STARTS4WaterII – Open Call for Artists

Open CallDeadline: June 26, 2024

STARTS4WaterII Residencies – Open Call for Artists

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Residencies Programme
What do we offer?
Important Dates
Expected outputs from artists
Admissibility Criteria
Preparation & Submission
Info Session: watch the video

STARTS4waterII is excited to announce the Call for Artists for the second edition of the S+T+ARTS Residency Programme, which is dedicated to Water Sustainability and innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the arts. This time, the programme specifically focuses on the environmental challenges of ports, port cities, coastal areas, and waterways.   

Through nine-month residencies, STARTS4waterII will enhance collaborative artistic research, creation, and innovation in different port cities and their related ecosystems and industries across eight countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia.

+ Residencies Programme

STARTS4waterII will support selected artists through a programme that includes a 9-month residency starting in September 2024 and multiple exhibitions and events during the residency period and thereafter until November 2025.  

The duration of each residency is 9 months (9-month residency + 2-month outreach) and includes 5 phases: 

+ What do we offer?

Up to € 40.000 budget for artists residencies

  • Up to EUR 40.000 budget for artists residencies to cover the artist fee, the organisation and participation at artistic exhibitions/events and other relevant costs to ensure the successful implementation of the project (including but not limited to artwork/prototype production); The budget is fixed at EUR 40.000, no matter if the application is for a single artist, or an artist-collective.   
  • Access to the resources/facilities provided by the residency host institution;  
  • Assistance from the Local Expert Group (LEG);  
  • Access to the Europe-wide S+T+ARTS network; Participation at the STARTS4waterII community events (online and on-site);  
  • Potential participation in exhibitions showcasing the outcomes of the residencies at Ars Electronica Festival in September 2025, Love Tomorrow Conference, the UN Ocean Conference and/or other festivals and venues upon selection; and visibility through high impact communication activities to promote the artistic output and its innovation spillovers.  

Each residency will be facilitated by:  

  • An innovation catalyst: serving as an intermediary between the artists and all the parties of the residency (host institutions and local experts). They will follow the artists throughout the whole implementation of the residencies;  
  • A residency host institution: providing guidance, advice (on concepts, technology / scientific and other aspects relevant to the residency), logistic support and access to premises and equipment; and support artists in searching and showcasing residencies results in events/ fairs/ exhibitions.  
  • A Local Expert Group: providing relevant expert know-how to the artists and anchoring them firmly within the relevant regional contexts as well as national and global sustainability frameworks.  

+ Important Dates

May 2, 2024Call for Artists is launched
May 13, 2024First info session on STARTS4waterII Residencies Programme and Open Call (11h30-13h00 CEST)
May 15, 2024Second info session on STARTS4waterII Residencies Programme and Open Call (11h30-13h00 CEST) 
June 26, 2024Deadline for proposals submission (23h59 Central European Summer Time) 
July 15 -19, 2024Jury Days. (Please note. Exact days and times vary by residency and may differ from the Jury dates communicated in this table. Residency hosts will communicate directly with potential winners. Therefore, keep a close eye on your email)
July 26, 2024Announcement of selected artists 
September 01, 2024Start of the STARTS4waterII Residencies Programme 

+ Expected outputs from artists

  • Producing a tangible, presentable and art-driven output addressing a local challenge, in the form of an artwork or a functional or speculative artistic prototype;  
  • Providing (at the beginning of the residency) a descriptive abstract of the art-driven innovation output and a development plan describing the objectives, actions, timetable and setup necessary for implementing it;   
  • Participating and organising online or on-site local/ national events, workshops, and seminars to (i) share experience in participating in STARTS4waterII residency programme; (ii) ensure the promotion of residency results.   
  • Participating in at least 3 online or on-site local/national events, as well as in international events (these events will be discussed, agreed and co-organised with the residency partners);   
  • Actively engaging in the dissemination and communication efforts of the residency, sharing posts on social media, producing articles to be shared on websites (such as, participating in written/audio/video interviews; and   
  • Contributing to the impact assessment analysis undertaken by STARTS4waterII.  

+ Admissibility Criteria

STARTS4waterII calls for proposals from an individual artist or a collective of artists from any country under the condition that they can travel to the country of the residency, as specified in the open call (visa granted). 

Please read the full list of admissibility criteria in the Call – Guide for Applicants. 

+ Preparation & Submission

Proposals for the STARTS4waterII Residencies Programme must be submitted online, through the Online Form, available here (Jotform). 

  • Online form (available here): administrative information, portfolio, declarations etc.; 
  • Artistic Proposal (Template document to be downloaded here and uploaded into the Online Form); 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (to be uploaded into the Online Form).  

All elements of the Application Form shall be submitted. 

Please read carefully the Guide for Applicants, your selected Challenge(s) description and the instructions included in the Online Form and Artistic Proposal Template to make sure you address successfully the call requirements. 

The deadline for proposals’ submission is June 26, 2024, 23h59 Central European Summer Time. 

NOTE: Multiple submissions: Applicants can submit up to two proposals, to different challenges (one proposal per challenge). 

How to apply (Step-by-step):

Step 1: Go to  

Step 2: Download the artistic proposal template 

Step 3: Complete the different sections of the proposal  

  • Administrative information  
  • Artist profile  
  • Portfolio submission  
  • Challenge proposal (download your artistic proposal using the template provided and completing all fields) 
  • Experience in S+T+ARTS Residency programmes 
  • Declarations of consent  
  • Statistical purposes  

Step 4: Save / Edit / Send application until June 26, 2024, 23h59 CEST 

+ Challenges

This open call offers 20 residency opportunities in 8 countries (Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia). Each residency host institution defined its concrete challenge in close collaboration with its respective LEG members and the STARTS4waterII consortium. Artists are required to submit project proposals that respond to these challenges.  

Via the button below, you view an overview of all 20 challenges in our Challenges Catalogue, giving you more details on the challenges, the specific opportunities, support and infrastructure, expectations, and requirements of each organisation.  

+ Info Sessions: watch the video

To help artists better understand the Open Call, we held two live-streamed info sessions in May. During these sessions, the partners of STARTS4waterII presented the open call, the 20 challenges, the expectations from artists, the foreseen outcomes, and the application process, requirements, budget questions, and submission. We created a video of Session 1 in case you want to rewatch it or if you missed it.

Watch the video of Info Session 1 here.

+ Contact

Questions on the STARTS4waterII Residencies Programme – Open Call 
Charlotte Gruber: 

Other questions / STARTS4waterII Coordinator 
Aurélie Delater:  

Discover more about STARTS4waterII

STARTS4waterII is co-funded by the European Union under the STARTS – Science, Technology and Arts initiative of DG CNECT (GA no. LC-02629312.). Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or DG CNECT. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 

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