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    Invitation to Participate in TransCultural Exchange 2009 Exhibition Here, There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art of the Future


    A World-Wide Project- entitled Here, There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art of the Future – designed to encourage artists to work collaboratively, culminating in a catalog, panel discussion and series of exhibitions radiating out from the Project’s home base in Boston to around the world.


    Applications for inclusion in the project are due March 15, 2008. Accepted artists and venues will be notified by April 30, 2008. Exhibitions of the resultant collaborative projects will be presented throughout 2009 with a gala presentation of all the venues and projects at TransCultural Exchange’s Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts, April 3-5, 2009 at Boston’s Omni Parker Hotel.


    Everywhere - with the central location being both the Boston Conference and TransCultural Exchange (which will include virtual displays of all the collaborative projects and venues from around the world). (Catalogs of the project will be given to all the international speakers at the Conference.)

    Why - Purpose of the Project

    The purpose of the proposed project is to encourage artists to work with others in different parts of the world to create collaborative artworks. The aim is to explore, foster and document the resulting cross-fertilization, multi-disciplinary, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking in order to encourage more of the same in both artistic and non-artistic disciplines.

    Specific goals are to

    1. expand the artist’s traditional studio practice beyond that of a physically isolated, geographically specific and historically limited enterprise in order to explore new ways of thinking about and making art in the 21st century
    2. create new avenues of networking and exhibiting for artists and arts organizations
    3. promote participating arts organizations and artists’ works to new international markets (residency directors, curators and critics) via a panel and exhibition at TransCultural Exchange’s 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts.
    4. encourage cross-fertilization and understanding between artists and artists and/or others of different backgrounds, cultures and disciplines.

    Who - Eligibility

    1. Collaborative Teams (Individuals) Teams must include:
    a. a professional artist
    b. at least one other artist or non-artist from another country other than the one that the artist (a.) is from.

    Teams are encouraged to secure their own exhibition sites, which can be non-traditional and anywhere in the world.

    Teams who do not have a venue for presenting their work will be considered for inclusion in one of the Massachusetts venues of Here, There and Everywhere. However, Massachusetts teams will be given priority for exhibiting in the Massachusetts spaces. (Images from all the venues’ exhibitions will be included in the project’s catalog and presented as a digital projection throughout the 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts. The reception for the project will be April 5, 2009 at the Boston Omni Parker Hotel in conjunction with the 2009 Conference.)

    2. Curatorial Teams with Secured Venues
    Curators can submit proposals for exhibitions of collaborative works at venues other than the Boston site (i.e. anywhere throughout the world) to be considered as part of Here, There and Everywhere. (Exhibition venues can be non-traditional sites. They need not be a gallery, museum, cultural center or other traditional exhibition site.) Curators are responsible for securing such sites.

    3. Individual Artists Seeking Collaborative Partners


    Individual artists, artist groups or organizations interested in submitting an application to Here, There and Everywhere should submit
    1. a minimum of 10 (maximum of 20) representative images of each collaborating artist’s work either in slide or (low resolution) digital format
    2. a checklist that includes the title, date and medium for all submitted works – and, if desired, a brief description of the works
    3. a project statement
    4. a short bio and/or resume for each artist in the collaborative team.
    5. If you would like your application materials returned, you MUST include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application.


    Please note the following DEADLINES: Complete applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2008 – no exceptions will be made.

    Artists and Curators' Agreement

    All accepted artists and curators with secured venues accepted for Here, There and Everywhere must agree to:
    1. submit high-resolution images for the Project’s catalog and low resolution images for the Project website by November 1, 2008. All final images for the presentation at the 2009 Conference must be submitted by February 1, 2009.
    2. ensure the delivery/retrieval of your work to your respective exhibition venue by the respective venues posted dates
    3. abide by all of the other project’s requirements.

    Criteria for Judging

    Applicants must be committed to working in a truly collaborative manner in which each artist works in partnership with the other artist(s) or individual(s) in another field, accepting and embracing the challenges and possibilities inherent in working in different physical locations and with different cultures or fields of endeavor. Those submitting applications from outside venues, likewise, must be committed to presenting work of a truly collaborative nature.

    The following factors are taken into consideration when assessing applications:
    a. the likely delivery of a high quality, contemporary work with the potential for contributing to the stated aims of the project
    b. the applicant’s professional experience
    c. the quality of the applicant’s previous work
    d. a demonstrated interest in cross-medium (discipline) work as evidenced by the applicant’s previous work or application statement
    e. a professional commitment to international exchange and collaboration
    f. an enthusiasm to cooperate with international practitioners and to actively engage with international networks.

    Delivery of Art Work

    All artists chosen for the project are responsible for delivering and retrieving their works to/from the sites on the dates given by each venue. (Massachusetts venues and dates for arrival/pick-up will be announced upon acceptance into the project.). Any work that is not received by sites’ given dates will NOT be included in the exhibition; any work not picked up by sites’ given retrieval dates becomes the property of the site. No exceptions will be made.

    TransCultural Exchange also reserves the sole right to withdraw any artist’s work or venue from Here, There and Everywhere that the organization feels deviates from the Project’s stated aims.

    TransCultural Exchange’s Obligations
    TransCultural Exchange will provide the following for all accepted, participating artists and venues:

    TransCultural Exchange will create a dedicated portion of its website (www.transculturalexchange.org) for Here, There and Everywhere.

    This site will include a list of all the participating artists’ works, exhibition venues, and exhibition dates. Links to artists’ websites and exhibition venues’ websites will be included.

    Additionally TransCultural Exchange will produce press and publicity materials, which will be distributed to all participating artists, venues and press - primarily in New England, but also throughout the world. In addition, publicity will be sent out via TransCultural Exchange’s list-serve of over 7,000 members.

    A catalog will be produced that will include a selection of works from all the exhibition sites. (Artists and exhibition venues must provide the required digital images by November 1, 2008 to be included in the catalog. If works are still in progress, artists/exhibition venues may send images of the works in progress.)

    The world-wide project (works from all the exhibition sites) will be discussed and presented at TransCultural Exchange’s 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts, which will take place April 3-5, 2009. During the Conference, works chosen for the Boston exhibition venues will be on view and images of the works from those and all other venues will be presented at the Conference and at TransCultural Exchange in the form of a digital projection.

    TransCultural Exchange will arrange an opening reception, invitations and promotion at the Conference and for the TransCultural Exchange exhibition (which will include the power-point presentation of the other venues’ works). All other sites are encouraged to do the same.

    In cases of extreme need, TransCultural Exchange will try to provide very modest, limited honorariums ($100 - $200) to artists and will write letters of invitation, etc. for the international artists to help them secure funds from their respective governments towards their works for the Project. At this date, TransCultural Exchange cannot provide travel funds to the international artists to attend the Boston opening or for any artist’s travel to attend any of the Project’s openings. Requests for such limited honorariums must be submitted at the same time as the application

    see the whole information on the website of TransCultural Exchange

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