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S+T+Arts “Repairing the Present” Fellowship for African Artists 2021 [€40,000 Grant]

Deadline: November 21st, 2021

To repair the present, the EU’s economy must be transformed and adapted for the sustainable future we all want. The Regional S+T+ARTS Centres focus on a ​resource, urban​, ​ICT & ​art-driven​ transformation as the path towards reconfiguring the current social, cultural and economic landscape. We believe this reconfiguration can only be done with the involvement of different perspectives and by tapping into artists’ potential to act as catalysts for change and actively contribute to innovation. We propose shifting the role of artists from that of observers and critics of societal contexts into that of active participants in the reimagination and building of possible futures. With Repairing the Present, we want to create the frameworks needed for this shift.

As a first step, each Regional S+T+ARTS Centre has gathered a group of local experts and together defined 21 challenges in their localities. The 21 challenges have been informed by the EU Green Deal, the New European Bauhaus and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to reflect pan-European or global issues that nonetheless, require a focus on local regions.

Why You Should Apply

  • Up to EUR 40,000 budget for artist fellowships to cover the artist fee and other fellowship-related costs (including but not limited to artwork/prototype production, transportation to joint Prototyping Park exhibitions, travel and accommodation expenses, insurance)
  • Access to the regional fellowship host organisation and local expert group
  • Access to the Europe-wide S+T+ARTS network 
  • Access to new technologies and R&D departments
  • Participation in Prototyping Parks showcasing the outcomes of the fellowships at MAXXI Rome, ZKM Karlsruhe, as well as at regional locations of the Regional S+T+ARTS Centers upon selection
  • Visibility through high impact communication activities to promote the artistic output and its innovation spillovers (including dissemination events foreseen from July-December 2022)

Who Can Apply?

  • The call is open to professional individual artists and collectives from any art-related field, excited and ready to collaborate with a network of experts and technology (ICT) professionals in addressing local challenges. Previous experience in collaboration with industrial companies and/or research institutions will be valued, but is not a condition for participation.
  • They seek artists with a strong motivation to help change behaviours, reduce waste, fight climate change, improve energy efficiency or make cities and communities more sustainable – in essence, a motivation to challenge existing actions and propose more responsible and sustainable ones. Besides the motivation, artists should have proven experience working with technologies (with a focus on ICT technologies) and integrating them into their artistic practice.
  • Artists can apply for up to 3 challenges. Artists are only eligible for one fellowship. In the case that one artist is shortlisted for multiple fellowships, they will only be invited to present the challenge proposal prioritized in their application in front of the jury.

If you want to gain a better understanding of the application process, you can download the application form here

Fellows Responsibilities

  • Throughout the fellowships, artists are expected to engage with regional issues, local communities and local expert groups to expand their role in society and integrate their artistic practice with the development process of innovative solutions.
    • The goal of the proposals should be the development of a thought-provoking hybrid between an artwork and a prototype that seamlessly bridges between art and technology and proposes a solution with both functional and artistic value to a real-life issue.
    • Furthermore, artists should aim to break the old dichotomies between autonomous and applied art and create space for novel approaches.
  • The final aim is to develop thought-provoking artworks in the form of prototypes that seamlessly bridges between art and technology and propose solutions to a real-life issue that have both artistic and functional value.

Note that individual artists or collectives of individual artists from any country in the world are eligible provided that they can travel to Europe for the Repairing the Present programme and always provided that the Covid-19 situation allows it.

Visit S+T+Arts Fellowship for more information.

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