The Tagvverk Torf Prize is an occasional microgrant given by Tagvverk.

Tagvverk editors select one creative project proposal and grant a fund of $150.00 USD to support the completion of this work, which will be debuted on our site.

Extended research projects, PDF chapbooks, video works, recordings, websites, conceptual and social practice pieces, and travelogues fall within our parameters of interest; however, we are also interested in being challenged and surprised by the submissions we receive.

Women, LGBTQ, people of color, and those with disabilities will be given special consideration.

Think outside the white cube. As always, we seek work that reflects and engages with our contemporary moment. In these times, we are invested in nurturing and supporting creative ideas that challenge, reconfigure, or disrupt.

Let us invest in your voice. There is no (nor will there ever be a) fee for submission.

Submissions are currently closed. Information about our selected project is forthcoming. Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals.

The Tagvverk Torf Prize is made possible, in part, by funds from Rhizome.

More information and links to the first Torf-funded project by artist Justine Lai below.


Tagvverk is pleased to announce the winner of the first Torf microgrant prize.

Artist Justine Lai will use the grant to complete an internet-based project.

More information on the project below. Thanks to everyone for submitting project proposals. We had many excellent submissions.

Stay tuned for more opportunities.

About Justine’s project:

The Geocities webpage “A Timeline of Prejudices Against Asian-Americans in the History of the United States”–alternately titled “Japanese-American History (1869-1942)”–was created by 4 high school students in 1998. Its authors used h3 headings for each historical event, but omitted the end tags. The result is headings nested within headings: text that grows exponentially large when displayed in contemporary browsers. The proposed project will use this timeline and incorporate imagery from my research on Japanese American WW2 incarceration. I’ve amassed hundreds of photos over the years from eBay auctions of camp artifacts and ephemera. The work will be realized as a website and a set of videos/animations.


Justine’s project can be found here and here: TIMELINE

JUSTINE LAI is an artist based in New York City. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Cranbrook Academy of Art.