Archive: Issue No. 65, January 2003

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16.01.03 2003 Ambassadors' Prize Competition
16.01.03 'Objects of desire' for exhibition at YDESIRE
16.01.03 Remembering Africa's Media Art Pioneers
16.01.03 Africa Human Genome Conference art competition

15.11.02 New Post-graduate Courses in Media Art & Design in Spain

16.12.02 Want to exhibit in Durban?
16.12.02 3rd Construction New Media Awards
16.12.02 Break 2.2 Festival is accepting applications
01.12.02 Submissions invited for exhibition space on Long Street
15.11.02 YDESIRE Proposals
01.11.02 Submissions invited for ABSA L'Atelier competition
01.11.02 49th International Short Film Festival
15.10.02 Submissions invited for online Symbolist Art Show
01.10.02 1st Biennale of Eco-Art
18.09.02 National portrait competition
01.06.02 Curators and ideas wanted for Tirana Biennale in Prague
21.09.01 Fortis Graphix animated gif contest
05.06.01 Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

01.12.02 Atlantic Center For the Arts Residency Programme
15.10.02 Custom House Artists' Studios residencies
17.06.02 Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme
31.07.01 Artists' residency at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Norway
05.06.01 Surreal Estates residence in Sacramento, California

01.12.02 Partners sought in AfricanAperture
15.11.02 Opportunities for artists to teach in Colombia
01.11.02 Academic post at Cornell University
01.07.02 Works requested for AIDS art auction in UK
12.06.01 Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art
08.05.01 The new Michaelis Art Shop

Emergent Artist Promotions 2003 Ambassadors' Prize Competition

Created as a link between artists and the world around them, Emergent Artist Promotions (EAP) is an association promoting living artists. EAP annually sponsors a competition with an international theme. The competition focuses on graphic arts, including painting, and places no limitations on age or national origin of participants. The artists are invited to present themselves as 'ambassadors' and defend the intrinsic values of their cultures, regions and aesthetics.

Each candidate may present for consideration a maximum of three artworks, with a maximum format of 70 x 100 cm. The theme of this year's Ambassadors' Competition is representation of 'Folklore and/ or popular music and song'. A prestigious jury will select 10 finalists out of the candidate pool and they will be exhibited at the Decourtenay Galleries in Belgium from April 5 - 23, 2003. On April 5 the Ambassadors' Prize of 1000 Euros, as well as the Decourtenay Prize of 500 Euros, will be awarded.

All candidates must submit their bulletins of participation by March 15. Artwork must be submitted prior to March 31 and reclaimed by the artists by April 23 at the Decourtenay Galleries, 41 rues des Fripiers, B-7000, Mons, Belgium. To receive bulletins of participation, the competition rules, or any additional information, feel free to address the secretariat for the competition at EAP, Chaussée de Bruxelles, 67, B-7061 Casteau, Belgium.

Tel/Fax: +32 (0) 65 731960

Calling all Capetonians to exhibit their 'objects of desire'

The curators of YDESIRE, the 4th Softserve art party event, are calling all Capetonians to donate an 'object of desire' to be included in a specially curated, museum-like installation exploring desire in the mother city. Along with this, there will be 80 other artworks on show throughout the Castle of Good Hope, in what promises to be arguably one of the biggest and best art events of the year.

Your object could be anything - a photo, a toy or a memento. It need not be an artwork - rather something unique and personal to you. It should not cost much but should mean lots. Let your imagination run wild. Be as eccentric as you like.

Drop-off points include the YDE Head office (57 Waterloo Road, Wynberg) as well as all Cape YDE stores. Please mark your object of desire with your name and drop it off by January 20.

YDESIRE, a Public Eye project, is sponsored by the Young Designers Emporium, and takes place on Saturday February 22 at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. Tickets will be available from Computicket from February 1.

For more information, email or contact James Webb (082 371-3833) or Kim Stern (083 285-7571)

Remembering Africa's Media Art Pioneers

MECAD/ESDI, in conjunction with UNESCO, is researching the international history of Media Art. "Our objective is focused, in its first stage, on artists of Africa, Asia and Latin America, who played a significant role in the development of the initial stage of Media Art, from end of the 1950s to the beginnings of the 1980s," explains Eduardo de Jesus of MECAD/ESDI.

"The general research objective is to generate new knowledge and documentation, which extend the historical point of view of Media Art," he explains. The intention is to include artistic contributions from countries outside the geographic scope of developed economies of North America and Central Europe. The project aims to collect and later disseminate basic information on artist's not generally or widely known.

"We are looking for Media Art pioneers in Africa and are calling on interested parties to collaborate with us in supplying basic information about pioneering media artists." MECAD/ESDI are requesting any relevant information, including names, websites, bibliographical references, etc. related to media. MECAD/ESDI and UNESCO's objective is to present a worldwide body of work that traces a panorama of Media Art and Electronic Music through a multilingual, public access portal.

