[spectre] MyCity: Residencies for artists from Turkey

Inke Arns inke.arns at snafu.de
Tue Aug 4 16:40:21 CEST 2009


MY CITY  	 	
European Residencies [MCER] 	

MCER, is a one-off programme to be realized between 2010 and 2011 for  
enabling visual artists from Turkey to develop their work in six  
prominent host institutions across Europe through residencies. It  
forms part of My City, a new cultural initiative funded through the  
European Commission’s Cultural Bridges Programme, designed and run by  
the British Council in Turkey. The programme’s aim is to establish  
partnerships between artists and institutions in Turkey and Europe.

The My City programme has two strands: MCER and a programme of  
activities in Turkey around the theme of art in public space,  
including seminars, conferences and new commissions. Starting in  
2009, five artists from Europe will be invited to Turkey to develop a  
unique work of public art for a specific city in Turkey. The selected  
cities are Canakkale, Istanbul, Konya, Mardin and Trabzon. Each of  
these cities has a unique story to tell and this project will give  
the artists the opportunity to take part in residencies and show  
their work at some of Europe’s leading cultural venues. The names of  
all participants will be announced during the International Istanbul  
Biennale in September.

My City has been conceived by the British Council together with  
Anadolu Kultur and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. The  
project is funded by the European Commission and the British Council.

The project goal is to enable visual artists to develop and reflect  
upon their work in a different European environment and culture. The  
residency also generates opportunities for making or extending  
contacts and for exploring and/or developing a new context as well as  
producing new work.

Who Can Apply?
My City European Residencies [MCER] grants are intended for visual  
artists. However, artists who are part of a collective or a multi- 
disciplinary team are also welcome to apply to the MCER.

In addition to work-related criteria, there are a number of  
conditions applicants must satisfy in order to qualify for a grant.  
All applicants must be resident in Turkey, and if they are not  
nationals of Turkey, they must have a valid residence permit. A good  
command of English and other relevant languages of the place of  
residence are required. Deadline for application is the 21st of August.

If you require more information please contact: platform at garanti.com.tr

Selection Process
MCER Applications will be reviewed by a committee of six  
professionals, including but not limited to curators, who have the  
experience in international residencies. There will be one  
representative each from Platform Garanti and the British Council.

The committee will prepare a short-list of three candidates for each  
institution for which the application was made.  The final selection  
will be made by the European host institutions in consultation with  
the committee.

Participating institutions:

- Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- Frame, Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Helsinki
- Gasworks International Residencies & Students, London
- DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, Berlin
- The Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
- Hartware MedienKunstVerein & Künstlerhaus Dortmund

Application deadline:
21 August 2009

Please see the following document for further information about the  
host institutions and the application form.

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