Open Call | First Antarctic Biennale (Submission Fee)

First Antarctic BiennaleDeadline: 03 October

15 shortlisted artists aged between 18 and 35 will take part in a group exhibition at the Antarctic Pavilion at Venice Biennale in the summer of 2017, with overall winner exhibiting in Antarctica.

The inaugural Antarctic Biennale has announced an open call for a new artwork to be realised in Antarctica. There are no restrictions on the type of medium applicants can use or the number of project submissions artists can make.

However, the biennale does warn that artists should consider how severe the weather conditions can be in Antarctica. It also stipulates that ‘installation on Antarctica shore, land, ice, or water or any other place outside Biennale’s expedition vessel shall take only up to one hour’.

Artists are also asked to consider the ecological compatibility of their work. Principally, this means no materials will be left behind once the biennale has finished. There is also the option of exhibiting onboard the biennale’s expedition vessel.

Antarctic Pavilion
The initial stage of the process will see 15 finalists announced – somewhat fittingly at this year’s Frieze Art Fair – who will participate in a group exhibition at the Antarctic Pavilion at Venice Biennale in the summer of 2017.

Of this shortlist, a winner will be chosen in December 2016 to join a group of selected artists – including Tomás Saraceno, Hani Rashid, Matthew Ritchie and more – on the polar research ship Akademik Ioffe. They will depart from Ushuaia, Argentina for the Antarctic Circle to realise their projects.

The winner will also receive $1000 to be used to cover the art object freight, insurance, installation, dismantling, and transportation costs.

You should provide a full description of your art project by filling in all the fields of the application form available on this website. You are welcome to submit images and sketches needed for comprehensive understanding of your project, but no more than one pdf file containing up to five pages. If you work in video or sound art, you are welcome to provide the link to your artworks available on YouTube, Soundcloud or any other file hosting service.

One application should contain only one project. If you want to submit more than one project, please submit another application(s).

$25 per application shall be made online after filling in the application form on this website to cover application processing expenses.

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