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Open Call | PACAP 6 - Performing Arts Advanced Programme, curated by Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz





PACAP 6 - Performing Arts Advanced Programme
Curated by Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz

From February 16 to July 30, 2023
Forum Dança, Lisbon, Portugal

Applications for the next edition of PACAP – Performing Arts Advanced Programme are now open.
The sixth edition of the Performing Arts Advanced Programme is curated by Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz.
This advanced training course will run from February 16 to July 30, 2023 and it will take place mostly in Lisbon, Portugal.

The course is aimed for dancers, choreographers, performers and other artists with performance, body, and movement practices, older than 23 (with no upper age limit). The program is open to applications from individual and duet artists.

The selection process will be carried out by the curators of PACAP 6 and the direction of Forum Dança. 
Candidates must present a synopsis of a project to be developed within the scope of PACAP 6. 
This synopsis is nothing more than a starting point, an unfinished idea, an unsolved problem. 

The selection process will take place in 2 distinct Phases:

  • Phase 1 – Applications - until June 20, 2022;
  • Phase 2 – Auditions - 5 to 10 September 2022.

Candidates selected for an audition will be contacted by June 30, 2022. The second phase will only be for the candidates selected in the first phase. Communication of the final results: all selected candidates will be contacted by email until 30 September 2022. For foreign residents unable to travel to Lisbon, an audition and online interview will be held between September 5 and 10, 2022 at a time to be arranged with each candidate.


  • Registration: 120€.
  • Payment in full: 1800€.
  • Payment in two instalments: 950€ x 2.

Note: Scholarships will be awarded after the selection is completed to 2 participants that can provide simultaneous translation for small groups. The scholarship consists of a 50% reduction of the total tuition fee.

Coproduction PACAP 6:
TBA – Teatro do Bairro Alto and Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Support PACAP 6: O Rumo do Fumo, Alkantara, Estúdios Victor Córdon, O Espaço do Tempo, Piscina

You can access the complete information available on our website at:

  • – in Portuguese
  • – in English

The submission of applications is done solely and exclusively through the form available on the Forum Dança website. Applications will be accepted in Portuguese, English and French. For more information and to apply, just fill out the form available here.

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Forum Dança is an independent structure funded by Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Directorate General for the Arts and the Lisbon City Hall.
Forum Dança is a member of REDE – Association of Structures for Contemporary Dance

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Sculpture in the City has launched an open call for submissions for a 2D artwork that will be featured as part of a temporary site-specific installation within the public realm of the iconic Cheesegrater building in the City of London. The successful artwork will form part of the landmark 10th Anniversary edition of Sculpture in the City, which is due to launch summer 2021. The deadline for submissions is 19 February 2021.

This call for submissions offers a unique opportunity for artists, designers and illustrators to submit a graphic artwork for realisation on a large scale, which will be on view for a year within one of London’s most iconic buildings, also offering the opportunity to participate in the landmark 10th anniversary edition of Sculpture in the City.

Sculpture in the City is an annual, award-winning, urban sculpture park which traditionally launches each year in June. A cultural initiative delivered by the City of London in partnership with 13 local businesses, it is sited in the EC3 insurance district of the City, around the iconic towers of the Gherkin, Cheesegrater, Lloyd’s building and inside the historic Leadenhall Market. 

Over the years Sculpture in the City has showcased contemporary 3D artworks in a dynamic urban environment with successful installations which are in dialogue with the iconic contemporary architecture. The majority of the 114 artworks showcased to date have been freestanding sculpture works but there have also been opportunities to showcase artworks in less traditional ways. A great example is Mhairi Vari’s Support for a Cloud on the Lloyds building and two lamp posts.

To date we have also seen artworks shown in the Cheesegrater which include Lizi Sanchez’s Cadenetas hung in the trees; Kevin Killen’s Tipping Point, fixed to one on the columns and Thomas J Price’s Numen on the astroturf and currently, as part of the ninth edition extension; Laurence Wierner’s WITHIN A REALM OF RELATIVE FORM is installed on the glass wall (to be deinstalled April 2021).

