OPEN CALL til Traverse - Connecting International Art Communities

EXTENDED application deadline: 01.10.2017 (kl. 23.59) 
Artist honorarium: 4.000 DKK
Project dates: 9.10-1.12/2017
Time commitment: 25 hours

Aarhus Billedkunstcenter (DK) and New Art West Midlands (UK) present the second edition of Traverse – Connecting International Art Communities.

Traverse is a research program that promotes critical dialogue about artists’ working conditions through long-distance communication between visual artists and arts organizations from all over the world.

With this edition of Traverse, Aarhus Billedkunstcenter and New Art West Midlands’ Engine* explore the impact of peripheral geographies on artists’ working lives.

Like Aarhus, the UK’s West Midlands region is geographically removed from the country’s cultural capital; London boasts higher concentrations of artists, arts institutions, funding pools and other vital resources. But can working outside of the capital as cultural hotspot offer up different opportunities for local artists?

Aarhus Billedkunstcenter is now seeking one artist with strong connections to Aarhus and/or Midtjylland to explore this topic in collaboration with an artist based in the UK’s West Midlands. Possible research questions include:

  • What does it mean to be an artist working outside of your country’s capital region?
  • How do the specific geographical, economic, political, and cultural characteristics of your city impact the working conditions for local artists?
  • What impact does regional identity have on your working life?
  • Do artists from peripheral geographies develop a kind of cultural “accent”?
  • Can you imagine any programs, initiatives or services that would improve the ways in which peripheral geographies shape your working life?

Participating artists will be asked to engage in talk-based critical dialogue over a 5-week period (20 hours, Skype or phone), and to collaborate with administrative staff to document the content and outcomes of this dialogue online (5 hours).

Please note that Traverse is a research program with a focus on learning and communication, rather than artistic production. Successful applications will propose research questions and topics for critical discourse.

To apply, please email the following application materials** to
- Statement of intent (max. 500 words)
- CV (1 page)
- Images of 3 recent works

For more information on Traverse, please visit
Please direct questions to Pamela Grombacher:

*Engine is the artist and curator professional development program led by New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall (
**All materials must be in English and submitted in PDF format.

Christina Schultz, Young Boy Dive, collage, 2017.