Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fellowships and Residencies in Brazil, Paris and More!

Greetings....hope you are all having a great spring. Here are a handful of new opportunities coming up....


(ARTISTS) Open call: Videobrasil em Contexto Prize—Residency for visual artists with a research-based practice. Application deadline: June 4, 2012


The Associação Cultural Videobrasil in partnership with Casa Tomada (São Paulo, Brazil) and Delfina Foundation (London, UK) are pleased to invite applicants from Brazil and the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia (MENASA) for a three-month artistic residency split between São Paulo and London. The aim of the residency is to produce a new work in response to Videobrasil's Collection.

The Videobrasil em Contexto Prize (Videobrasil in Context) is focused on artists, under the age of 35, whose practice involves a strong element of research. Artists must be interested in the archive and collection as a point of departure for their work. Two artists (one from Brazil and another from MENASA) will be selected based upon their proposed projects to participate in a three-month residency split between São Paulo and London from mid-September 2012. The works developed during the residency will become part of the Videobrasil Collection.

For more information, please go to
: www.videobrasil.org.br/vboline.

(ALL) The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce over 30 fellowships available at our upcoming deadline. All are welcome to apply. Applications must be received by June 15, 2012. Visit http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships for more information; apply online at http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/apply.

(NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS)—$20,000 Native Arts and Cultures Fellowship
The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the revitalization,  appreciation, and perpetuation of indigenous arts and cultures in the United States, is accepting applications  for its 2013 Artist Fellowships. Through the fellowship program, the foundation seeks to foster the creativity of Indigenous artists, allowing the opportunity for study, reflection, experimentation, and discovery. Awards will be made in six disciplines — visual arts, filmmaking, music, dance, literature, and traditional arts. Fellowships provide $20,000 in support. Deadline June 21, 2012. For more info, go to: http://www.nacf.us/2013_Grants

(ARTISTS/ RESEARCHERS) Nida Art Colony in Lithuania: Call for Winter-Spring Residency Applications and Trainee as well as Symposium on Remoteness. Nida Art Colony invites artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers to experience the Winter and Spring on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania).

Nida Art Colony or NAC welcomes proposals for its upcoming winter residencies. Two types of residencies are available. Residencies with grants will be offered to Baltic and Nordic artists for the term of October to December, 2012. The January to May, 2013, term is open to all applicants.

The NAC is located in a remote and beautiful landscape. The residency is appropriate for those artists seeking time, solitude and big studio or open-air space as well as for those who love coincidences and want to meet artists from all over the world in order to collaborate with them now or in the future. The Colony building also hosts student workshops and international artistic projects for shorter periods of time. The NAC is located in the small resort town of Nida.

The Colony provides the necessary living and social conditions to ensure a comfortable environment for the five artists-in-residence. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors with 65 sq. m of floor space and features all the necessary facilities. The colony is situated about 600 meters away from the sand dunes, and a short walk from the beach. For a list of available equipment, see
www.nidacolony.lt To get a sense of Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios from 2011 please check the Nida Art Colony Log at www.nidacolony.lt/images/ log01.pdf and www.nidacolony.lt/images/ log02.pdf More information on facilities, activities and services at www.nidacolony.lt and on Facebook. Deadline for all applications: June 15, 2012 

(ARTISTS/ART HISTORIANS/STUDENTS) The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is currently offering grants for the visual arts and art historyThe deadline for applications is Friday, November 9, 2012.
Award amounts and categories:
$8,000 Professional Artists
$6,000 Graduate students (visual arts and art history)
$4,000 Undergraduate students (visual arts, includes college-bound high school seniors)

Professional artists must be current, legal residents of Virginia and must not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the time of the application deadline or during the grant period of Aug 2013-May 2014. Undergraduate students in the visual arts must be current, legal residents of Virginia who will be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts for the academic year/grant period of Aug 2013-May 2014.  Graduate students in the visual arts or art history must be current, legal residents of Virginia who will be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts for the academic year/grant period of Aug 2013-May 2014. More information including detailed eligibility criteria, an application, and a printable PDF flyer can be found at: http://www.vmfa.museum/Fellowships

(ARTISTS/PHOTOGRAPHERS) International Grant Programme: Lipsien Art Foundation—Call for painting, sculpture and photography artists.  Deadline: 1st July, 2012

The Lepsien Art Foundation is a non-profit organization (NPO) which originated in a private initiative, and devotes itself completely to art and culture and their patronage.
Every year, exceptionally qualified and gifted artists, primarily of the younger generation, working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture and photography can apply for participation in the Lepsien Art Foundation’s international grant programme.
The grant programme is intended as a means of giving artists the opportunity for an intensive encounter with art, active exchange and further artistic development within a community of selected artists. http://www.lepsien-art-foundation.com/cms/front_content.php?idart=29
The grant runs for a duration of twelve months (two semesters) from 1 September to 31 August of the following year. Apart from a funded studio in Düsseldorf, the grant encompasses the publication of a limited artist’s edition as well as an extensive four-colour annual catalogue appearing in conjunction with an exhibition of the grant recipients’ work at the end of the grant year.

