Thursday, 30 April 2009

Autograph ABP Photography Portfolio Review

– Book Now!

An opportunity for emerging photographers to get informal advice from Autograph ABP's curatorial and archive team. Photographers will be able to book a place to present their work to individual members of staff in 20 minute slots, a maximum of 2 slots per photographer. There is no charge, but appointments must be booked.

11 - 5pm, Monday 1 June 2009, Rivington Place, London.

The reviewers are -

Renee Mussai, Archive Project Manager
Indra Khanna, Curator
David A Bailey, Senior Curator
Senayt Samuel, Archivist

For more details and to book, please email indra@autograph-abp.co.uk

VENUE
Rivington Place
London
EC2A 3BA

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Lumeo Handbag Sale

SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2009
VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS




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CINÉPHILIA MID-LENGTH FILM JAM

Vibe Live, Brick Lane Sunday
26th April
1.00pm-11.15pm
£10 for a day ticket

What happens to all those films, made consistently throughout the history of cinema, which run to a length of 30-65 minutes, outside the usual parameters of comfortable screening as 'short' films or as 'feature-length'? This unique and innovative event will showcase just some of the many excellent contemporary films that fall within this supposedly 'problem length', and interrogate the question of duration from the perspective of filmmakers and viewers, festival selectors and cinema programmers. In doing so it will illuminate the industrial constraints, from funding and commissioning to distribution and exhibition, that have marginalised films that simply take what time they need to achieve their ambitions and also asks how the changing nature of film festival activity and alternative forms of dissemination of audio-visual material is allowing more filmmakers to produce works of various lengths, and how these films may reach ever more literate and inquisitive audiences.

Please visit: http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com/index.php?/programme/C18/#cinephilia to view the Program details.

HIAP PRODUCTION RESIDENCIES: Call for Applications




The deadline for applications is 1st July 2009 (postmark).

HIAP Production Residencies provide professional visual artists with an opportunity to concentrate on developing new concepts and / or producing new works in Helsinki. Production support is offered for the whole production process from the first idea until the finished piece.

The lenght of the residency, the amount of the production budget and other practical issues will be negotiated with the selected artist according to the specific circumstances of their production proposal.

HIAP Producton Residencies include:
- travel grant
- per-diem grant for living costs in Helsinki
- accommodation and workspace
- production support, including moderate production budget

HIAP is looking for proposals that demonstrate an original and imaginative approach to visual art production, emotional and psychological insight, personal dedication and depth of artistic reasoning. There are no limitations on the medium or method of the proposed production.

Free-form applications should include:
- Production Proposal / Preliminary Concept
- Budget and Schedule Estimates
- Artist's Statement / Motivation Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Portfolio

Supporting material, such as letters of reference, articles, publications, etc. can be included with the application.

Applications should be submitted by post to the address:

HIAP Jury
Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1 C 97
00180 Helsinki
FINLAND

Please note that the application materials are not returned.

technical requirements:- please include attachments as printed material rather than electronic files, when possible.
- electronic material should be compatible with both Mac and PC computers and readable by common office software
- please do not attach any kind of stickers or labels on CD / DVD disks

HIAP Production Residencies have been made possible by support from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

HIAP - Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Programme
Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1 C 97
00180 Helsinki
Finland
info@hiap.fi
http://www.hiap.fi

Opportunities and Residencies

PROGRAM OF RESIDENCE - ITALY
Deadline: May 23rd, 2009.
A group of Italian artists is promoting an international program of exhibition, open to italian and foreign artists. The selected artist will be hosted in a small housing unit or Bivouac , built in an “interstitial” area of the city, that will be the artist’s living and working environment. The Bivouac is assembled from left over materials and is equipped with a survival kit made up of a solar panel, heating and cooking kit, and portable toilet. This should not be seen as an experiment in extreme survival, but rather as the desire to relate to the city, our “natural” habitat, in search of the essential. The competition is open to all artists currently working in the specific sector of visual arts, without restrictions of approach or medium.
The residence will be hosted by the city of Torino between September 21 and November 7 2009, for a period of 3 to 6 weeks according to the needs of the selected artist.
During the residence period, the organization will organize meetings with critics, researchers and others involved in contemporary art, giving the artist in residence the chance to present his or her works as well as the project(s) developed in Turin. There will be one or more days in which the artist opens the studio to the general public who can meet and talk with him. The association allocates a maximum of 7.500 euros, thus divided:
Attendance Fee:
2.000 euros
Expenses: - 2.000 euros (maximum) – Production expenses for a project or projects to be developed during the residency.
- 250 euros/week – living expenses (maximum 1.500 euros total).
- 2.000 euros (maximum) – travel expenses.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

