The Erarta Prize was founded as the first ever contemporary art prize to be awarded through a public vote rather than by a closed board of experts.
The nominees’ exhibition will be held from 9 February through 9 June 2024 at Erarta’s main exhibition space and will showcase 40 creations by our contemporaries selected by the museum out of the entire pool of works submitted by the contesting artists. The voting will take place in three rounds:
At the close of the first voting round on 17 March, 15 artists with the least number of votes will be determined. They will be ranked from 40th to 26th and will receive a guaranteed reward of 50,000 rubles each.
The second round will last from 18 March through 25 April. 15 artists with the least votes will drop out of the competition for the Grand Prix, ranking from 25th to 11th and receiving 75,000 rubles each. Of the remaining 25 artworks, 10 will be shortlisted for the third voting round, with their creators being granted the ‘prize winner’ status.
The third voting round will last from 26 April through 5 June. The 10 shortlisted artworks will compete for the following money prizes: the artists ultimately ranking from 10th to 6th are guaranteed to win 100,000 rubles each; the top five artists will receive 125,000 rubles for the 5th place, 150,000 rubles for the 4th, 175,000 rubles for the 3rd, 200,000 rubles for the 2nd, and the Grand Prix of 500,000 rubles for the 1st place respectively.
Every viewer will have one vote for each of the voting rounds. All holders of valid Erarta Museum Tickets and Memberships who will not be able to travel to St. Petersburg during the period of the 2024 Erarta Prize exhibition will have the option to vote in absentia: for each of the three voting rounds, every active Member/Ticket holder will have one vote that can be cast in favour of the artwork of their choice.
The artists’ exact ranking will be determined by the number of votes received by each particular artwork. For each subsequent voting round, the number of votes will be reset to zero and the voting will start over. The voting procedure will be fair and transparent. The number of viewer votes given to each artwork will be displayed on a special screen installed in the exhibition space and can be tracked in real time. Erarta will have no power whatsoever to interfere with the voting results which can be verified by any questioning parties after the close of the exhibition.