The grant recipients become active participants in the Lepsien Art Foundation’s international network and can thus establish contact with other artists, collectors, galleries, etc. The Lepsien Art Foundation committee moreover selects works by every participant for inclusion in the collection. http://www.lepsien-art-foundation.com/cms/front_content.php?idart=12

(ARTISTS, PERFORMING ARTISTS & WRITERS) 2013 International residences at Couvent des Récollets, ParisThe purpose of the residence programme is to host artists and writers who have a specific project to develop in Paris. This project should preferably be carried out in partnership with a previously specified local institution or another structure, company, or artist, in Paris or the surrounding area for artists in the fields of visual or performing arts, and for writers as part of a research project. The project should be developed in Paris, in harmony with the host town and its cultural environment. This residence, which is a privileged period of reflection and creativity for the artist, will contribute to the presence and visibility of international artists in Paris

This programme is intended for individual established writers and artists. The candidates must :
- have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience,

- show evidence of previous work and of an artistic career that is already significantly developed,
- speak French or English,
- be able to free themselves from other professional activities during the period of the residency

3 consecutive months without interruption and limited travels abroad. The residences will take place from January to December 2013.

The Institut français will allocate a 1500 € fixed monthly allowance. This is intended to cover living expenses such as food, local transport, etc. The City of Paris will cover the rent of the accommodation at the Couvent des Récollets for the duration of the residency.
The residences are not suitable for families and pets are forbidden. The applications should be completed online at the website "international residences at Récollets": http://www.international-recollets-paris.org
Deadline: June 17, 2012


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guest Blogger, Frances Greenslade, Author of SHELTER

Dear Readers,

I am delighted to introduce author Frances Greenslade, whose novel SHELTER (published by Free Press) comes out today in the U.S. Frances is the author of two memoirs and is the winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-Fiction. Aside from her busy writing life, she also teaches English in Penticton, BC. I invited Frances to write a little something about her creative process while writing her novel. I was lucky enough to get an advance review copy of her book and I simply loved it. This is what I said in the blurb I wrote for Shelter: Shelter is: “one of those take-your-breath-away kind of tales that someone tells you in childhood and years later, still haunts you. It is an unforgettable novel about love, loss, family and what it means to go home.

First, before Frances, a little snippet about the book from her publisher: 
The novel opens with a pre-teen Maggie Dillon describing the idyllic marriage between her parents, Irene and Patrick, which she and her sister grew up sheltered in during the first decade of their lives. Set in the 1960s Chilcotin region of British Columbia, Greenslade deftly portrays the dual nature of the Canadian frontier: a simple, serene place to live, yet also a vast and dangerous wilderness. Maggie, a worrywart to the core, narrates how although her parents seemed happy, her childhood was tinged with a constant uneasiness that something would go wrong. She says:  “I worried about leaving Mom at home alone, about the wild way she swung the ax when she was splitting kindling and the way Dad nagged her to be careful […] you think a thing, you open a door. You invite tragedy in. That’s what my worry taught me.”  
Below is Frances’ post about her writing process. Enjoy!

At a recent reading, I met a group of writers who got together this past fall to participate in National Novel Writing Month. It’s a way to force yourself to quit dithering and finish the novel that’s been languishing in the back of your mind for years. The idea is to write 50,000 words, a complete novel, in a month. I like the concept because it reminds me of the way I wrote as a kid, when I made myself a desk from some boards in the attic and, every day, wrote pages and pages of longhand in a sky-blue notebook. But the writers said it was harder than they expected. So they asked me where I begin and what works to keep me going.

