[ARENA] open call for artist residency

carla Cruz carlabarroscruz gmail.com
Quarta-Feira, 5 de Setembro de 2012 - 08:52:07 WEST

> We are looking for projects for our residency program which are based
> on the theme “The Beginning of the End or Why the World Won’t End”.
> There are no restrictions on how you should use the theme in your
> project.
> Here the link to the website : Residency Program
> The main focus of Platform has been to present and produce
> contemporary art in Vaasa with emphasis on site specific art,
> community art, or art projects that have some local connection. Since
> an important part of Platform’s activities are creating local
> interaction it gradually made sense to emphasize the residency
> program. It turned out that the projects and exhibitions made on site
> by artists who stayed a longer period in Vaasa seemed to work better –
> in the sense that they got more local attention and usually also were
> more interesting to us.
> Previously the residency has been divided into two different programs,
> an international and a Nordic. For the International Program the
> selection was based on invitation conducted as a co-operation between
> similar art spaces or initiatives around Europe – and sometimes also
> inviting previous artists in residence to suggest coming artists.
> Co-operation partners have been Vector (Iasi, Rumänien), Skuc
> (Ljubljana), Space (Bratislava), Via (Dublin), Platform Garanti
> (Istanbul) and 1:1 (Rome). The selection is now based on an open call,
> as the Nordic always was.
> We offer the artist a stay in Vaasa for a minimum of 6 weeks up to a
> maximum of 4 months. However, the regular period is 2 months. A studio
> space, accommodation, travel expenses (cheapest possible covered), and
> living expenses are provided. We also offer a small production budget,
> which the artist may reimburse by presenting original receipts of
> purchases, specifically connected to the current project.
> The studio is located in an old military barrack in central Vaasa. It
> is a large space shared with the office of Platform, and is divided by
> a wall. The building hosts also local artists. The accommodation is a
> big loft located in an old soap factory, a 10-minute bike ride from
> the city centre. In addition, there is a bike, a set of tools and
> equipment available for the artist. There is wireless broadband access
> in the studio.
> The artist has a contact person who is in charge of necessary
> arrangements, but note that this is voluntary work so if any
> additional assistance is needed it has to be agreed upon well in
> advance.
> We ask the artist to realize a project, which can be presented either
> during the residency or at a later stage. After the project is
> finished the artist should submit documentation of it, as well as
> press release text etc. The artist is also expected to give a public
> talk about his/her work, which is normally done in the beginning of
> the stay, in order to get to know people.
> We expect the artist to be able to communicate in English, Swedish  
> or Finnish.
> Application procedure
> We are looking for projects which are based on the theme “The
> Beginning of the End or Why the World Won’t End”. There are no
> restrictions on how you should use the theme in your project.
> Residencies can be applied for during the period of March 2013 until
> end of March 2014.
> PLEASE NOTE: Deadline September 30th, 2012. The application deadline
> has been extended.
> Please follow these instructions closely. Applications not following
> these aquierments will not be considered.
> We require the artist to send a digital application to
> info[a]platform.fi with the subject RESIDENCY APPLICATION.
> The application should be only one document, a pdf (or word document)
> that consists of the following. Please do not paste any relevant
> information in the email:
> 1. an informal project plan or motivation letter, max one page. The
> aim of the letter should be describing the kind of project you imagine
> doing in Vaasa and your motivation to apply for this residency. It
> should also include your preferred period of time, as well as what
> time isn’t suitable at all.
> 2. description/images of 5 projects. For videos, please add direct
> links to websites, also included in the pdf.
> 3. a cv of max one page, including your contacts: name, address and
> email address.
> 4. please compress images and document to 72dpi. The application shall
> occupy no more than 2 MB.All submitted material should be Macintosh
> compatible.The selection will be made by the board of Platform. All
> applicants will recieve a notification about the selection during
> October. Please note that the board is under no obligation to justify
> its decisions.Please note that we are a voluntary community and
> respond to emails every week, but not necessarily every day,
> especially during summer.

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