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European Investment Bank Institute > Artists Development Programme – Thematic Calls (Luxembourg)

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For the 2021, edition of its Artists Development Programme (ADP), the EIB Institute is issuing two thematic calls (alongside its geographic call): ‘Disruption: The Imprint of Man’ and ‘Climate Action in the Wake of COVID-19: Build Back Better’.

‘Disruption: The Imprint of Man’ aims to offer a unique vantage point on the Anthropocene. Building on the past residency theme ‘Anthropocene – The Imprint of Man’ (2014-2017), ‘Disruption’ broadens the focus beyond the environment to include topical social issues in the EU: the decline of solidarity and respect as values, generational clashes, and the meaning of intra and international relations. The call encourages the creation of works of art that interrogate human behaviour and its consequences. ‘Disruption’ is therefore understood not only in its physical sense, but also as a social, cultural and behavioural phenomenon.

‘Climate Action in the Wake of COVID-19: Build Back Better’ challenges artists to create work that unpacks the complicated relationship between climate action and the pandemic response. It asks artists to explore post-pandemic reconstruction as an opportunity to tackle the environmental issues exacerbated by the pandemic. How can art help lead us into a post-pandemic world? Artists are invited to muse upon the role of art in the wake of a global crisis in the year immediately following COVID-19.

The ADP offers emerging European visual artists a 6-8 week residency in Luxembourg, enabling them to develop their practice and create a new (body of) work(s), boosted by the mentorship of a renowned artist. In 2021, the recipient will be mentored by acclaimed Finnish artist Jorma Puranen.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Born after 1 January 1986 (in the case of an artist duo, both members must be aged 35 or under).
  • EU national (in the case of an artist duo, both members must be EU nationals).
  • Fluent in English.

The EIB Institute will cover the artist’s travel costs to and from Luxembourg (for the residency), and to and from Jorma Puranen’s studio (before the start of the residency). The artist will receive a €100 flat-rate daily allowance to cover their living costs during the residency and all or part of the production costs, and will be provided with a living/working space.

In addition to the above, the artist will be granted a contribution towards production of €500 at the beginning of the residency and a success fee of €1000 at the end of the residency, provided that they have produced a work or body of works.

The residency in Luxembourg will take place between early May and end of June 2021. Upon completion of the residency, the EIB may consider acquiring an artwork produced on-site by the artist.


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