Call for Applications: Cultural & Artistic Responses to the Environmental Crisis

Deadline Date: March 21, 2024

Donor Name: Prince Claus Fund

Grant Size: $10,000 to $100,000

Cultural & Artistic Responses to the Environmental Crisis (CAREC) is a year-long programme aimed at accelerating engaged community-based cultural practices with a focus on climate justice that acknowledge the social, political and economic dimensions of the environmental crisis.

Through this programme, they create an interdisciplinary platform to support critical artistic work, connect engaged practitioners, stimulate cross-disciplinary exchange, and centre non-hegemonic forms of knowledge to envision alternative models of climate justice worldwide. 

CAREC brings together 12 mid-career artists and cultural practitioners (± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) with four mentors, all working across a range of disciplines and environmental issues. Each artist receives an award of €10.000 to work on the concept for a body of work that they outline in their application. 

To encourage collaboration within the cohort and to support each artist in their individual practice, this programme incorporates various forms of interaction, including workshops, guest talks, and peer-to-peer sessions. Since participants come from different locations, most activities are conducted online. However, twice during the programme, they convene in person for two Lab Weeks, which are week-long mentoring intensives. Additionally, there is a collective project in the form of a publication and a web space. 

The programme activities require an average time commitment of 10 hours per month, though this varies throughout the year. Moreover, participants should be comfortable sharing ideas in spoken English to foster a space of mutual learning and exchange.

Eligibility Criteria

  • They welcome to apply artists and cultural practitioners who live and work in the eligible countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
  • Basic Criteria
    • Successfully submitted applications are first reviewed based on the Basic Criteria for the Mentorship Award: Cultural and Artistic Responses to the Environmental Crisis before being evaluated by the external advisors and selection committee.
  • The application and/or applicant are not eligible for this call for application if they:
    • Do not fit the country criteria;
      • The applicant is only eligible to apply if they are from and based in one of the Prince Claus Fund eligible countries.
    • Has received a Prince Claus Mentorship Awards before;
      • If the applicant has received a Mentorship Award from the Prince Claus Fund, they are ineligible to reapply. However, if the applicant has previously been granted the Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change grant, prior to its transformation into the mentorship format, the Seed Awards, or any other forms of support aside from mentorship programmes, they are welcome to apply.
    • No clear artistic or cultural component;
      • The applicant has provided minimal to no information about how their practice and project are primarily channeled through artistic or cultural developments.
    • No clear engagement with the environmental crisis and climate justice;
      • The applicant has provided little to no information about how their artistic practice critically engages with environmental issues relevant to their local context.
    • No clear community engagement approach;
      • The proposed body of work does not refer to and/or involve the community (or communities) affected by the socio-environmental challenges the applicant aims to engage with.
    • Does not fit career criteria;
      • The applicant lacks prior experience in working with environmental themes. Additionally, they may have less than eight years or more than 15 years of experience.
    • Application incomplete;
      • The applicant has not submitted all required information/materials for the application to be considered for further assessment.
    • Not an individual application;
      • Application is not from an individual artist, but from organisation/collective.

For more information, visit Prince Claus Fund.

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