CULTURAL & ARTISTIC RESPONSES TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGESince 2018 the Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund have been supporting artists and cultural practitioners working on the intersection of the arts, environmental change and the climate crisis – supporting a total of 54 exceptional initiatives from around the world, examples of which are presented on Take Me to the River.
Artists and cultural practitioners across the world are setting up initiatives and rethinking responses to environmental change and the climate crisis, while actively engaging their communities.
Now, more than ever, we need the arts and culture to help us respond; to inspire and motivate us by challenging our perceptions, encouraging us to change our habits by introducing intersectional and trans-disciplinary perspectives, and centering indigenous forms of knowledge and ways of living to envision alternative models of climate justice in the world.
The mentorship Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change is a year-long interdisciplinary programme that creates space for artists and cultural practitioners to explore critical artistic practices and initiates an international network of creatives working on the intersection of arts and environmentalism. Through this we create a platform to stimulate joint learning, connect engaged practitioners across the world, stimulate cross disciplinary exchange and amplify new perspectives on environmental change.
ProgrammeThe mentorship brings together 12 emerging artists and cultural practitioners (± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) with 4 mentors, all working across a range of disciplines and environmental issues. These 12 individuals each develop a body of work, form a peer-group, and throughout the year receive mentorship guidance, exchange ideas, collaborate, and jointly delve deeper into their practices.
The programme consists of two Labs (week long mentoring intensives, one in person and one online), bi-monthly online masterclass and peer-group sessions and an awards ceremony and visitors programme in Amsterdam and Berlin. Each participant receives an award of € 10.000 to work on the concept for a body of work that they outlined in their application.
AimsThrough this mentorship programme we aim to:
- support critical and unconventional work by emerging artists working on a range of issues related to environmentalism, the climate crisis and climate justice;
- stimulate leadership of individuals whose artistic work fosters awareness and empathy;
- accelerate the artistic practices of artists and cultural practitioners who show a commitment to creating lasting change through environmental activism;
- facilitate exchanges, meaningful connections and learning between engaged practitioners;
- strengthen and amplify new perspectives on environmentalism, the climate crisis and climate justice.
How to apply?Applications can be submitted until 31 May 2022 23:00 CEST via the Prince Claus Fund website. Please consult the Guidelines & Eligibility before applying.
About the Prince Claus Fund
Our mission is to support, honour and connect artists and cultural practitioners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, especially where cultural expression is under pressure. We stand firm with those who create, who believe in the transformative power of culture, who advance new ideas and develop new perspectives.Prince Claus Fund
South of Khuuzestaan province, Arvand, Iran. This palm grove has gotten dehydrated over the past 10 years due to the salinization of Karun River's water. The palm trees are sacred to the locals, so counting a unit of a palm tree is the same as counting people. In the Persian language ”Nafar” means “person”.
Due to the drought and construction of too many dams in the Karun River, the balance between the borders of the sea and the River has been broken down and as a result, the water gets salinized.
At the end of Karun, all of the lands that were irrigated by this River’s water, have turned into sold mashes.
The ruination of these palm groves, took away the source of income for thousands of people in this area, causing poverty and emigration of locals of this region to the other cities.
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