After this initial enquiry is completed, MECAD/ESDI hope to research contemporary media artists, individuals who came to prominence after the 1980s. The deadline for any submissions is February, as in early March MECAD/ESDI have to start the translations to send to UNESCO.

Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact:

Eduardo de Jesus

What is Life? Competition

Entries are invited for the 'What is Life?' art competition. The competition is an initiative to create awareness of the Human Genome and its implications for Africa.

R20 000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the competition. A R10 000 Scientists' Choice prize will be made by delegates to the Africa Human Genome Conference as well as two merit prizes of R5 000 each. Approximately 80 works will be selected.

The exhibition will be held at the South African Museum, The Gardens, Cape Town from March 15 to June 10, 2003. The competition will run alongside a major curated exhibition of works by Alan Alborough, Willem Boshoff, Lien Botha, Nadja Dhaenke, Isaac Khanyile, Fritha Langerman, Malcolm Payne and Sandile Zulu.

Conditions of entry:

1. Any artist may participate in the competition.

2. A maximum of three works per artist may be entered. An entry fee of R25 is payable for each. Entries in any medium will be accepted, subject to the following requirements:

2.1 Only original works will be considered;
2.2 Works that consist of several parts should have clear assembly instructions;
2.3 There is no limit to size but the organisers reserve the right to select according to available space and have the right to refuse to accept works that are difficult to hang, install, transport or handle;
2.4 Works may not be dangerous or potentially dangerous, nor shall they be of a nature that may cause damage to persons or goods;
2.5 Artists should provide technical equipment required for the exhibiting of their works;
2.6 Works must be for sale; 2.7 Work must be available until June.

3. Preparation of the works of art:

3.1 The artist's name and address and contact number, title of the work, selling price (15% commission included) must be clearly written on a label which will be supplied at the collection points. The label must be attached to the back or base of the artwork;
3.2 The top side of the work must be clearly indicated by an arrow;
3.3 Works must be ready for exhibiting and all works for hanging must be presentable;
3.4 In order to avoid damage, perspex covering is preferred to glass.

4. Dispatch, copyright and sales:

4.1 The artist is responsible for packaging, dispatching and insuring the works that are submitted;
4.2 Artworks must be sent to the South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town;
4.3 Alternatively, photographic submission of artworks is acceptable, subject to the following requirements:

4.3.1 Photographs must be a minimum of postcard size;
4.3.2 At least three (3) photographs must be taken from different angles for installation or sculpture works;
4.3.3 A single, well-lit photograph of two-dimensional artworks such as paintings or drawings is acceptable.

5. The closing date for postal entries is Monday 3 March 2003.

6. A R25 postal order or cheque made out to HSRC must be included with all entries.

7. Works will be accepted at the South African Museum on Monday March 3 and Tuesday March 4 between 10am and 4pm. The selection takes place on Wednesday March 5.


9. Works not selected for exhibition must be collected on Tuesday March 17 from the South African Museum between 10am and 4pm. (Please do not phone the HSRC or the museum before this date to enquire whether your work has been selected.)

10. The HSRC reserves the right to reproduce works which are selected for the exhibition without compensation to the artists. The works of art must be for sale and can only be purchased by others after the HSRC has excercised its option to purchase.

11. Damage and/ or loss:

11.1 The organisers are not responsible for the damage of unfired clay or the smudging of wet paint or any other damage to artworks.

12. Selection and delegates' choice:

12.1 Approximately 80 works will be selected for exhibition by a selection panel comprising of Marc Alexander, Estelle Jacobs, Fritha Langerman and which may include Alan Alborough, Lien Botha, Nadja Dhaenke, Isaac Khanyile, Malcolm Payne and Sandile Zulu.

13. An overall winner will be awarded R20 000. Two R5000 merit prizes will also be awarded. A further R10 000 winner will be selected by delegates to the Africa Human Genome Conference, which runs from March 19 - 22.

14. Works of art that are not selected must be collected by the artist or by someone with written authority, by March 17 2003. If not, the HSRC will be entitled at its own discretion, to sell the work on behalf of the artist or otherwise dispose of it.

All enquiries to: Lynne Wilson at the HSRC +27 21 467 4476 or email



First Name:

Tel: (h) and/or (w)

Date of Birth:

Postal Address:

Subject to the conditions of entry, I wish to submit the following works (up to three works) for consideration by the selection committee:



Dimensions: (height x width)

Selling price: (Inc 15% commission):

Entry fee: R25 per work

I hereby indemnify the HSRC and the South African Museum against any loss and/or damage to works of art submitted which may be caused by burglary, fire or any other cause.




