environmental art

OPEN CALL for an ecological co-op art residency in Andalusia

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We are looking for artists & art professionals from all disciplines who work in alternative art production and/or whom nature and the surrounding land could be an exciting theme to work on. We offer a space to think, time to develop a new idea or to continue working on an existing project.

The Program
Montemero Art Residency is an organization dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. Being located on a biological reserve near the Tabernas Desert, the location offers a unique perspective that aims to cultivate a personal connection with nature and how it functions, while further expanding the idea of eco-living. With minimal external interference, artists-in-residence have the opportunity to focus on themselves and their work in a way that more densely populated areas are unable to provide.
With our interdisciplinary program and ongoing environmental projects, we intend to create an environment and offer facilities conducive to creative work integrated with nature. We embrace and emphasize the experimental, undefined, and unexpected states of creativity while promoting intercultural collaboration to bring people from different fields to share and further our approach to ecological and cultural sustainability.

Duration of residency

1 to 3 months

Accommodation

Artists will have their own private room in a shared house with a large kitchen, and there are plenty of spaces both indoor and outside to create and be inspired. All activities at the residency are arranged in the community with the host(s) who are using the property for the time being. This also applies to living arrangements such as cooking meals and keeping tidy. Fundamental courtesies apply.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

The residency is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and we welcome all those who are looking for space and time to explore new forms of interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Our program offers a fully-equipped printmaking studio, other open spaces that are suitable for a variety of artistic practices, and ongoing mentoring sessions.
The studio is equipt with printmaking tools, printing blocks, letterpress, easel, and high-quality papers, but anything further/specialized will need to be acquired by the artist prior to the residency. The residency is in a rural area, so we recommend artists to travel with their own preferred materials as art supply stores are non-existent, or order to our location prior to their stay. Though we cannot provide specific materials for artworks, the materials located in the scrap yard are free to be used by artists. This process will be supported by weekly online/video chat feedback sessions, individual portfolio reviews, and brainstorming sessions with our curator.
Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your production process and needs.

Studio / Workspace

Montemero was the former atelier of German artist Wolfgang Simon. Wolfgang Simon studied from 1957 to 1962 at the Berlin College of Fine Arts. Simon practiced as an apprentice of Friedrich Schröder Sonnenstern. From the late 1960s to his last days, he lived in Andalusia and dedicated his life to the conservation of this land, forming the Finca Montamero Biological Reserve while continuing his work as a printmaker. As such, he equipped his studio for woodcut, linocut, and letterpress printmaking. During the residency, artists will have access to this studio and his archive, as well as the outside areas that can be used for their creative practices.

Fees and support

This is an artist/curator-run residency. Sadly we do not have the funding to support artists financially at the moment. The fees are there to function as a residency, not to profit, which covers 40% of the total costs of participation in the program. €850 participation fee for one full month (4 weeks). This fee will go towards accommodation, utilities (Wi-Fi, gas/water/electricity, cleaning supplies, etc…), upkeep of the facilities and appliances, the studio, administrative tasks, and consultations. The fee also covers a pick-up and drop-up from Jaravia train station, San Juan de los Terreros, or Vera bus station. We also can provide you with bikes (limited) and snorkeling and diving equipment.
Please note: If you are selected as one of our participants, you will be required to deposit 40% of the fee within 10 days of your acceptance to secure your place. 
Artists should cover their travel costs, daily expenses, and the cost of production of personal works beyond supplies provided by the residency. We do our best to ensure guests’ safety at all times, but we cannot take responsibility for personal illness, injuries, or accidents. Nor can we take responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings. Please make sure you have adequate travel and health insurance prior to travel.

Expectations towards the artist

Our residency is a place to experience new perspectives and acquire new references, by default we are expecting our residents to be open-minded, respectful towards others, and take part in our curatorial sessions regularly. 
As our program is highly based on individual residents’ needs, we don’t require any formal outcomes from artists, such as finishing a project or having an artist talk. With that being said, we encourage artists to incorporate new mediums and disciplines into their practice, create and hold both public and private workshops regarding their practice – if it’s beneficial to their practice – and join other events that are organized by Finca Montemero.

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30/September/2022
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Extinction Virtual Exhibition

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As we move into our second quarter of 2022, I am thrilled to announce that the Syzygy Project's new theme will be: EXTINCTION! The Syzygy Project will be spending the next three months diving deep into this incredibly important theme, exploring it through the lens of art, activism, and conservation.

