CEC ArtsLink Announces an Open Call for Artists to participate in the 8th Art Prospect International Festival of Public Art
CEC ArtsLink invites artists from around the world (with the exception of
St. Petersburg, Russia), to propose public art projects examining how contemporary art organizations engage, support and unite local communities.
Art Prospect Network Residency Program
In 2021, the Art Prospect Network Residency program will support residencies for U.S. artists and curators, focusing on exchange and collaboration in the field of socially engaged art and/or public art. CEC ArtsLink will place US artists and curators with host organizations in the 11 Art Prospect Network countries, which share common strategies, concerns, and goals. Each Art Prospect Network partner will host an artist or curator for a one-month residency to participate in a collaborative project, such as a public art festival or event, lead training programs, and/or conduct an independent project. US participants and host organizations will work together to define the residency goals and structure based on their reciprocal interests, needs and strengths.
Applications are due by February 15, 2021. Guidelines are on the CEC ArtsLink web page.
The exhibition Listening to Imagine
The exhibition Listening to Imagine examined the role of art during a time of crisis. Is art relevant during the time of a pandemic, struggles for freedom or war? In a constant struggle against the system in the name of justice and democracy, the artist turns into an activist, a participant in political and civil battles or social movements, but they never cease to think in the language of art and sooner or later later share their thoughts, feelings and research with others.
Art Prospect Network
The first part of the 7th Art Prospect Festival recently ended, but few of you probably know that Art Prospect is not just a festival, but also an entire network of partner organizations working in the fields of public art and socially engaged art in 11 countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan).
Among the Art Prospect Network partners are the Eurasian Cultural Alliance (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Ilkhom Theater (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), Bukhara Photo Gallery (Bukhara, Uzbekistan), Open Place (Kiev, Ukraine), CEC ArtsLink (St. Petersburg, Russia), Dushanbe ArtGround (Dushanbe, Tajikistan), Oberliht (Chisinau, Moldova), Salaam Cinema (Baku, Azerbaijan), Silk Museum (Tbilisi, Georgia), and Suburb (Yerevan, Armenia).
Each of these organizations are active players in their local arts communities and participate in collaborative network activities, including public art festivals, arts residencies, and educational programs in the field of socially engaged art. Thanks to their collaboration, the Art Prospect Festival took place in Bishkek and Baku in 2017 and in Bishkek, Kiev, and Tbilisi in 2018.