This initiative arises from a cultural cooperation between the Cultural Center of Spain in Costa Rica – Casa Caníbal, the network of ArthouseSpain centers, formed by Museo C.A.V. La Neomudéjar, Kárstica Espacio de Creación and Zapadores Ciudad del arte, in Spain; together with partners Building Bridges Art Exchange in Los Angeles (USA), Plataforma Caníbal in Barranquilla (Colombia) and Women in the Visual Arts (MAV). These organizations are all united under an international cooperation agreement for the exchange of artistic residencies that provide emergency economic relief for creators.
In these times of isolation due to COVID-19, together we decided to propose a public call to finance artistic self-isolation residencies and to provide economic resources to the cultural scene of all the countries where we are present, in this time of uncertainty so that creativity continues to generate development models.
The Artistic Residencies program seeks to promote a meeting between cultural agents from each participating country with other international ones; emphasizing the importance of experimentation and research as ways to promote and streamline creative processes.
The purpose of the call is to reinvent the concept of residencies, to adapt them to the current circumstances and prevent paralyzing art practices and our spaces/museums/cultural centers. The production of artists does not stop because cultural spaces are closed, and it is our obligation to support the cultural scene and its needs in these times of lockdown.
We believe it is important to shift the focus from COVID-19 issues and foster all creators, without whom art and culture would not exist.
For this we have launched a call for emergency cooperative artistic residencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that, on one hand, it will help artists financially, and, on the other hand, offer a traveling exhibition that will tour each of the spaces and countries that have participated in this project once lockdown is over.
The application period starts on May 1st and ends on June 1st, 2020. See details and application link below.
The objectives of the residencies are as follows:
I. Contribute a critical vision to the uniqueness of this time of isolation due to COVID-19 from an artistic perspective.
II. Financially support the creative work of Costa Rican creators and artists-in-residence in Costa Rica under the terms and conditions provided herein.
III. Artistic exchange and exhibition of the artists’ work and samples in Madrid, the United States and Colombia once the lockdown measures are lifted.
IV. Promote the inclusion of artwork by Costa Rican artists in the collections of museums in Europe, the United States and Colombia.
V. Provide a joint response as institutions to the need for cooperative work in vulnerable times for creative artists, while promoting values such as equality, non-violence, native peoples, rural communities etc.
Each participating entity will offer at least one artist residency in the entity's country of origin, broken down as follows:
6 Residences (1 provided by Museo La Neomudéjar, 2 provided by CCECR, 3 provided by MAV, Women in the Visual Arts)
1 Residence (provided by Plataforma Caníbal)
1 Residence (provided by Building Bridges Art Exchange)
4 Residences (provided by CCECR)
The gross amount for each residency will be $ 1,000 (one thousand US dollars) except for the support from Museo La Neomudéjar, which will be 1,000 euro.
* Museo La Neomudéjar can select 1 to 3 works for its permanent collection, for which the institution will pay up to 1,600 euro for the selected works created within the residency.
3. SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OPEN CALL
The call is conceived to restate the concept of residencies within the disciplines of visual arts.
In no case are these residencies aimed at projects that have already been carried out. The work must be original and created during the lockdown period, so no projects started prior to this will be considered eligible for the open call.
Projects must be able to be carried out in the artist's own self-isolated living space.
All applicants must be artists of legal age who, regardless of their nationality, live in either Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain or Los Angeles (USA).
This aid is specifically thought for solo artists, thus excluding art collectives, associations or other organizations.
5. SELECTION CRITERIA
The assessment of the presented projects will be mainly based on their artistic quality and the theme is open, although projects that provide insight about the current COVID-19 crisis, climate change, sustainability, diversity, gender or indigenous peoples will be judged positively. Projects with afro themes and backgrounds, and projects about borders, migration, indigenous peoples, and rural communities will also be favored.
Projects that incite hatred against minorities, are deemed discriminatory or violate human rights on the basis of sexual orientation, ethnic minorities, functional diversity, etc. will be rejected.
6. APPLICATIONS AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION
Applicants must submit their application virtually, via a web form, before the end of the application period; attaching to it the following documents:
I. The project’s explanatory dossier with no more than 6 pages. This dossier may include sketches, photographs, and web links to related material that may help understanding it.
II. A compilation of prior work that serves as a biography with images; including photographs and web links to audiovisual material, personal website or websites of previous exhibitions.
Apply using the link to the residency form, found here.
7. APPLICATION DEADLINE
The application period starts on May 1st and ends on June 1st, 2020.
The selection jury will be made up of one representative chosen by each participating institution. The jury's decision is irrevocable.
9. OPEN CALL RESULTS
Once applicants are selected, the results of the open call will be made public on the website and/or social networks of the institutions involved no later than June 30th, 2020.
No additional correspondence or communication will be sent to the applicants who have not been selected.
10. RESIDENCY EXECUTION AND MONITORING
The artwork must be produced within a maximum period of two months starting from the date the beneficiary signs the commitment agreement, between July, August and September 2020.
The artist must promote communication and feedback during the creative process, as well as share the residency experience in the social networks of both institutions involved.
To do this, the artist must:
I. Document the creative process in real time with photographs and/or video.
II. Send the documentation to CCECR, Museo La Neomudéjar, Building Bridges Art Exchange and Plataforma Caníbal weekly, every Monday, while in-residence.
The artist must inform, in advance, of any modification that plans to carry out during the process of production of the work and that may be a significant alteration of the original project presented. You must justify the reasons for such modification, which may be approved or denied in view of the assessment of the information provided.
11. SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
Beneficiaries of the scholarship of one of the self-isolation residencies must sign a commitment agreement before July 10th, 2020 provided by CCECR, Museo La Neomudéjar, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Plataforma Caníbal and Women in the Visual Arts (MAV).
The signature of the commitment agreement by the beneficiary and, where applicable, of the document regulating the grant and payment of the scholarship provided by the corresponding center will be an essential condition for receiving the awarded scholarship. The acceptance of the scholarship will imply the development of the presented project until its complete execution.
The project must be developed within the specified period by the artist himself/herself, and under no circumstances it will exceed 3 months from the beneficiary’s signature of the commitment agreement.
12. SCHOLARSHIP PAYMENT
The residency scholarship will be paid in advance to facilitate the production of the work, given the prior signature of the commitment agreement by the artist and having signed a commitment and obligatory agreement execution.
Museo La Neomudéjar may contribute financial compensation for the acquisition of a piece if the artwork created in-residence meets its museum criteria.
13. DISSEMINATION OF THE PROJECT
The artist beneficiary of the residency agrees not to share in-residence artwork on any platform nor to publicize it by any means before CCECR, Museo La Neomudéjar, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Plataforma Caníbal and/or Women in the Visual Arts (MAV).
Likewise, the artist will assign the appropriate rights for his/her work to become part of the catalog of the aforementioned exhibition or exhibitions, or any other related material, or is included in the dissemination of this residency program.
The participating institutions will try to schedule resulting exhibitions within its programming once the context of COVID-19 allows it.
In any case, the traveling exhibition will have an extended deadline, all throughout 2021.
Each institution will provide a room to set up a results reception program or a presentation table, as the institution deems fit.
14. TERMS AND CONDITIONS ACCEPTANCE
By entering this open call, applicants accept the terms and conditions herein, all of which will be final and not subject to appeal, as well as waive all and any type of claim.