The sponsorship programme »NEW POSITIONS« has already been providing young artists with the possibility to present their works in a 25 square metre special area next to the stands of their galleries since 1980. Financial support is provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler (German association of galleries and art dealers) and Koelnmesse. For this year’s ART COLOGNE, a jury of experts selected a total of 21 young artistic positions. During the trade fair the Deutsche Telekom will also confer the ART COLOGNE Award for NEW POSITIONS. The award includes a solo exhibition in the Cologne Artothek.