A 4-week residency in Switzerland, courtesy Pro Helvetia, The Swiss Arts Council

The Breakthrough Artist Award

In 2011, The ŠKODA Prize platform was extended to create a prize for artists at the beginning of their careers with The Breakthrough Artist Award – which recognizes younger artists under the age of 35 - based on their debut solo exhibitions in India. The Breakthrough Artist Award is supported by highly regarded publication Art India (over a decade old magazine). Through its association with ART India, The ŠKODA Prize also supports the development on critical dialogue, and writing about Indian contemporary art.

The last date for applying for the Breakthrough Artist Award is 15 October 2012. This year, the Breakthrough Artist award carries a cash prize of INR two lakh as well as a trophy.

"We aim to build on the reputation the award has established as a benchmark of artistic quality, while also attracting more new voices through the Breakthrough Artist Award".

Girish Shahane
Director – Art, The ŠKODA Prize for Indian Contemporary Art