Wednesday, 25 March 2009

“Art Enclosures – Confini d’arte – Residencies for visiting international artists in Venice”

Fondazione di Venezia is about to launch the second phase of the project “Art Enclosures – Confini d’arte – Residencies for visiting international artists in Venice”, which started in 2008 in cooperation with Polymnia s.rl. and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa.

Fondazione di Venezia would like to bring to your attention the general terms and deadlines of the upcoming residency programme, which will take place in Venice from May to July 2009. The project consists in a three-month residency period that offers the opportunity and a series of activities of visibility for two emerging artists up to the age of 40 coming from the African continent.

For each artist the project will cover travelling expenses and lodging at the accommodation provided by Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, plus a monthly grant of 700 euro before taxes for living and travelling expenses while in Venice.

The programme makes available to the artists the spaces of the studios of the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa and part of the materials necessary to create a works of art to be completed by the end of the 3-month period. The materials will be made available according to the artist’s requests.

The visiting artists will have the opportunity to be also involved in the studio activities organized for them and thus come into contact with other local and international artists and the cultural activities run by Fondazione di Venezia and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa.

During the residency period, a number of meetings will be organized locally to introduce and showcase the figure of the artist and his/her work in the most appropriates places, in particular university centers, art Institutes and Galleries.

Finally, the artists will be offered the possibility to visit on a complimentary basis some of the main exhibitions and museums in the area, like for example the 53rd edition of Biennale di Venezia.

At the end of the three months’ residency, a small exhibition of the works produced will be organized. At the end of the first year of Art Enclosures, the produced works will be published in an ad hoc catalogue.

In order to participate in the programme, artists must send via e-mail (, an application together with the following materials:

- a portfolio with minimum 10 art works (including captions);

- a curriculum vitae;

- a short statement (max. 600 characters including spaces).

Besides, the participants must be free from any previous engagement for the indicated period and must hold a valid passport.

The deadline for the application is April 5, 2009.

The selected artists will be notified within two weeks.

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