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Afro-German Artists & African Diaspora: Art against Racism in Germany | Public Art on Billboards Open Call | €500 cash prizes

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+++ The deadline has been extended to 22th of May 2021 midnight. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for further updates! +++

Calling Afro-German artists, designers, photographers and illustrators and those who live in the former German colonies Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania and African Diaspora in Germany.

This open call is about creatively exposing the blind spots in the collective consciousness of the white majority in Germany towards its colonial history and the racism against black people that is rooted in that era.

Most Germans are still not aware that the German colonial history, albeit much shorter than that of other colonial powers, was every bit as brutal - including murder, rape, forced labor, profiteering and genocide. They are not aware of the bloody trace the German Empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II has left in Africa, and how its deeply racist colonial administration has laid the foundation of every-day racism in Germany today.

How it works

The Blind Spots in the Street poster competition works like an advertising campaign: it consists of a series of posters on billboards in public spaces that are intended to arouse curiosity but do not directly reveal the topic. Each billboard is tagged with a QR code. When scanned, the QR codes lead to our website, where information on the idea behind each poster is provided.

The task
1. to develop a teaser ("eye-catcher") image that arouses curiosity in the viewer without revealing what exactly the image is about. The objective is to get a wider audience to learn about the issues of colonial history and racism. Optionally, write a headline to go with it.
2.Write a text (150-400 words) that provides background information about the image.

What to aim for
The images must be striking and impactful in public. Most importantly, they must arouse curiosity! Only those viewers who really want to know what's behind the image will scan the QR code.
Examples for the interaction of images and texts can be found on our blog.

The rules
1. Participants are at least 18 years old and have had their own experience with racism in Germany or are originially from or live in the former German colonies of Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi.
2. Colors should be primarily red, black, white, and shades of gray so that the images are recognizable as part of the campaign
3. An area of 83x86 mm vertical must be left blank for the QR code.

More details on our website!

Prize summary: 
your art on billboards + exhibition + €500 in cash prizes
Prizes Details: 
  • An international jury will select 4 winners whose work will be posted on billboards in Kassel, Germany.
  • First prize is a €200 cash prize, and three additional winners will recieve a €100 merit award.
  • All 4 winning entries will also be shown at an exhibition in Kassel this summer and receive a social media shoutout.
Deadline: 
05/22/2021

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RFQ for Creative Placemaking

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The City of Sugar Land, Texas requests artists or artist teams submit a statement of qualifications, letter of interest and other materials for the commission of projects through the Creative Placemaking Program, #AllinforSLTX, a program to aid local small businesses. 

The goal of the program is to increase resiliency for small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and provide local residents with vibrant, creative spaces that encourage patronage. 

Examples of proposed work meeting the goals of the project could include sun shelters, parklets, outdoor light installations that make an area more welcoming, projections and concepts that permit businesses (including food service, retail and service-based businesses) to extend their reach in outdoor spaces. We seek fresh, innovative concepts that use artistic excellence to address economic development needs. 

Prize summary: 
$15,000-$150,000
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Budget for work selected through this opportunity ranges from $15,000 - $150,000

Deadline: 
04/08/2021

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CHEAP | 2021 call for artists

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In 2021 CHEAP is issuing its 9th CALL for ARTISTS, targeting not only street artists but anyone involved in graphic design, photography, illustration and visual art more generally. The pieces applicants send in a digital format will be printed and pasted up on the CHEAP On Board circuit of bulletin boards in downtown Bologna.

For CHEAP, this open call has always represented a key element of its identity: it enables the hybridization of languages, breaks down geographical borders, launches a collective discussion, investigates contemporary issues from the bottom up and seeks to reassemble individual statements into a collective narrative.

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Nothing lasts forever.
Which is fortunate, because it implies the potential for change.
Yesterday, today, tomorrow. Despite the fact that, as many have suggested, we just seem to be living the same day over and over, here.

