Since 1980 the sponsorship programme of "NEW POSITIONS" at ART COLOGNE provides young artists with the possibility to present their works in a 25 square metre area attached to the stands of their galleries. 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 the Koelnmesse.

For this year's ART COLOGNE (26-29 April), a jury of experts composed of the artist Christiane Baumgartner, Eva Birkenstock, Director of ‘Kunstvereins für die Rheinlande und Westfalen’, Daniel Völzke, Monopol Magazine, Head of Online, Priska Pasquer, Gallery Priska Pasquer as well as Lukas Minssen, Gallery Utermann selected 20 young artistic positions. The Deutsche Telekom will also confer the ART COLOGNE Award for NEW POSITIONS. The award includes a solo exhibition in the Cologne Artothek.

ARTBUTLER supports the BVDG with the free provision of digital showrooms created with ARTBUTLER CLOUD. With this tool, the galleries can independently present information and works of their supporters in the showrooms and accompany them before, during and a month after the show: