European ArtEast Foundation, in collaboration with Delfina Foundation, is inviting proposaIs for grants for research focused on Eastern European artists working in the region from around 1948 – 1968. The Foundation will be accepting submissions until 4 June 2018 and will award by 16 July 2018 up to three research grants of £3,000 – £6,000.

Eustachy Kossakowski, Tadeusz Kantor’s “Panoramic Sea Happening”, 1967. © Anka Ptaszkowska. Negative is owned by Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

The purpose of these grants is to give art historians and curators the opportunity to carry out ambitious research projects that will make a significant contribution to the field of art history in Eastern Europe. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate a nuanced understanding of the history and legacy of modernism in Eastern Europe and to bring attention to overlooked artists who were important in their time but had no international exposure due to the specific political context.

The area of interest, Eastern Europe, was once easily definable, but the dissolution of Cold War blocs, rapid change in the post-communist world and the growth of the EU altered this. Proposals should focus on artistic activity in the former Communist bloc – roughly speaking the area between the Baltic and Adriatic seas. The themes of the research are open and are not limited to a particular artistic tendency or medium but should target relevant movements, or unique artistic positions.

The call is targeted primarily towards independent researchers and curators and those applying on behalf of cultural or academic institutions. Artists or researchers from other disciplines can apply where they can demonstrate that the proposal contributes to an art historical context. The Foundation has a particular interest in research that might lead to tangible outcomes such exhibitions, workshops, lectures, books or films.

For please information on how to apply please visit europeanarteast.com/opencall.html

About European ArtEast Foundation

Established by Artur Trawinski and Irmina Nazar in 2017, the Foundation aims to provide a global perspective on Eastern European art and culture, and to encourage the development of projects that expand the discourse around modern and contemporary art from this region. Despite under-representation in, and a lack of access to, the international art world during the Soviet era many post-war artists still boldly developed their own vision independently from the standardized canon of Socialist Realism. The Foundation has a particular interest in encouraging the rediscovery of seminal Eastern European artists from the 1950’s and 1960’s and maintaining their legacy. It also embodies the values of patronage as a context and framework to encourage creativity, innovation and cultural production among contemporary artists.