PROJECTS FOR A GALLERY- UNITED KINGDOM
Deadline: 31 December 2009

This gallery in Edinburgh, is inviting proposals for our ongoing gallery project “Suitcase Series” that plays with notions of distance, space, location, interpretation and interaction.
The work consists of instructions sent to us for altering or otherwise using the gallery space, which we will undertake, set up and interpret according to the parameters set by you. We will produce documentation of this process that will then be sent back to you. We will also cover all publicity for your exhibition.
While we are welcoming all kinds of proposals in all media, due to the location of our gallery in a high traffic area of the city we are particularly suited for work that involves audience participation.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART – JAPAN
Deadline: July 25 2009

A City in Japan will host “THE ASIA BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2010” with the purpose of supporting the development of art and culture in Asian countries and contributing to international cultural exchange in the region. Exhibition will be from Jan. 24 - Feb.23, 2010 at the Art Museum of the city. No restrictions to the nationality of artists entering the competition.The admission of the works foresees two phases of selection.
The work should be a painting, not have been displayed in any previous competitions. The minimum size of the work should be 91cm x 91cm, and the maximum size should be 162cm x 162cm.(Not less than 91cm and not exceed 162cm in any direction) The total weight, including the frame, should not exceed 30kg. Works that pass the 1st screening must be framed for protection when being shipped to Japan. Acrylic frames are allowed, but glass frames are not allowed. There is no particular theme.
1 work per person. Free of Charge.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

PAINTING CONTEXT - SPAIN
Deadline: June 12 th 2009

For this prize of Painting, every author can introduce only one work, not winning in another contest. The themes and techniques will be free and they cannot exceed the 200 cm. for the biggest side neither to be smaller of 70 cm. The works must be framed with a cross bar of 3 cms.
First prize of Euro 8.000 / two mentions of honor of Euro 2.000.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – POLAND
Deadline: 03 of August 2009

The competition consists of two stages. Both professionals and students of art faculties creating their works on the basis of motion picture, hereinafter referred to as ‘films’, are invited to take part. Each participant may put forward up to three films. Prizes and distinctions in the competition are as follows:
1st prize: PLN 2 000.00
2nd prize: PLN 1 000.00
distinction: PLN 500.00
In the competition one can register a film fulfilling the criteria mentioned below:
• rendition – by any technique; recorded on a DVD in the AVI or MPG format
• required form of presentation: projection, 1-channel video,
• duration from 3 to 15 minutes.
• each DVD shall bear an emblem
• opening credits shall contain the title of the work, but no data concerning its author.
• the parcel shall also contain a sealed envelope, described with an emblem, containing the application form audience award: PLN 500.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

XI ART BIENNALE - MEXICO
Deadline: June 26 th 2009

Artists of Mexican nationality and foreigners with two years of proved residence in Mexico can participate in the biennial, in individual or collective way. The aspirants will have to have a curriculum with a minimum of one individual exhibition and two collective exhibitions, that can be proved through catalogues, invitations or other means. The Biennal will accept only unpublished works, ownership of the author, realized beginning from 2008. Every author can introduce to the consideration of the jury a minimum of two works and a maximum of four, with the following format:
a) Bidimensional: individual format, minimum of 80 cm. and maximum of 200 cm. in each of the sides. The projection of the works in video format will have to be adapted to these measures with a minimum duration of 2 minutes. and a maximum of 15 minutes of real exhibition.
b) Three-dimensional: the work won't have to be bigger than cm. 300 x 300 x 300 and the weight doesn't have to exceed the 1000 Kgs.
The selected works will be introduced to an exhibition in the Center of the Arts of the city of Monterrey, N.L, Mexico beginning from November 12 th 2009. The sentence of the jury about the assignment of the prizes will be announced on the day of the inauguration, November 12 th 2009.
Big Prize of Acquisition of $150,000.00 pesos for the bi-dimensional format
Big Prize of Acquisition of $150,000.00 pesos for the three-dimensional format
Up to $150,000.00 pesos for the Fund of Acquisition of the Selected Works
The winning works and the purchased ones will belong to the collection of the Biennale.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

2 PAINTING PRIZE - SPAIN
Deadline: May 08 th 2009

Maximum of two works for author, not winning in other contests. The participants will have total liberty in the choice of the theme of the work and about the technical realization. Maximum format of cm. 120 x120 .
All the works must be mounted on a loom or solid support and they will have to be ready to be suspended.
As frame, you can use just a simple wood bar, not larger than 3 centimeters. First prize of Euro 2.500 and individual exhibition. A catalogue will be published with the selected works, and an exhibition will be realized in the room. For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

