Deadline: 10th September 2008
For more information:

Direction: Jorge Díez
Curator: Cecilia Andersson
Adviser Committee: Cecilia Andersson, Democracia, Guillaume Dèsanges, Jorge Díez, Ramon Parramon, Fito Rodríguez and Mª Inés Rodríguez
Coordinator: RMS La Asociación
Graphic Design: 451
Organize: Asociación Cultural Madrid Abierto
Sponsors: Fundación Altadis, Comunidad de Madrid and Ayuntamiento de Madrid Collaborators:
Fundación Telefónica, ARCO, La Casa Encendida, Ministerio de Cultura, RNE3, Canal Metro, Círculo de Bellas Artes and Casa de América

The Cultural Association, MADRID ABIERTO, announces the start of the presentation of projects period for the 6th edition of its international public art programme ( http://www.madridabierto.com ), which will be held in 2009 and 2010. The programme will hold debate sessions on public art and will generate a series of interventions of an ephemeral or temporary nature in the centre of Madrid, whose authors will mainly be selected through this open call for presentations. A specific call for presentations of sonorous work, which includes collaboration in the audiovisual TV Interventions project, is also announced.

1. Reflecting from the stance of contemporary art practice on cultural, social and political environment, the purpose of this call for applications is to select artists to produce interventions of a temporary or ephemeral nature aimed at contributing to activate the public space. The initiative includes two specific projects for the Casa de América and Círculo de Bellas Artes buildings, which will be incorporated into Madrid Abierto with other invited projects and selected sonorous and audiovisual works.

This edition of Madrid Abierto will be dedicated to emerging practices that critically engage with the urban environment. Madrid Abierto 2009-2010 aim to include a wide variety of practitioners and art forms that establish their strengths in an expanded role, and that work in the social realm of art practice and audience participation. The idea is to produce and show work that connect various disciplines and that opens up for collaborations between, for example, artists, architects, designers, computer programmers, social scientists and urban planners.

For cities to thrive, to be communicative and alive, and to function as catalysers of public life, it is necessary to stimulate civic participation and community involvement. Given the current framework, where society often fail to negotiate some of the most immediate challenges, how can pooling resources such as the ones found in interdisciplinary groups, develop alternative work methods? How can inertia and nostalgia be substituted by visionary and inspiring tools that act as catalysts for change?

2. The programme schedule is as follows:

- Application deadline: until September 10th 2008.
- Selection of artists: until October 31st 2008.
- Preparatory meetings and seminars: February 2009.
- Elaboration of final projects: until April 30th 2009.
- Assessment of projects and installation permits: until June 30th 2009.
- Execution of artistic interventions and transmission of sound and audiovisual works: February 2010.

3. Coinciding with ARCO, the interventions will be take place in February 2010 in Madrid, with some form of presence or reference in the junctions Paseo de la Castellana-Recoletos-Prado and Calle de Alcalá-Gran Vía.

The sound works will be transmitted by Radio 3, Radio Nacional de España in February 2010. Audiovisual works will be presented during this time too.

4. Artists of all nationalities are encouraged to present their applications (except for the Casa de América project, which is open to Latin American artists only), either individually or as a team. In the case of team application, one representative must be appointed.

5. A) Artistic interventions.-Each participant must include:

* Curriculum of no more than 2000 characters with a photocopy of the author or
authors' National Identity Document (or equivalent).

* Description of a project already executed and the draft of a project for Madrid. In
both cases no more than 4000 characters.

* A maximum of six sketches or images of the project or draft project in jpg format
with a maximum resolution of 72 dpi.

* Description of the technical set up and needs of the draft project.

* Estimated and broken down budget of the draft project, including details of items
that could possibly be self-financed.

* All the files must be PC compatible. Files sent from an Apple computer must have
adequate extensions (doc, xls, pdf, jpg, tif, etc.).

* Should the above-mentioned information fail to be received in full, the participation
will be rejected.

* The maximum budget for each selected artist is 15,000 euros. In all cases this sum
includes expenses derived from the preparatory meeting in February 2009, as well
as travel, accommodation, production, transport and set up of the intervention in
February 2010, the author or authors fees (up to a maximum of 2000 euros) and any
applicable taxes.

B) Sound Art.- Each participant must include:

* Curriculum of no more than 2000 characters and a photocopy of the author or
authors' National Identity Document (or equivalent).

* Description of the proposed piece, not exceeding 4000 characters.

* Maximum length of work is10 minutes per author and must be sent on a CD.