New Post-graduate Courses in Media Art & Design in Spain

MECAD, or the Media Centre of Art and Design, is accepting applications for its new Master, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificates courses in the areas of curatorial and critical practices, organization of cultural events and art management. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the focus on these courses is on media art (electronic art, multimedia, Internet, etc.). MECAD offers four academic programmes:
Master on Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media This course offers a complete and solid training in the above-mentioned areas. It is aimed to superior graduates and professionals looking for highly specialized knowledge. The course runs from March to September 2003, with the possibility of taking the course in 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma on Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media This course offers extensive training in curatorial practices and art management focused on art and new media. Course runs April to July 2003 (part time).
Postgraduate Certificate in Electronic Arts Communication and Criticism This course offers intensive training in journalism and criticism focused on electronic arts. It is not necessary to have a degree to apply. Course runs March to May 2003.
Postgraduate Certificate in Electronic Arts History and Aesthetics Offering specialised training in the areas of electronic art history, theory and aesthetics, the course runs from April to June 2003.

For more information:
Tel.: (+34) 93 745 70 40 Fax: (+34) 93 726 81 83


Want to exhibit in Durban?

Durban's NSA Gallery is inviting proposals for exhibitions by artists. The NSA Gallery has received funding from the National Lotteries Board for the 2003/2004 financial year, to be used for subsidising exhibitions at their venue. Artists and curators are invited to apply for exhibitions at our venue in three different categories: A committee, comprising professionals in the visual arts field, reviews incoming proposals on a monthly basis.

Application procedure include the submission of a portfolio of works (either slides or photographs), a detailed CV, an artists statement, an exhibition concept or letter of intent and a detailed description of the proposed exhibition.

For further details contact Storm Janse van Rensburg or Nathi Gumede.

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban 4001
Tel: 031 202 3686
Fax: 031 202 3744
Hours: Tues - Fri 10 a.m - 5 p.m, Sat 10 a.m - 4 p.m, Sun 11 a.m - 3 p.m

3rd Construction New Media Awards

Entry forms for the 3rd Construction New Media Awards, which takes place on February 28, 2003 in association with the 6th International Design Indaba, are live on the website.

The awards will be judged by Malcolm Garrett (UK design consultant), Tom Roope (Tomato), Lewis Blackwell (Getty Images) and Simon Sankarayya (Digit London).

Entries will be accepted until 12am on January 31, 2003. All entries are R600.00 [$60.00], although student entries are FREE.

For further information contact or visit The winning entry wins a week in London.

Break 2.2 Festival is accepting applications

Break 2.2 Festival (previously called Break 21 Festival) is an international art festival hosted in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It presents young emerging artists an opportunity to showcase work with an orientation towards urban, technologically supported arts and �intermedia artistic practices� that are perceived as current avant-garde.

The festival will take place between June 17 and 28, 2003, and promises to showcase some special guests (world-acclaimed artists) with the aim of establishing an innovative dialogue with the young emerging artists. The festival theme is �Invisible Threat�, and will be supported by invited artists and scientists from different fields.

Break 2.2 Festival is organised by Zavod K6/4, a non-profit cultural institution from Ljubljana, that produces, organises and promotes contemporary creativity. Proposals and applications are invited, and close January 15, 2003. For further information, visit

Exhibition Space on Long Street

Ariel Cohen, whose second photographic exhibition Push opens this month in Cape Town, is looking to manage this unconventional space as an exhibition venue. Situated on an exterior wall, set slightly back from the street and enclosed by a fence, the space has been provided by the Saint Martini Church at the top of Long Street and is adjacent to the popular Marvel bar. Cohen is particularly interested in showing socially aware and relevant work in this space and invites proposals and ideas from similarly concerned artists. Cohen's latest body of work concerns Cape Town's homeless people who earn a meagre living from recycling scrap, which they transport in seconded shopping trolleys. His previous show Smashed focused on the faces damaged and disfigured by life on the city streets.

The venue is situated at 240 Long Street Cape Town, adjacent Marvel Bar.

For more information, contact Ariel Cohen at 082 406-4699 or

YDESIRE Proposal

If you intend to take part in YDESIRE, to take place on February 22, 2003 at the Castle of Good Hope, please submit your proposal, as soon as possible, in the following form -


Home/work telephone number:

Cellphone number:


Proposed working title:

What is the concept? (E.g. My proposed work looks at people�s relationship to desire through the medium of television. I will investigate the sex symbols imposed on us by local television programmes and also look at the effects of these sexual stereotypes.)

What media will you be using? (E.g. TV? Sound? Painting? Plaster?)

