Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OPEN CALL FOR UK BASED ARTISTS Artist Xpedition to Puglia, Southern Italy

Artist Xpedition to Puglia, Southern Italy 8-21st December 2014

Bursary: €500 (GBP equivalent) All travel, accommodation and subsistence will be covered

Deadline 9am Monday 20th October

ISIS Arts invites applications for an international research and development opportunity for up to FOUR UK based artists.

Proposals are invited from practitioners from across the spectrum of visual, media arts and creative technology to participate with international artists as part of a two-week long CORNERS Xpedition to the Puglia region of Southern Italy, 8-21 December 2014. During the Xpedition artists will develop proposals for international co-productions for future European touring and presentation.

CORNERS is a platform for artists and audiences, designed and driven by cultural organisations at the edges of Europe. Since 2012, more than 50 artists and researchers have met through CORNERS, as well as more than 30 organisations and institutions as partners and collaborators.

CORNERS has recently received a large-scale grant from EU Creative Europe, 2014-18 and is supported in the UK by a grant from Arts Council England. This support is giving us the opportunity to continue building our platform, to make it more vivid and diverse. We will continue to connect artists in co-creations, encounter new regions and meet and engage new audiences in arts and culture.

For the next 3.5 years, starting from September 2014, eleven partners are working together: Intercult (Sweden), Pogon and Drugo More (Croatia), Exodos (Slovenia), Arts Council Northern Ireland and ISIS Arts (UK), City Culture Institute/Gdańsk (Poland), Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 (Basque Country/Spain), Cultural Centre REX (Serbia), Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Italy), and DokuFest (Kosovo).
New artists and researchers are now being invited to join the project and CORNERS will continue to explore the outskirts of Europe and co-create artistic projects across borders of artistic disciplines in order to bring stories from one corner of Europe into another.

New work created will be developed with local audiences and presented in unconventional settings and public spaces, using partners’ cities as their stages: Umeå and Stockholm (SE), Ljubljana (SI), Gdansk (PO), Belgrade (RS), Zagreb and Rijeka (HR), Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, ES), Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK), Middlesbrough and Northumberland (England, UK), and Prizren (Kosovo).

About ISIS Arts
Based in Newcastle City Centre, ISIS Arts is an artist led, visual and media arts organisation with an international artist residency, commissions, training and research programme.

ISIS Arts is committed to showing work within the public realm, engaging as wide an audience as possible in dialogue with artists and artworks, making our projects accessible to a diverse public. Based in Newcastle city centre, ISIS Arts has two studio spaces for visiting artists, a media training room, and an inflatable touring venue for sharing media arts with a wider audience. ISIS Arts works with many international, national and regional artists to support practice and exchange.

For CORNERS ISIS Arts is developing partnerships across the north east region and includes ‘bait’, the Creative People and Places project in SE Northumberland; mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and Berwick Visual Arts.

What we require from you:

A commitment to collaborative working
A commitment to working in social and political contexts
An enthusiasm for intercultural exchange
Experience of presenting artwork in non traditional settings
Participation in a CORNERS artist blog
Documentation of your experiences during the Puglia Xpedition, any media
A professional practice, undergraduate students are not eligible

What we will provide:

All travel costs
Accommodation and subsistence for entire trip
A bursary of £500
Integration into the CORNERS community of European artists and cultural organisations

How To Apply:

There is no application form. In your application please include:
A description of your current work - maximum 2x A4 sheets
An artist statement and current CV
A short statement about why you want to be part of this project and how the opportunity would further your practice.
Supporting material/documentation of previous work – on-line links preferred
Confirmation of availability for dates of Puglia Xpedition

Please send your application to with the subject ‘CORNERS Xpedition_(Your name)_2014’

If you have any queries about this opportunity and application process please email

DEADLINE: 9am Monday 20th October 2014. All applicants will be notified by Thursday 30th October 2014.

Equal Opportunities
ISIS Arts seek to ensure that no present or potential member of staff or project participant is treated less favourably than another on grounds of age (up to statutory retirement age), class colour, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, political persuasion or sexual orientation. ISIS Arts premises have limited access. However, we aim to ensure that as many of our activities are as accessible as possible. If you have any particular access needs, please contact us.

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