CONTEST FOR PUBLIC MANIFESTOS - ITALY
Deadline: May 08 th 2009

An Italian association in collaboration with a Municipality of the North of Italy, announces the third edition of a contest for manifestos of urban art. The aim of this project of public art, is that to promote a campaign of communication, in form of manifestos of big dimensions, on a social theme. The candidates will have to produce a graphic elaborate, ready to be printed in the dimensions of 6 meters for 3 meters. The winning proposals will be printed in suitable dimensions and showed in various locations of the town during an art event and an international literary review.
The theme of this year is: “r-evolution"
In a period of crisis of the world economy, you have to point out a future perspective of evolution of the political, economic and social system that can improve the actual situation. The theme r-evolution, that also remembers the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin, takes inspiration from the new economic tides of some thinkers, among which French Serge Latouche. R-evolution doesn't mean to create disorder, but to propose an idea of evolution toward a socioeconomic system more suitable to the development of the human potentialities.
The theme of this year wants therefore to speak of our future and of its possible forms of development but also of the relationship that the man has with his natural space and with his way of living the changes.
The winning projects will be published on a catalogue.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

CONTEST OF PAINTING AND DRAWING - SPAIN
Deadline: July 03 th 2009

The competitors can introduce maximum two works for each formality, painting or drawing. For the painting the maximum dimensions won't have to overcome the 2 meters and the minimum dimensions will be of cm. 100 x 80. The dimensions will be free for the works of drawing. Fund of acquisition of Euro 16.100.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE – JAPAN
Deadline: 10 of June 2009

The theme of autumn 2009’s Artist in Residence Program is “Home”. “Home” can mean many things, not simply a “house” as the smallest unit within a larger community. It can also refer to a “nation” as a political community, a “hometown” as a place to which one may return, a “departure point” where something is created or generated, “us” as the result of a conceptual grouping, or even as a “safe refuge of the soul”. Period of stay: 24 September – 20 December
Exhibition: 14 November – 13 December (Dismantling of exhibition: 14 December)  
In principle, it is a precondition that all successful applicants come alone to Aomori.
The organization offers:
1)Refund of travel expenses for a maximum fee of 200,000JPY for an international flight, and up to 100,000JPY for a domestic, flight.
2) Artist stipendium (materials & production fee)
The organizer will provide 400,000JPY for all artistic activities, including the purchase of materials and tools, research and transportation, the restoration of facilities after the exhibition period is over, and the dismantling and removal of any artwork.
3) Living allowance : 3,000JPY×days of staying (upper limit is 70days worth)
The organizer provides the artist with studios and a private room (single room, 19.44㎡ each). The kitchen and bath room are shared with others. The artist must do his/her own cooking and cleaning.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

GRANTS FOR VISUAL ARTS PROJECTS - SPAIN
Deadline: 08 of May 2009

A foundation in Spain awards 220.000 euros for Visual Arts Grants for study, research and the undertaking of individual projects in the sphere of (non-theoretical) artistic work. Artists may be any
nationality. The period covered by the grants will be 9 months. Grants involving relocation can be extended for a second period, depending on the outcome of a further application made before the closing date of the
annual edition of the grants.
STIPEND
- Not involving a change of residence: 16.000 euros.
- Involving relocation in a country other than your current residence: 24.000 euros.
- Involving relocation in United States of America: 28.000 euros.
The aforementioned amounts include trips, accommodation, maintenance, studio rent, etc.
These amounts will be incremented to include medical insurance and, in cases of study, the registration fees of the chosen Education Centre, pending approval, will be covered by the Foundation. Applicants for study grants must be between 23 and 40 years old. There is no age limit for the research grants. Grants awarded by the foundation must be mentioned in any documentation produced during the period covered by them. The foundation will select one of the grant-winner’s works to form part of its collection.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

8 WOOD SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM - ITALY
Deadline: May 15 th 2009

This 8ª edition of the sculpture Symposium will take place from 20 to 25 of July 2009.
The contest will take place in different municipalities of the province of Trento, Italy. The organization offers to each selected sculptors a trunk of pine cembro, height around 1,80 ms and diameter of around 0,50 ms.
Every participant must bring his/her own utensils of job and the base of support for the workmanship of the sculpture. The organization will furnish the food and the lodging to each participating artists and the following prizes:
1°: prize of equal value to Euro 1.200,00
2°: prize of equal value to Euro 800,00
3°: prize of equal value to Euro 600,00
Prize of the public: prize of the value of Euro 400,00
The organization will organize with the winning artists at least five collective exhibitions, that will have take place in the area. A catalogue will be printed.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”


40 GRANTS OF RESIDENCE –SPAIN
Deadline: May 15 th 2009

A foundation in Spain will annually grant a maximum of 40 residences for the creation and experimentation in any artistic discipline. The lodgings of the artists are in the Natural Park of the Lagoon, 500 meters away from the beach, among El Perelló, Sueca y Cullera in Valencia, Spain.
The objective of the Foundation is to promote the creation in a privileged environment, to support the cohabitation among artists of different disciplines for a maximum period of 4 months.
The Foundation will finance the totality of the lodging, food and use of the services and the studies.
Artists of any nationality can participate to the selection’s process for the residence. The Foundation will keep the right of exploitation of the works for 2 years , during which the job realized by the artists will be divulged and promoted. For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COMPETITION – PHILIPPINES
Deadline: 09 May 2009

