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La Valletta 2018, Blitz: Open digital residency

Blitz, the contemporary art space in Valletta, is inviting applications for Open Digital Residency. This is a three-month residency for selected artists from various art genres, which will include a research period and the exhibition on the digital platform "Open". The jury will be made up of four experts, including Ms Alexadra Pace, founder of BLITZ and the photographer who had a shooting in Aomori Prefecture for a photography project “the European Eyes on Japan/Japan Today” vol. 20. The deadline for this digital residency is 30 November. With Contributor of Eu Japan fest.

Blitz Valletta’s Digital Residency is open to highly motivated individuals from all artistic disciplines, including (but not limited to) new media, digital platforms, film, photography, performance, painting, sound, architecture, electronic music, installation, and will be selected through a competitive open call.

Selected applicants must have recently graduated (2017 onwards) from an arts-related postgraduate degree and are requested to present a proposal for an original artwork to be produced and exhibited on our digital platform OPEN, dedicated to Blitz’s digital programme of exhibitions, talks and activities.

The residency will include a research and production phase of approximately one month, during which the resident artist will be in a conversation with Blitz’s curatorial team while participating in a mentorship programme with Art Critic, Writer, Digital Art Specialist Valentina Tanni, together with a minimum of three international visiting professors and project-specific technical experts.

The production phase will be followed by the launch of the proposed new artwork, which will be exhibited online for a minimum of two months. Public engagement is crucial to the residency programme, taking the form of virtual open studios, a workshop and/or a talk for a community of artists, researchers, educators, professionals and students. All these activities will be performed virtually and must form part of the applicant’s proposal.

Blitz’s curator will be in discussion with the residents prior to and during the residency about their work and intentions. The curator’s role will be to guide, discuss and work with the residents towards an idea or concept that is agreed upon by both parties. Each resident has access to Blitz staff and associates, who will offer guidance and support, and introduce the resident to the institution’s network. Their aim is to foster and encourage collaborations that are sustainable beyond the framework of the residency.

Each residency will follow the timeline below:

Month 1 – mentoring programme, lectures with three international visiting professors, research and production of the artwork, virtual open studio

Month 2 – launch of the artwork on Blitz Valletta website, virtual press conference

Month 3 – duration of the online exhibition and public programme (talk / workshop)

Applicants from all over the world may apply and contact hours will be adjusted to facilitate the participation of artists in various time zones. Blitz Valletta reserves the right to determine the order of the selected candidates for the three residencies in order to ensure a smooth implementation of the programme.

Blitz Valletta has dedicated a budget of €2,000 for each successful applicant, which includes an artist fee of €500 and a production budget for the artwork proposed in the application. The artwork must be original. No other grants are currently available, however selected candidates are issued a letter of acceptance for individual grant-seeking and funding applications.

Other information here.


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