The Visual Arts Grants are intended to aid both training and the development of personal and research projects, which must be directly linked to artistic creation rather than to the development of a theoretical study. Specifically, the Fundación Botín offers six scholarships for artists of any nationality with an expected duration of nine months and an endowment of 23,000 euros each, in addition to medical insurance for recipients who need to travel to a country other than their country of residence. Of these six grants, one will be reserved in priority for an artist who is Spanish or resident in Spain (for at least five years immediately prior to applying for the grant), under 30 years of age, who wants to spend time abroad to continue their work, their studies or a residence.
In addition to financial support, the grants programme will showcase the works created by the chosen artists in a collective exhibition at the Centro Botín, Itinerarios, which this year celebrates its twenty-seventh iteration. The works will be presented not only in the exhibition gallery but also in other spaces or formats better suited to making the artists’ researches public, as may be the case with performance, participatory activities or video cycles, among others. The choice of the most conducive presentation will be made by the Centro Botín in consultation with the artists. In addition, at the end of the grant period, the Fundación Botín continues its commitment to grant-aided artists by closely following their subsequent progress and, where appropriate, by purchasing works for inclusion in its Collection.
Since these grants were launched in 1993 they have benefitted more than 200 creative talents by acting as a dynamic stimulus to contemporary art and supporting upcoming talents seeking to develop a research project in the visual arts. It is worth noting that many of the Botín grant recipients have already established themselves on the international art scene and are regularly present at top-level events.
Artists interested in opting for a grant should make an initial application using the registration form available on the websites of the Fundación Botín (www.fundacionbotin.org) and the Centro Botín (www.centrobotin.org/becas), and submit the remainder of the requisite documentation on paper by May 6. Every application received will be studied by a specially convened external jury of artists, curators and professionals, with different members each year, which advises the Fundación Botín on achieving the aims of its grants programme. From July 18, the final decision of the jury will be made public with the posting of the list of selected applicants on both of the aforementioned websites.
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Plastic arts scholarships
Duration: 9 months.
Aimed at: Artists of any nationality, although one of the scholarships is intended for Spanish or resident creators under 30 years of age.
Application: : Until May 6th, 2022.