In 2023, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich awards the H13 – Lower Austria Prize for Performance for the 17th time. The ambition of the H13 Prize, which is awarded every fall , is to showcase the diversity and relevance of contemporary performance art and to make it accessible to a broader audience - in Austria and beyond. Furthermore, it should encourage a reflection on the conditions for the presentation of performance art within the exhibition context.


In its 17th edition, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich awards the H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance for the first time in partnership with an art institution outside of Austria. With the goal to increase the visibility of the local performance art scene internationally and to make a lasting contribution to its advancement, this year, the H13 Prize will be awarded in partnership with Bergen Kunsthall in Norway. In addition to the prize money, the production of the awarded performance project as well as the accompanying exhibition in Vienna, the winners of the H13 Prize will have the opportunity to develop their practice further in a 2-week-stay at the  Live Studio at Bergen Kunsthall.


Bergen Kunsthall’s Live Studio is a new research and development space dedicated to live arts and hybrid practices within the context of visual arts. The professional technical equipment, the intensive exchange with Nora-Swantje Almes, curator of the live program at Bergen Kunsthall, as well as various networking opportunities on site provide excellent conditions to further develop one’s practice.  


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  • The concept proposal must be submitted in English.
  • Only online submissions will be considered. Application delivered by post will not be considered.
  • Here you can find a step-by-step support for the submission form.

Submission Deadline: Fr, 14 April 2023



  • The H13 Prize 2023 is endowed with € 5,000
  • The winning performance will be presented on Fr, 01/09/2023 at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, the accompanying exhibition will be on view there from 02/09/2023 to 16/09/2023.

- A budget of € 2.000,- (excl. VAT) is available for the realization of the performance project and exhibition.
- Kunstraum Niederoesterreich provides (limited) set-up support upon arrangement.

  • The winner awaits a two-week artist-in-residence stay at the Live Studio of Bergen Kunsthall (Norway).
    - Included in the residency are: Flights, accommodation, per diems, stipend, space, technical equipment, as well as curatorial dialogue with the Live Curator at Bergen Kunsthall.
     - The period of the residency will be agreed individually, but should be concluded in 2024.
    - The individual benefit for the awardee is central to this residency; therefore, no separate project proposal is required.


  • The open call is intended for all artists who have been living and working in Austria since at least two years.
  • Artist duos or collectives may also apply.
  • Every application is made without legal recourse. With their participation, all applicants acknowledge the decision of the jury. The applicant must be the author (Copyright Act, Section 10, Paragraph 1).
  • The submitted concepts should reflect and consider the spatial conditions of Kunstraum Niederoesterreich. Floor plasn of Kunstraum Niederoesterreich (not obligatory to use) as well as a list of available technical equipment, are downloadable here.
  • The submitted performances (in the form of concepts) may not  premiere until 01/09/2023.



The submission must be completed by Fr, 14/04/2023 and must include the following information:

  • Complete online application form (step-by-step support for the submission form)
  • Title of the submitted concept
  • Concept proposal (in English!): The concept of the performance and the exhibition for Kunstraum Niederoesterreich in written form with max. 2 pages (as well as sketches, photos, etc.)
  • Cost calculation (within a maximum of € 2,000) of the production of the performance (including transport, additional technical equipment, etc.)
  • Biography
  • Portfolio
  • No separate project proposal is required for the residency at Bergen Kunsthall


The Jury for the year 2023 includes:

  • Nora-Swantje Almes (Curator Live Programme, Bergen Kunsthall)
  • Tonica Hunter (researcher, curator & cultural producer)
  • Amanda Piña (choreographer, dancer and  co-founder of nadaproductions)
  • Frederike Sperling (Artistic Director, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich)


The jury's decision is incontestable and final.

The winner will be notified by 12/05/2023.


The H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance 2023 will be awarded in partnership with Bergen Kunsthall in Norway.

General rights and liability for submission can be found here.

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