A bank in the Philippines, in partnership with other institutions is inviting all painters and sculptors, 18 to 35 years old to join its Art and Design Excellence National Competition.
The competition has an open theme. Entries for the Painting Competition can either be oil-based medium on canvas or water media on paper, with sizes ranging from 18 x 24 to 36 x 48, without the frame. Entries for the Sculpture Competition should be made of either one or a combination of metal, wood, stone, glass, fired clay, resin or fiberglass. At stake is a cash prize of P200,000 for Grand Prize Winners in oil-based medium on canvas, water media on paper and sculpture categories, and P150,000 for Special Prize Winners in the last two categories. The Awarding Ceremonies and Exhibit is slated in September 2009.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

XI COMPETITION OF PLASTIC ARTS - SPAIN
Deadline: June 20 th 2009

An institution in Spain announces for the year 2009 the XI Competition of plastic arts. All the national artists and foreigners can participate with only one work, recent and unpublished in the media of painting or sculpture, with free thematic and dimensions. Works protected by glass won't be admitted neither those that overcome the 25 Kgs. of weight. First prize of Euro 1.200 / second prize of Euro 1.000 / Third prize of Euro 900. A travelling exhibition will be organized with the selected works that will that can be visited, during the months of July, August and September, in various places in Spain.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

8 WOOD SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM - ITALY
Deadline: May 15 th 2009

This 8ª edition of the sculpture Symposium will take place from 20 to 25 of July 2009.
The contest will take place in different municipalities of the province of Trento, Italy. The organization offers to each selected sculptors a trunk of pine cembro, height around 1,80 ms and diameter of around 0,50 ms.
Every participant must bring his/her own utensils of job and the base of support for the workmanship of the sculpture. The organization will furnish the food and the lodging to each participating artists and the following prizes:
1°: prize of equal value to Euro 1.200,00
2°: prize of equal value to Euro 800,00
3°: prize of equal value to Euro 600,00
Prize of the public: prize of the value of Euro 400,00
The organization will organize with the winning artists at least five collective exhibitions, that will have take place in the area. A catalogue will be printed.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

II WATER COLOURS CONTEST - SPAIN
Deadline: October 03 th 2009

National or foreigners artists residing in the EU can participate with a maximum of two works for author.
The theme of the work will be free and the used technique will be the water colour. The format of the works is not specified. The works must be introduced framed with a wood bar of beech tree, smooth, strong, of 4 cm. and protected by metacrilato; the protection in glass is not admitted. First prize of Euro 5.000.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

INTERNATIONAL PAINTING SALOON – ROMANIA
Deadline: 1st of August 2009

A museum in Romania organizes the third edition of the International Painting Salon in September 2009.
The purpose of this salon is to promote and support contemporary art.
The Salon is open for all the artists around the world. There are no restrictions and no preliminary selection as we believe that any interference with the artist’s work including a preselection constitutes an act of censorship, an act against the free development of art. The only one who can decide which works will be exhibited is the artist himself and the jury will deliberate the awarding of prizes.
One can participate with an unlimited number of works but in order to take part in the prizes awarding contest, there must be exhibited at least 2 works. The artists who will participate with minimum 30 works, will benefit of one self exhibition hall for the exposure. In order to have an objective judgement on the artistic
quality, the jury recommends paintings in large dimensions. Any painting technique or dimension, no matter the support, is being accepted. In order to offer the artists the chance to introduce works that represent their creation best, the contest is theme free.
The Ist prize - 5.000 $;
The IInd prize - 3.500 $;
The IIIrd prize - 2.000 $;
The works of the winning artists become the property of the Florean Museum. The Salon will be open on the 5th of September 2009.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

DESIGN CONTEST - ITALY
Deadline: May 05 th 2009

The organization of this design contest asks to competitors to produce ideas of a Chair for indoor spaces making a meaningful use of the wood. Aim of the contest is to creatively stimulate the elaboration of innovative ideas, technically feasible and than can be produced in series. It is faculty of the participant to choose whether to introduce a model for residential use or contract (however projects of chairs like chaise longue, stools, pouf are not admitted). The contest is reserved to young designers of maximum 40 years old on the date of September 1st 2009. The introduced projects have to be original and unpublished, expressly developed for the competition in object. 1° Absolute Prize - 3.500 Euro
The organization will realize the prototype of the Winning Project. The Jury can decide to assign up to two Special Recognitions of 500 Euro each, as refund of the expenses, to other two deserving authors. The organization will also realize these two prototypes.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