* Selected artists will receive 500 euros. A direct master copy of the work will form part of the documentary collection and public archives of Madrid Abierto. The work may possibly be placed on the website http://www.madridabierto.com, for non-profitable purposes and with prior consent of the authors.

C) Audiovisual work.- The audiovisual work selected in the 2008 and 2009 calls for applications for TV Interventions ( http://www.intervenciones.tv , http://www.fundacionrdz.com ) will form part of the Madrid Abierto 2009-2010 programme in collaboration with Fundación Rodríguez and Centro Cultural Montehermoso (and may be transmitted by Canal Metro). Those selected will receive 500 euros and a direct master copy of the work will form part of the documentary collection and public archives of Madrid Abierto. The work may possibly be placed on the website http://www.madridabierto.com, for non-profitable purposes and with prior consent of the authors.

Audiovisual applications will not be accepted through the Madrid Abierto application procedure.

6. All the proposals must be sent by electronic mail to abierto@madridabierto.com prior to September 10th 2008.

7. The advisory committee of Madrid Abierto, presided by Programme Director Jorge Díez and comprised of Cecilia Andersson, Guillaume Dèsanges, Ramon Parramon, Mª Inés Rodríguez, Fito Rodríguez and artist group Democracia, participates in the various phases of this edition. Casa de América and Círculo de Bellas Artes will appoint a representative for the task of selecting each institution's intervention.

Cecilia Andersson will be this edition's curator. In collaboration with the advisory committee of Madrid Abierto, she selects the participating artists on the basis of their track record, the quality and viability of the proposals and the total reversibility of the interventions. The organiser may round off the selection with invited artists, up to a maximum of 50% of the total number of selected artists in the open invitation. Since these projects will occupy public spaces, Madrid Abierto will obtain the necessary municipal permits to the set up the interventions.

Should the selected artists use images or elements belonging to third parties, they must provide authorisation of the proprietors for the use of images or extracts in the project.

8. Madrid Abierto reserves the right to publish and reproduce the selected artistic interventions for all purposes associated with the promotion of the programme, and shall incorporate all generated documentation into its documentary collection and public archives. The selected projects and works are the property of the authors and, as the case may be, the promoting institutions shall have a preferential right to purchase them.

9. Participation in this call for applications entails full acceptance of the conditions of entry.

spazio d'arte contemporanea
Milano, Italy

Is looking for its first Artistic Director

Application deadline: September 15th, 2008


Hangar Bicocca is looking for its first

The Artistic Director will work in close quarters with the Scientific Committee in order to develop an ambitious program of exhibitions and events; build an international network with contemporary art institutions worldwide; consolidate the relations with the neighborhood and with the public and private cultural institutions at local and national level; liaise with the General Director in the activity of fund-raising.

- Excellent knowledge of the international contemporary art scene
- Curatorial experience in contemporary art organizations
- Excellent communication, networking and leadership skills
- Innovative and interdisciplinary experience and/or approach to contemporary culture
- Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of Italian

Duration of the appointment: 3 years with the possibility to be extended.

Hangar Bicocca is a large space for contemporary art established in 2004 in the former industrial district of Bicocca in Milan, Italy.

The first three years of activity of the organization have been dedicated to studying the feasibility of the project and to testing the vast and diverse possibilities offered by 15.000 sq m of ex-industrial space.

This was implemented through a wide calendar of exhibitions and events.
In 2004 Anselm Kiefer was invited to create a site-specific work for Hangar Bicocca and in 2005 The Seven Heavenly Palaces was acquired as permanent installation.

Solo exhibitions by Mark Wallinger and Marina Abramovic followed, together with group exhibitions such as Collateral – When Art looks at Cinema and Urban Manners – Contemporary Artists from India and events such as lectures, concerts and live-media performances by Vito Acconci, Ludovico Einaudi and Peter Greenaway among others.

In 2008 Hangar Bicocca organized solo shows of Daniele Puppi and Lucy and Jorge Orta while a major exhibition of Alfredo Jaar is scheduled to open in October.

Hangar Bicocca has recently become a foundation.
A Scientific Committee has been formed in order to help delineate the cultural identity and the artistic guidelines of the foundation, which is willing to present a rather multi-faceted program of activities.
It will focus on contemporary art, but it will also produce and organize projects and events related to music, theatre and literature; main feature of the foundation will be the exploration of the boundaries between different disciplines and fields of contemporary culture. The Scientific Committee has been conceived with a dual governance: 4 members are professionals in the field of contemporary art and 4 are experts in the fields of science, philosophy and economics.

