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Rites and Terrabytes symposium. Saulius Leonavičius & Vida Strasevičiūtė, Fuck Language, 2017. Photo by Mindaugas Česlikauskas

Opportunities in 2018 0

Information on upcoming artist residencies and grants

Auguste Petre

The start of the new year is a time for reviewing what you’ve already done, then gathering information for what’s next. In addition to opportunities for spiritual recreation, improving your professional game should be a top priority. If you know where to look, programmes offering financial support to creatives can be found world-wide. has put together the following list of promising artist residencies and grant programmes accepting applications for 2018.


Transeurope is a new platform oriented towards the art of photography. The programme provides a photography and visual arts forum where professional artists and photographers are invited to share their knowledge through creative interactions that develop their skills, thereby expanding the scope of their work to an international level. The Transeurope programme aims to create better conditions for the transnational circulation of works of art as well as promote communication between European artists. The framework of the programme consists of seminars and workshops in addition to other cultural events designed to supplement the participating artists’ experience and professional training.

When: In 2018, preparatory workshops will be held in 14 countries from January to March; 2018 portfolio reviews will take place from May to June, in Madrid, Athens, and Helsinki. Three exhibitions featuring 30 project candidates will take place from September 2018 to November 2019.

The Transeurope programme is organised in cooperation with Fundación Contemporánea, Madrid; the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; and Euromare NPO, Athens.

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The Rupert Residency programme is an opportunity to live and work in an artist residency in Vilnius while both developing individual projects and engaging in the development of the region’s contemporary art scene. Artists, writers, curators, sound artists, cultural managers and academicians are invited to apply to the programme.

Rupert is an art and educational centre with the goal of creating communication channels between artists and institutional organisations. Two aspects of contemporary art are especially focussed upon within the framework of the programme: creating an environment conducive to the advancement of knowledge, and encouraging cooperation between art projects and social projects. Resident artists are also invited to take part in both the Rupert Alternative Education Programme and the Exhibitions and Public Programme, in which participants can attend discussions, lectures and creative workshops.

Where: The Rupert Residency is located in the Valakampiai neighbourhood of Vilnius, on the banks of the Neris River.

When: Applications are being accepted for the period of July 1 – December 31, 2018. Artist groups can also apply for a residency spot. Each programme participant is assigned a studio, a computer, a mobile phone, and a bicycle. A portion of the residency spots have no application fee.

Applications must be received by January 31, 2018.

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Joan Waltemath painting Dwarf Grid (2012 awardee of Creative Capital)

Creative Capital is a global scholarship programme that supports innovative and fearless artists who have bold and challenging ideas.

Over the last 20 years, the company has developed a support approach that helps the artist, his or her project, and the public – all in equal proportions. Creative Capital ensures close collaboration with the artist during the development of his or her project.

Applying for the programme takes place over several rounds, with applications reviewed by at least ten creative professionals. Artists in a wide variety of disciplines are invited to apply with their specific project. In 2018, applications will be accepted in 34 disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, and public art. Each project can receive up to $ 50,000.

When: the application letter on the Creative Capital website must be completed within the time of February 1-28, 2018.

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Established as part of the legacy of American artist Lee Krasner, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation was created to support professional artists. The Foundation started its activities in 1985, and since then has provided approximately 65 million dollars in grants to artists in more than 77 countries.

Grants are given to competitive, long-term professional artists who are currently actively showing works in gallery and museum exhibitions. Pollock-Krasner grants allow artists to create new works, purchase materials for the development of these works, and rent studio space as well as cover personal expenses. You can apply for a grant by completing an application on the Foundation's website and attaching a cover letter, a current resume including an exhibition record, and ten digital images of current work. Grants annually range from $5,000 to $30,000.

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Rites and Terrabytes symposium. Saulius Leonavičius & Vida Strasevičiūtė, Fuck Language, 2017. Photo by Mindaugas Česlikauskas 

‘Rituals and Terrabytes’ refers to the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves today – even though we are living in a post-modern world, we feel a need for keeping and participating in rituals. The symposium is open to visual and sound artists, cultural researchers and theoreticians interested in traditional science, (post-)folk culture, and alternative culture in the context of contemporary art and culture. The event will seek answers to questions about what can be learned from contemporary art by way of re-interpreting old ways of creating and doing. Also covered – what do we assume as being ‘authentic’, and how will our society's relationship with nature and the ecosystem change in the near future.

When: The symposium will take place in Nida, Lithuania, from June 21 – 24, 2018.

It is possible to apply both as a participant in the symposium and for a residency spot lasting for one to two months, in May and June. All participants are provided with travel expenses as well as accommodation at the Artist Colony in Nida. To apply, you must submit a cover letter (up to 388 words in length and 3 images), your CV, and portfolio.

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2018.

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