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KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 - Open Call

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KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photographic festival in the Baltic States, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, since 2004. Maintaining its strong international character, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform of premieres of emerging talents. “Photo World” (China) titled KAUNAS PHOTO as a festival on crossroads of European photography. The current objective is to become a friendly festival to its audience as well as to the participating artists.

In collaboration with LensCulture, KAUNAS PHOTO festival announces an Open Call for its 17th edition, inviting photographers to propose their works and offering exhibiting opportunities as well as participation at New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award, consisting of a solo exhibition at the largest photography gallery in the Baltic States, Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 EUR monetary prize. Open Call provides opportunities to be selected to the festival exhibition and projection program. All exhibiting artists, selected via KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Open Call will be offered artist fees.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival opening events will start on September 3, 2020 with KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Exhibition. Festival’s events and outdoor exhibitions will run until the end of October.

Topic of the year: Peripheral Visions.

In 2020, KAUNAS PHOTO festival was planned to celebrate the periphery, the province, the outback, l’arrière-pays, the background of metropolis in a state of uncertainty, balancing between possibilities and neglect, prospering vistas for transiting commuters and struggling agriculture, remnants of local identities and the global odor spread by passing-by intercontinental flights.

Ever since image-making became possible, photographers were those who would disclose new territories and bring back images to the „civilised world“. In the 21st century, spaces, places, areas outside the big cities, countries of power, once unknown, now become either simply forgotten or are targets for visual investigation inspired by transformations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against it imposed new rules and conceptions of space for living or/and work, perceptions of spacious places we’d rather go, if we could leave the city, imposed limits and borders which were absent for decades. Unable to leave home, leave our own community limits, travel abroad, we are are internet users who are allowed to or would only agree to travel a small distance, remaining within our home country, rediscovering the niche pecularities or contemplating places that „normally“ would be unimportant, uninteresting simply because they’re just around the corner, and not in a reach of a long-haul flight.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s topic aims to look at what is on the margin, just across the window or the border that we can or cannot cross, to discover the spaces, places, lands, areas that usually were in the periphery of the vision. The thematic scope includes self-isolation and things it changed in our habits, attitudes, undermined topics around obvious things, trends beyond mainstream. The festival invites to rethink what in 2020 became important, what was less so, what was taken for granted or simply undermined until now. Both documentary and constructed, geography – based and idea-driven works, works produced during pandemic and in the recent years are welcome.

Let us rethink what in 2020 became important, what was less so, taken for granted or simply undermined until now.

Prize summary: 
The Winner receives a 2500 EUR monetary prize and a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery. All the shortlisted Photographers/Artists will have their exhibitions at the festival in 2020.
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Open Call Opportunities

Photographers/Artists submitting works to Open Call can be enrolled in Kaunas Photo 2020 in the following ways:

  • works can be included into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, its indoor and outdoor exhibitions, presented in squares in Kaunas;
  • Projection events;
  • KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award – Finalist’s and Winner’s exhibitions.

The July panel of decision-making curators on the Jury panel, who will review all entries and eventually are potential providers of opportunities through their platforms, institutions and networks.

The New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award with 2500 EUR prize

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR tradition started in 2010, awarding the best participant of portfolio reviews with a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and paying respect to a probable future star of photography. Since 2018, the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner also receives a 2500 EUR prize, and a joint exhibition of Finalists is held and opened on the same day. Possible income tax obligations, eventually imposed by the country of citizenship of the Winner, will be his/her responsibility. For a Lithuanian citizen, this prize would be tax-exempt.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists exhibitions across the venues of Kaunas old town and the Winner’s exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery will open on September 3, 2020.  The Winner will be disclosed at the opening of the doors of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Finalist is entitled to:

  • participation in a joint KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award exhibition, that will be produced by and at the expenses of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • Due to COVID-19 risks, complicated travel arrangements, eventual obligations of self-isolation resulting after travel, KAUNAS PHOTO festival will not undertake travel arrangements and accommodation, but will pay every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalist an Artist fee of 250 EUR against an invoice delivered by the Photographer/Artist or a contract. The Artist fees will be settled no later than until October 31, 2020.
Deadline: 
07/30/2020

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Fee Detail: 
25 EUR
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Online Exhibition Open Call: The World Is Flat

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Independent & Image Art Space (Chongqing, China) presents an online exhibition open call with the theme of “The World Is Flat”.

About exhibition theme: The World Is Flat

In 2005, Thomas L. Friedman's best-selling book "The World Is Flat" made the term "globalization" a household name. The fast and convenient network of communications, air transportation, and trade exchanges that human society has today are more closely connected with people living in different countries and different regions than ever before. However, the interconnected, "flat" world has also exacerbated the challenges facing mankind, such as global climate change and environmental issues. Another example is that today, 15 years later, close human interaction has become a major factor in the rapid spread of COVID-19 worldwide. We invite artists to respond to the theme of "the world is flat", express your ideas with your works of art, and inspire more people to think.

Exhibition period (dates to be determined): August – September 2020

Application deadline: July 31, 2020

Eligible application: there is no limit on the art medium, size, year of production, artist age, or nationality, but the proposed works should respond to the exhibition theme “The World Is Flat”.

The selected artists will win:

- artworks show at an online virtual exhibition;

- Chinese-English bilingual online feature at our website;

- Chinese-English bilingual digital catalog to be published on ISSUU;

- showcase the selected works on the internationally influential art platform: ARTSY and ARTLAND;

- production of Chinese-English bilingual exhibition video and publish on multi-channels;

- Chinese-English bilingual promotion on popular Chinese social media: WeChat Public Account and Art Express App, on art platform: ARTSY, and on international social media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook;

- Email campaigns sending to our art collectors, introducing your artworks to the Chinese art market;

- Priority to our further events, including offline exhibitions in our Chongqing space, art projects, art fairs in China and internationally and other art events.