With Shelter, I began with two things: a setting and a character. Maggie, the narrator, “visited” me on a road trip I took with my husband-to-be, north to the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. We traveled in his old hatchback Volkswagen Scirocco, which some nights, when his fear of bears overwhelmed him, became our tent. The region cast a spell on me. It felt haunted by stories of people who were looking for a place to escape to, people for whom there was no turning back. Maggie struck me as a girl who valued independence above almost anything else. She listened carefully to her father’s lessons about how to survive in the bush. Because I had lost my own mother, I identified with her need to feel capable. Her voice quickly came to dominate my imagination. I listened to her, and her story began to take shape.
Putting my faith in characters means I’m often surprised by the direction that a novel takes. It’s the greatest pleasure of my writing life, the moment when the characters pull me into their stories, insisting on taking a path that I didn’t plan. In the novel I’m currently writing, a character named Gord, meant to play a minor role as a neighbor that the protagonist doesn’t know whether to trust or not, has elbowed his way into the novel and become much more central to the story. Mornings, I’d sit down to write, full of plans to move along to a different scene, and there was Gord again in his flannel shirt, his boots the size of small boats, and his confession that when he hunts, he sometimes just sits at the edge of the woods and watches birds for hours.
What keeps me going is the tug of the story. I think of it like fishing. I cast, let the line sink deeper, daydream, stare into the water, then reel in and cast again. I don’t wait around for inspiration, though. The physical act of writing inspires me. I write, pay attention to the tug, and follow it. Someone once gave me the useful advice to just start writing wherever you’re interested. That’s the tug. You feel something stir. You want to explore it.
I admit there are times when I’ve followed something that I’ve then had to toss out: eighty pages from the middle of Shelter that meant I then had to re-write the ending as well.  But re-writing is easier when I know my characters. I try to understand their most powerful desires. Those desires guide the direction of the plot.
I don’t mean to sound glib about how to lay down the pages. In a month, I’m lucky to get a chapter written. But I often think about that little girl in the attic and how much joy she felt as she was writing in the sky-blue notebook. It’s the joy I’m going for.

Thank you Frances and thank you readers for taking a moment to learn a little about this amazing writer. If you'd like to learn more about Frances Greenslade, her new novel Shelter and her other books, go to: www.francesgreenslade.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fellowships for Emerging Writers, Scholars, Art History Students and More

Hi everyone,
Sorry I haven't been posting much. I am trying to finish a big project proposal so I can get some income back into this household! Anyway, coming in a couple days, we will have a guest blogger, Frances Greenslade, whose novel SHELTER is coming out this week on May 15th. I loved her book and I asked her to write a little something about her writing process. So stay tuned!
A couple things for you below....the last two are thanks to re-title.com, a great resource for international arts opportunities.
(WRITERS) The PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowshipis an eight-month fellowship for emerging writers, who lack access, to provide them with the tools they will need to launch a successful writing career. The Fellowship includes a $1000 stipend; a one-on-one professional mentorship; UCLA Extension Writers' Program classes; a Master class focused on genre; a public speaking class; and several public readings. 

  • Deadline: August 15, 2012
  • Open to writers over the age of 18
  • US Citizens or permanent citizens
  • Poetry, Fiction, and Creative NonFiction
  • Applicants may apply from anywhere in the country, but all programming, events, and classes take place in Los Angeles, CA from January 2013 - August 2013. No relocation funds are available.
This Fellowship is for writers that lack access to traditional writing education and literary community. Writers with an undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate degree in creative writing or related fields are ineligible. Writers with an agent or book deal are ineligible, as are writers with extensive publishing credits and/or former and current newspaper/magazine staff writers.

Further information and FAQ's can be found on the PEN Center USA website: http://penusa.org/programs/emerging-voices and the Frequently Asked Questions:  http://penusa.org/programs/emerging-voices#FAQ

For more info, please contact [email protected]

(ART HISTORY SCHOLARS) Henry Moore Foundation Post-doctoral research fellowshipGrant of up to £21,000 per annum towards the fellowship. Deadline: 11 June, 2012

The Henry Moore Foundation will support a small number of two-year post-doctoral research fellowships in the field of sculpture studies at a British university from the autumn of 2012. Managed by the Henry Moore Institute, these Fellowships assist scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies to prepare a substantial publication or similar research output. The Foundation will award a grant of up to £21,000 per annum towards the fellowship.
Applicants must have an affiliation with a university department who will act as the host to the Fellow. Fellows will be expected to present the development of their work every six months to the Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study of sculpture based in Leeds.
The Fellowships run for two years, however if the Fellow does not fulfill his/her obligations to the University in the first year, the second year's funding could at the Foundation's discretion be revoked.
Applications marked 'Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Grants' should be sent by 11 June 2012 to:
Kirstie Gregory (Research Programme Assistant)
Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH
Information for applicants:Download (.pdf)

The Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture in the heart of Leeds. It is a part of The Henry Moore Foundation, which was set up by Moore in 1977 to encourage appreciation of the visual arts, especially sculpture.