For the landmark 10th anniversary edition of the project, Sculpture in the City is keen to consider the use of the underside of the two main escalators leading up into the iconic Cheesegrater as a canvas for a 2D artwork. The prominence of the two escalators in the public realm make them a perfect canvas for a graphic work to be experienced by the thousands of people who walk through the building on a daily basis.

This call for submissions is for a graphic 2D artwork to be reproduced / printed on vinyl. The site for this artwork are the two escalators in the iconic Cheesegrater building public realm. The site is covered but open to the elements and the two escalators are a dynamic addition to the cathedral like space. It is down to the artists discretion to select which one of the two escalators they are proposing the artwork for if not both. 

All graphic artworks submitted for consideration will need to be suitable for public display and with assets made available for distribution, publication and production from March 2021. The artwork will be on site from May 2021 to May 2022.

We highly recommend visiting the location to experience its unparalleled scale and the relationship of the escalators to the space. 

An artist fee of £750 will be offered in honorarium to the winning entry. Sculpture in the City will cover all other fees required to install the artwork i.e. reproduction, installation, insurance and the overall marketing and press campaign costs.  

"Art in a corporate setting has a bad rep. Show me a bank reception and I will show you a daffy, nondescript bronze selected mainly for being studiously uncontroversial. Sculpture in the City, however, is a different affair. Returning for its ninth edition, this large-scale open-air exhibition transforms the Square Mile into a giant sculpture park. And the best bit is that the art on show is genuinely worth seeing. […] All 21 works are a pleasingly disruptive addition to the slick City landscape."  Rosemary Waugh, Time Out 


The aim of the project is to use the Square Mile as a contemporary urban gallery space and showcase cutting edge art in an area represented by the iconic contemporary towers as well as the layers of history nestled amongst these tall buildings. The project establishes a dialogue between contemporary art and contemporary architecture.

Sculpture in the City offers a unique opportunity for City workers and the local community to experience contemporary art and engage with their local environment in the context of the working day. 

Since the launch of the project in June 2011, the project has grown significantly in size and scope. The current exhibition, the extended ninth edition of the project includes 19 artists in 21 locations and is on show until April 2021. To date the project has shown 114 artworks, by 94 artists from 29 countries.

The current exhibition has achieved extensive press coverage,, with a successful campaign led by Brunswick Arts, including Time Out London, The Times, Evening Standard, The Londonist and City Matters.

A film review of Sculpture in the City’s ninth edition can be viewed here 

A dedicated website  features images and information about all the artworks to date as well as a downloadable map of the current edition. 

"With works juxtaposed against the tall buildings in the Square Mile, this open-air exhibition not only enriches the workday experience of City workers but draws cultural visitors into this most ancient part of the City." Paul Robinson, Artlyst


The artwork submitted needs to be suitable for exhibiting outdoors in a busy urban environment and available from May 2020 to May 2021.  

The proposed artworks need to be pre-existing as the project does not normally commission new works, with all digital assets print ready with final file sign-off by no later than April 2021. 

The project is sited in the public realm and seen by close to 500,000 visitors every year.

Artists shown to date include:

2011: Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Franz West, Kenneth Armitage

2012: Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Thomas Houseago, Michael Craig-Martin, Yayoi Kusama, Dan Graham

2013: Ryan Gander, Chapman Brothers, Robert Indiana, Antony Gormley, Keith Coventry, Petroc Sesti, Jim Lambie, Richard Wentworth, Shirazeh Housiary 

2014: Cerith Wyn-Evans, Jim Lambie, Richard Wentworth, Nigel Hall, Peter Randall-Page, Joao Onofre, Lynn Chadwick, Ben Long, Julian Wild, Paul Hosking

2015: Kris Martin, Laura Ford, Adam Chodzko, Folkert de Jong, Xavier Vielhan, Sigalit Landau, Ekkehard Altenburger, Tomoaki Suzuki, Keita Miyazaki, Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, Bruce Beasley, Shan Hur

2016: Anthony Caro, Gavin Turk, William Kentridge & Gerhard Marx, Lizi Sanchez, Ugo Rondinone, Recycle Group, Jurgen Partenheimer, Huma Bhabha, Petroc Sesti, Michael Lyons, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Enrico David, Jaume Plensa, Mat Collishaw, Sarah Lucas and Giuseppe Penone. 

