Call for proposals: Sculpture Quadrennial, Riga 2008 (Latvia)

Call for proposals: Sculpture Quadrennial, Riga 2008 (Latvia)
The Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC) invites artists to submit proposals for DICTATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008, an open-air contemporary art exhibition that will take place in Riga, Latvia August 29 ? October 10, 2008. The exhibition is a starting point for the dialogue between general public, society and art professionals on the issue of contemporary public art and its role in the urban culture of the city of Riga.
Since 1972 SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA has been the biggest regular contemporary art exhibition in Latvia organised every four years in the city of Riga. Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia has recognised SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA as the cultural event of national and international importance and approved the Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC) as the management structure for the event in 2008.
The Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC) organised also EUROPEAN SPACE ? SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2004. The exhibition was curated by artists Aigars Bikse and Kristaps Gulbis, involving 75 artists and partner institutions from 25 European countries.

The Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2008 is contemporary art event in urban public space of Riga City seeking experimental and innovative cooperation forms between different social groups to develop active civil society. The main objective of DICATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008 is to encourage dialogue between art professionals and consumers of the public art.
The event fosters understanding and links between the centre and periphery in contemporary art. THE SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008 aims at breaking down elitism in art and culture space through openness and culture accessibility, involving groups of the society whose environment rarely is a site for contemporary art practice. The main interests of the event are emotions and lifestyle of the residents of marginal and disadvantaged city areas instead of the identification of particular city space.
Latgale suburb of Riga City ? the venue of the exhibition DICATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008 contains the processes and historical proofs that have not been considered as topical in contemporary centralised culture space. The Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2008 aims to re-discover these ?lost? territories, looking for material and nonmaterial cultural values, as well as strengthening the cooperation links between the society in centre and periphery.
Jury consisting of 10 members will select artworks for the exhibition. The selected artworks will be temporarily installed in public space in Latgale suburb of Riga City. The jury members will be approved by The Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC) based on open competition announced for inhabitants of the City of Riga. The list of the approved jury members will be published on the web site of SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008 www.sculpturequadrennial.lv on 17 March, 2008.

Latgale suburb is one of six administrative districts of Riga, with the area of 50 km2 and the number of population 200 588. This suburb has specific, diverse social and architectural character. Its architectural landscape consists of old wooden buildings alongside with soviet era living quarters and mixture of contemporary Latvian architecture - modern shopping malls and office buildings constructed in last 20 years. The oldest part of it among people is called Maskavas for?tate (Moscow suburb). It has historically developed as a region where Russians settled, and hence the name. This suburb housed also Jewish quarter.

Each selected artist will be awarded 4000 EUR for the implementation of the proposed project. This budget includes material costs, artist fee, travel and accommodation costs, artwork transportation expenses, installation, maintenance and dismantling costs.
The artworks proposed must be constructed to withstand variable weather conditions, outdoor city environment and endure 6 weeks in public space. Up to 20 artworks will be selected and temporarily installed in Riga. The photos of the sites will be available on DICTATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008 home page - www.sculpturequadrennial.lv from 21 January, 2008.
The Centre for Art Management and Information undertakes to ensure the necessary assistance to artists, helping to find budget corresponding accommodation, technical help, and to obtain the necessary permissions for exhibiting the proposed artworks in the public space of Riga city.

Eligibility
1. Any professional artist from any part of the world is eligible.
2. Artists, either individually or as a part of a team project.
3. Only work created specifically for DICTATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008 is eligible. In highly exceptional cases projects previously designed and/ or exhibited can be accepted.

Application must be submitted by post or via e-mail. All separate files/ sheets must carry artist?s name and the title of the project. Applications sent by post must include all submitted materials also on a PC compatible CD clearly labelled with artist?s name. Application must include:
1. Completed application form.
2. Visual presentation of the proposed project in the selected location (-s). Image (-s) must be no larger than 1500 x 1500 pixels, 300 dpi and 2 MB, JPEG ONLY. Each JPEG must be titled with the artist?s name. Pictures of the locations can be downloaded from www.sculpturequadrennial.lv
3. Description of the project including concept, materials and media used, dimensions and budget breakdown.
4. Brief letter of interest, including artist?s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
5. CV not to exceed three pages. Collaborative teams must submit individual CVs.
6. 10 images of the works created in last four years, including
· Images no larger than 1500 x 1500 pixels, 300 dpi and 2 MB, JPEG ONLY. Each JPEG must be titled with the artist?s name and number (01-10) that corresponds to an annotated image list. For example: JohnBrown 01, JohnBrown 02.
· Image list (Word document) ? a separate description sheet listing each image, title of work, date executed, media, dimensions, and brief description of the work.

Application deadline
Applications can be submitted until 1 April, 2008. All applications must be received in the office of The Centre for Art Management and Information by 1 April, 2008.
The jury decision will be announced on 15 April, 2008.

1. Incomplete applications or proposals inappropriate for the selected location will not be reviewed.
2. Please do not submit original artworks or original slides as materials submitted will not be returned to the artist.

Deliver application to:
DICTATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008
The Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC)
Room 15, 13 Kalpaka Boulevard,
Riga, LV-1050,
LATVIA
or
DICTATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008
mmic@latnet.lv

Questions may be addressed:

Inga Zolude,
DICTATORSHIP OF THE MAJORITY - SCULPTURE QUADRENNIAL RIGA 2008 project coordinator,
The Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC)
mmic@latnet.lv
Phone + 371 67322196
APPLICATION FORM

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