INTERNATIONAL PRIZE OF CONTEMPORARY ART – GERMANY
Deadline: 30 June 2009

Typology: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video and animation, live media
The prize has been established to promote international contemporary art in the widest possible sense. There will be three exhibitions, a final catalogue of circa 150 pages with circa 150 illustrated works of art and critical texts, as well as 5 prize awards totaling € 40,000 equally divided. The exhibition of finalist works, voting and prizegiving will take place in Berlin, Germany, end-September 2009.
The prize is open to any person practicing art either as a professional full-time/part-time artist, student or self-taught artist from anywhere in the world. There is no age limit for applicants and the prize is open to all artists whatever their qualifications, whether or not he or she has experience of public or private exhibitions, critical acclaim, or collectors at a national or international level. Excellence in content, contemporary aesthetic, technique, and material is sought in the selection of works for the final exhibition. The works of art submitted for the prize must have been completed in the last 24 months, but do not necessarily have to have been exhibited before.
There is no special subject, title or theme required for the participating works, they can range from being figurative to abstract to conceptual in content.
PRIZES ANS CATEGORIES
(A) PAINTING PRIZE Euro 8,000 (First prize only)
Media Include: oil, acrylic, industrial paints, ink, vinyl, watercolour, graphite, pencil, printing of various forms, etc. The work can have any form of support: canvas, paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, metal, etc. The maximum size permitted in a two-dimensional format is 2,5 metres squared, including any framing (the latter is not necessary).
(B) PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL GRAPHICS PRIZE Euro 8,000
(First prize only)
Media Include: works in 2D, including digital photography, traditional-analogue photography, computer graphic modelling, software art or works in which several media are used, for example digital manipulations which include the use of painting or other forms of manual expression, web art, polaroids, mobile phones, foto collages, etc. The maximum size permitted in a two-dimensional format is 2,5 metres squared, including any framing (the latter is not necessary).
(C) VIDEO & ANIMATION PRIZE Euro 8,000
(First prize only)
Media Include: motion works in video, film, 3D animation, including the use of generative softwares - works on DVD in original, high quality, are requested for the finalist’s exhibition, while for prize entry and publication on the prize website, send or upload your video.
(D) LIVE MEDIA PRIZE Euro 8,000
(Cash for first prize.)
Media include: a live audio and video set, which includes the use of any form of software. Live sets can either be projected on screens (see webpage with details on equipment provided by Celeste Prize) or as a media performance in a space which does not exceed 10 metres squared. Duration of performances max 30 minutes. For the purposes of presentation on the prize website a showreel in video is required (see details on the web site.
(E) INSTALLATION & SCULPTURE PRIZE Euro 8,000
(First prize only)
Media Include: works in 3D, installation, sculpture or any non-media performance (for live media
performances select Live Media Prize above) – all materials are accepted (organic or inorganic), as
well as works with an interactive basis and/or connection to electricity, motorisation, light, sound
or video. If an installation includes projection of a video the latter must be presented on DVD. The maximum area size permitted for works is 4 metres squared.
THE WINNERS
The winners in each prize category (A to E) will be chosen by the 46 finalists themselves.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

IV COMPETITION OF FIGURATIVE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE - SPAIN
Deadline: May 17 th 2009

Every artist can participate in this IV Competition of Figurative Painting and Sculpture 2009 with only one work, original and unpublished with free theme and technique, in the formality of Figurative Art. Minimum dimensions of 60x60 cm and maximum of 300x200 cm. in Painting. In Sculpture the maximum dimensions will be of 200 cms for the biggest side, without counting plinth or support and the minimum ones of 50 cm, without limit of weight, in definitive material.
First prize painting of Euro 36.000 / First prize of sculpture of Euro 44.000 / 120.000 Euro for acquisition of works / A scholarship.
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

DESIGN CONTEST ON THE THEME OF THE REST - ITALY
Deadline: May 14th 2009

Typology: design
The theme of this edition of the contest is open to the planning of objects conceived on the consideration of new models related to the rituality of the rest in the domestic environment.
Rest is to be considered as: energies' recovery, relax, decompression from a day of job, night time sleep, siesta, ecc…The rediscovery of the Applied Arts can help the planner to give particularly to the environment and the objects, that such added value to be able to speak of "meaningful objects". The theme therefore will have to develop the project of a domestic space and particularly the development of an object related to the rituality of the rest. The contest is open to all the Italian planners or foreigners.
First Prize of Euro 10.000,00 with faculty to realize the prototype that will enter to bepart
of the permanent collection of the Foundation;
or Students Award of Euro 2.500,00
For detailed information on how to participate ( integral announcement with required documentation and contact address), please visit the web site: www.callforart.com at the section "Opportunities”

Short Circuit

A Festival of Electronica
Thu 14—Sun 17 May




As well as performances in the Main Space, there'll be screenings, talks, workshops, installations and collaborations all dedicated to the appreciation and exploration of electronica. Plus performances from some of the young cutting edge ensemble groups currently working at the Roundhouse.


