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Call for Proposals - Long term support for independent visual arts organizations focusing on collaborative arts practices and social innovation
Arts Collaboratory

Application Deadline: 15 April 2013

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Arts Collaboratory is a programme for the support of and knowledge sharing between independent visual arts organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin-America It was established in January 2007 by the Dutch foundations Hivos ( and DOEN ( to achieve greater impact and synergies by joining forces. The mission of Arts Collaboratory is to promote sustainable, collaborative and open visual arts practices that contribute to social innovation.

Rationale of Call

In current contemporary arts practice the role of artists and arts’ organizations as agents of change is getting more recognized. Artistic practice is further developing and increasingly focusses on researching and addressing societal issues, facilitating relationships and the development of new perspectives. At the same time, and linked to the above, organizational philosophies are changing in and outside the art world. There is an increased development of horizontal platforms and network-organisations that take a more collaborative stand or define themselves as ‘relational’.

Hivos and DOEN believe in the thepotential of artists to question what often might seem unquestionable truths or status quo. Culture can potentially be a driving force or trigger in processes of social innovation. This type of innovation aims at challenging and changing the social interaction of people, and their interaction to their environment. It triggers innovation that does not decide on or define the whole process of change, but is the starting point of it. Equally important is the potential artistic processes have to include and facilitate relations with the people that are affected by this change both in the set-up and process of change. And thus, enlarging the possibility that this change is meaningful and becomes sustainable.

For artists to be able to take this role fully, it is crucial to have high quality artistic capabilities to develop the creative process, include people, connect and innovate artistic languages and finally develop processes and artworks people can relate to, but that also bring new perspectives or thoughts.

This call for proposals invites independent visual arts organisations from Africa, Asia and Latin-America that are active in the promotion of artistic quality, collaborative arts practices and social innovation to propose a programme for support. Organisations that are selected will receive financial support towards their organisation and programme and will participate in the Arts Collaboratory knowledge and exchange platform. Collective applications (by more than 1 organisation) are welcomed.

The procedure of selection for this call for proposals is divided in two phases. Interested organisations should first submit a summary of their proposal according to the enclosed application format to Arts Collaboratory.

The Arts Collaboratory Steering Committee will make a pre-selection on the bases of these short proposals. The selected partners will be invited the latest 21 May to send in a more extensive proposal. On the bases of further research and collection of second opinions final decisions will be made.

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