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The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network has responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic by announcing an open call for art projects. The application is open to all Finnish and Finland-based professional artists who have lost work opportunities due to the corona epidemic. Projects should be completed by 30 June 2020, and the Institutes are especially looking for projects, which emphasise broad international collaboration – without physical contact. Deadlines: 30 March 2020, 20 April 2020 & 4 May 2020.
UNESCO is accepting applications for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The IFCD finances initiatives that stimulate the Cultural and Creative Industries in developing countries. Applications are invited from public authorities/institutions and NGOs from eligible countries, as well as international NGOs. Deadline: 27 May 2020.
The Tom Majors Fund brings world class artists to Key West, Florida who work wholly or in part with wood, and supports the ones in the area already doing so. Proposals are sought for programmes to take place October 2020 - June 2021. Programmes should include a public component – e.g. an exhibition, workshop, lecture or some combination – but may include the creation of new work. Deadline: 15 September 2020.
The Arab Documentary Photography Programme supports documentary photographers in the Arab region in creating unconventional, compelling, non-stereotypical visual documentation of social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. Applicants whose proposals are selected receive a production grant, two intensive workshops (in September 2020 and April 2021) and mentoring by an established international photographer. Deadline: 1 May 2020.
The Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE) is designed to encourage foreign organisations and institutions of interest in the cultural field – both public and private – to feature Spanish or Spanish-resident artists, culture professionals and cultural creators in overseas programmes. Applications can be made by foreign organisations and institutions under the categories of theatre, circus and dance; visual arts, design and architecture; film; literature; and music. Deadline: 15 April 2020.
The housing association Peabody is seeking proposals for a significant new art commission of ambition and scale that will raise the profile of Thamesmead (an area of south-east London, England), taking inspiration from its current and future communities. Proposals are welcomed from individual artists and creative practitioners, cultural organisations, and consortiums of artists or organisations. The project should be undertaken July 2020 – March 2022 (although the work can be completed sooner). Deadline: 20 April 2020.
Franklin Furnace awards annual grants to early career artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists selected by the panel are expected to present their work in New York City. Full-time students are ineligible. Deadline: 1 April 2020.
With the Artists’ Contacts programme, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen supports the international cooperation of cultural actors. Artists and cultural practitioners from Germany and from emerging or developing countries receive valuable support for projects in contemporary visual arts, architecture, photography, media art and design. Applicants thereby receive the chance to network internationally and to advance the intercultural discourse between Germany and the global South. Next deadlines: 15 August 2020 & 31 January 2021.
The Goethe-Institut's International Coproduction Fund is intended for coproductions by artists in the fields of theatre, dance, music and performance art, in which hybrid and interdisciplinary formats and the use of digital media may be key components. The target group comprises professional artists and ensembles abroad and in Germany, which demonstrably lack sufficient resources to realise their coproduction project on their own. Projects between German and non-European partners, in particular from transition countries, are preferred. Deadline: 15 April 2020.
A UK charity founded in 1987, Barakat Trust operates for educational and heritage purposes focusing on the heritage of the Islamic world. They provide scholarships and grants for study and research projects, as well as supporting conservation and documentation work, travel for research and education, and training programmes. The Trust has a number of open grants for scholars. Deadline: 31 March 2020.
ACP-EU Culture > ‘Support for Cultural and Creative Sectors in ACP Countries’ – Call for Partner Organisations
Aiming to promote the socio-economic development of ACP countries by boosting the cultural and creative sector as a whole, ACP-EU is looking to select partner organisations at international, regional or national levels who will help them to administer their grant programme. Partners will deliver one of six 'lots': Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific. Deadline: 15 April 2020.
Drawing Lab Paris, a centre for contemporary drawing, is calling for exhibition proposals from duos composed of a curator and an artist. Artists or curators under the age of 25 are not eligible for the call. The exhibition, and artworks, must be specifically designed for the Drawing Lab. Selected projects will be presented to the public during a two-month period in 2021. Deadline: 5 April 2020.
The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is an experimental grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets.ECFJ supports a variety of work, including text, photography, audio and video. Artists with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also encouraged to apply. In an effort to be responsive to an ever-fluctuating news cycle, artists can apply to ECFJ for support of their work on a rolling basis.
The Institute of International Education announced on 26 May the launch of a programme to save the lives and work of artists who face persecution in their home countries. The new Artist Protection Fund (APF), a three-year pilot programme supported by a $2.79 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will make life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in countries where they can safely continue their work and plan for their future.
Prince Claus Fund > Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme (Disaster relief for cultural heritage)
The Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme provides quick help to evacuate, stabilise or rescue cultural heritage under imminent threat of destruction or damaged by man-made disasters, natural disasters or conflict.