2017: Daniel Buren, Fernando Casasempere, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, Damien Hirst, Kevin Killen, Paul McCarthy, Nathaniel Rackowe, Peter Randall-Page RA, Recycle Group, Bosco Sodi, Karen Tang, Gavin Turk, Mhairi Vari, Mark Wallinger and Gary Webb.

2018: Marina Abramović, David Annesley, Shaun C Badham, Miroslaw Balka, Jyll Bradley, Tracey Emin CBE RA, Clare Jarrett, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Gabriel Lester, Sarah Lucas, Amanda Lwin, Jean-Luc Moulène, Michail Pirgelis, Thomas J Price, Richard Rome, Nancy Rubins, Sean Scully RA, Do Ho Suh and Karen Tang. 

2019: Salvatore Arancio, Reza Aramesh, Elisa Artesero, Shaun C Badham, Jyll Bradley, Nathan Coley, Marisa Ferreira, Leo Fitzmaurice, Kevin Francis Gray, Clare Jarrett, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Michael Lyons, Nancy Rubins, Nina Saunders, Jennifer Steinkamp, Do Ho Suh, Jonathan Trayte (Autumn 2019), Patrick Tuttofuoco and Lawrence Weiner.

Selection Process

Submissions will be presented to the Sculpture in the City Arts Advisory Group as below and a shortlist will be drawn up for presentation to the building owners, the Sculpture in the City Partner Board and the City of London City Arts Initiative for approval

Sculpture in the City Arts Advisory Group

Andrea Schlieker Tate Britain, Iwona Blazwick Whitechapel Gallery, Wendy Fisher Collector and Philanthropist, Whitney Hinz curator Hiscox, Jane Alison Barbican Art Gallery, Sepake Angiama INIVA  and Thomas J Price Guest artist. 

The shortlist is expected to be confirmed by March 2021.

Following shortlisting by the Arts Advisory Group each artist and/or gallerist is invited for a site visit with the Artistic Director and technical installation team to discuss the chosen escalator and have a more detailed conversation about the production requirements of the selected artwork.

We aim to confirm the successful submission in April 2021 and will work towards installation in May/June 2021, with the official project launch to take place in the summer of 2021. **Please note that this timeline is for indicative purposes and is subject to review in observance of government guidance and/or restrictions which may be in effect due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Conditions of participation

The reproduced artwork will be on display for 12 months (May 2021-May 2022) and must be suitable for outdoor display in the public realm for the entire period of display. The selected works will be subject to an agreement with the City of London Corporation.

Sculpture in the City covers printing and shipping within the UK (should this be applicable), installation, insurance and maintenance costs. 

Sculpture in the City works exclusively with MTEC who will produce, ship and install the artwork. 

All artists and galleries participating receive full credit on all marketing and press material. 

Prize Summary: 
An artist fee of £750 will be offered in honorarium to the selected entry.
Prizes Details: 

An artist fee of £750 will be offered in honorarium to the winning entry and Sculpture in the City will cover all other fees required to install the artwork i.e. reproduction, installation, insurance and the overall marketing and press campaign costs.


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Call for Applications PACAP 5, curatorship by João Fiadeiro (Lisbon, Portugal)




PACAP 5 - Performing Arts Advanced Programme
Not knowing together
- 2021/22
Curatorship by João Fiadeiro in collaboration with Márcia Lança, Carolina Campos and Daniel Pizamiglio.

