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01 Oct 2020

OPEN CALL | ART IN PUBLIC SPACE | Tyrol | Austria | 2021

Tiroler Künstler*innenschaft & Land Tirol


JURY: Three independent, expert jurors appointed in conjunction by the State of Tyrol and the Tiroler Künstler*innenschaft will choose from among the submitted projects and develop a proposition for funding. The final decision on funding is made by the member of the Tyrolean State Parliament responsible for cultural affairs. SUBMISSION DEADLINE 08.11.2020 ENDOWMENT EUR 80,000 by the State of Tyrol ANNOUNCEMENT OF JURY DECISION Expected end of November 2020

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Our route into the 21st century has been marked by political, social and economic upheavals, shifts and changes. Thereby, a supposedly paradisiacal past is frequently confronted with a seemingly apocalyptic future. In this prevailing mood of polarization, it is all the more important to make the diversity and complexity of our present society visible, forming alliances and entering into a certain complicity.
In her book 'Staying with the Trouble', the US-American biologist, philosopher of science and literary scholar Donna J. Haraway sketches a mythologically grounded, different world in which the boundaries between humans, plants, animals and minerals become blurred and permeable. Haraway describes this as follows: 'The task is to make kin in lines of inventive connection as a practice of learning to live and die well with each other in a thick present.'
On this basis, the Open Call Art in Public Space 2021 launches in search of forms, dynamics and methods of cooperation, care and empathy. Donna Haraway's ideas as well as the variety of species and biodiversity in the Tyrol are intended to serve as a conceptual framework and a stimulus for project submissions.


Since 2008, the funding program Art in Public Space has been implemented in cooperation between the State of Tyrol and the Tiroler Künstler*innenschaft (Tyrolean Artists' Association), and financed by the State of Tyrol. For the year 2021, it is announced for the first time under a thematic focus defined by the Tiroler Künstler*innenschaft, intended to bracket its content while writing concepts and implementing the chosen projects. The aim of the funding is to promote contemporary art and cultural projects in public space, so making the discussion of current social issues accessible to a broad public and opening up a dialogue on cultural, social and political issues. Art in public space aims to trigger discussions and become an integral part in the development of fresh perspectives.

In this context there are no limits to the conceivable artistic formats: permanent sculptural art projects, temporary interventions as well as participatory, performative and dialogical formats in public rural and urban spaces may be supported. Special attention will be paid to project submissions that are site-specific and have inherently communicative formats. In order to reach the most diverse audience possible, the projects should represent a synergy between artistic practice and everyday culture. In this sense, the venues of the projects may be as diverse as the projects themselves, offering opportunities to make art experienceable beyond the boundaries of cultural institutions.