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Flax Open Academy for Visual Arts: Call for Participants

20 Apr, 2017 

In cooperation with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts)

Date: 25-28 May 2017

Location: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 1, Berlin


In cooperation with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) under its Arab European Creative Platform (AECP), the Akademie der Künste Berlin, and the artists Katharina Grosse and Nasan Tur, FLAX invites visual artists newly arrived in Germany (during the past 5 years), to participate in a four-day workshop, intended as an Open Academy that will include lectures, panel discussions, workshops with established artists and experts from the art world (gallerists, museum directors and representatives of cultural institutions from Europe and the MENA region) and networking opportunities, covering a number of questions that newly arrived artists have to grapple with. In addition, the program will include visits to galleries, off-spaces.


Due to limited capacity, only 50 artists will be invited to attend. 20 are pre-reserved for participants from the previous workshop organized by FLAX in 2016.


Artists interested in participating are expected to send a short CV and a portfolio (website, photographs (in jpeg) or a document in pdf) to the following email address: germanculturenews@gmail.com no later than April 30th.


The selection will be overseen by a jury, and the process will take into consideration the works submitted and the applicant’s regions of origin. 75% of participants will be selected from MENA region, and 25% from the rest of the world. Age will not be a consideration.


Travel and accommodation costs for selected participants residing outside Berlin will be covered by the Open Academy’s organizers.


About FLAX

Founded in early 2015, FLAX is a network for cultural networking and collaboration, which promotes cultural exchange and cooperation for local and newly arrived cultural workers, artists and institutions inside Germany. The founding members include Goethe Institute, Gyalpa e.V., IFA and IFA Gallery, University Weissensee, and DAAD Artist Program. Since then the network has grown to include several cultural institutions and foundations, such as the Academy of Art and the HAU Theater, among others.
FLAX organizes interdisciplinary and intercultural artistic projects, and supports artists in developing their individual artistic positions and obtaining cultural education in Germany. A major part of FLAX’s activity is a mentoring program established for newly arrived artists and cultural managers from all over the world. FLAX provides support and, when possible, access to university education, scholarships, residencies, information, proposals and workshops.

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