How much and what kind of space do you require? (E.g. I need 3 metres of ceiling space to hang my installation from. / I need a 2m X 2m wall to hang my painting on.)

Is your work time-based? (E.g. My work is a 10-minute video loop.)

What are your technical requirements? (E.g. I need a plug point for 3 CD Players and a slide projector.)

11. What kind of environment do you need your work to be experienced in? (E.g. I am creating a sound piece and will want a space that is quiet / I am doing a performance and need a large space with a view of the mountain.)

12. Does your work require electricity? (E.g. Yes, I am making a light / No, I am painting a nude.)

13. Is your work for sale? (E.g. Yes, I am making a series of little badges / No, I am doing an installation.)

Please attach images/diagrams of your proposed work. These can also be emailed to us. (See contact details below.)

Please drop the completed proposal forms at our offices or at any Cape YDE store. Mark them for the attention of YDESIRE. All proposals must be received by Friday 8th November 2002.

Contact: Kim Stern 083 285-7571 or James Webb 082 371-833 / YDESIRE Offices: (021) 797-8002 Email:

The 18th Absa L'Atelier Art Competition

Calls for entries are being circulated timeously for next year's Absa L'Atelier art competition. The competition offers what is arguably the most lucrative prize in South Africa - a six-month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and R70 000. Runners up receive significant cash prizes too. A maximum of three works may be entered, and artists must between the ages of 18 and 35. Works must not exceed 2m x 2m, must weigh less than 30kg and be able to pass through a normal door.

Entries close on March 7, 2003 and works will be received at regional collection points between March 3 and 7.

Regional collection points: Belville (CT), Bloemfontein, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Umtata.

For more information, call Cecile Loedolff at (011) 350-5793.

Call for entries to the 49th International Short Film Festival

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is inviting filmmakers from all over the world to submit their shorts, film or video, to its 49th Festival. The event will take place from May 1 - 6, 2003. The Festival is known for its openness to new forms and narrative styles. Approximately 70 titles will be selected for the International Competition, and 30 to 35 titles each for the German Competition and the Children's and Youth Film Competition. In these three competitions, the works will compete for 13 prizes worth a total of EUR 32,500.

Deadline for submissions: January 15

Formats: Film: Super 8, 16 and 35 mm; Video: DV, DVCAM, S-VHS, Beta-SP/PAL
Genres: All
Length: International max. 35 min, German max. 45 min
Production date: International after 1.1.2001, German after 1.1.2002
Competitions: International, German, International Children's and Youth Films (ages 5 -16)

Entry forms available as pdf downloads at

Call for Submissions to International Symbolist Art Show

Canadian curator, Susanne Iles, invites submissions to the 2003 International Juried Online Symbolist Art Show, 'The Mythic Quest'. Painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art, sculpture and photography are acceptable media. The distinguished jury for the event includes: Thomas Moore, best-selling American author of 'Care of the Soul', Julia Kerr, the founder of the online virtual gallery 'ArtMagick', and Joel Geolamen, Filipino artist and 2002 finalist. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2003, and the event is open to both artists and art students. Complete details are available online at

Thomas Moore is a best-selling American author, whose books include: 'Care of the Soul', 'Meditations', 'Soul Mates', 'The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life', 'The Education of the Heart', 'The Book of Job', 'The Soul of Sex', 'Original Self', and his latest 'The Soul's Religion'. He was a monk in a Catholic religious order for 12 years, and holds degrees in theology, musicology and philosophy. Moore is a leading lecturer in archetypal psychology, mythology, and the imagination. For additional information, please visit

Julia Kerr, originally from Wales, is the founder of the online virtual gallery 'ArtMagick', which is dedicated to showcasing the work of both well-known and obscure artists and poets of the Victorian period. She has studied in the UK and the former Soviet Union, and is a keen student of 19th and early 20th century art, in particular the Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist movements. For additional information, please visit

Joel Geolamen is an artist from Davao City, Philippines, and finalist in the 2002 show, 'The Dreamer and the Dreamed'. Geolamen's winning entry, Metamorphosis XXVI, demonstrates his pioneering technique of etching on photographs. He is a graduate of the Ford Academy of the Arts in Davao City.

Susanne Iles, comments, "I am very pleased with the calibre of volunteers we have attracted to the panel. Each brings a unique perspective to the show's theme, 'The Mythic Quest', which seeks to symbolically explore our journey through life."

According to the Oxford Dictionary, symbolist art seeks special symbols to express the essence of things by suggestion. It engages the viewer by appealing to the heart, personality and unconscious mind, as well as the intellect. The purpose of this one-of-a-kind event is threefold:

- To promote symbolist art and its importance in leading the viewer's imagination into the unseen world of thoughts, hopes, and fears. Symbols in art are a catalyst to personal revelation.

