D6: Culture in Transit are offering the unique opportunity for two visual artists to participate in our transnational programme, CONTESTED DESIRES.
From the Greeks, to the Romans, the Ottomans to the Venetians, from the seafaring nations of Northern and Western Europe embarking on crusades and trade missions, Europeans have exploited, imposed and foraged cultures and communities to build their Empires.
This legacy presents a complex shared cultural heritage, too often untold, unknown and contested. A legacy of individuals, communities and nation states constructing their identities through a mosaic of cultural choices and desires.
CONTESTED DESIRES is a transnational capacity building programme for artists and producers engaging with communities and heritage spaces. With a focus on exchange and learning, the programme will offer unique opportunities for artists and communities to explore our shared heritage through research, workshops, residencies and exhibitions. Working in the UK, Portugal, Cyprus, Spain, and Barbados CONTESTED DESIRES will dig deep to explore, and reveal the links between our colonising ancestors and our cultural identities today.
Across the project, we are calling for nine exceptional artists (from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and the Caribbean) to participate in this ambitious and collaborative project from January 2020 until September 2021. Working closely with producers, cultural experts and communities across a variety of local contexts, each artist will have the opportunity to be part of a programme of interrelated activities across the partner countries.
Each selected artist will participate in: a month long residency based in Europe, concluding with a presentation of work in progress; 3 capacity building workshops, taking place in Portugal, Spain and the UK; a digital training lab, and a group residency and final exhibition of work in site-specific settings as part of the Xarkis Festival (Polystipos, Cyprus) in 2021.
In the UK, two visual artists will be selected from the North of England, where D6 is based. This is a remarkable opportunity for artists to further enrich the Northern cultural scene and to grow their experience and knowledge of the wider international arts sector, broadening their audiences and developing their practice.
Deadline: November 18, 2019
This project is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.