CALL FOR PROPOSALS – EUNIC and BOPA “Transit” Public Art Residency
The EUNIC cluster in Washington, DC and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) seek an accomplished artist to participate in “Getting to Know Europe: Transit” in Baltimore, Maryland from January 2014 to June 2014.
Baltimore shares some characteristics familiar in other post-industrial European cities: shrinking size and population, mixed ethnic population, social disintegration, an economic background of de-industrialization, efforts to reduce crime, and a vibrant cultural scene.
Baltimore City has 3 Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts within its metropolitan area: Highlandtown (East Baltimore), Station North (Midtown/North Baltimore), and Bromo Tower (Downton/West Baltimore). They form the local context for “Getting to Know Europe” in Baltimore.
Each A&E District represents diverse and distinct communities in particular geographic areas. All are similarly impacted by the presence of large city transportation hubs. “Transit” will bring together EU and local artists through engagement with the community to explore how these hubs are used (omitted ‘by riders’) and provide access to creative placemaking, how they are integrated into the public realm, and how they are viewed by community residents. More information on each A&E district and their specific needs from the ‘Transit’ project are at the end of this document.
The goals of ‘Transit’ are to:
- Engage in creative placemaking in any arts practice that addresses a public space in one of Baltimore’s 3 Arts & Entertainment districts – Highlandtown, Station North, or Bromo Tower
- Promote dialogue among the diverse members of the Baltimore community around the issues of arts/culture and urban transformation/(re)development, forms of transit, and community cohesion
- Engage in an on-site artistic process in collaboration with representatives of Baltimore’s artistic, transport, civic, and other organizations and institutions
- Create artwork that is safe and easily maintained for the duration of the residency period, but which will also have a legacy in the A&E District
- Proposals that take an innovative approach to transport, community-building, participation, and urban (re)development are most encouraged
The chosen artists will visit the city of Baltimore for a six week-long residency between January and June 2014, during which time their work will be realized and delivered in a public location. Officials from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) and the Arts & Entertainment Districts as well as the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will assist the visiting artist in the preparation and delivery of the finished work. A representative from EUNIC seconded to BOPA will serve as the liaison between the artist, Baltimore officials, and EUNIC staff. The residency will include public events for the presentation of their new work, as well as an artist’s talk to introduce and contextualize the project.
Artist honorarium & per diem - €4,600
Artist Travel - €1,100
Accommodation will be provided by MICA.
September 6, 2013 17:00 EST - Proposals due
September 30, 2013 - Selected artists notified
Residency will be a negotiated 6-week period between January 1, 2014 and no later than June 30, 2014.
Artist’s submissions will be evaluated by a jury of EUNIC, BOPA, and A&E staff on the following criteria:
- Artist’s qualifications as demonstrated by past works and professional track record.
- Quality of the proposal based on artistic excellence and innovative approach, viability of the plans and suitability to the brief.
- Demonstrated experience of delivering work in the public realm
Interested parties should submit the following documents by September 6, 2013 at 17:00 EST:
- Detailed project proposal (including concept plans, timeline, and technical requirements)
- Documentation of previous relevant works (work samples, videos, photos, etc.)
- Curriculum Vitae
Please send submission materials or questions to:
UK: Salette Gressett, British Council – email@example.com
Spain: Xavier Ruiz, Embassy of Spain – firstname.lastname@example.org
Austria: Andreas Pawlitschek, Austrian Cultural Forum – email@example.com
The project is open to all artists who are citizens of the UK, Austria, Spain, Ireland and Greece, age 21 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.
The European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) is a coalition of EU member states' national institutes of culture. It works across a global network of 70 cities, from Brussels to New Delhi and from Moscow to New York. Founded in March 2011, the EUNIC Washington Cluster aims to present contemporary, creative, diverse and thought-provoking cultural and educational programs to showcase Europe in Washington, DC and beyond.
Our mission is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city by:
- Producing high-quality special events, festivals and arts programming that stimulate communities economically, artistically and culturally.
- Inspiring and promoting literary, performing and visual arts, and artists.
- Celebrating Baltimore's rich, diverse heritage while enhancing the quality of life and sense of community for all residents.
- Forging partnerships that make Baltimore a premiere visitor destination.
- Managing cultural and historic attractions.
- Generating positive local, national and international publicity about Baltimore.
More information on the three Arts & Entertainment Districts can be found HERE.