- To provide artists from all backgrounds with a convenient and meaningful online presence. Finalists and winners will be showcased for one year through to May 1, 2004, the date of the next show.

- To help art students gain exposure and bring together a diverse array of inspirational perspectives from around the world.

The International Juried Online Symbolist Art Show is an annual competition, which includes fantastic, visionary and surreal genres. Curated by Canadian artist and writer, Susanne Iles, the current show, 'The Dreamer and the Dreamed', is online through to May 1, 2003.

For further inquires, please contact:

Susanne Iles, Curator

Israeli Forum for Ecological Art call for artists/ ecologists/ decision makers of the world

* Investigate environmental issues in your next artwork wherever you are
* Be part of the 1st Biennale for Eco-Art in Israel in 2005

This is a call for artists to initiate creative social change, a call for scientists/ ecologists to collaborate with artists on environmental issues, a call for official incorporation of artists in decision-making processes.

It is time we take an inspiring role in the shaping and safeguarding of our natural spaces. Be a decision- maker regarding the quality of life. Release people from their environmental indifferences using visual language to raise environmental awareness and be involved in the physical/ spiritual reclamation of damaged areas.

For more information please contact:

Shai Zakai, Israeli Forum for Ecological Art, Lion-Srigim P.O.B. 93 Emek-Haela 99835 Israel

Tel: 972 2 991-2101
Fax: 972 2 991-2153

National Portrait Competition

The Tatham Art Gallery invites submissions in a national competition from South African citizens resident in South Africa for a portrait of King Cetshwayo of the Zulu as part of its centenary celebrations in 2003.

Apart from collecting money from citizens of Pietermaritzburg in 1903 for the purchase of paintings to start an art collection for the City, Mrs Ada Tatham also collected "in tiny sums" an amount of �300 from the children and women of schools the Midlands and northern Natal which was used to commission a copy of Winterhalter's state coronation portrait of Queen Victoria in St James's Palace, London. Permission was granted by King Edward VII for the painter Charles van Havermaet to spend six weeks copying the portrait on site. An impressive gilt frame was donated by Pietermaritzburg's London agent. The frame has the Royal coat-of-arms at top centre, and the coats-of-arms of Natal and Pietermaritzburg at each top corner. For many years the painting hung in the Pietermaritzburg City Council Chamber. In 1995 when the Chamber was refurbished for the incoming Transitional Local Council, the painting was removed and now hangs in the main stairwell of the Tatham Art Gallery's new home, the Old Supreme Court Building.

Winterhalter's portrait dates from 1847, the year Natal became the first colony added to the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria.

"The time is long overdue to address an obvious historical imbalance," says Tatham Art Gallery Director, Brendan Bell. "We cannot and do not wish to hide any aspect of our history as a province, and the portrait of Queen Victoria demands an equally impressive companion portrait of one of the Zulu kings. There is no more appropriate subject than King Cetshwayo of the Zulu, who played such an important role in Natal during Queen Victoria's reign."

Cetshwayo reigned as King of the Zulu from 1873 and 1884. Like his predecessors he wanted to avoid conflict with the white settlers but he was obstructing imperial endeavours. He struck an effective alliance with the British in order to keep his longstanding enemies, the Transvaal Boers, in check, but the alliance collapsed when the British annexed Transvaal and supported false Boer land claims in the ongoing border dispute with Zululand. This led to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, the defeat of the British at the Battle of Isandlwana and the ultimate defeat of the Zulu at the Battle of Ulundi, Cetshwayo's new capital. Cetshwayo was eventually captured and taken to the Cape. In 1882 he travelled to London where he met Queen Victoria. On his return he was reinstated as King of the Zulu in a much reduced territory and with less autonomy, and became embroiled in inter-chiefdom war deliberately engineered by the British as part of their "divide and conquer" policy. He died on 8 February 1884, presumably of a heart attack.

The competition is for the award of a R100 000 commission for a portrait in oil or acrylic on canvas of King Cetshwayo in traditional dress. The commissioned portrait measuring 2310mm (height) by 1540mm (width) will become part of the Tatham Art Gallery permanent collection and will hang adjacent to the portrait of Queen Victoria in the main stairwell of the Tatham Art Gallery.

Entries in the first round will be exhibited in the Tatham Art Gallery's West Gallery during February 2003. Five artists will be selected to submit comprehensive portfolios of their work to date, from which the winner of the commission will be announced. Each of the finalists will receive R5 000. An exhibition of material relating to King Cetshwayo will complement the unveiling ceremony of the portrait in November 2003.

