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.

The area

Every two years, for each new edition of the prize, a new area is designated. The elected area can be the size of a street, a region or a country. The selection committee is renewed according to the area and composed of people from the area, or having thorough knowledge about it. All artists, who are familiar with the area, those who have a project about it or are inspired by it, are invited to apply. The 2019-2020 focus is Lagos - mainland.


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.


May 2019

A new area is announced via an online call for projects.

October 2019

The selection committee meets to choose a laureate.

November 2019

The laureate is announced and the prize (10.000 CHF) awarded to him/her by the entire committee, in the presence of the board of the Taurus Foundation.

September 2020

Finalization of the laureate's project.

October 2020-January 2021

Exhibition of the laureate's works on the area and in Switzerland.