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Creative New Zealand is calling for proposals from artist(s)/curator teams for the exhibition to be New Zealand’s official presentation at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

The call for proposals is a two-stage process with preliminary Expressions of Interest sought by Monday 12 August 2013.  Eligible applicants will then be contacted by Creative New Zealand and asked to submit proposals by Monday 16 September 2013.

Proposals will be assessed by a selection panel chaired by a member of the Arts Council and including 2015 Commissioner Heather Galbraith, a number of visual arts sector experts and representatives from the Venice Biennale patrons’ group.

The proposed artist(s) and curator will need to have significant exhibition experience in New Zealand and some experience internationally, and established profiles within the New Zealand contemporary arts sector.

For all enquiries please contact:

Jude Chambers, Manager, International Special Projects

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09 373 3070 or 027 483 5230

The call for proposals is a two-stage process:

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 12 August

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Applicants will be notified by email no later than Friday 16 August if they are eligible to proceed to the Proposal stage.

Stage 2: Proposals

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 16 September

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The successful artist(s)/curator team will be announced by early October 2013.

The artist(s) and/or curator will be required to travel to Venice between 24-30 October 2013 to visit the 2013 biennale and support the selection of the venue for the 2015 pavilion.

CURATORIAL BRIEF

The Venice Biennale has yet to announce a theme or curatorial direction for 2015; therefore, proposals do not need to address a specific theme.

However, they should provide a strong curatorial rationale for the proposed exhibition, including details of why the exhibition and selection of artist(s) is relevant to the Venice Biennale environment.

Installation, performance, video and new media, as well as more traditional art forms will be welcomed in your proposal.

We encourage proposals where the artist(s) intend to produce new work specifically for the 2015 Venice Biennale. However, proposals to show existing work will also be accepted.

The single venue base for the New Zealand pavilion is still to be determined.  This will be done in consultation with the successful artist(s)/curator team.

ELIGIBIILITY CRITERIA

The proposed artist(s) and curator will have significant exhibition experience in New Zealand and some experience internationally, and will have established profiles within the New Zealand contemporary arts sector.

Ideally, the artist(s) and curator have a history of working collaboratively on large scale projects.

The artist(s) and curator will be key members of the exhibition promotion team in New Zealand and Venice. The artist(s) and curator will participate in media interviews and promotional activities, and undertake an ambassadorial role. Media training will be available, if required.

Artist(s) and curator must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand but can be based overseas.

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