For more info visit: www.roundhouse.org.uk

Africa on My Mind: Contemporary Art, Home and Abroad

The Savannah College of Art and Design will host its third biennial Art History Symposium, Africa on My Mind: Contemporary Art, Home and Abroad, Feb. 26-27, 2010. The goal of this symposium is to encourage representation by a variety of media and scholarship regarding cultural and geographical areas in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Possible topics could include:
the role of contemporary African and African Diaspora art in shaping regional, ethnic and individual identity
the gendered responses to the colonization of the body and mind
contributions of technology and international art fairs to shaping identity and careers
questions of interpreting and exhibiting contemporary work
pedagogic theories and methods addressing African and African Diaspora art
the vitality of African traditions in coastal South Carolina and Georgia
The call for papers is open to scholars and graduate students. The editors of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture have agreed to consider papers by symposium participants for publication.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Simon Njami, lecturer, art critic, novelist and essayist.

Jane Rehl, Ph.D., and Andrew Nedd, Ph.D.
Symposium Co-chairs
Department of Art History
Submission
Abstracts due: May 15, 2009

Submit an abstract (300 words max) and a CV, including complete contact information (address, phone and e-mail), to: arthsymposium@scad.edu
Symposium language is English.
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2009 via email

For information on the 2008 symposium:
http://www.scad.edu/events/arthsymposium/2008/index.

SHORT DEADLINE! Transart Institute: Ten Scholarships in International MFA Program

Transart Institute: Ten Scholarships in International MFA Program


SCHOLARSHIPS

Transart Institute announced today that six scholarships of USD 12,000 each have become available to students from Eastern Europe and developing countries and four scholarships of 3,000 USD each to students from anywhere to participate in Transart Institute's international MFA program. An application form to the program is online:
http://www.transartinstitute.org/Newpages/ApplicationForm.html

Scholarships are given on the basis of artistic merit and financial need to artists of all media and genres.
Scholarship applications are accepted online:
http://friendsoftransartinstitute.org/Pages/MFA-Application.html


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Transart Institute is a student-centered, self-directed MFA program, uniquely located in Europe offering an accredited two year low-residency course for working artists, teachers and all professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in visual arts and new media. The innovative program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two shorter, optional winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist mentors wherever they work and live.


The Transart MFA program is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. Current students work with animation, curating, digital media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.

FACULTY

Transart faculty comes from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographic locations. Current theoretical areas of expertise include software art, curatorial work, cyberfeminism, interface technologies, born-digital arts, continental philosophy, media, conflict and peace studies, social studies in colonialism, capitalism and tourism, and contemporary asian art history. Studio faculty include international artists working with sound, performance, dance and choreography, photography, drawing, sculpture, clothing design, film and video, intervention and installation art.

STUDENTS

The majority of Transart students are emerging and mid-career artists and teachers at tertiary institutions. Transart Institute's residencies are a true meeting place for cultural exchange. Current students will converge for the summer residency from areas as diverse as Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Iceland, Croatia, Ethiopia, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Egypt, the Netherlands, Philippines, UK and US.

DEADLINES


The deadline for scholarship applications is May 1, 2009, the final application deadline to the program for 2009 without scholarships is June 1st.

For further information please contact: admin@transartinstitute.org

Cella, MFA, Klaus Knoll, Dr. phil.
Directors, Transart Institute

http://www.transartinstitute.org
Phone USA: (347) 410 9905
Fax USA: (508) 682 2853
Phone Europe: +43 (676) 742 0071
Mail: 228 Park Ave S. #34726, New York, NY 10003

VISUAL ART COMPETITION NIGERIA




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My blog actually clocked One this month I cant believe it, I hope it's still useful!?!

I rememeber when I started it, I really didnt think it would last this long, but it has defo impacted on me and I hope it has done so for my readers!

Thanks

Friday, 24 April 2009

New Media Nigeria

Please find my full post at:
http://artsadminartsblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-media-nigeria.html


Dreams (Smeard) Smeared by Jude Anogwih from CCA Lagos on Vimeo.

Dreams [Smaerd] Smeared By Jude Anogwih

The work investigates the anticipations expectations, hopes, aspirations, ambitions of an individual and his/her dreams in the society. The elements interactively aid in determining the realization of these dreams, or the sometimes disappointments. Dreams are imaginary. They are threads that link the real and the imagined (illusive). They are imaginary lines of possibilities influenced by thinking or from bygone activities.

More Videos @: http://vimeo.com/ccalagos

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Re/Positionierung - Critical Whiteness/Perspectives of Color

In the course of the last 100 years, various liberation movements have fundamentally reshaped the self-perception of marginalized groups, the position of diasporas in Western societies and the relationship of the Occident to the Tricont. Feminisms in the metropolises, anti-colonialist movements in the occupied South and the Civil Rights Movement have managed to initiate radical change.
One of the most crucial achievements of these multi-faceted movements was the insight that categories of identity, such as gender, ethnic affiliation, nationality and/or class are not essential. Until very recently, classifications of this kind have been used not only in order to produce social hierarchies within certain groups, but in order to ascribe physical and mental characteristics, as well.
Even though efforts are being made to reverse the negative consequences of these categorisations and to deconstruct identity ascriptions through current social discourse and UN-policy oriented laws, the fantasy of fixed identities continues to exist.
One aspect of identity that probably inscribed itself most fundamentally, historically and socially, remains relatively untouched by this analysis: this aspect is Whiteness.
Critical Whiteness Studies try to highlight the origin and various aspects of racism from a different point of view by focusing on those responsible for marginalisation rather than on the marginalised. The purpose of this is not to divide people into different groups according to their physical appearance, but to denounce the reality wherein this is happening, to mark structural hierarchies and to expose Whiteness as a social construct.

