The European Investment Bank 2021 Open call

The European Investment Bank 2021 Open call

The Artists Development Programme (ADP) is a residency and mentorship programme in Luxembourg organised by the EIB Institute. The ADP offers emerging European visual artists under the age of 35 the opportunity to develop their practice in a high quality professional context without any material constraints. It involves the creation of an art project under the mentorship of an internationally renowned artist. The mentors provide tutoring and networking opportunity for young artists, while the exhibition of works from the project at the EIB premises adds the credibility of an established setting. Finnish photographer Jorma Puranen is the mentor of 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions. Previous mentors of the programme are leading British visual artist Darren Almond, Polish conceptual artist Mirosław Bałka and renowned British abstract painter Callum Innes.

The ADP was created in 2013, targeting artists from a selected number of countries. The programme has since consistently broadened its target audience and has grown from one to four residencies, expanding the initial idea to residencies with two angles: geographic and thematic. Each year the geographic angle of the programme shifts its focus within the EU and aims to address the balance of nationality in the EIB’s art collection by selecting emerging artists who come from countries under-represented in the collection.

The second thematic angle addresses EIB strategic priorities and current topical issues in Europe, building on the momentum of issues of public concern in EU debates. Previous calls were: “The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene” from 2014 to 2017; “Water & Ocean Preservation” – addressing environmental and climate action – in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans in 2016; “Beyond Borders” in 2017 and “Cultural Heritage: Dealing with History through Art” in the framework of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

For the 2021 edition, the EIB launched two calls for applications targeting visual artists (EU nationals, aged less than 35) with a thematic focus on:

The EIB Institute will cover the artist’s travel costs to and from Luxembourg (for the residency), and to and from Jorma Puranen’s studio (before the start of the residency). The artist will receive a €100 (one hundred euros) flat-rate daily allowance to cover their living costs during the residency and all or part of the production costs, and will be provided with a living/working space. In addition to the above, the artist will be granted a contribution towards production of €500 (five hundred euros) at the beginning of the residency and a success fee of €1 000 (one thousand euros) at the end of the residency, provided that they have produced a work or body of works.

The residency in Luxembourg will take place between early May and end of June 2021. Upon completion of the residency, the EIB may consider acquiring an artwork produced on-site by the artist.

The application is online, with deadline 10 January 2021.

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