Open Call | Poster Project from IG BILDENDE KUNST, Vienna

Application deadline: 18 April

IG BILDENDE KUNST are looking for designs, sketches and ideas for posters that make pithy statements, or express demands or wishes in the context of the challenges facing artists with child care responsibilities. A jury will choose between three and six proposals which will then be produced. At the end of June 2017 these will begin make their way into public spaces beginning with the IG BILDENDE KUNST gallery in Vienna.

The art business poses a whole series of challenges for parenting artists concerned with having to care for children. In workshops and interviews the IG BILDENDE KUNST asked artist parents about their experiences, exchanged information and collected examples of best practice. Residency programmes, time management and insufficient payment for artistic work were recurring issues as were alternative models for gender-specific relationships of inequality that affected (not only) the art world. So the question is how can being a parent be reconciled with being an artist?

With a decentralised poster project we want to make the statements, wishes and demands more widely known by taking them out of the IG BILDENDE KUNST offices. We want to produce three to six different posters, make them freely available and invite anyone interested to participate in their distribution.

We’re looking for designs, sketches and ideas for posters and whether in a visual or textual form, all are welcome. But whatever form they take they should be digital and capable of conveying a good idea. It might be a file with a poster design, a photograph of a hand-drawn sketch, a couple of sentences that formulate the idea for a poster design, a proposed text for a statement (including a description of the imagined implementation) and so on. A print-ready product is only necessary as the next step, i.e. after the jury selection process.

A jury will select three to six proposals. The poster designs can visualise their positions and demands critically, amusingly or poetically. They should bear in mind the need for a gender sensitive approach and refrain from reproducing mechanisms of social exclusion.

With the delivery of a print-ready file those submitting the selected works will receive a fee of 400 Euro and a free one-year membership of the IG BILDENDE KUNST (valued at 69 Euro).

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