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Taurus Prize for Visual Arts
Prize Lagos Mainland, Nigeria

Taurus Prize for Visual Arts


The Taurus Prize for Visual Arts is awarded every two years to a contemporary artist by a selection committee of professionals from within or outside the art world. Dedicated to a geographical area instead of a theme, the prize rejects the imposition of exterior narratives onto territories and promotes relevance and accuracy.

Every two years, for each edition of the prize, a new area is designated. It can be the size of a street, a region or a country. The selection committee is renewed accordingly and composed of people from the area, or having thorough knowledge about it. All artists, who are familiar with it, who have a project about it or that it inspires, are invited to apply. In 2019, the Foundation chose Lagos Mainland.


The prize is open to all applicants, with no restriction of age or country of origin, but will be awarded depending on its relevance. The project will have to be tied to the Taurus chosen area of research: Lagos mainland. Applicants’ careers are not determining factors in the selection process.


Aside from its financial dimension, the Taurus Prize for Visual Arts (10.000 CHF) aims at supporting its laureates in the long run, and at developing a support system and a conversation about the laureates' projects. It also fosters collaborations and, more specifically, enables a partnership, renewed for each edition of the prize, between a Swiss and a foreign institution.

The award enables the laureate to travel to the area, if he/she/they does not live there, according to his/her/their schedule and to develop the project. The funds may only be used for this purpose.


Necessary material

  • A summary of the project (max. 1 page)
  • A selection of images (max. 20 images)
  • A resume (please do not send a narrative bio)
  • The images can be of previous works or of preliminary sketches.

To apply, please compile all materials in one PDF titled as such: NAME_FIRSTNAME_PROJECTTITLE_YEAR

And send it by October 1st, 2019 to: