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International Open Call: 29th Annual Visual Arts Grants – Announcements


The Fundación Botín is pleased to announce its 29th Visual Arts Fellowships (2022), offering six scholarships for artists of all nationalities for a planned duration of nine months and a grant of 23,000 euros each.

Visual arts grants are intended to support the development of personal and research projects. Of the six scholarships, one will be reserved for an artist who Spaniard or resident in Spain (for at least five years immediately prior to the scholarship application), under the age of 30, who wishes to spend time abroad to pursue their work, studies or residence.

In addition to financial support, the scholarship program will showcase works created by selected artists in a collective exhibition at the Centro Botín, Routes, which celebrates its 27th edition this year. The works will be presented not only in the exhibition hall, but also in other spaces or formats better suited to making the artists’ research public, as may be the case with performances, participatory activities or video cycles, among others. At the end of the grant period, the Fundación Botín continues its commitment to artists by closely following their careers and, where appropriate, purchasing works for the Collection.

Artists interested in applying for a grant should make an initial application using the registration form available on the websites of Fundación Botín and Centro Botín, and submit the rest of the required documentation in hard copy by May 6. Each application received will be studied by a specially convened external jury of artists, curators and professionals, with different members each year. From July 18, the final decision of the jury will be made public on the two aforementioned sites.

Since their launch in 1993, the Visual Arts Grants have benefited over 200 creative talents by acting as a revitalization of contemporary art and by supporting contemporary artists wishing to develop a research project in the visual arts. A large number of Fundación Botín scholarship holders have already established themselves on the international art scene and are regularly present at important events. This year the The 59th Venice Biennale will present works by Pedro Neves Marques in the Portuguese pavilion, by Santiago Borja in the Mexican pavilion, and by Teresa Solar and June Crespo, both in the central exhibition. Leonor Serrano Rivas will have a personal exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, while the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid will host a selection of Carlos Bunga‘s work. Besides, Jorge Ribalta will have a retrospective at MAPFRE Foundation Madrid.

Itineraries XXVI
Until May 15, 2022

Routes is an annual exhibition showcasing the works of the eight artists selected through Fundación Botín’s latest open call for its visual arts grants. Through the works of Olga Balema, Eli Cortiñas, June Crespo, Mario Espliego, Antoni Hervàs, Salomé Lamas, Anna Moreno and Bruno Pacheco, the exhibition offers a unique insight into the latest debates taking place in the art world. The exhibited works weave a whole series of subtle sensitive connections with each other, formally and conceptually destroying the illusion of independence that has corroded our habitats, our vitality and our imagination.