“The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene”

“The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene”

European Investment Bank Institute

Image courtesy of WILI Luxembourg.
April 7, 2014
“The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene”

September–October 2014

Application deadline: 16 May 2014 at midnight (GMT+1)


The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute is pleased to announce the second edition of its Artists’ Development program (ADP), both a mentoring programme and an artist’s residency, targeting visual artists (aged less than 35) from EU Member States focusing on “The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene.”

The successful applicant will be mentored by internationally acclaimed Polish artist Mirosław Bałka.

Thematic focus
The residency is open to all individuals wishing to develop their practice in a professional context by creating a new (body of) work(s) on the theme “The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene,” using photography, video, installations and/or new media.

Applicants should be under 35 years of age at the time of application, in keeping with the EIB Institute’s focus on promoting young or emerging talent. Applicants must have an EU nationality or reside in one EU country. In order to facilitate communications with the mentor and local artistic environment in Luxembourg, participants should be fluent in English.

Applications are evaluated by a selection jury consisting of members of the EIB Institute Arts Committee and staff, external arts professionals and the mentor. The jury bases its selection on the proposal submitted answering the creative brief, the potential impact of the residency on the applicant’s career, and the relevance of the applicant’s practice to the cultural context of the EIB Institute.

Budget and duration
The EIB Institute will take over the artist’s travel costs to and from Luxembourg and Warsaw. The artist in residence will also receive a stipend (EUR 100 per day). At the end of the residency, the participant will receive an artist fee of EUR 1,500.

Before or during the residency in Luxembourg, the winner will spend a few days visiting the mentor and experiencing the latter’s creative studio(s) in Warsaw. The duration of the residency in Luxembourg is four to six weeks, starting on 1 September. The artist participating in the ADP will be provided a living/working space located in Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster, situated in the culturally rich Grund district of Luxembourg city.

Upon completion of the residency, the EIB might consider acquiring an artwork from the artist.

Application procedure
– CV (in English)
– Scanned copy of the passport or identity card
A letter of motivation/intent specifying personal drive and expectations for the programme together with a concept for the theme proposed for the residency (maximum 500 words, in English)
Portfolio of visual documentation of several works, best characterising the art of the applicant (in PDF, four A4 pages maximum)
Names and contacts of two professional referees, familiar with the art of the applicant.

Any application which does not comply with the set requirements will be automatically eliminated.

Selection procedure
A jury will select the candidate for the residency to be held in September–October based on the proposed project, and the applicant’s potential to use the residency to maximum benefit.

The selected candidate will be informed of the jury’s result via email by the end of June.

The deadline for application is 16 May at midnight (GMT+1).

Applications must be fully completed and submitted in due time in order to be considered. The applications should be sent digitally to Ms. Delphine Munro.


About the EIB (European Investment Bank)
The EIB is the European Union’s bank, owned by the 28 Member States. As the largest multilateral borrower and lender, it provides finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects, mostly in the EU.

For further information please visit the website.

About the EIB Institute’s Arts programme
Besides managing the EIB art collection, the EIB Institute extends its support to the pool of young creative talents in Europe through intra muros shows or exhibitions at outside venues and dedicated arts programmes which engage with the staff of the EIB, its stakeholders and the general public.

For further information, please visit the website.

About Mirosław Bałka
Miroslaw Balka (b. 1958, Warsaw) is a leading Polish sculptor also active on the field of experimental video and drawing.

Solo shows in 2013: fragment, Centre for Contemporary Art / Vinzavod, Moscow; Touch me / Find me, Studio K, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Nachtgesichten, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw; Signaalit / Signals, IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki; The Order of Things, Gladstone Gallery, New York. Right now his solo shows opened at Freud Museum and White Cube, London.

For further information please visit the artist’s website.

TERRAFORMA is a cross-media work that depicts a journey through the era of Man’s omnipotence—the time of what we call the Anthropocene. Thus, through the prism of artistic devices and new media, TERRAFORMA presents new approaches to stretching our imagination to perceive a world being transformed by the traces we leave. There will be a 52-minute documentary, a digital creative and innovative space and a series of interactive exhibits in physical spaces.

For further information, please visit the website.


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