We invite artists from all creative backgrounds to consider the species and ecosystems that are disappearing at a rapid rate around the globe. What is your connection to these species, what can we all do to protect those who are vulnerable to the changing climate and how art can serve as a voice for change? 

All selected works will be displayed in a virtual exhibition on The Syzygy Project website and featured on our social media. 

Submission Deadline: July 28th 2022

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28/July/2022

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Landscapes Virtual Exhibition

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The online, environmental art gallery and blog, The Syzygy Project invites artists from all creative backgrounds to apply to this quarters theme, “Landscapes”. Syzygy encourages you to consider the spaces you inhabit every day, your ties to the landscapes that have shaped you, and the traces we all leave upon these treasured spaces.

All creative mediums are welcome.

All accepted works will be featured in a virtual gallery on the Syzygy website and on the Syzygy Project’s social media pages.

Submission Deadline: April 28th 2022

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28/April/2022

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Supernova Silent Screen

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Denver Digerati’s Silent Screen initiative provides the ultimate walking tour that reflects how digital animation and motion art can be integrated with LED display technology as a dynamic form of public art. Our six screen locations are located within the core of the Denver Theatre District in downtown Denver.

Musical weirdo and visionary” (Vice) Beatie Wolfe is an artist who has beamed her music into space, been appointed a UN Women role model for innovation, and held an acclaimed solo exhibition of her ‘world first’ album designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Wolfe’s latest innovation is an environmental protest piece built using 800,000 years of climate data to visualise rising CO2 levels which was unveiled at the Nobel Prize Summit, London Design Biennale and the United Nations Global Climate Conference COP26.

For this year’s Silent Screen, we want YOU to submit your work to be shown on one of our public LED screens, all of which feature a non-traditional format. Feel free to think of this topic broadly in the ways in which most resonate with you. We will match you with a screen where you will create works formatted to this unique exhibition opportunity.

Activating Environmental Awareness asks each of us what we can do in this age of climate crisis where vital planet-saving messages are getting lost in the noise and onslaught of daily news, social media and notifications that the digital era has created. With everything occupying this same superficial stream of information that infiltrates our day-to-day lives, bombarding our sensory systems until we are numb, overloaded and fatigued, how can anything imprint? Art has the power to cut through and communicate complex messages that can open up our hearts and minds, activate awareness, and inspire action on a large scale.” — Beatie Wolfe

Your proposal should include 2-4 visual samples as aesthetic references, a brief statement about the concept you are proposing, and a little about your overall art practice.

All works to be considered for Silent Screen must be suitable for general public viewing and will be shown without sound. Artists may choose to produce accompanying sound for online presentation and reference purposes. All final works will be limited in duration with a minimum of 45 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes.

Visit our Silent Screen Format page to learn more about the six screens we activate in this public art exhibition and to submit your proposal.

https://denverdigerati.org/silent-screen-supernova

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30/May/2022

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Global Day of Creative Action

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Micro Galleies is calling out to creatives to join us in our Global Day of Creative Action, where artists come together to create and draw attention to climate change in our communties, around the world. The Global Day of Creative Action is on November 6, and is a free, open platform for anyone who wants to use creativity in their community, to draw attention the environment. The 24 hour project will take place to coincide with the COP26 in Glasgow (the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference).

Creatives from all over the world will present artworks small and large, professional and amateur, provocative and subtle, in ANY medium they wish, about climate action. Mobilise within your community, and develop, present, and document a public, creative response to climate disruption; and impact the world right where you are. 

Climate change is a scary, data-heavy, intangible subject and creative interpretations help inform, educate, and engage our communities to have a better understanding of this issue and be motivated to make change and learn more. Plus, it’s loads of magical, creative fun.

This year you can be involved in three ways:

1. Create a public creative response in order to provide ideas, solutions and/or education using ANY medium you wish

2. Register to install our open-source project "Golden Repair (The Climate). This is an artwork created by Shohei Katayama and Adam Kuby Art, and made open source with instructions, so anyone can be part of this movement and make an impact

3. If in rigid lockdown or due to COVID-safety, digital responses can be submitted this year AND and we even have a team standing by to help you make these if you need

Register NOW to be involved, get your information pack and be part of the day, our Zine, online exhibition and catalogue and micro documentary. 

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05/November/2021

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