Applications for the next edition of PACAP - Performing Arts Advanced Programme are now open.
The fifth edition of the Performing Arts Advanced Programme is curated by João Fiadeiro, in collaboration with Márcia Lança, Carolina Campos and Daniel Pizamiglio.
This advanced training course will run from September 6, 2021 to July 30, 2022 and is aimed for dancers, choreographers, performers and other artists with practices related to performance, body and movement.

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“PACAP 5’s programming will aim to provide a diverse and non linear approach towards artistic research, employing as reference the study and experimentation of improvisation through Real Time Composition (bloc I); collaborative practices starting from a shared question (bloc II); and practices of individual research for each participant (bloc III). Depending on their interests and availability, participants will be able to opt for a 3, 6 or 9 month course. In order to do the second and third blocs participants must attend the previous ones. The number of participants will decrease as the course progresses: 24 in the first bloc, 16 in the second and 8 in the third and final one, thereby establishing different intensities and ways of involvement with the different research practices of decision, collaboration and creation proposed within the course.
João Fiadeiro and some members of the Atelier RE.AL Collective (Márcia Lança, Carolina Campos, Daniel Pizamiglio and Ivan Haidar) will be present during the entire duration of the course in order to replicate the laboratorial practice that has always characterized our activity. This aims to produce a sense of continuity between blocs and create the condition to deepen the research experience, which would be difficult to implement if the course were structured around a more fragmented and punctual participation of external guests. Regardless, running parallel to a more constant relationship with the Atelier RE.AL Collective we will invite artists and researchers to direct occasional workshops associated with the subjects being explored in each bloc. With these invitations we aim to create a critical distance with regards to our practice, to tune in to other ways of thinking-doing artistic research and generate some breathing room between the cycles.” – Curatorial Team

The course is aimed at dancers, choreographers, performers and other artists whose practices relate to performance, body and movement. Applicants should position themselves as peers and not students and see artistic creation as a space of research through art, meaning a platform for the exploration of processes of correlation, collaboration and decision in an environment that does not distinguish between theory and practice and promotes permeability between subjects, thereby regarding the work of art as a consequence of a process and not as its end.

Bloc I - Study, experimentation and practice of Real Time Composition
: September 6 until December 4, 2021
Bloc II - Collaboration processes based on a shared question: January 17 until April 16, 2022
Bloc III - Individual investigation processes of each participant: April 26 until July 30, 2022

Bloc I
- Lisa Nelson (USA), Romain Emma-Rose Bigé (FR).
Bloc II - Coletivo Hormigonera (UY), David-Alexandre Guéniot / GHOST (PT), Orquestina de Pigmeos (ES), Projeto Companhia – João dos Santos Martins (PT).
Bloc III - Eleonora Fabião (BR), Gustavo Sumpta (PT), La Ribot (ES), Luara Learth/Acauã Elbandido (BR), Mette Edvardsen (NO).


Bloc I+II+III (9 months)

  • Course calendar: September 6, 2021 to July 30, 2022
  • Application deadline: 29.01.2021
  • Selection phases dates:
  • 12.02.2021 ›› Announcement to pre-selected candidates
  • 15 to 19.02.2021 ›› On-line workshop
  • 22 to 26.02.2021 ›› Individual interviews with curatorial team
  • 01.03.2021 ›› Communication of results

Bloc I+II (6 months)

  • Course calendar: September 6, 2021 to April 16, 2022
  • Application deadline: 12.03.2021
  • Selection phases dates:
  • 19.03.2021 ›› Announcement to pre-selected candidates
  • 22 to 26.03.2021 ›› On-line workshop
  • 29.03.2021 ›› Communication of results

Bloc I (3 months)

  • Course calendar: September 6, 2021 to December 4, 2021
  • Application deadline: 16.04.2021
  • Selection phases dates:
  • 24.04.2021 ›› Announcement to pre-selected candidates
  • 26 to 30.04.2021 ›› On-line workshop
  • 02.05.2021 ›› Communication of results

Coproduction PACAP 5
: TBA – Teatro do Bairro Alto
Support PACAP 5: O Rumo do Fumo, Alkantara, Estúdios Victor Córdon, O Espaço do Tempo

