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Center for Contemporary Arts Celje

Public Institution
 
AIR Celeia Celje (deadline: March 31, 2011)
 
  AIR Celeia Celje (deadline: March 31, 2011)

AIR CELEIA CELJE presently offers two-month residency in 2010 to contemporary artists, experienced in the public art projects. The ability of the artists to connect with the city and the local art scene will be appreciated. Preference will be given to the artists working interdisciplinary in the cross-section between visual art, design and architecture. The selected artist is going to be introduced to the local art scene, and provided with the sociological and historical context of the city and the region (see the general description of the residency).

Artist will be provided with free accommodation in the Air Celeia studio apartment, and a possibility of either presenting or exhibiting his/her work in the public spaces in the city of Celje. The artist must fund all the living expenses and transportation. AIR Celeia helps the artist with the stipend up to 600 euros monthly depending on the application.
Public presentation (artist talk) is obligatory.

DATES OF THE RESIDENCY:
May 15 - July 15, 2010
MORE INFORMATION:
Jani Pirnat, curator
+386 3 4265 156, + 386 51 681 995
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Please prepare an individual submission, including:
- residency plan (short, clear & realistic, max one page)
- short artists' statement (max one page)
- CV (max one page)
- work samples in pdf format

Only e-mail applications are accepted.
jani.pirnat@celje.si

DEADLINE
31th of March 2011.
NOTIFICATION:
Applicants will be notified by email no later than 9th of April 2011.


Contact : Jani Pirnat / +386 3 42 65 156 / jani.pirnat@celje.si

Celeia Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 with the main mission to initiate, develop and promote contemporary visual arts in the local, regional and international context, as well as to re-articulate and re-contextualize the heritage of local artistic practices that form the foundations of the Centre's activity.

As it is situated merely an hour from the capital city of Ljubljana, and is one of the most representative institutions for the production and display of contemporary visual arts in Slovenia, the Centre represents a creative hub devoted to arts, culture and theory, and is experienced in the specific conditions of the current social, political, and economic situation. Under the auspices of the City Council of Celje and its Cultural Department, the Centre has been actively engaged in the project-based cultural programming in cooperation with partners across the region and beyond.

The Centre for Contemporary Art Celje consists of three exhibition venues in the downtown Celje area: Gallery of Contemporary Art, since 1993), Likovni salon (Likovni Salon Gallery, since 1963), and Galerija Racka (Racka Gallery, since 2006). One of the Centre's activities is its AIR CELEIA programme initiated in 2005. The AIR programme emerged as a result of the need for a more active flow of people and ideas in the field of culture and art in Celje. The programme is conceived in a way that encourages artists in residence to create ties and actively participate in the local community, as well as enable local artists to work in a foreign environment. This provides them with new contacts and new models of production and presentation. The residency programme is based on mobility, inter-disciplinarity, participation, and builds a dialogue and cooperation between artists as well as between art and the broader community. It is based on the contemporary models of artist residencies that are no longer isolated artist communes but dynamic and linking forms of creativity within an urban environment.

The main idea of AIR CELEIA is to connect the artists and the city in a new, unexpected way and provide a situation in which professionals from different fields of city development (urban planning, tourism, architecture, leisure activities, social programmes, technological park projects) - who do usually not work with artists (and vice versa) - experience a fundamental change in their mindset and working practice (as a result of the project). It is our presumption that contemporary visual art carries all the characteristics of an extended definition of cultural resources that has been coming into general use over the last few years (for instance the "cultural planning" concept ). Contemporary art is interdisciplinary, hybrid, holistic, integrated, innovative, provocative, participatory, investigative, and ecologically aware and engaged; it deals with the lives of ordinary people, political conflicts, global warming, social inequalities or intercultural dialogue.

As such, it could be an ideal mediator in linking various sectors, a connection between the different fields of human performance. However, because it remains trapped in the distribution channels of the art system, communication between contemporary art and other cultural sectors remained on the level of a traditional relationship between art and society.

Resident artists receive an opportunity to present their work publicly at the CCA CELEIA as lectures, projections, public discussions, exhibitions and performances. They are also encouraged to realise their work in the public spaces of Celje and its sourounding .

The selection process is both by invitation and application.
 
www.celeia.info/center_sodobnih_umetnosti
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