Leading Polish artist Mirosław Bałka as mentor for second year running
Artists from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia eligible
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute is pleased to announce the second edition of its ARTISTS’ DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (ADP) both a mentoring programme and an artist’s residency, targeting visual artists (aged <35) from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.
The successful applicant will be mentored by internationally acclaimed Polish artist Mirosław Bałka.
The EIB Institute aims to pay tribute to the extraordinary pool of creative talent in Europe. For its second edition, the ADP will exclusively focus on artists with Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia nationality or residing in either of these countries.
The ADP provides an outstanding opportunity for an emerging visual artist to develop her/his practice at the highest level, while being mentored by a leading peer.
The residency is open to all individuals wishing to develop their practice in a professional context by creating a new (body of) work(s). Applicants should be under 35 years of age at the time of application, in keeping with the EIB Institute’s focus on promoting young or emerging talent. Applicants must have the nationality of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or reside in one of these countries. In order to facilitate communications with the mentor and local artistic environment in Luxembourg, participants should be fluent in English.
Applications are evaluated by a selection jury consisting of members of the EIB Institute Arts Committee, external arts professionals and the mentor. The jury bases its selection on the artistic quality of the applicant’s historical work, the proposal submitted, the potential impact of the residency on the applicant’s career, and the relevance of the applicant’s practice to the cultural context of the EIB Institute.
Budget and duration
The EIB Institute will take over the artist’s travel costs to and from Luxembourg and Warsaw. The artist in residence will also receive a stipend (EUR 100 per day). At the end of the residency, the participant will receive an artist fee of EUR 1,500.
Before or during the residency in Luxembourg, the winner will spend a few days visiting the mentor and experiencing the latter’s creative studio(s) in Warsaw. The duration of the residency in Luxembourg is 4-6 weeks, starting on 1 September 2014. The artist participating in the ADP will be provided a living/working space located in Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster, situated in the culturally rich Grund district of Luxembourg city.
Upon completion of the residency, the EIB might consider acquiring an artwork (s) from the artist.
1. CV (in English);
2. Scanned copy of the passport or identity card;
3. A letter of motivation/intent specifying personal drive and expectations for the programme together with a concept for the project proposed for the residency (maximum 500 words, in English);
4. Portfolio of visual documentation of several works, best characterising the art of the applicant (in PDF, four A4 pages maximum);
5. Names and contacts of two professional referees, familiar with the art of the applicant.
Any application which does not comply with the set requirements will be automatically eliminated.
A jury will select the candidate for the residency to be held in September-October 2014 based on the quality of his/her work, and the applicant’s potential to use the residency to maximum benefit.
The selected candidate will be informed of the jury’s result via email by the end of June 2014.
Deadline for application
9 May 2014 at midnight (GMT+1).
Applications must be fully completed and submitted in due time in order to be considered.
The applications should be sent digitally to Ms Delphine Munro (email@example.com)
About the EIB (European Investment Bank)
The EIB is the European Union’s bank, owned by the 28 Member States. As the largest multilateral borrower and lender, it provides finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects, mostly in the EU.
For further information please visit the website www.eib.org
About the EIB Institute’s Arts Programme
The EIB Institute manages and enhances the EIB art collection which comprises some 580 contemporary artworks, encompassing paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculptures, installations and site-specific commissions. The current collecting policy has been designed to very gradually create a singular and long-term perspective on contemporary EU art.
Besides managing the EIB art collection, the EIB Institute extends its support to the pool of young creative talents in Europe through intra muros shows or exhibitions at outside venues and dedicated arts programmes which engage with the staff of the EIB, its stakeholders and the general public.
About Mirosław Bałka
Miroslaw Balka (born in Warsaw, 1958) is a leading Polish sculptor also active on the field of experimental video and drawing. In 1985 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he runs Studio of Spatial Activities at Department of Media from 2011. The artist received the Mies van der Rohe Stipend in Krefeld and is a member of Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin. His works were exhibited on numerous international shows such as: Documenta, Kassel (1992), Venice Biennale (1990, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2013),The Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1995), Sao Paulo Biennale (1998), Sydney Biennale (1992, 2006), Santa Fe Biennale (2006).
Solo shows in 2013: fragment, Centre for Contemporary Art / Vinzavod, Moscow; Touch me / Find me, Studio K, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Nachtgesichten, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw; Signaalit / Signals, IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki; The Order of Things, Gladstone Gallery, New York. Right now his solo shows opened at Freud Museum and White Cube, London.
For further information please visit the artist’s website miroslaw-balka.com.