Call for nominations: NEU NOW Festival 2016—Europe’s emerging artists

Call for nominations: NEU NOW Festival 2016—Europe’s emerging artists


Marta Mielcarek, Inwersja/Inversion, 2014. Two channel digital video projections with two channel audio. Courtesy of the artist and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

January 17, 2016
Call for nominations: NEU NOW Festival 2016—Europe’s emerging artists

September 14–18, 2016

Nomination deadline: February 8

8th NEU NOW Festival
The Netherlands

The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) is pleased to announce the call for artistic projects for the 8th NEU NOW Festival taking place September 14–18 at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The NEU NOW Festival is an innovative international platform and showcase for talented graduating art students and recent graduates—of higher arts education institutions and universities across Europe and beyond—from all artistic disciplines to present themselves to a wide international audience.

Funding is available to participating artists from ELIA member schools for travel to Amsterdam as well as accommodation, subsistence, and costs associated with presenting the work.

Nominations are open—apply now! 
Use the nomination tool to submit nominations of projects.
The deadline for nominations is February 8.

NEU NOW is: 
–an online and a live event promoting artistic excellence through cutting edge presentations and activities featuring artwork across a wide range of disciplines
–an opportunity for selected emerging artists to show their work, meet each other, and create new international partnerships
–a space where informed audiences, producers, and curators can see excellent artists and innovative projects coming from art schools and universities across diverse geographies
–a forum where artists, producers, curators, cultural operators, and policy makers can discuss future developments in the arts and share views on the cultural role of higher arts education institutions
–a means of bringing a new generation of upcoming artists to the attention of an international audience

From the nominated projects, a maximum of 100 projects will be presented online to a wide range
of arts professionals.

From these projects, a further selection of 25–30 projects will be presented at the live NEU NOW
festival, which will take place from September 14–18 in Amsterdam at the cultural hotspot

In addition to the main event in September, outreach activities promoting alumni of past editions of NEU NOW happen throughout the year. Selected artists are invited to show their work and participate in residencies with partners of NEU NOW including:
–Art Basel
–FOAM Amsterdam
–Prix Europa Berlin
–Southbank London

Who can participate in NEU NOW? 
NEU NOW is open to arts students in their final year of study and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) of higher arts education institutions across Europe and beyond, which are ELIA members, ELIA associate members or ELIA non-European members.

The call for entry to this competition is also open to members of the following partner networks:
–Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC), Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
–Asian League of Institutes of the Arts (ALIA)
–The International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT)
–Cumulus—International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

Artists (as individuals or groups) are nominated by their (former) institution within one of the following five categories: Design/Architecture, Film/Animation, Music/Sound, Theatre/Dance, and Visual Art.

NEU NOW 2016 takes place at the Westergasfabriek, a cultural complex situated in a large public park. Artists who work in street/outdoor art are especially encouraged to apply.

How will entries be selected?
An international jury of 15 experts, representing the five categories, select work that:
–engages with, and makes a bold contribution to leading edge practice in the international field of the category
–demonstrates clear potential as work that is likely to achieve a professional standard of presentation
–is likely to stimulate the interest of promoters, curators, festival organisers, and/or producers working in the professional field of the discipline and the interest of an international audience
–together with the other work selected within the discipline, contributes to the presentation of a diverse range within the category

For more information visit
Contact Johan Deeder, NEU NOW Project Assistant, at [email protected].


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