Swisshouse Creative Centre AiR 2018

Swisshouse Creative Centre AiR 2018

Swisshouse Creative Centre, creative and residential centre which operates in frames of MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, calls for visual artists and art critics or cultural journalists to apply for a fully funded residency in Ljubljana in 2018.

Švicarija /Swisshouse Creative Centre is a cultural, educational and social hub located in the central park of Ljubljana which offers public programmes, studio facilities for local artists, and residencies for international artists and experts. The Centre is also a home to public programme that follows the concept of "community, nature and art". It is part of MGLC - International Centre of Graphic Arts, a specialised museum, producer of printed and contemporary art, and provider of artist residencies, based on the heritage of the 20th century art of printing and Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, world’s oldest printmaking biennale which has been running uninterrupted since 1955.

The international residency programme focuses on contemporary visual art in relation to the thematic focus [community, nature and art] and in relation to printmaking; however, they are also interested in other disciplines of art and human sciences. Therefore they commonly welcome visual artists, curators, critics, writers, academics, journalists and performers who will get the chance to learn about and get to know the vibrant art scene in Ljubljana or/and to conceive a project during their stay. 

Visual artist: Swisshouse Creative Centre and MGLC are looking for a visual artist who will live and work for a one month period in the residency in Ljubljana. The candidate they are seeking for, ideally works across different media and genres, can respond to the historical social and cultural context of the building (Swisshouse) or/and in his/her practice follows the notions of “community, nature and art”. Therefore they are interested in the contents related to environmentalism, ecology, economic and natural sustainability, socially engaged practices, artistic visions of community and all kind of conventional practices of visual art such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film, installation, new media art, performance, live art and all kinds of hybrid artistic practices. 

The residency covers:

  • free accommodation in fully-equipped studio apartment;
  • reimbursement of travel costs (up to €950 worldwide, or up to €600 for European states);
  • bursary towards the living costs (€641,7 per month / €21,39 per day);
  • free use of the printmaking studio (limited to 3 days including technical assistance);
  • venue for public events in order to showcase the results of the residency.

Applications are accepted via email info@mglc-lj.si [subject line: “open call – artist in residency 2018”] or via post to MGLC, Pod turnom 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia [inscription: “open call – artist in residency 2018 until 18 June 2018 (midnight CET). There is no fixed application form; your application should contain:

  • a proposal explaining what you would like to achieve through the residency programme, why did you apply and why do you wish to reside in Ljubljana for one month [maximum 250 words]
  • a statement describing your artistic or creative practice [maximum 200 words]
  • biography [maximum 500 words]
  • visual materials of your previous work [up to 15 images, printed or PDF/JPG but not bigger than 10Mbt]  

Art critic or cultural journalist: Swisshouse Creative Centre and MGLC look for an art critic or cultural journalist who is active in writing and publishing reviews and/or other forms of art writing in international context. Therefore the aim is to host a critic or journalist who has interest in vibrant Ljubljana art scene and who would be willing to produce at least two (2) pieces of writing (reviews, interviews, columns, etc.) on selected art work or art event in Ljubljana over the course of the residency. The articles will be published in English language in a relevant magazine (printed or online), radio, television or personal blog. They will select the candidate who will provide the best possible outreach for the articles produced during one month “critic in residency” period in Ljubljana. 

The residency covers:

  • free accommodation in fully-equipped studio apartment 
  • reimbursement of travel costs (up to €950 worldwide, or up to €600 for European states) 
  • bursary towards the living costs (€641,7 per month / €21,39 per day)
  • support in learning about the local art scene

Applications are accepted via email info@mglc-lj.si [subject line: “open call – art critic 2018”] or via post to MGLC, Pod turnom 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia [inscription: “open call - art critic 2018 until 18 June 2018 (midnight CET). There is no fixed application form; your application should contain:

  • a working plan for the “artist in residency”: where will you publish the (two) articles, what are your particular interests and specialities in visual arts, do you know Ljubljana already [maximum 250 words]
  • biography [maximum 500 words]
  • contact details [full name, address, email & telephone number, date of birth]
  • two (2) examples of previously published pieces of writing (in English)
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