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The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) and the Ministry of Culture of Iraq are collaborating on an initiative to favour artistic exchanges and mobility of Iraqi artists and cultural operators and artists/cultural operators from the Euro-Arab geographical zone to Iraq in all art sectors. Candidates should already have a well-defined art or cultural project and have chosen a destination that can enrich and develop their project.
This initiative is seeing a series of open calls for travel grants being offered since 2014; artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab geographical region who wish to prepare collaborative art and cultural projects, take part in a training session or residency, attend a seminar or conference and who satisfy the criteria below, are invited to apply.
In the region, artists are often confronted with obstacles to their mobility (lack of funding, lack of information, tight visa and border controls). This Fund will support travel that allows a committed and motivated artist or operator to find the opportunities and means to set up his or her personal or collective project; thus promoting networking, exchange of experiences and cultural and artistic cooperation. Travel grants will be provided to selected candidates coming from or going to Iraq.
The open call for 2016 was launched on 1st May until 31th May 2016. Successful candidates will be notified on 1st August 2016. Funding is provided once the grantee has returned from his or her travel and has provided the copies of travel tickets, boarding passes, etc. as well as a report on his or her trip and the benefits obtained. In certain circumstances, 50% of the sum can be provided in advance.
Applications can be made in Arabic, English or French.
General RCF Criteria:
The following general criteria apply to the fund:
i. The aim of the travel must directly or indirectly show potential for a constructive and long-term impact on the arts sector in a concrete, localised context in the Euro-Arab geographical region;
ii. This means that travel must contribute to the applicant’s professional development, which in turn can be shared in a “networking” fashion that will benefit connecting artists and operators in the applicant’s own country or region so as to maintain, renew and develop contemporary arts practise;
iii. Travel can take place as soon as the call opens but in this case the applicant runs the risk of paying for travel without guarantee of the success of the application;
iv. No nationality or age criteria apply to the fund; however the applicant must live or work in the Euro-Arab geographical region;
v. The applicant’s profession must be one of the following; administrator in the cultural field, artist, creator, cultural organiser, performer, project leader in the cultural field, or art teacher;
vi. The call aims to give financial support to applicants who cannot find the funding to travel themselves;
vii. Applications must be made by individuals not organisations. Only three members of a group can apply for a grant concerning the same project;
viii. The fund will only be granted to any one individual three times in total;
ix. Applicants must choose the cheapest form of transport and can only apply for one international return travel ticket and visa costs per application;
x. Local transport, per diems and accommodation costs are not covered by the fund.
Specific Ministry of Culture of Iraq Criteria
The following specific criteria apply to the fund:
i) Priority will be given to the following art forms: literature, especially travel for authors’ meetings, writing workshops, poetry; cultural management programmes; contemporary performing arts including new theatrical forms, new writing for theatre, dramaturgy, contemporary dance, circus, street performances in situ, puppet theatre and inter-disciplinary projects; visual arts including photography, film, digital arts, video arts.
ii) Priority will be given to trips that contribute to cultural development at local level between Iraq and European or Arab countries.
Deadline: 31 May 2016
Initiative by Cimetta Fund and Iraq's Ministry of Culture to favour artistic exchanges in the Euro-Arab region.
Deadline for appplications: 31 May 2016
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