In the field of Racism Studies, the terms Black and White do not describe skin color. They stand for the positions that are ascribed to individuals by society. Whiteness constitutes the privileged position of those who benefit from a reality shaped by racism. Whiteness usually goes unnoticed and is regarded by White people as "the norm" as opposed to everything else that is different.
Moreover, being White in this sense entails a multiplicity of privileges that are not identified as such by those profiting from them, but are taken for granted.
The phenomenon of "color blindness" contributes to the occlusion and protection of these privileges. It undermines the dialogue on racial identity by arguing that all people are equal. The liberal assertion of equality however contradicts the racist reality that People of Color, who inhabit a less privileged position within the power structure, encounter every day.

While the term, “Whiteness” describes a structural category, People of Color is a means of self - empowerment and is usually preferred to "non-White“ or "minority“ because of its inclusive and positive connotation. Here, self-definition can already be seen as an intervention.The project will examine this and other interventions as only a closer look into the subject will make a repositioning possible.

One of the most important insights of Critical Whiteness Studies lies in the fact that the construction of Whiteness and its political and social effects are often excluded from public discourse. Critical Whiteness Studies have been established and accepted only recently as an academic research field but they derive from a practice of resistance as old as White domination. A critical examination of Whiteness is indispensable to People of Color in a White dominated context. During the brief period of its academic presence in Germany, Critical Whiteness Studies have accomplished the task of bringing to light the unconscious dynamics of racialisation and domination in the German context and to analyse them critically. The academic and artistic practice of People of Color goes further this deconstructivist perspective and highlights resistance but also refers to practical life beyond White domination.

What does it mean to be a Person of Color in a German context? In what way might the complementary fields of Critical Whiteness Studies and multifaceted Perspectives of Color affect political and artistic practice in contemporary Germany? What are the current trends in the research of these phenomena in contemporary art practice?

In collaboration with the NGBK, the artist group Metanationale will offer a platform for the discussion of these issues. We aim to make visible the work of German and interanational theorists and artists. The platform will secure and enrích the theoretical basis for a lasting engagement with art/cultural production of new German identities and inspire decision makers and producers in the cultural field oportunities for self reflection and re/positionings. Furthermore, we would like to bring together the results of current academic research as well as art practice, and to foster the exchange between academics, artists and activists in this field.

The discourse regarding Whiteness and Perspectives of Color is largely excluded from the artistic field. The reflection regarding a critical engagement with these themes is, however, of utmost importance precisely for creative artists, who often function as mirrors of their society. A solid, theoretical foundation forms the basis for a holistic, critical artistic practice.Today, more than ever, we feel a need to bridge the gap between research findings of post-colonial discourses and stereotypical representations in the German cultural mainstream. This gap is especially visible /present in cases where art and cultural institutions produce and exhibit insensitive reproductions of colonial stereotypes, ostensibly in an effort to criticize them in documentary exhibitions.

Re/Positionierung will offer a wide variety of presentations, peformances, panels including discussions with the audience and will be open to the interested public.This broad range of activities will be documented in a publication in English and German.

For more info: http://metanationale.org/index.php/home

AMP in Africa: The Lagos Session

1st May 2009
8pm- late
Bambudha


This is something I can personally recommend attending!

I remember Amplified at Market Place (London) on a Sunday night, good times!

CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY IN CANNING TOWN

Currently there are nine Council-owned vacant sites across Canning Town & Custom House (CTCH): four are available for 2-5 years, five are available for at least a year. The sites are vacant following demolition and pending redevelopment of Canning Town with new housing and mixed-use developments; they vary in size from 374sqm to 5861sqm and are each contained within blue hoardings.
The Council priority is to generate income from the sites, recognising however that this may not be possible in all cases. Whilst they remain vacant, the sites are potentially vulnerable to vandalism or anti-social behaviour activities which everyone is keen to avoid; the Council would prefer the sites to be used rather than remain empty, even if this means the designated use generates a low or zero income.

Initial discussions with Sarah Braithwaite (CTCH Regeneration Team) indicate that the Council will consider a range of temporary uses on the vacant sites, particularly where these can generate generate interest and/or engagement with local residents or attract inquisitive visitors to the area. The sites could lend themselves to a range of temporary community/arts/cultural/environmental activities as a precursor to, or even as part of, the long term transformation of the local area - including the town centre, market, housing and schools - which is being led by Newham Council with the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

Recent examples of artists and organisations who have used derelict sites and premises for performances and installations include Roger Hiorns & Artangel (art installation in a derelict flat at Elephant & Castle), Verity-Jane Keefe (outdoor film screening at the demolished Lintons Estate, Barking) and Bob & Roberta Smith (hoardings project at Greenwich Peninsula).

