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OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS AND THINKERS FROM LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Application deadline: Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Based in the heart of London, Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming. With the support of its Network of Latin America Patrons, Delfina Foundation is offering a three-month residency to an artist or thinker in Autumn 2020 (21 September – 20 December)*.

Delfina Foundation’s residency programme supports artists, curators and thinkers to collectively explore specific themes or to independently engage in open research.

Delfina Foundation’s programmes have been focused on five thematic areas:

  • The Politics of Food – on the production, consumption and distribution of food as well as food as a medium and metaphor to expose wider social and cultural concerns.
  • Performance as Process – on performance, from daily rituals to live art, as a way of processing the world around us.
  • science_technology_society – at the intersection between art, science and technology and create solutions through interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Collecting as Practice – on the politics, psychology and philosophy of collecting and the role of collectors and artists in relation collections and archives.
  • The Public Domain – on the notion of public space, both in the physical and digital sense.

This residency will form part of Delfina Foundation’s science_technology_society theme. Therefore, artists and thinkers who are actively envisioning projects that cross art, science, and technology are invited to apply. The purpose of this open call is to select projects and practitioners that Delfina Foundation wishes to engage and support through residencies, collaborations and commissions, as well as to identify key concerns and approaches that will ultimately shape our programme over the coming seasons.

Delfina Foundation will complement the selected artists from this open call with other relevant participants and experts from various fields, depending on the selected project(s). The ambition is to create a focused environment to foster collaboration, incubate ideas and support the development of new projects that can make an impact on the world around us. For this reason, Delfina Foundation prefers projects that are problem-led, whereby the programme can be used to develop solutions through cross-disciplinary, mutual exchange. Delfina Foundation is also interested in ideas that have the capacity to go beyond exhibition spaces, labs and publications, and those that explore different modes of production and dissemination.

* Please note that Delfina Foundation may be able to offer another time during the year for the successful applicant.

THE RESIDENCY PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:

  • Opportunities to engage with artists, curators, academics and researchers through organised studio visits, events and meals.
  • Guided visits to museums, galleries, not-for-profit spaces, artist-run spaces and studios, as well as trips to organisations outside of London.
  • Professional development activities including:
  • Peer-to-peer presentations and crits
  • Portfolio reviews with external curators
  • Mentoring activities with UK based practitioners

Residents will be expected to engage in these activities, as well as a programme of networking events.

During the residency, Delfina Foundation will support collaborative exchange between residents through informal gatherings, crits and meals. These events are complemented with an external public programme of talks, screenings, dinners and panel discussions to share residents’ research, work and exchanges.

THE SELECTED ARTIST WILL RECEIVE:

  • A twelve-week residency in London, including one return economy-class flight, UK airport transfers, visa fees, a daily stipend, a local travel pass, and a basic materials budget;
  • A single bedroom at Delfina Foundation, which is a house with some shared facilities, such as the laundry room, kitchen, and dining room;
  • Opportunities to engage in the art scene in UK through structured and independent time and activities; and
  • Access to a programme of planned group activities and visits to cultural organisations in the UK.

Please note that DF is unable to host partners/spouses, children or full collectives.

Artists should be interested in using their time in London to develop research and to make international connections.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Artists must be from Latin America or the Caribbean;
  • Working professionally in a relevant field with proven experience and previously completed projects in relation to their practice;
  • Seeking an opportunity to develop their practice and the concepts of their artistic work;
  • Able to explain how the experience of an international residency may benefit their career development and local networks; and
  • Proficient in English.

This aim of this opportunity is to provide a career-defining opportunity for an artist to develop the practice. There is no requirement for the artist to produce, present, consign, or donate an artwork to Delfina Foundation or its patrons.

For more details and to apply click here.

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