Fee: free entry for selection.

The selected artists will pay an exhibition promotional fee of 100USD.

How to apply: 

Please send the following materials in a ZIP file to info@independentimage.org, subject line “Open Call – The World Is Flat”

- 3-7 work images, JEPG, 300dpi, no larger than 5MB. Please provide the work information, including title, material, size, year of production, edition (if applicable), price.

- Artist CV, no more than 500 words;

- Artist statement, no more than 300 words, please explain how your works respond to the theme “The World Is Flat”;

About Independent & Image Art Space

Founded in 2008, Independent & Image Art Space is located in 501 Art Base, which is the most important art zone in Chongqing, next door to one of China’s top art universities — Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

Independent & Image Art Space has been paying close attention to the development of Chinese and international contemporary art. With an open attitude towards the global art scene and unique artistic vision, Independent & Image Art Space endeavors to participate in the practices of Chinese contemporary art development, especially to improve a deeper understanding of contemporary art in our society.

During the years, we have held numerous solo and group exhibitions for our artists as well as international cultural exchange events, displaying the artworks of photography, painting, sculpture, installation, new media art, etc. We present during the exhibitions related thematic lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Deadline: 
07/31/2020

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2020 STARVD ART International Art Prize

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The 2020 STARVD Art Prize program is open to all Emerging Artists* globally  (ages 18 and over) and we encourage all Artists working in 2D media - specifically Painting, Drawing, Collage, Digital, Print, and Photography (or a combination) to apply.  STARVD Art is here for you - the Artist “STARVD” for recognition! The Artist that has immense talent but needs a bespoke, dedicated platform to showcase their work. A platform that isn't mass market but focused on fine art as intelligent and moving as it is beautiful.  

The Art Prize is an opportunity to bring your art to the world. For those Artists based in ASEAN or Oceania, there may be further opportunities for us to collaborate and support each other! But first, submit your work for the opportunity to win some great career-enhancing prizes in the  STARVD ART 2020 International Art Prize! 

Prize summary: 
Win up to $2000 and Global Exposure
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Entries Are Now Open

Each year the Studio will select thirty (30) shortlisted Artist works to be showcased on the Studios web site, social media and international partner sites such as artsy.net additionally there will be a People's Choice Award and a Major Award winner from those shortlisted entries.

The People's Choice Award

- The People's Choice Award: will be chosen from 30 short listed entrants based on the highest number of combined follows and likes from STARVD social media platforms for their entry. 

- The winner will receive $500 SGD cash and 

- a STARVD ART Studio article about the artists work to be featured on Artsy, the premier platform for international art with over 2 million unique visitors each month.

Major Art Prize

The Major Award Winner: will receive $2000 SGD cash as well as:

- An Exclusive online Exhibition featuring the Artists work on Artsy (exhibited online for up to three months)*

- Non-exclusive representation by STARVD ART Studio (exclusive representation will be offered to ASEAN/Oceania artists who are selected)*

- A feature page on the STARVD ART website and archive in the finalist online gallery

- Social media promotion and support on STARVD ART social media platforms for 6 months*

- Promotion of your work to STARVD ART collectors

- A STARVD ART Studio article written by our art curators about the winning entrants work to be featured on Artsy, the premier platform for international art with over 2 million unique visitors each month.

- A downloadable WebApp (for IOS) of the winners art work as featured on the STARVD ART Studio web site (up to a maximum of 50 images)

 

Please download a copy of the Art Prize terms and conditions for more details.

Deadline: 
07/20/2020

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Fee Detail: 
$35 USD
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$550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

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Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. 

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: August 25, 2020
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 Grants
 

 

Prize summary: 
Two $550.00 Grants
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Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. 

Deadline: 
08/25/2020

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Fee Detail: 
25
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Call for Submissions: Global Dance Video (part 3)

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Call for Submissions: Global Dance Circle video

Mark DeGarmo Dance

MDD is now seeking submissions for our next “Global Dance Circle” video! Professional and recreational dancers are all invited to submit a clip.

Copyright © 2020 Mark DeGarmo. All Rights Reserved.

Deadline: 
07/13/2020

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OPEN CALL – DYSTOPIA sound art festival 2020 Berlin-Brazil

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The Dystopia Festival brings diverse „sound artistic“ viewpoints together in an exhibition that deals with current dystopian moments, as well as those of an imagined future.

Dystopias have gained immense importance in recent years. Not only in fiction, but also in reality, the dystopian signals have been increasing, whether by authoritarian-led states, in threats posed by global Internet corporations, by drastic climate developments – or, most recently, by the corona pandemic. The dystopian always carries the germ of the utopian within it however, even if only as a warning to us not to let things go so far- as we have witnessed during the Corona period, when, for example, Venice’s canals became clear again, or, when the sky over Beijing became clear as well.

Following on from the premiere of the double edition Dystopie Berlin-Istanbul (2018/2019), our guest country this year will be Brazil. In addition to artists from Brazil, we invite sound artists from Europe to submit new or existing works that deal with the topic of “dystopia” in the broadest sense.

Artists living in Brasil will be invited for the festival directly. The open call is for sound artists living in the European region. Climate-friendly travel by train is preferable – if at all possible.

The festival wants to establish a sustainable cooperation with the Brazilian sound art scene and we hope to continue the Dystopie-Festival in Brazil in 2021. Selected works produced for Berlin 2020 will then be shown in Brazil.

Application deadline 1. July 2020     

Apply now!

The festival is organized by Errant Sound e.V. and is kindly funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

Deadline: 
07/01/2020

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