Sarah and the regeneration team have a good deal of enthusiasm but have limited capacity to develop a coordinated programme of short-medium term alternative uses. Sarah would be interested in hearing about short-term proposals for the sites which interested parties could develop and deliver independently of further Council resource or funding. For further information, or to express an interest, please contact Sarah Braithwaite direct at: sarah.braithwaite@newham.gov.uk

OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM IN THE GRAND HALL OF BAC AS PART OF BURST 2009

BAC has three exciting opportunities to be part of Burst 2009. We have three performance artists creating pieces that will be performed in the Grand Hall and would love you to be involved.

Be part of the Running Ensemble!
The Running Ensemble was founded by Amy Feneck, who is developing a running and singing performance at BAC. We are looking for more people to join the Ensemble so if you are a runner, are available on 27th May, and fancy a new challenge please get in touch for more info. You can follow the progress of the Running Ensemble at http://runningensemble.blogspot.com/

Celebrate the female form

Calling all London Women! Young or old/tall or short/athletic or curvy! Nic Green’s performance Trilogy returns to BAC. The performance in short, is a celebration of the female form, and of what it means to be an individual, dynamic woman. The first part of the Trilogy (the performance) ends with a high energy, ensemble naked dance. It is a powerful and emotive moment, presenting the female body in an alternative, empowered way, and celebrating the difference and diversity between us. Open to all women, regardless of fitness and level of ability. The performance is on 26th May.

Dance around your handbags
Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May see the return of Geraldine Pilgrim to BAC’s Grand Hall. Once more we require both men and women to take part and dance to some glorious disco beats for her visually stunning ‘Handbag Scratch’. No experience necessary – just join the ensemble.

To get involved in any of these or for further info please contact Sally Rose at sallyr@bac.org.uk

Work of Art Threatens to Bring Down Kenya's Coalition Govern




The Kenyan Newspaper the Daily Nation reports that the one year old coalition government is on the brink of collapse after a discovery of a 17th century work of art worth billions of shillings in State House, Nairobi, Kenya. The art is attributed to the Dutch master Van Rentyal. The Kenyan Head of State, Mwai Kibaki is said to have ordered the valuable work of art to be stored under armed guard in his official residence’s armoury. Different factions of his government are divided as to what should be done with the art work with some saying that it should be sold to feed the hungry and help build roads or fund other social welfare projects around the country. Another group demands that the work of art be restored and put on show as part of the nation’s heritage.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Sanlam Fashion Week 2009


Check out my post on Sanlam fashion Week at:
http://www.fashionafrica.com/blog/sanlam-fashion-week/

Strength from Adversity

A Contemporary Japanese Cinema and Art Festival - 15-17 April 2009




The National Gallery is pleased to be hosting this celebration of contemporary Japanese cinema. The festival has been organised by Japan Care for the Elderly.

April

15 Wednesday, 3-3.45pm
Talk
The Influence of Japanese Art on Western Artists
Free
Sainsbury Wing Theatre

15 Wednesday, 4-4.50pm
Documentary
Portrait of Artistic Genius: Katsushika Hokusai
Free
Sainsbury Wing Theatre

16
Thursday, 12.30pm
Film
Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)
Keiji Nakazawa, 1983

16
Thursday, 3pm
Film
Fudeko: Sono Ai - Tenshi no Piano (Fudeko and the Angel’s Piano)
Hisako Yamada, 2006
Followed by discussion with the director

17 Friday, 1.30pm
Film
Kikujiro no natsu
Takeshi Kitano, 1999

17 Friday, 5.30pm
Film
Okuribito (Departures)
Yojiro Takita, 2008
Fully booked

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/what/film/japanesefilmfestival/default.htm

Joburg Art Fair


Pinar Yolacan Bahia Maria


Berry Bickle The White Library


Sokari Douglas Camp (CBE) Red Paisley King and Queen


Monique Pelser Bystander series


(In View) Bongi Bengu Speaking from Both Sides of the mouth A and B, Sokari douglas Camp (CBE) Yoruba Ladies, Helga Kohl Kolmaskopp.


Sokari Douglas Camp (CBE) Stars and Moon Ladies


Sorry I have not updated recently but I thought that the last few posts would keep you going while I was away.

If you keep up to date with my blog you will know that I was in Johannesburg for the second annual Art Fair. The fair held at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 3rd- 5th April 2009 and featured both local (South African) and International galleries, Mine (Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos) was the only African gallery not based in SA.




Nontsikelelo 'lolo' Veleko, Bisi Silva, Oyinda Fakeye


Oyinda Fakeye and Sokari Douglas Camp (CBE)


Berry Bickle