You can consult the complete information available on our website at: - in Portuguese - in English


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MADC's Collective Thread Open Call Submission

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MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) is elated to announce its sixth annual dance festival, Collective Thread, on March 11-13, 2021 7:30 PM via Zoom. The purpose of Collective Thread is to provide a voice and a platform for artistic self-impression to those women/womxn identifying artists of underrepresented ethnic groups within the medium of dance. The goal of Collective Thread is to instill artists with the necessary tools to take on leadership roles in an effort to increase diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in the dance field. 

The 2021 open submission call is November 16 - 11:59 PM EST on January 1, 2021. The artists’ applications will be selected based on the following criteria from a panel of peers in the dance field: 1. The submitted piece and its relevance towards BIPOC. 2. Responses from the submission questions. Artists will be notified by 11:59 PM EST on January 8, 2021. Twelve artists will be chosen to present 5-8 minutes of a dance work on one of the three live stream concerts on March 11-13, 2021. If chosen, artists will sign a letter of agreement to confirm her/their participation in the dance festival by 11:59 PM EST on January 22, 2020. There are no fees to submit. No production fee if chosen. Participating artists will receive an honorarium and exposure through advertising/marketing.

Prize Summary: 
A Choreographer honorarium is provided. 

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Fee Detail: 
No fee to submit. No production fee if chosen.
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MADC's Move to Change Open Submission Call

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MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) is elated to announce its Third Annual Move to Change Dance Festival on Friday & Saturday, November 6-7, 2020 7:30PM EST virtually through Zoom. Move to Change uses dance as a form of social justice and arts activism through the lens of people of color (POC). The 2020 open submission call is Friday, July 7-Friday, August 21 at 11:59PM EST. No application fee to submit or participation fee. A Choreographer honorarium is provided. 

Prize Summary: 
A Choreographer honorarium is provided. 

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Fee Detail: 
No application fee or production fee. A Choreographer's honorarium is provided.
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COMEL Award Contemporary Art: Aluminium Bonds

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The contemporary art COMEL award Vanna Migliorin, the international competition dedicated to the creative use of aluminium, is back for its VIII edition.

All artists 18 years old and above who live or work within European borders are called to challenge themselves each year with a theme related to the characteristics of this splendid and surprising metal, aiming to discover, or highlight, its expressive, aesthetic, communicative and constructive potentialities. This year's theme is Aluminium Bonds.

Aluminium has a natural tendency to join, connect and merge with other metals, in fact in nature it is never found free.

It is one of the few elements of the periodic table to be trivalent, meaning that, each of its atom uses three electrons to combine with other elements. This exquisitely chemical characteristic is easily reflected in the metaphorical and symbolic understanding of the concept of bond and translates into the positive values of openness, generosity, exchange and desire to create links with other people.

All concepts that are supported and conveyed by the COMEL Award which at each edition becomes an opportunity for artists from different countries to meet, and encourages the sharing and mutual enrichment of all participants.

Those values, this year, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, become even more important and deeply felt: bonds that remain strong despite the social distancing that we are required to maintain.  For this reason and in order to continue to look to the future with positivity, the organizers have decided to open the call even if there are still no certainties about the exit from the lockdown in almost all European countries. The intent is to open the registrations anyway, deadline is so far October 31st and hopefully the final exhibition will be held in the first months of next year.

Registration is free. Painting, sculpture, design, photography and installation artworks, using aluminium as their main element and respect the proposed theme, will be admitted. A jury of experts will choose 13 finalist works (13 such as the atomic number of aluminium), which will be exhibited at the Spazio COMEL Arte Contemporanea gallery in Latina. Among these, a winner will be selected who will receive a cash prize (3500 euros), and will be the protagonist of a solo show with a dedicated catalogue.

Deadlines of the exhibition and of the award ceremony will be communicated as soon as possible.


Prize Summary: 
3500 euros

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