Deadline: 14/02/2019

New Dictionary of Old Ideas

Open call aimed at Spain based artists for three production residencies and a resulting exhibition.

hablarenarte and CentroCentro (Madrid), in the framework of the programme The New Dictionary of Old Ideas, open a call for three production residencies with a duration of 3 months each (from June to August 2019). The residencies will be connected to a travelling exhibition to happen in 2020.

This call is aimed at artists who work and live in Spain. Deadline: February 14th, 2019.

The leading theme of The New Dictionary of Old Ideas is Central Europe. In the course of the centuries, this concept has changed many times its geographic and political dimensions. The main aim of the project is to work around this topic as a direct response to the current cultural and political situation in Europe, with the strong rise of nationalism, EU-skepticism and anti-immigration attitudes. 

The three selected artists will develop their residency at Meetfactory, Prague (June-July, 2019) and Trafo, Szczecin (August, 2019), together with three artists from Georgia and the two exhibition curators, Alba Folgado and Data Chigholashvili. The resulting works of the residencies will be part of a touring exhibition to take place in 2020 at CentroCentro (Madrid), Silk Museum (Tbilisi), Meetfactory (Prague) and Trafo (Szczecin).

This programme is based on a project under the same title developed during the last two years by a network of Eastern and Central European cultural agents, led by Meetfactory.

This call is aimed at artists who work and live in Spain.

We are looking for artists who are willing to work in the international context and with a capacity to carry out the idea of the exhibition that deals with the notion of Central Europe and its specifics.

It is necessary that she/he would be interested in working with politics and contemporary topics with a new and challenging approach.

Since the project is narrowed to regional identity issues we are seeking for artists who are able to develop it into a more universal/general level that could be understandable also outside of Europe.

Submitted applications should include a CV and a motivation statement.


  • The successful candidates agree to realize a new artistic work or to develop an already existing work during or after the residency stay working around the above mentioned theme.

They also agree to:

  • Participate with the produced work in the travelling exhibition based on The New Dictionary of Old Ideas.
  • Adapt her/his piece to the four exhibition locations, if necesarry (Prague-Szczecin-Madrid-Tbilisi).
  • Work on the spatial arrangements of every edition in a close communication with the curators as well as with the production team.
  • Only one application per person or collective permitted. Artist collectives have to assign one member as the resident.
  • Applicants should have an appropriate level of English.
  • Applicants should indicate if they are available during the residency period: (3 months, June - August, 2019). They should at least be able to spend 80% of the time in the residency location.
  • Applicants should be able to travel to the four exhibition installations and openings (travel expenses, as well as accommodation, will be covered by the organizer).

Terms of the residency
The New Dictionary of Old Ideas will provide the following for each resident:

  • In and outbound travels.
  • 1.500,- € as per diems (1.000,- € to be paid at the beginning of the residency in Prague and 500,- € to be paid at the beginning of the residency in Szczecin).
  • A residency fee of 1500,- € (VAT included). (To be paid 50% before and 50% after the residency stay.)
  • An exhibition fee for realizing and adapting the artistic work for the exhibitions of 2000,- € (VAT included). (To be paid at the end of the project.)
  • A material budget for the residency of 460,- €. (To be paid before the residency stay).
  • A production budget for the new artistic work or the adaption of the already existing work to be developed for the exhibition. The budget will be defined individually with each artist depending on the caracteristics of the proposed work. (To be paid at the moment of the production).
  • Accommodation (own bedroom in shared flats close to the artists' studios in Prague and Szczecin).
  • A studio with internet connection (Please bring your own laptop as no computer will be provided).
  • Technical assistance for the activities that the candidates will undertake during their residency.

Required additional documents

  • A CV/resume of your professional activity (no template provided, please create your own pdf-document, max 5MB).
  • A motivation statement explaining your specific interest in the theme of the project and how it is related to your artistic work.

Dates, deadlines, procedure

  • Deadline: Applications should be submitted online (following the link) not later than Thursday 14th of February 2019 at Midnight [Spain, CEST]. (
  • Jury: The residents will be chosen on the basis of the submitted applications. The jury will be composed of the two curators and one member of each of the partners of the programme, namely: Alba Folgado, Data Chigholashvili, Flavia Introzzi (hablarenarte), Soledad Gutiérrez (CentroCentro), Piotr Sikora/Lucia Kvočáková (Meet Factory), Stanisław Ruksza/Jędrzej Wijas (Trafo) and Mariam Shergelashvili (Silk Museum).
  • Notification: The successful applicants will be notified latest by Friday 8th of March 2019.

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