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OPEN CALL for Women Artists // District Berlin Studio Grant Program

Open Call – District Studio Grant
August 2016 / January 2017

Application deadline: Friday, 4 June 2016, 23:59

Since 2009, District has realized a multifaceted program with the aim of creating an ongoing dialogue between artistic, curatorial, investigative, and educational practices. With a focus on contextualizing artistic practice in urban space, District develops collaborative and research-oriented formats for art in the expanded field. Exploring dfferent kinds of neighborhood and ways of dissolving boundaries, as well as emancipatory moments of amicability, District creates occasions for opening up the present towards diverse perspectives and types of knowledge by means of art. Grounded in feminist, queer and decolonial approaches, District explores the curatorial as a performative as much as analytic practice and probes new kinds of community.

The Studio Grant—awarded for six months—is explicitly developed to support the work of women, gender queer, Inter*, and Trans* artists. Awarded by a diverse jury, the grant aims to structurally support artists, place artistic research in a local context, and to create ongoing discursive and working relationships.

The Studio Grant program creates free space for experiments and research, regardless of their outcome, yet it does not offer project funding. The grant comprises the free use of District’s 15 sqm “satellite” studio on the Malzfabrik area from 1 August 2016 to 31 January 2017. Furthermore the grant artist will be actively supported by the District team in the research for and realization of their ideas. Unfortunately we cannot cover any expenses for travel or accommodation.

The Studio Grant is an important element of District’s long-term engagement in building a solidary artistic community. Therefore, the program offers an open forum for the reflection, advancement, and interconnection of artistic practices through transdisciplinary studio talks and the involvement of the grant artists in the ongoing program.

Application information:

> CV (including complete contact details, educational background and a summary of your artistic career up to today)

> Letter of motivation and working proposal (Please submit a letter of motivation stating why you wish to take part in the residency program. Please also introduce what kind of ideas you want to work on for the duration of the Studio Grant

> Portfolio (maximum 5MB) and if necessary maximum 2 video links

Applications may be submitted in German or English.

Please note that we only accept applications by email. Please email your application until 4 June 2016, 23:59 pm to Andrea Caroline Keppler, Curator Studio Grant, studiogrant@district-berlin.com.

The composition of the jury will be announced after the application deadline. The jury’s decision will be unfounded.

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