(ARTISTS / GRADUATE STUDENTS) Balmoral scholarships 2013, Germany—Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoralscholarships and foreign and exchange scholarships for 2013

Deadline: 13 July 2012
The conditions for all scholarships with the exception of the curator scholarship are a completed course of study in art (M.F.A. or comparable degree) and two or three years (depending on the respective scholarship) of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of the studies. Applications are also possible for autodidacts distinguished by special artistic achievements, as documented by exhibitions and prizes.
To foster artistic dialog and interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge of German, English or French is expected.
The curator scholarship is awarded to persons who are not older than 35 years or whose university degree (at least M.A., preferably Ph.D.) was completed not more than 5 years ago.
For the curator scholarship, mastery of the German language spoken and in writing as well as good knowledge of English or French is essential.
I. International residence scholarships
Six residence scholarships will be awarded to international visual artists.
Each scholarship lasts six months. They ordinarily begin in April 2013 and are endowed with 1,200 EUR per month. They include free accommodation at the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.
II. Project scholarship
The project scholarship, which is not tied to any site, will be awarded to an international visual artist. The project scholarship lasts for 6 months and begins in April 2013. It is endowed with 1,200 EUR per month.
Eligible are international applicants with permanent residence in the Federal Republic of Germany. The artistic project should be realized within the scholarship period of 6 months so that it can possibly be integrated in the annual exhibition of the scholarship holders.
III. International curator scholarship
To foster dialog between research and art, Balmoral awards a residence scholarship to a young scholar in the humanities (preferably art history) for a curatorial project to be developed by the scholarship holder and the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.
The scholarship lasts 6 months and begins in April 2013. It is endowed with 1,200 EUR per month and includes free accommodation at the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.
IV. Foreign and exchange scholarships exclusively for artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate
Relation to Rhineland-Palatinate means is born in, has studied in, has lived or lives in Rhineland-Palatinate.
• One six-month scholarship for New York (Flux Factory)
• One three-month scholarship for South Korea
• One six-month scholarship for the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (July to December)
• One five-month scholarship for Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Brandenburg/Germany
The foreign and exchange scholarships are endowed with 1,200 EUR per month.
Awarding of scholarships
A jury of specialists will award all scholarships, taking into consideration the developmental potential of the applicant's artistic or theoretical work. The names of the jurors will be published after the selection.
Additional information and PDF application forms are available on our homepage
Applications must be made with these application forms. Other applications will not be taken into consideration.

Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral
Villenpromenade 11
56130 Bad Ems


Saturday, May 5, 2012

New Residencies in Social Media, Documentary Film, Video and All Other Arts

Greetings All...Just a couple things below for you to start off your weekend. Soon, in the next couple or few days, I will also be posting a guest blog post by wonderful Canadian author Frances Greenslade whose new novel Shelter I recently read and loved. It comes out on May 15th, so keep your eyes peeled! And if you haven't checked out the winners from the 2012 Art Contest, please do. They are fantastic. Go here: http://www.miraslist.com/p/contests.html

Coming sometime in the near future, you will be able to see more of the grand prize winner's art. Until then, have a great weekend and don't forget that despite this bad economy, there are still amazing opportunities out there for us all. 


p.s. The deadline is past for this residency in Oregon, but please check it out for the future. It's relatively new and it looks amazing: http://www.playasummerlake.org/residents-2012/
(FILMMAKERS/VIDEO ARTISTS) LEF New England's upcoming Moving Image FundThe LEF Moving Image Fund funds the work of independent New England documentary filmmakers.

Restrictions: LEF New England funds non-fiction independent feature films (a final running time 40 minutes or more). Only New England filmmakers may apply (members of the project's primary creative team must be MA, CT, ME, NH or VT residents). Up to 7 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to projects in the pre-production phase at this deadline.
For more info, go to:
Deadline: June 8, 2012 at 5:00pm 
(ALL) Headlands Center for the Arts Artist in Residence ProgramJune 1, 2012 deadline for artist residencies in 2013 at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. 

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.
The residency application can be
found online at: http://www.headlands.org/program/artist-in-residence/

(MEDIA ARTISTS)  Residency Unlimited's first S&M (Social & Media) Artist in Residence RU is launching the S&M (Social & Media) residency program with artists who are active propagators and navigators of the social media environment. Artists actively engaged with the use of social media in their practice are invited by RU to explore the notion of residency within the virtual context of social media platforms (e.g.Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr). Within this"virtual studio", experiences and activities may address notions of time/non-time, community, reality/virtuality, access or selective choice... to name but a few. Click HERE to learn more about this residency program.

Welcome to Mira's List

This blog provides information on upcoming grants, fellowships and residencies for artists, writers, composers, and media artists. It is for serious professionals only, from emerging to mid-career to established. I also publish information for graduate students from time to time. However, I do not publish information on exhibition or publishing opportunities, nor do I advertise artist retreats and workshops that charge money. At least that is my current policy. For more info on where to exhibit or publish, please see my links section which I try to periodically update. I sift through hundreds of search engines and websites to find opportunities for YOU dear artist. In return, I ask you to pass the information along to those who need it. Also, since this is a free blog, I don't always have the time to weed carefully through everything. If you find a grant or website or residency that is not up-to-date, is dodgy in some way, or is no longer in existence, please let me know! Also, if you stay somewhere at one of the residencies I suggest and have a good experience, I want that feedback too. Please check my FAQs at the top right side bar if you have questions before starting your search. Best wishes and happy hunting!