EMBracing the Ocean Artist-in-Residence Programme 2024-2025 (Up to €10,000 Grant)

The European Marine Board (EMB) is seeking two new artists or groups of artists for the 2024-2025 installment of our ‘EMBracing the Ocean’ artist-in-residence program. As we embark on the fourth year of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the imperative to foster connections between people and our oceans has never been more crucial.

EMBracing the Ocean Artist-in-Residence Programme

The EMBracing the Ocean program offers funding for creative individuals or groups from diverse fields to participate in a collaborative artistic process with ocean scientists. The program aims to enhance public awareness of the ocean’s significance, inspire changes in behavior for a sustainable future, and contribute novel insights and perspectives to the scientific research endeavor.

The grant

  • Two recipients will be chosen for the 2024-2025 program, and each will receive a €10,000 grant. The grant will be disbursed periodically over the 12-month residency upon successful completion of agreed-upon milestones.

Eligibility Criteria

The program welcomes creative individuals or groups from diverse artistic backgrounds, and the committee will consider both emerging and established artists. Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience in collaborating with scientists and/or communities, as well as working on sustainability-related subjects. Applications from a global pool of candidates representing various creative disciplines, including but not limited to, are encouraged.

  • visual arts (e.g. painting, photography, drawing sculpting, digital arts, filmmaking, installation art);
  • literary arts (e.g. fiction, drama, poetry, storytelling);
  • performing arts (e.g. dance, music, theatre);
  • traditional and indigenous arts.

Selection Criteria

The scoring of applications will be based on the following criteria. Applicants should ensure that they address these in their application materials:

  • Quality of initial concepts, proposed timeline, and budget.
  • Relevance and excellence of past work are demonstrated through the portfolio, CV, and description of creative practice, as well as a motivational statement.
  • Potential for reciprocal influence between artistic and scientific work.
  • Potential to reach a broad audience, as evidenced by a communication, public engagement, and impact plan.
  • Potential to raise awareness of the societal value of the Ocean and to inspire sustainable behavior change, including sustained impact after the residency, as outlined in the communication and public engagement plan and the motivational statement.

How To Apply For EMBracing the Ocean Artist-in-Residence Programme 2024-2025

Applications must be submitted using the designated application form before the deadline of midnight Central European Time on 18 February 2024.

  • A brief overview of the proposal (maximum 150 words)
  • A detailed description of the proposed work, encompassing the topic(s) of interest, the concretion approach (i.e., how reciprocal influence between artistic and scientific work will be achieved), and the scientist(s) the applicant intends to collaborate with (including name, affiliation, and webpage link) (maximum 500 words)
  • Preliminary communication and public engagement plan, outlining strategies to achieve impact (including long-term impact), target audience(s) of citizens and the methods for reaching them, the intended manner in which the work will raise awareness of the societal value of the Ocean and inspire behavioral change towards sustainability, and links to cultural organizations (maximum 150 words)
  • Account of the applicant’s creative practice to date, encompassing societal reach, impact, and hyperlinks to relevant work (maximum 150 words)
  • Previous collaborations with scientists, or justification for seeking collaboration with scientists; and previous involvement with sustainability topics, or rationale for engaging with sustainability topics (maximum 150 words)
  • A provisional monthly timeline detailing the types of activities expected to be undertaken
  • Tentative budget, including artist fees, materials, expenses, travel, promotional materials, and campaigns
  • Letter of agreement from scientific collaborator(s) indicating their commitment to participate in the project
  • Curriculum Vitae of the artist(s)
  • In addition, applicants have the option to submit their portfolio containing examples of previous work (1 PDF/MP3/wav/rar/zip upload, maximum 6 MB).

For further information please visit the official website of EMBracing the Ocean Artist-in-Residence Programme.              

Application Deadline

February 18, 2024.

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