Democracy > BE Festival (UK) > European Visual Artist Residency
Within its two-year programme for visual and performance artists (2015-2016), BE FESTIVAL aims to investigate and reflect on the concept of democracy and its controversies over time and in different geographical areas. How has the concept of democracy evolved and transformed from its origins to the present day? What will the democracy/ies of the future look like? Based on its different meanings, uses and models, we would like to take the opportunity to review Europe’s democratic quality, while projecting the visions of future democracy/ies.
BE FESTIVAL’s visual arts programme is a two-year cycle exploring a particular theme. We propose a laboratory where artists from different disciplines and cultures can explore the conjunction of arts, politics and economics, in an attempt to find innovative and experimental strategies that challenge obsolete systems and dominant conventions. More than ever, art practice has to be critically analytical. It is at times like this that art must come into its own to inspire new alternatives.
European Visual Artist Residency (June 2015 – residency and exhibition in 2016)
Following the success of this initiative in 2011-12 and in 2013-14, we will invite an international visual artist (at least three years out of university) to attend BE 2015 as a research residency, drawing inspiration from the festival in order to develop a new visual arts project, again relating to the theme of democracy. The project will be created following the 2015 festival onwards, and presented at BE 2016.
In 2015, the selected artist will be provided with accommodation, meals, all travel costs and free access to all performances, workshops, feedback sessions and discussions. In 2016, a two-week residency will be provided prior to the festival (dates to be agreed, however installation must take place in the week leading up to the festival and you must be available for this period). There is money available for material costs to be discussed as part of your proposal and a fee of £800.
Deadline extended till 16 March!