New Creative Opps for Travelers in England, France, Minnesota, Nebraska, Switzerland

England: Now open for entries, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. Honoring amateurs and professionals of all ages, it provides an opportunity for photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality. Prizes for the 2014 competition include:

  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year: £5000,
  • Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 18): £1000
  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year of £1000
  • Atkins Cityscape Prize of £1000

Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award: one photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo show at one of England’s public forests. Selected from an open submission process, entries are judged on impact, composition, originality, creativity and technical ability. Previous entries have examined issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth. Free to enter, up to 10 works. Deadline: March 31, 2014.

Bourges, France: Call for a curatorial project at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art (ENSA), Bourges. Part of the programme for the 2014-15 season will be entrusted to an independent curator, a critic or a collective whose curatorial project has been chosen by La Box’s selection panel.  The overall budget is 25,000 €. Of this 20,000 € will be devoted to production and transport of works, travel and accommodation expenses for the artists, travel expenses for the curator(s), communication, publications; the remaining 5000 euros will cover miscellaneous expenses for the curator(s). The guest curator is paid a fee on presentation of an invoice. La Box will provide accommodation for the curator during the period of residency, either in an artist’s studio or one of the other facilities offered by the School. Deadline: March 15, 2014.

Switzerland: All people are invited to contribute to a free radio project. The submission is open to everybody and every language. ESTMAN RADIO is an ongoing free podcast radio by Italian artist Marinella Senatore that gives to all the possibility of sharing sounds and opinions. You are invited to contribute to ESTMAN RADIO by submitting your radio dramas, lectures, music, speeches, debates, interviews, sound art works, stories, ideas etc. At Marinella Senatore’s exhibition «Public Secrets» at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (1 February – 13 April 2014) there is a “self-service” radio station inviting all people to record their own projects. So come to Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen for your recording! Or send your contribution with your name, a title and a synopsis directly to contact@estmanradio.com. About the artist: Marinella Senatore’s practice is characterized by public participation. The idea is to foster the creative power of a crowd, initiating a dialogue between history, culture and social structures. Senatore’s work is to be experienced by everyone, inviting us to create a participative work in which everybody can play a role.

St. Croix, Minnesota: Writers & Visual Artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics invited to apply for 2 to 4-week residencies at Artist at Pine Needles. Rustic studio space + housing provided in James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin along the St. Croix River and Watershed. Apply by February 28. 2014.

James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin along the St. Croix River

Omaha, Nebraska: The Bemis Center currently supports artists with three residency programs: at our main campus in the Old Market, at Carver Bank in North Omaha and through opportunities to work with our community partners. The Bemis Center was recently recognized as one of the “Top 10 residencies around the globe” by ArtInfo, and Jane Alexander, the former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, has called the Bemis Center “one of the great treasures of its kind in the country.”

Bemis Center Old Market Live-Work Studio Residencies: For more than 30 years, the Bemis Center has supported artists through its Old Market residency program at its 110,000-square-foot main campus located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market neighborhood. These residencies provide artists from around the world with long-term opportunities to focus on their practice and to engage in critical dialogue with the Bemis Center community. The Bemis Center provides Artists-in-Residence with community engagement opportunities, unmatched staff support, and regular access to artist assistants and interns. Artists-in-Residence enjoy a generous live/work studio for up to three months, complete with a private kitchen and bathroom. The Old Market campus, offers 24-hour access to extensive installation spaces and production facilities, and can accommodate a broad range of artistic activity, including conceptual, material, performative and social practices. Residents also receive a $750 monthly stipend to help with materials, supplies, and living expenses while in residency. The deadline for a January – June 2015 residency at the Bemis Center’s Old Market campus is February 28th, 2014. To apply, click here.

Bemis Center Carver Bank Studio Residencies: Opened in late March 2013, Carver Bank is a partnership between the Bemis Center, Rebuild Foundation and Theaster Gates, the Chicago-based artist, cultural planner and performer. The Bemis Center supports Carver Bank residents by providing a critical boost to artists who have demonstrated a prior commitment to their professional careers. During the five-month residency, the Carver Bank Artist-in-Residence Program provides a dedicated studio space and a $500 monthly stipend, as well as an additional $250 monthly expense allowance that can be used to defray material and professional development expenses. The opportunity is specifically for artists who demonstrate a connection to Omaha’s Near North Side neighborhood, and is open to all types of artists or collaboratives—with an emphasis on artists of color, North Omaha residents, and those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity. Located on the site of Omaha’s first African-American owned bank, Carver Bank’s 2,600-square-foot facility is a space designated for public participation and cultural adventure, serving as a hub for the creative life of its neighborhood and community. The Bemis Center provides Carver residents with mentoring and critique of their work during the residency. In addition, Carver residents will have access to technical fabrication support, artist assistants and interns, community partners for public programming, opportunities for exhibitions, presentations or performance, support for community outreach, and scheduled access to Bemis Center Old Market installation and production facilities. The early application deadline for a May – October 2014 Carver Bank residency is Feb. 17, 2014. This deadline is for artists who are specifically looking for staff feedback on their application, or who would like to request assistance with completing the application. The final deadline for the Carver Bank residency is February 28th. To apply, click here.

Nationwide: Pioneering artist support organization Creative Capital is now accepting letters of inquiry for awards of up to $50,000 to realize projects in Moving Image (formerly Film/Video) and Visual Arts. Creative Capital is one of the only national organizations that offers awards to individual artists through an open application process. The organization expects to receive around 3,000 applications this February and will announce the 46 selected projects in January 2015. In order to be eligible for awards, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at least 25 years old, working as artists with at least five years of professional experience. Applicants may not be full-time students. No entry fee. Artists can apply online from February 3-28, 2014.

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