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10.09.2015

Bank Austria Art Award "goes crowdfunding"
32 cultural campaigns in the running

  • 32 projects nominated for the Bank Austria Art Award
  • Campaign launch on 10 September 2015 at wemakeit.at
  • Get involved and reap the rewards

The Bank Austria Art Award has been given every year since 2010, the highest private-sector promotion of culture in the country with a total award fund of EUR 218,000. From this year, EUR 110,000 of this is being earmarked for "reward based" crowdfunding projects: EUR 100,000 will be awarded by a jury as an Appreciation Award, and EUR 8,000 to cultural journalists. For the crowdfunding campaign Bank Austria has teamed up with wemakeit, one of the largest and most successful crowdfunding platforms in Europe. Projects could be submitted until 31 July 2015. A prominent board of trustees comprising Bank Austria CEO Willibald Cernko, head of the Art and Culture department at the Federal Ministry for Art and Culture Andrea Ecker, as well as philosopher, media specialist, artist and curator Günther Friesinger selected the best projects from the over 70 submissions, nominating them for the crowdfunding campaign as part of the Bank Austria Art Award.

From 10 September 2015, 32 projects spanning music, painting and museums on the Bank Austria Art Award webpage of wemakeit.at have 45 days to reach their target budget, and benefit from the Bank Austria Art Award along the way: for example, as soon as a project has reached the first third of its funding requirement after a successful start with at least 20 sponsors, Bank Austria will make up the second third of the crowdfunding campaign. The last third must then be crowdfunded again. The entire amount is paid out once the funding campaign is successfully completed and the sponsors receive their rewards. If not, the participants get their money back.

32 nominations for the Bank Austria Art Award 2015

  • Urban Cube, Outsiders – Performance in cooperation with Neustart and UNHCR, Vienna
  • Vienna Museum, Book on the construction history of the Vergilius Chapel, Vienna
  • A.S.H. – Austrian Superheroes, comic series with Austrian superheroes, Vienna
  • Lilarum, "Puppets die better", puppet theatre, Vienna
  • Die Fabrikanten, "Art of friendly gestures", an awareness campaign for hospitality and a welcoming culture, Linz
  • Studio Dan, CD with scores of works by Wiener Gruppe, from Vienna, Styria and Upper Austria
  • Birgit Graschopf, monograph about the artist, Vienna
  • Schallter, DVD/CD/Vinyl documentation of legendary Wiener Neustädt scene of the 1980s, Vienna, Wiener Neustadt
  • The 8mm Project, multimedia performance, Steyr
  • this human world, film workshops for unaccompanied minor refugees in Traiskirchen, Vienna
  • nature, debut album of the rock band, Vienna
  • Trio Klavis, debut CD of chamber music trio, Vienna
  • Daniela.katrin.strobl, dance project "Hin und Weg", Vienna
  • OneDayMusuem, "Transformation" – exhibition documentation, Vienna
  • Starch Factory, Art Therapy, Vienna
  • The Erlkings, debut CD of the folk rock band, Vienna
  • JS Footwear, designer label, production of unisex shoes, Salzburg
  • Hygin Dancing Arts, dance project in Uganda, Linz
  • Ferhan & Ferzan Önder, "Anonymous Was a Woman": concerts by piano duo to strengthen role of women in music, Vienna
  • Theatre and uniT Graz, drama festival, Graz
  • Trikolon, debut CD of chamber music trio, Gramatneusiedl
  • Cuntra La Kunsthure, cultural platform, Graz
  • Cultural Laboratory Atelier du Sud, Laboratory for Interdisciplinary, Artistic and Scientific Exchange, Vienna
  • Ensemble Ancor, "Sounds of the Past" concert project, Renaissance flute music of the Middle Ages, Vienna
  • Nora Stöger, "Known Unknown. Graphic design in Austria", a book on the history and current situation of graphic design in Austria, Vienna, Graz
  • Chili and the Whalekillers, "Get Us to Iceland", participation of this alternative band at the "Iceland Airwave Festival", Vienna
  • Fivesax, DVD production, saxophone quintet, Vienna
  • I Dance Company, Trisomie 21 Festival 2016, Vienna
  • GS Publishing, "Familie Kunterbunt", Children’s Book, Innsbruck
  • EIKON, "5 x 5 Fototracks", Photography Publication on the 25th Anniversary of Photo Magazine, Vienna
  • Marietta Mühlfellner and Günther Brandstetter, "How will the end come? –15 Lives, 1 Book", 15 journalists and photographers portray 15 Austrians of above-average age, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg
  • Marko Lipus, photographer, art photo book, Klagenfurt

Sponsors can find the campaigns on the Bank Austria Art Award webpage of wemakeit.at at http://wemakeit.at/bankaustriakunstpreis 

More information on the Bank Austria Art Award can be found at http://www.kunstpreis.bankaustria.at

Enquiries:

Bank Austria Events & Sponsorship 
Katja Erlach, Tel. +43 (0) 50505-56839 
E-mail: katja.erlach@unicreditgroup.at

Bank Austria Media Relations Austria
Martin Kammerer, Tel. +43 (0) 50505 - 52803
E-mail: martin.kammerer@unicreditgroup.at