 2011 to concentrate solely on my work at the intersection of art, culture and architecture, patterns and nature. The subject has been walls–the shape of society’s engagement with art.

    I have just returned to the US after completing a series of projects in London, Mexico, Israel: concrete cactus walls in London titled ‘Walls Have Two Sides’ (feature article of Dec 2014 Jerusalem Post– ), a residency and solo exhibit of black and white paintings at Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico titled ‘Where Patterns Align’, and a 30-ft painted mural installed to the architecture of a synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel overlooking the Judean Hill. Also relevant to the subject of wall and two sided-perspectives was my 2012 TED Talk on the kaleidoscope through which we see influencing how we make (

    Aithan Shapira, PhD

    • Dear Aleksandar
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