It is in the nature of dogma to insinuate the idea of its own impulse toward infinity. It is in the nature of ideologies to treat the absence of alternatives as implicit. It is in the nature of religions to assert the impossibility of salvation outside of each one’s specific doctrine.

Nevertheless, existence is dialectical. It changes. Becomes. Discards. And overcomes.
In the exceptionality of pandemic-time, we have all wondered what has been taken from us and what is going to be different, or what opportunities this plague might involve: uncertainty and restlessness are the forces that have driven us toward fantastic futures set in unprecedented post-pandemic landscapes.

Fueled by this impulse, we have chosen POST in its Latin sense as the foundation for CHEAP‘s exploration throughout 2021 and this idea of overcoming will provide the launching pad for our public art projects in the coming months.
And this is how we set out today, starting with this Call for Artists. Our annual invitation, addressed to artists using contemporary visual language, to join us in contaminating public space: with signs and imagery, provocations and projects translated into posters. Beginning with this edition, the format has become bigger and color has joined black and white.

What we are asking of you is an imaginative step toward a possibility, however improbable, brimming with desires as well as fears, full of details and approximations both – in other words, an imaginative step toward the future.
Keeping in mind a before, starting from a point you recognize as now, you are invited to define an after. And the terms of that sequentiality are up to you.

We ask what awaits us beyond capitalism, after the next climate crisis, what happens after we turn 30, after we turn 90, after the downfall of patriarchy, after disease, after empire, after punk, after tomorrow.
We want to know how you imagine the end of democracy and what utopia may follow it, how you represent a community that has moved beyond gender and gender violence, how you envisage the posthuman landscape, the postcoital temperature, the features of a new posterity.

Show us the next symbols of liberation, how you would represent a society that has moved beyond racism. In what aesthetics will we recognize ourselves, what are post-traumatic perspectives, what is the new historical era you want to see take off after we wrest free of this one?

POST. A call for visions – on paper, on the street, in posters.

Prizes Details: 

The selected pieces applicants send in a digital format will be printed and pasted up on the CHEAP On Board circuit of bulletin boards in downtown Bologna.

Deadline: 
06/01/2021

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SCULPTURE IN THE CITY

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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 

Background

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, https://www.sculptureinthecity.org.uk/press/, 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 https://youtu.be/41yKtuqprvA 

A dedicated website https://www.sculptureinthecity.org.uk/  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

Requirements

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.

Deadline: 
02/19/2021

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Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Lead Artist for Maimonides Mural/Public Art Project

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Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Lead Artist for Maimonides Mural/Public Art Project

Maimonides Medical Center

Summary:

Maimonides Medical Center presents a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a lead artist/s to work on a mural or public artwork to be displayed in a prominent location on the Maimonides campus in Brooklyn, New York. The artwork will serve as a tribute to over a century of individuals working together to serve our vibrant community and beyond.  

The selected artist/s will work collaboratively with the Public Artwork Steering Committee (PASC) and Focus Group comprised of staff and/ or community members  to develop the artwork concept and design. The goal for the artwork is to honor the past, present, and future of Maimonides’ service to our community, a recognition and celebration of those who have come before and those yet to serve.

Maimonides Medical Center will select one professional artist (or one team of artists) to work closely with the PASC to develop the artwork scope and concept. The scope of the artwork lends itself most closely to mural work, but it not limited to such, and Maimonides invites creative and unique perspectives for artwork that will fulfill the aforementioned goal. This RFQ solicits professional artists whose portfolio will show experience working in large-scale public artwork, with a particular focus on connections to the borough of Brooklyn, New York. Experience working collaboratively with communities or healthcare centers is preferred.