The competition will be judged by the Tatham Art Gallery Acquisitions Committee and invited experts. The selectors will be looking for:

an accurate physical likeness of King Cetshwayo.
accurate rendition of King Cetshwayo's traditional attire and any artefacts included in the painting.
a full length portrait of the King, standing or seated in a suitable setting.
an indication of King Cetshwayo's personality and dignity as a Zulu king.
an indication that the artist has considered the portrait of King Cetshwayo as a companion to the portrait of Queen Victoria in respect of its Royal subjects, its size and colouring.
highly competent painting skills.

Interested artists are requested to contact Mduduzi Xakaza or Brendan Bell on (033) 342-1804, or email

Curators and ideas wanted for Tirana Biennale in Prague

The Tirana Biennale 2 is looking for curators and ideas in order to create a real contemporary art event.

Dear friends,

I am currently working on the second edition of the Tirana Biennale that will take place in Prague next July 2003 at the beautiful site of Contemporary Art Museum of Elektrisny, a massive rationalist structure that is one of the most fascinating buildings in the world. I feel my extraordinary experience with the city of Tirana is exhausted. The Tirana Biennale 1 was made possible thanks to an enthusiasm and energy that is without equal, and in spite of the stress and the conditions of absolute emergency. The logistic difficulties (a non-existent budget, frequent lack of power and materials to install the show) was brilliantly overruled by the spirit of co-operation between artists and curators. The fact that Tirana Biennale 1 opened last September 14-15 - three days after the WTC attack - didn't prevent the participation of large number of artists, curators, and visitors from the whole Europe, but the trauma of those days limited the great flux expected from the every corner of the world.

At the moment we are working on this new TIRANA BIENNALE IN PRAGUE, that will be realized with a brand new formula in comparison to all the other international big art events. You know well my interest and passion work only when pressured by hard times. The Presidents of the second edition of the Tirana Biennale will be Milan Knizak, director of the Contemporary Art Museum, and me, Giancarlo Politi, publisher and editor of Flash Art. We will probably nominate a director and team of curators, who will have the duty of conceiving and designing this biennale. The Biennale will open during the first week of July 2003. At the moment we are forced to work within a very low budget (though it will increase to acceptable limits), but we feel the TIRANA BIENNALE IN PRAGUE will be the greatest cultural event in 2003. The formula will certainly be in tune with the times and the cultural changes currently on course - unlike all the other events. Further information will follow shortly.

Best wishes,
Giancarlo Politi

* Meanwhile, all those who wish to submit non-expensive and new curatorial ideas are more than welcome. You could be part of our curatorial staff. A big exhibition today can take place only with different ideas and diverse input, and not with a show-off referee and a little one-idea oriented staff. That's why I'm here. I am looking forward a confrontation of ideas with you.

The best proposals we will receive, even if not considered for the exhibition, will be published on the catalogue.

Fortis Graphix animated gif contest

This an international, juried, bi-monthly event. The goal of the contest is to provide a forum for gif animators to show off their handiwork. The animation must be an original created by you. Higher scores are awarded to those animations which use original artwork. Judges look for originality, creativity, humour, download time, visual impact and technical proficiency. Animations must not exceed 100k. You may submit up to four animations per month. First prize is $20 and the entry deadline is the 25th of each month.

Email: Website:

Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

The Museum of Temporary Art, Cape Town - we take the "con" out of contemporary art.

The Museum of Temporary Art invites you to propose an installation in the unique exhibition space in Observatory.

Send your proposals to curator Barend de Wet -


Atlantic Center For the Arts Residency Programme

Since 1982, Atlantic Center's residency programme has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live, work, and collaborate during three-week residencies. Located just four miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains six award-winning studios that include a resource library, painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, black box theatre, writer's studio, and digital computer lab. Each residency session includes three master artists from different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates - talented, emerging, mid-career artists - through a formal application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in formal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently. The relaxed atmosphere and unstructured programme provide considerable time for artistic regeneration and creation. Room and board is free to accepted artists.

For more information on how to apply, please telephone (386) 427-6975 or (800) 393-6975 or visit

The following artists will be in residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2003:

January 20 - February 9, 2003
Lewis Hyde, writer
Zoe Leonard, visual artist
Lewis Spratlan, composer
Application deadline: December 2, 2002

March 3 - 23, 2003
Dave Hickey, arts writer
David Parsons, choreographer
Steven Pippin, visual artist
Application deadline: January 10, 2003

May 19 - June 8, 2003
Mark Adamo, composer
Gillian Wearing, visual artist
John Yau, poet
Application deadline: March 3, 2003

September 8 - 28, 2003
Katsutaka Murooka, aerial kite photographer
Marc Ricketts, kite maker / kite theatre
Tal Streeter, kite maker
Application deadline: June 2, 2003

October 6 - 26, 2003
Eric Bogosian, playwright
Vik Muniz, visual artist
Olly Wilson, composer
Application deadline: August 1, 2003

Residencies at Custom House Artists' Studios Limited, Ireland

The Custom House Artists' Studios Limited has been established to support and promote the visual Arts in Westport and throughout the county. It is located at the Old Custom House building at the Quay in Westport Co Mayo. Extensive renovations are now completed through a partnership involving the Westport Artists' Studio Group, Westport Town Council, Mayo Co Council, the Department of Arts Sport and Tourism and the Westport community as a whole.