Members of the Scientific Committee are:

Lotte Darsø, Associate Professor in Innovation at Learning Lab Denmark, the Danish University of Education;
Paolo Fabbri, Professor in Art and Artistic Literature Semiotics at IUAV, Venice;
Giulio Giorello, Professor of Logics and Philosophy of Science at University of Milan;
Severino Salvemini, Professor in Management at Bocconi University, Milan;

Jan Hoet, founder of S.M.A.K. in Ghent and Artistic Director of MARTa in Herford;
Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at Serpentine Gallery, London;
Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director of Palais de Tokyo, Paris;
Marina Wallace, Professor of Curation at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts and Director of Artakt, London.

Hangar Bicocca is now partly under restoration (11.000 sq meters are available) and by the end of summer 2009 its entire space of 15.000 sq meters will be fully refurbished and provided with three different exhibition spaces, education facilities, administration offices, restaurant-cafeteria and bookshop.

Hangar Bicocca is now looking for its first Artistic Director.

To apply for the position of Artistic Director please send an e-mail to ad@hangarbicocca.it including:
- Cover letter
- Detailed CV
- Document of max 3 pages explaining your short-term and long-term vision of Hangar Bicocca; the strategic direction you will give to Hangar Bicocca to be consistent with the mission; a simulation program for one year of activity with a low budget of 1 million EUR.

All material has to be sent in English.
Application deadline: September 15, 2008.
The Artistic Director will be appointed by the Scientific Committee in October 2009.
For more information about Hangar Bicocca please visit http://www.hangarbicocca.it

International Prize for Performance
Fourth edition

Deadline for applications: August 31st, 2008
final evenings:
October 10th and 11th, 2008

Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea
Via Belenzani 46
38100 Trento - Italia


The official announcement of the International Prize for Performance, organized by the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea of Trento, in collaboration with Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara and with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Trento and Rovereto, is out. The Prize, which counts its fourth edition this year, can be characterized as the first and only prize for performance that exists in the world and proposes the same formula as last years, which saw high participation numbers from both the public and the artists.

All artists of all nationalities, from all formative backgrounds (visual arts, dance, music, poetry, etc.) and born from January 1st, 1973 are invited to participate. The first prize is fixed at 5,000 euros and there will also be minor prizes awarded.

At least one place will be reserved amongst the finalists for the artists born or resident in Trentino-South Tyrol, the province of Verona or the Austrian Tyrol.
The initiative aims to select among the participants twelve young performers from all over the world, who are invited to realize a previously unseen performance on the evenings of October 10th and 11th, 2008 at the Teatro Sociale of Trento. Performances will run under the eyes of a jury composed of some of the most absolute names in the Italian and international contemporary art world, one of whom will be president, the artist and performer Carlos Amorales.

Other members of the jury are specialists with different backgrounds, in order to guarantee the Prize a multidisciplinary character; they are: Carlo Antonelli(music critic and Director of "Rolling Stone" Italia), Helena Kontova (Co-director "Flash Art"), Gian Marco Montesano (artist, Artistic Director of Teatro Stabile dell'Innovazione, Pescara), Catherine Wood (Curator of Contemporary art and performance at Tate Modern, London), Franco Oss Noser (Director of Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara of Trento) and Fabio Cavallucci (Artistic Director of Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea of Trento).

Applications must include all materials, as specified in the official announcement, and be sent via email to performance@galleriacivica.it (posted materials will not be accepted).

The deadline for the application form and materials is fixed at 12:00 PM on Sunday, August 31s t, 2008 (Italian time).

The official announcement is available at http://www.workartonline.net

Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea
Via Belenzani 46
38100 Trento - Italia
T: +39 0461 985511
F: +39 0461 237033
E: galleria_civica@comune.trento.it
W: http://www.workartonline.net


Online application form will open on Monday, August 4, 2008
Deadline for completed applications is Monday, September 22


The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program announces its third round of grants as part of the Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Initiative.

The online application form will open on Monday, August 4, 2008 and the deadline for completed applications is Monday, September 22, 2008.

The Arts Writers Grant Program recognizes and supports individual writers working on contemporary visual art through project-based grants ranging from 3,000 USD – 50,000 USD. Writers who meet the program's eligibility requirements are invited to apply for grants in the following categories: articles, short-form writing, and blogs/new and alternative media. (Please note that the program also funds book projects; however, the deadline for applications to this category has already passed.)

For guidelines and eligibility requirements, please visit


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