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Opportunities: Call for projects for Extra City, 2017-2019 (Belgium)

Opportunities: Call for projects for Extra City, 2017-2019 (Belgium)

Call for projects Extra City, 2017-2019
Deadline 14 October 2016


Extra City is a Kunsthal that finds inspiration in the city for depicting different visions of our future, by encouraging new links between contemporary (inter)national art and artists, researchers, and city dwellers. The full mission and vision can be found here.

Last year, Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp updated its mission. The organisation has renewed its structure. From 2017 onwards, it will be coordinated by a director who will carry out the concrete implementation of the programme together with a small team of (international) curators and artists, each for a maximum period of three years.

In that context, Extra City is launching an open call for project proposals to be realised during 2017-2019.

Applicants can submit a proposal for:

1. A project-based collaboration: the realisation of one project or one concrete proposal
2. An intensive, long-term collaboration: the realisation of a programme component or project spread over a maximum of 3 years
Aside from the concrete collaboration that forms part of the artistic programme, the artist or curator is involved with the operation of the Kunsthal during the intensive period, working together with the team in reflecting and debating about the role, position, and operation of the Kunsthal at the artistic, organisational, and societal level. This additional commitment can take various forms (also in terms of time spent) and will be discussed in more detail with the selected candidates at a later stage.

The submitted projects can be very diverse: we welcome proposals for exhibitions, creations, public programmes, workshops, lecture series, debates, research, film screenings, performances, publications, reflective works, discursive projects, or completely new formats.

The proposals must align with the new mission and vision of the organisation, but it has been a conscious choice to provide very little in the way of limitations or concrete direction at this point. We are instead giving voice to curators and artists, in order to create from the submitted proposals a sharp, urgent, varied, and pre-eminent programme for the coming years.

An international jury will make a selection of the submitted projects for further elaboration and realisation.

Composition of the jury

Wilfried Cooreman (collector, board member Extra City)
Hedwig Fijen (founding director of Manifesta)
Nav Haq (curator M HKA)
Jérôme Sans (tbc) (curator, artistic director, co-founder Palais de Tokyo)
Jorinde Seijdel (editor-in-chief Open!, head Studium Generale Gerrit Rietveld Academie)
Adinda Van Geystelen (director Extra City)
Arno van Roosmalen (tbc) (director Stroom Den Haag)
Sara Weyns (director Middelheim Museum)

Assessment criteria

– The project’s artistic quality, its focus and relevance / the urgency thereof both socially and in today’s international art context
– The extent to which the proposal contributes to the (inter)national discourse on artistic practice today
– The extent to which the project proposal satisfies the new mission and vision of the organisation
– The extent to which the proposal takes into account the project’s logistical feasibility and financial margins (see below) and the applicant’s commitment to working with the director to obtain any additional financial support for the project’s realisation
– The extent to which the applicant has an eye for (international) collaboration and exchanges with partner organisations (if applicable)
– The extent to which the project can be of value to artists in Antwerp and Flanders
– The extent to which the proposal takes into account the development of innovative and experimental forms of art education and participation, and the social embedding of the artistic project
– The extent to which the project takes substantive clues from the urban context of Antwerp, on the one hand, and/or the international urban context, on the other (NB: the word urban is interpreted very broadly here, taking in the political, economical, social, demographical, urbanistic, cultural)

Regarding a long-term collaboration:
– The extent to which the petitioner is available and motivated for an intensive multi-year commitment and is open to dialogue and reflection with other curators / artists / citizens / researchers / scientists /…

Submission of project proposals

Project proposals are to be submitted in the form of a PDF document (consisting of the application form and the budget estimate; maximum 8 MB) and sent via email no later than 8pm on Friday, 14 October 2016, to gro.yticartxe@neletsyeG.naV.adnidA, with ‘Open Call’ in the subject line.

Language: Dutch or English

Extra City is currently looking for substantive proposals for projects and collaborations, rather than detailed, fully developed dossiers. We deliberately want to limit the workload involved in participating in this call.

The project must comprise the following elements:

(A) Application form (download here)

1. Applicant’s details (full name, address, phone, email)
2. CV or portfolio with a list of exhibitions and other relevant information (e.g. online information about previous projects, references)
3. Motivation for participation (max. 200 words)
4. Brief summary of the proposed project (max. 60 words)
5. Project concept, to include information on methodology and format (research, exhibition, lecture series, participatory project…), planning process, partners (if applicable), and/or information about the artists involved (max. 800 words)
6. Proposed public activities that can accompany the project (possibly a proposal of potential partners for collaboration) (max. 300 words)
7. Fundraising plan for acquiring extra budget (mandatory for long-term collaborative projects, and a plus for one-off projects)

(B) Budget estimate (download here)

Financial framework and Extra City proposal

At this stage, Extra City does not require a detailed budget for the proposed projects, only an indication of the project budget. In regard to the concrete realisation of the project, the budget will be further discussed and finalised in close consultation with Extra City.

Because Extra City is a small kunsthal, we want to make it clear that for a large (exhibition) project, we can only provide a maximum initial amount of €50,000. However, if additional resources are needed to realise a project, Extra City will look at possibilities for extending the budget.

Additionally, Extra City is offering its infrastructure as well as the expertise and enthusiasm of its small team of five people.

For a long-term intensive collaboration, the extra commitment towards Extra City will get a separate financial compensation.


Submission deadline for project proposal: Friday, 14 October 2016, 8pm
Feedback on the proposals: no later than 10 November 2016

Further information

For more information, please contact gro.yticartxe@neletsyeG.naV.adnidA

Extra City
Eikelstraat 25-31
BE 2600 Antwerpen
Tel +32 (0)3 677 1655

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