  • The Studios accommodate seven Artists' Studios, together with a print studio and a Visual Arts Gallery. Artists are now invited to submit proposals for residency at the Studios in 2003.
  • The gallery space located on the ground floor has good daylight and is approximately 28ft long x 17ft wide and 9 ft high. The Custom House Artists' Studios are now inviting applications for exhibitions at their gallery at the Quay Westport Co. Mayo for 2003.
  • Please send letters of interest, CVs and documentation of work to:

    John Mc Hugh
    Custom House Studios , The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

    Tel: 098 28735

    The closing date for submissions is Friday November 15, 2002.

  • Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme

    2003 Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme application forms will be available from end of June at

    You can also access our new woodblock printmaking online shop. This has been established by ARTQUEST Co, Ltd, (the organizers of the Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme). The online shop, which currently includes carving toools, burins and brushes, will be expanded in the future. See

    Nagasawa Art Park Pilot Project Committee Tokyo Office / ARTQUEST Co, Ltd
    4F Ichinose Bldg, 3-5 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083
    Tel: 03-5216-7908
    Fax: 03-5216-7906

    Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway

    Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (LKV) was established in 1993. The name means "artists' workshops in Lademoen" (Lademoen is the name of a part of Trondheim). LKV contains 34 artists' studios, 6 workshops and 2 guest studios. The studios and workshops are located in an old school building dating from the turn of the century. The five-storey building has a total floor area of 2 264m2. In addition to 34 private studios the facility also includes two project rooms at 90 and 55m2 respectively. Over the last 6 years we have built up a printmaking workshop, photographic dark room, metal and welding workshop, carpentry, a computer room and digital video editing suite. LKV is run as a foundation.

    LKV offers two guest studios (50m2, headroom 3,8m). The studios contain some basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, stapler etc). The studio flats (30m2, fully furnished accommodation includes bedroom/living room, kitchen and bathroom) are located in a connected building. Both the studios and the flats are provided free of charge to artists from all over the world for a duration of 1 to 3 months. Longer residency can be negotiated in special circumstances. The rent for the studios is paid by the local authorities.

    Residents may be asked to give lectures about their work for other artists in Trondheim. LKV does not have a gallery, any exhibition must take place in the studio, in one of our project rooms or outside LKV's premises. Guest artists may use the workshops by paying a fee. The guest artists are selected once a year by a committee of 3 professional artists on the basis of applications with slides or other documentation of work.

    Trondheim is situated in the centre of Norway and lies on a fjord two hours from the open sea. The city is surrounded by a fine landscape of agricultural land, forests, hills and highlands with more mountainous regions to the south and east. Trondheim is the 3rd largest city in Norway. The city has throughout history been a cultural, spiritual, commercial and an educational centre including the University (NTNU) with institutes for film and drama, philosophy, anthropology, architecture, industrial design, construction technology and technical research. Trondheim has a rich cultural life with an art academy, music conservatory, symphony orchestra, concert hall, theatres, cinemas, clubs, bars and cafes.

    For more information and application forms, contact Kjetil Krøvel (manager, LVK) at

    Tel: +47 73 51 3515 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 10am - 4pm)
    Fax: +47 73 51 3372

    Surreal Estates Live/Work Community for visual artists, designers, mixed media artists and others

    Surreal Estates, Ink, Sacramento, California, USA, invites visual artists, stage designers, mixed media artists and other artists interested to join their Live/Work Community in the Dixieanne neighborhood of Uptown Sacramento. Surreal Estates is a unique artist-owned project and invites visual artists to apply for ownership of a residence (500-700 square feet) and detached studio (800-1200 square feet).

    The Uptown Art District, Surreal Estates' neighborhood, is the fresh, fertile and fascinating art scene in Sacramento. Opportunities abound for artists. Come be a part of Sacramento, and Surreal Estates!

