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January 9, 2015

Open call for curatorial and residency projects

École Nationale Supérieure d'Art, Bourges
Exhibition view: James Rielly: Punch Me, La Box, November 2014. Photo: © Pascal Vanneau.

The École Nationale Supérieure d’Art (ENSA) in Bourges provides its students with generous workspaces and technical facilities that are regularly modernised and re-equipped. It offers a Masters in Visual Arts that puts the emphasis on inventiveness and creativity.

La Box is one of the school’s main educative tools and every year it organises ten exhibitions by artists from France and elsewhere. For the last nine years it has been entrusting part of its programme to young curators over the course of an academic year, chosen and monitored by members of the School’s teaching team. Moreover, for 20 years now, ENSA has been providing residencies with the backing of the Regional Cultural Affairs Office (DRAC) and France’s Centre Region. These residencies are intended to give young artists from France and other countries the chance to carry out personal research projects in association with the school, its teachers, its students and any other outside partner of their choice.

 

Call for curatorial projects
Part of the programme for the 2015–16 season will be entrusted to an independent curator, critic, or collective whose curatorial project has been chosen by La Box’s selection panel. The final proposal should lay down the project’s structure and time frame before the end of June 2015, when timetabling of the exhibitions for the following season will take place.

As part of the School’s teaching context, the programme should include the presence and participation of the students. The curator(s) should also choose and implement a liaison approach aimed at an outside audience.

The overall budget is 25,000 euros. Of this, 20,000 euros 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 5,000 euros will cover miscellaneous expenses for the curator(s).

Candidates must be aware that this kind of programme demands considerable availability on their part. Attendance at regular on-site meetings is indispensable. In addition, ready responsiveness by phone or email is vital during preparation of the programme. The curator must be present during the setting up and opening of exhibitions.

In the case of a collective, dialogue and coordination between the members is essential so as to avoid all contradictions in their dealings with the School and La Box.

Terms and conditions
Draft projects must be presented using the application form. Please send it by email to [email protected], marked for the attention of Chloé Nicolas.

For more information, download the information sheets here.

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2015.
The short list will be drawn up in April 2015.
Interviewing and selection of shortlisted candidates will take place in May 2015. Prior to this they will be asked to provide further details of their projects.


Call for residency projects
Annually since 1991 ENSA has provided residencies with the backing of the Regional Cultural Affairs Office and France’s Centre Region. These residencies are intended to give young artists from France and other countries the chance to carry out personal research projects in association with the school, its teachers, its students and any other outside partner of their choice.

Successful applicants are awarded a residency of a minimum of three months and a maximum of four months, for periods to be agreed on during the academic year.
They each receive a grant of 3,000 euros.

Terms and conditions
Portfolio + application form sent by post to:
Chloé Nicolas
La Box
9, rue Édouard-Branly, BP 297
18006 Bourges cedex
France

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2015.

 

La Box at École Nationale Supérieure d'Art in Bourges: open call for projects

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