December 15, 2007 - ERSTE Foundation - Call For Submissions
December 15, 2007

Call For Submissions

Ricarda Denzer, 10m2 tragbar, 2006;
photography: heiKE/NZ

PATTERNS_Researching And Understanding Recent Cultural History

Call For Submissions

PATTERNS is a transnational programme in Central and South Eastern Europe (CSEE) that aims to research and understand recent cultural history. PATTERNS initiates, commissions and supports contemporary culture projects in a variety of formats and media. It aims to document, analyse and investigate different aspects of and practices related to the transformation of daily life and culture in CSEE, while accounting for the pluralities that describe the region. The programme focuses on the visual arts and culture that deal with cultural phenomena before 1989 until today, including aspects of popular, marginal and counter culture. It seeks to promote understanding and knowledge of a differently lived past, which can facilitate a shared present and future. In doing so, it takes on the role of a “contemporary witness”.

Call For Submissions

The call for submission addresses projects in CSEE that share PATTERNS’ areas of interest. ERSTE Foundation supports research, publications, as well as artistic and cultural projects and initiatives. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects which are just about to start and develop cross-border issues from local contexts, strengthening local structures and initiatives.

The call is open to projects in the framework of non-profit organisations in Central and South Eastern Europe. Since PATTERNS is an international programme, projects from other countries are also invited to apply if the topics they tackle are connected to the region or operate in at least one country of the region.

Funding is offered exclusively to non-profit organisations. Grants are not made to individuals or political parties. Individual project work must be embedded in the framework of a non-profit organisation.

Projects must be submitted online at:

Questions can be addressed to:

Deadline for submission of project proposals is Friday, 11 January 2008.

Projects are selected by the PATTERNS Advisory Panel:
Cosmin Costinas (author and curator, Bucharest/Romania, Vienna/Austria)
Veronica Kaup-Hasler (director of steirischer herbst festival, Graz/Austria)
Piotr Piotrowski (art historian, Poznan/Poland)
Georg Schöllhammer (editor of Springerin and documenta 12 magazines, Vienna/Austria) and
ERSTE Foundation

Please check the website for detailed information:

ERSTE Foundation
ERSTE Foundation began its activity in 2003. As the main shareholder of ERSTE Bank Group, ERSTE Foundation is one of the largest foundations in Europe. It is active in the entire CSEE region, focusing its work on the three programmes “Social Affairs”, “Culture” and “Europe”. The programmes are geared to respond to and deal with issues regarding social cohesion, cultural development and history as well as the challenges of the European unification process.

The focal point of the culture programme is intended to be a practice of mutual exchange and communication and respect for the different historical experiences and circumstances. The strengthening of initiatives locally, the integration of people who bring in their knowledge, their know-how and their history from a CSEE perspective is a priority. Particular attention will be paid to the overhauling of structures of the past and their references to the present and dealing with art and culture in the former communist states. ERSTE Foundation will promote knowledge about a past that has been lived in different ways, which can facilitate a shared present and future.

ERSTE Stiftung
Graben 21
1010 Vienna

ERSTE Foundation

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