UNESCO / Aschberg Bursaries Programme for Artists from Developing Countires

UNESCO/Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

Course(s) Offered: Arts, Writing, Music
Course Level: All levels
Provider: UNESCO/Aschberg
Country to Study in: Brazil

Scholarship Description
This program is currently on hold but it should resume in 2016
The UNESCO/Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme provides emerging artists in various disciplines with bursaries to international art residency programs. The bursaries are restricted to certain disciplines and geographic regions, with requirements varying from residency to residency.

Bursaries to the Instituto Sacatar are awarded annually through the UNESCO/Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme, in creative writing, visual arts and music composition.

These bursaries are restricted to artists from 25 to 35 years old, born and living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands (that is, anywhere in the world with the exception of Western Europe and the Americas.)

Eligible groups
Any emerging artist from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands

Participating Institutions
Instituto Sacatar

Fields of study
Visual Arts, Creative writing (in Any Language) and Music Composition.

We interpret visual arts in the broadest terms possible: painting, sculpture, handicrafts, printmaking, photography, ceramics, film, video, installation, performance art, etc.

Number of awards
Three bursaries

Sponsorship duration
Two months. For 2013, the residencies will take place from 6 May 2013 to 1 July 2013.

Scholarship benefits
A UNESCO/Aschberg bursary to the Instituto Sacatar provides artists the time and space to produce new work and to interact with the dynamic culture of Bahia. Specifically, the bursary provides:
  • Round-trip airfare between the artist’s nearest international airport and Salvador, Brazil (provided and arranged by UNESCO/Aschberg);
  • A two-month stay (May 6, 2013 to July 1, 2013) at the Sacatar estate on the island of Itaparica, including:
    • a room with private bath;
    • a separate studio;
    • all meals (except Saturday evenings, Sundays and holidays);
    • laundry service;
    • logistical support for the execution of the artist’s intentions.
There is no additional stipend; the artist is responsible for his or her own working materials and any personal expenses (local transportation, incidental meals, etc.) for the duration of the residency.

There is no application fee.

The bursary recipient will assume all costs to secure the necessary visas. Sacatar does not accept artists who want to use them as a base for travel and research in other countries. Sacatar is looking for someone who commits to being here in Institution for the full eight-week period, from 6 May to 1 July 2013.

Method of Application
Applications for the 2013 UNESCO/Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme must be submitted electronically by email ON OR BEFORE MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012.

Applications must include:
  1. Completed application form (available as a DOWNLOAD): Please be sure to include both the name you commonly use and your name as it appears on your passport. Regarding the question Why Bahia?: in fifty words or less, please state why this opportunity to work in Bahia, Brazil, is of interest to you and how you think an experience in Bahia might affect your work as an artist. The application form requests that you include the names, job titles, emails and phone numbers of two references with whom we can discuss your application. The references must be able to communicate in either English or Portuguese.
  2. Professional resumé (curriculum vitae), including significant achievements, awards, residencies, etc.
  3. Description of the project you expect to work on while a resident at the Instituto Sacatar. We strive to provide excellent conditions for solo work, but we also seek to facilitate work with entities and organizations in the local community. If you have a specific community-oriented idea, please explain. Feel free to state alternative plans of action. Remember that once in Bahia, things may change. Flexibility and improvisation are essential.
  4. Description of physical work needs: equipment, space, furniture, etc. If during the creative process you use sound, please let us know how that sound might be controlled so that it does not disturb the other artists in residents.
  5. Samples of recent representative work: Work samples should be submitted electronically by email (or as links to Youtube sites) as stipulated in the following texts regarding WORK SAMPLES. The submission of samples of your artwork is the most important part of your application package.
Submit all required application materials electronically to:

Selection Process:
Sacatar will conduct interviews by telephone, in English or Portuguese, with the selected artists before 30 November 2012. The purpose of the interviews is to understand in greater depth the artist’s expectations and intentions and to clarify for the applicant what Sacatar can and cannot offer.

Remember that all the application materials, including the work samples, must ARRIVE in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil on or before October 15, 2012 (by midnight, Brasília time).

If you have any specific questions about eligibility, the application requirements, the selection process or any other issue associated with the UNESCO/Aschberg Bursaries to the Instituto Sacatar, please write to us at info@sacatar.org.

Send only your application materials to the email: unesco-aschberg@sacatar.org

Application Deadline: 15 October 2012
Open for International Students: Yes(see 'Eligible groups' above)

More Scholarship Information and Application(UNESCO Aschberg page)
More Scholarship Information and Application

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