    For more information visit:


    AfricanAperture seeks partners

    "I'm a London-based photographer though I was born and lived in Kenya until adulthood and harbour a long interest in Africa and photography. I'm married to Christine, my most sure critic and site partner, with one daughter Carina. Besides publishing a couple of articles in the Czech magazine Koktejl, I spent the last few years in Prague working in IT to keep afloat while raising our daughter. I learnt about the web and since moving to London have now revived my photographic interest with this site. I'm a photographer for hire as well as a web designer but I am looking to expand the AfricanAperture idea as far as it can go. Anyone interested in forming a partnership or funding the idea behind this site please contact me. I would like AfricanAperture to represent quality photographers and to become a support centre, perhaps even providing funding for particular projects related to the themes of the site. I would also like very much to bring out some local photographers living and working on the continent. Enjoy the multiple talents presented on the site!"

    Philip Cartland, designer and founder of AfricanAperture.

    AfricanAperture: Founded August 2002.

    To provide exposure and bring together the very best photographers who focus on Africa (we also have a small section devoted to notable photographers of the world). To grow into a support organisation that may provide funding for the commission and publication of specific projects related to the site's themes.

    Photography relating to environment, travel, culture and cultural diversity and humanity.

    AfricanAperture provide easy access to the world of photography without excessive numbers of links. We do not want to waste your time so we choose the links very carefully making special effort to have no broken links and to provide only the best web sites. We have also collected a number of galleries presenting work by photographers we feel excel in their imagery and vision.


    Opportunities for artists to teach in Colombia

    The Centro Colombo Americano is a non-profit binational cultural centre, founded in 1947 by a group of interested North Americans and Colombians who wished to strengthen the relationships between their countries. The institution is dedicated to promoting human development through academic and cultural programmes with a multicultural perspective, fostering extensive exchange with the United States and the world. In the case of applicants who have a background in the arts, they will actively participate in our ABC programme, which is an initiative to bring the arts into the language-teaching classroom both for adults and for children. Practicing visual artists will also have the possibility to be considered for an exhibition in the centre gallery. For more information on our visual arts exhibition programme, visit our website at, and click on English version, then Gallery.
    Medell�n is a pleasant city in the heart of the Andes Mountains, with a year-round temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit. With more than two million inhabitants, it is known for its vigorous industrial development and its beautiful flowers. The people, called 'Paisas', are known for their friendliness and clearly spoken Spanish. You can read more about Medell�n and Colombia in, or
    Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us and we will arrange to call you to speak personally. We are sure that you will find working with us professionally challenging and fulfilling. Please feel free to check our website for further information on the Center.
    If you are interested, send your CV and a recent photo to:
    The Academic Director
    Centro Colombo Americano
    Carrera 45 No. 53-24
    Medell�n, Colombia, South America
    Tel: (574) 513-4444 Ext.237, Fax: (574) 513-2666

    Works requested for AIDS art auction in UK

    We are organising a Celebrity Art Auction to be held in November in Exeter, pre-World AIDS Week, to raise funds for Nkosi's Haven (SA) and Positive Action South West (a UK-based AIDS charitable organisation covering the South West of England). We will be auctioning work by UK artists and items donated by UK celebrities.

    We are interested in and appealing to SA artists who wish to donate a piece of work to be auctioned.

    The event will generate publicity for AIDS awareness, for the charities and for the artists. We will be using images of selected works in editorials preceding the auction which will generate further publicity for the artists.

    Postage/shipping costs will be covered. Pieces will be subject to a selection process as we have a limited space.

    Email Dawn Handy at

    Post Available at Cornell University

    Cornell University is looking for a tenure-track Assistant Professor Art Historian in Contemporary Art/History of Photography to commence in Fall 2003. Ph.D., teaching experience, and publications required. Specialisation in contemporary art practices with emphasis on any of the following: photography, film, video, multi-media art, and their theoretical and historical origins such as spectacle, diorama, and the baroque.

    Ph.D. (in hand before the term of the appointment begins), teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate level, and publications required. Applicants should provide the following: Letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of scholarly publications (no more than two chapters of a thesis), description of courses taught or prepared to teach, names of three references.

    Appointment begins July 1, 2003 with classes to begin in mid-August.

    Application deadline: January 31, 2003.

    Cornell University is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Send materials to:

    Salah Hassan, Chair
    Department of History of Art
    Cornell University
    G35 Goldwin Smith Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-3201

    Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art gallery

    João Ferreira Fine Art presents the ultimate venue for hire for functions, photo and film shoots, parties and launches. We offer NY loft-style architecture, spacious interior, live music, safe parking, catering and other facilities within the gallery space.

    80 Hout Street, Cape Town

    Tel: (021) 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
    Fax: (021) 423 2136

    The new Michaelis Art Shop

    The Michaelis Art Shop has moved and reopened in a space adjacent to the school's gallery. The shop supplies a wide range of fine art materials and offers student discounts on presentation of a valid student card. The shop is competitively priced and now officially open to the public.

    The Gallery, Michaelis Art School, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Gardens
    Tel: (021) 426 1948
    Hours: 9am to 5pm on weekdays

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