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MANIFEST: Call for Artists to Reimagine the European Heritage of the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved People

MANIFEST open call for artists.

Co-funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe Programme, ‘MANIFEST: New artistic perspectives on memories of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people’ aims to contribute to and enhance the re-imagination of Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people.

MANIFEST is now looking for artists that are motivated to contribute to this subject with new artistic perspectives.

MANIFEST is an artistic and educational initiative that will support the creation of 12 artworks. The artworks will be developed through an Artistic Journey with the help and facilitation of artistic supervisors, academic researchers, and production partners.

Along the Artistic Journey, artists will work in residencies and be encouraged to work with new technologies. The final artworks will be produced in digital formats in either Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), video or audio – sound formats, and spoken art.

Key Dates, 2023-2024:

  • 5-14 June 2023: Residency in Budapest and Zsennye Palace, Hungary – Artists will submit their final concept note.
  • June 2023 – June 2024: Kick-off XR workshops in Copenhagen and content creation period – Artists will work on their artworks and content.
  • 16-25 October 2023: Residency in Lisbon, Portugal – Artists will finalise their artworks and showcase them by the end of the residency.
  • November 2023 – August 2024: Digitalisation of artworks and preparation for showcase.
  • October 2024: Final Event in Nantes, France – Showcase of art projects and selection of three projects for the final prize.

Support from MANIFEST includes a 3000 EUR honorarium, a 1000 EUR budget for production support, three awards (each of 3500 EUR) for three selected art projects at the Final Event, and reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses for artists at all MANIFEST events.

Applicants that are legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework are eligible. Artist groups or collectives (up to a maximum of three artists) or individuals may apply.


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