Context: Over a Century of Excellence in Medicine

In 1911, a group of concerned women opened a dispensary to serve the poor and needy residents of their Brooklyn neighborhood - thereby planting the seed that would grow into Maimonides Medical Center. Over the last century, Maimonides has developed into a vital part of the Brooklyn community, as well as a thriving world-class medical center. Our physicians pioneered significant advancements in the field of medicine and, as we move into our second century, Maimonides will continue to reach for new levels of excellence - all the while remaining committed to its mission of providing high-quality, compassionate health care to the diverse patient population in our Brooklyn community.

Maimonides Medical Center was named for Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, a brilliant 12th-century philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern medical training of physicians. Rabbi Maimon, better known as Maimonides, was deeply committed to cultural tolerance and humane care, as well as high medical standards. It was he who said, "The physician should not treat the disease, but rather the patient who is suffering from it." At Maimonides Medical Center, we have practiced our namesake's philosophy with an unmatched passion for more than 100 years.

Maimonides was founded as the New Utrecht Dispensary. In 1919, several smaller dispensaries were consolidated and New Utrecht became Israel Hospital of Brooklyn. In 1920 it merged with Zion hospital and became United Israel Zion Hospital. New facilities were built to accommodate the growing number of patients (the building that is now our Administration building on Tenth Avenue). In 1947, United Israel Zion and Beth Moses hospitals were merged to create the medical center as it exists today, and the hospital was renamed in honor of Maimonides.

 

To this day we serve one of the most ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse communities in the world.

 

Timeline:

· RFQ Published: November 13, 2020

· RFQ Deadline: January 31, 2021

· Finalists Notified: February 12, 2021

· Finalists Interviewed: February 15 – 26, 2021

· Artist Selected: March 5, 2021

· Project Deadline: June 30, 2021

 

Project Budget:

The Project Budget is $15,000.00 for all artist fees including design services, community engagement, site preparation, fabrication, travel, and installation. Maimonides Medical Center will provide any necessary supplies, permits, insurance, and documentation. Maimonides Medical Center will execute a deliverables-based contract valued at $15,000.00 with the artist. Artists will be paid 25% upon contract signing, 25% upon PASC-accepted artwork design, and 50% upon completion. Maimonides Medical Center will cover all costs related to art supplies and additional materials for workshops and community events, equipment for the installation, special insurance, permits for mural/artwork sites and other relevant costs relating to the production of the mural/artwork.

 

Who May Apply:

Professional visual artists or artist teams working in any media, legally authorized to work in the United States, and who are at least 18 years of age, are eligible to apply. Artists with ties to the neighborhood and community of Maimonides Medical Center are encouraged to apply, as well as artists with experience in community engagement practices. Maimonides Medical Center is committed to the values of inclusion and advancing diversity in the field of arts and health. We highly encourage applicants that are traditionally underrepresented* to submit to this RFQ.

*Including, but not limited to: Immigrant, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, Person of Color, Person with Disability, Socioeconomic Disadvantage)

The project period will occur from March 5, 2021 through June 30, 2021.  

How To Apply:

Submit your contact information, biography, CV, portfolio, and statement at: https://forms.gle/4w2NQ9vJYWhpcAuC7

Deadline for Submission of RFQ:

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59pm ET

**Late applications may be disqualified from considerations.**

Finalist Interviews will be held during the dates of February 15 and February 26, 2021.

Prize summary: 
$15,000
Deadline: 
01/31/2021

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INTIMATE MONUMENTS: call for participants

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Call for participants: for a digital, textual, participatory map-making initiative

INTIMATE MONUMENTS

We arrive at MONUMENT from the Latin monēre, "to remind," its roots indicating the centrality of the mind in projects of memorialization. A collaborative project of memory and its sites, material and mental, INTIMATE MONUMENTS is seeking to weave the intimate into a landscape of commemoration. 

How can intimacy––ever individual––speak collectively?

Participants will be asked to submit textual responses to a series of questions. All responses will be recorded anonymously, so as to center the collective voice.

 

Deadline to submit: 11/30

Deadline: 
11/30/2020

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