Category Archives: Deadline 09/2015

Masterclass by Joan Villaplana in Pingyao, China. Sept. 21, 2015

This is part two of the workshop program in China, coorganized by IED-Madrid and EMAHO Magazine. After the its first edition at the Central Studios in ShanghaiJoan Villaplana will hold the second Masterclass on Beauty, Ugliness and the Sublime at at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, on Sept. 21.


Beauty has been marginalized in the Western Arts for decades. In contemporary photography, Ugliness and the Romantic concept of the Sublime have been taken its place. What is our problem with beautiful images? Why do we ban them, and, could beauty recover its central position in art?

This workshop analyses the role of the Sublime in contemporary landscape and cityscapes, and questions why are we interested in the ugliness of our societies. We will also debate the Chinese conception of beauty related to the Western concept of aesthetics and image making.

During this one-day workshop, IED faculty member Joan Villaplana will analyse the basic aesthetic concepts of contemporary fine art tendencies and talk about its visual language. Working from examples of selected photographic projects, he will show current tendencies in dialogue with other media, such as traditional and contemporary painting, video and cinema.

Apart from learning about the theoretical concepts, the participants will find out which cameras and techniques are most suitable for which kind of themes: small or digital medium format? Large or small prints? Books or installations, or even video?


The workshop is addressed to both students and professionals in the field of photography: Photographers and artists in any field of photography or Publishing Sector. Graduates or students of Fine Arts, Audiovisual Communications, Publicity, Journalism, Art History, or Humanities who want to specialize in the theory and practice of Fine Art Photography.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce assistants to the contemporary aesthetic concepts and their applicability in non-Western contexts.

Date: September 21, 2015.

Duration: 1 day

Venue: Pingyao Festival


Minimum Participants required in each workshop : 7

Maximum Participants: 30

Tuition fee: 300 RMB / $50 / 45 Euros

To participate please write to:


Joan Villaplana Casaponsa (Manresa, Barcelona, 1976) works in photography and video.

Graduated from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona in Humanities, he teaches aesthetics and Fine Art Photography in the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED (Madrid) and IDEP (Barcelona). His work has been exhibited in the China Pingyao International Festival of Photography, The Central European House of Photography (Bratislava), Lumen Foundation (Budapest), Fotofestiwal (Lódz), Kaunas Photo Festival and PhotoIreland.

Villaplana’s book Metropolis was a nominee for the best Photobook award in The New York Photo Festival, 2008.

He has also contributed in newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde Diplomatique, La Vanguardia, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Prensa Libre, Surface, Etiqueta Negra and On Diseño.

Joan Villaplana Masterclass, at Central Studios Shanghai, 2015

ISE NY Grant. Deadline: September 30th., 2015


ISE Cultural Foundation NY has focused on supporting curators and artists who seek the opportunity for an innovative, contemporary art exhibition for more than 30 years by providing gallery space in New York City. This new ISE NY Grant Program is made to help curators and artists all over the world, who are planning to archive an ambitious exhibition wherever it will be.

Application Qualification

  • This is a grant for an exhibition, which is already scheduled.
  • There is NO limit to applicant’s race, nationality, age and the place they currently live in as well as the place where the exhibition occurs.
  • Either curator(s) or artist(s) who have a specific exhibition plan can apply.
  • Applicants must be the creators who can talk about the artistic concept of the exhibition and its’ artwork. Organizations such as museums, galleries and schools cannot apply for this grant.

Grant Amount

Maximum 5,000 US dollars per Exhibition

*The amount will be determined by each exhibition’s scale and content among other factors.

*If the grantee is outside of the US, the grant amount sent will be determined by the currency exchange rate when the grant is issued.

Applicable Exhibition Period

January 1st, 2016 ~ June 30th, 2016

*Only exhibitions during this period will be considered.

*If the exhibition’s starting time is within the date above, the closing date can be later than June 30th, 2016.


  • Application deadline: September 30th, 2015
  • Notification of the results: Each applicant will be notified the results by the end of October 2015 via email.
  • Grant issuing: After the exhibition ends. Within 2 weeks of the final day of the exhibition, the grantee has to send all the necessary reports to ISE Cultural Foundation NY. Within 10 days after receiving the report, the total amount of the grant will be issued.

Note to Grantees

  • ISE Cultural Foundation NY asks each grantee to submit images of the exhibition within 1 week after the starting date of the exhibition.
  • On ISE NY’s website, ISE Cultural Foundation NY will disclose the grantee’s name, name of the exhibiting artists, exhibition title and venue as well as the images submitted, it will also include any relevant promotional material.
  • Grantee must clearly indicate that the exhibition is supported by ISE Cultural Foundation NY on their promotional tools such as printing materials and website.
  • In case any changes happen to the exhibition’s content, date and venue after grantee is determined, the grantee has to notify changes to ISE Cultural Foundation NY ASAP. If the content of the exhibition is significantly different from the original plan, it may cause a revision of the grant amount or cancellation of the grant itself.

How to Apply
Please submit the followings by either email or regular mail. Applicant can only choose one method of submission and cannot combine email and regular mail.

For more information about application form, grant proposal, submission and other application requirements, please check here.


Please contact:

ISE Cultural Foundation NY,
315 West 33rd Street, Suite 9D,
New York, NY 10001 USA
Phone: 212-925-1649


Open Call for Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster. Deadline: Sept 20, 2015

The Chernobyl Project 2016-2017 – Open Call

Food of War is a Multidisciplinary Art Collective dedicated to explore the relation between Food and War through art. Food of War is a Non-Profit initiative whose aims include creating art and events in order to raise awareness about the armed conflicts around the world, to promote the artists who develop their work around this subject and encourage the use of food as part of the viewer’s experience.

The Chernobyl Project 2016-2017
The Chernobyl Disaster occurred in 1986 during the Cold War and it alarmed the whole Europe about what was safe to eat and drink. Food of War considers of great relevance the consequences of this incident at the table of several European Countries where the radioactive cloud passed or might have had.
As a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster, Food of War is developing a touring exhibition project for 2016-2017 that follows the trail of the radioactive cloud over Europe. The exhibition involves artists from Ukraine, Belarus, as well as from other EU nationalities.
Food of War is calling all visual artists (individual/collectives) living and working in Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Sweden and Ireland to submit proposals for this exhibition. We are not interested in the direct causes of the accident but in exploring how it affected the continent and beyond in terms of consumption of food.
The proposals must include a description of the work (which can be in process or finished), rationale behind the work and a maximum of 3 images of the work. We welcome all mediums and artwork dimensions. Artists/collectives are also required to send a biography with a maximum of 5 images of relevant work or a link to the artists’ website.

Files must be sent as JPEG (low resolution) or PDF to . Deadline ends 20th September 2015.
Selected artists will be notified by 28th September 2015. |

Call for Applications for the Luminary Residency. Deadline: September 1st, 2015

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Luminary Residency in 2016

The Luminary Residency Program supports exceptional emerging artists, curators and critics engaging the world of contemporary art by providing dedicated time and a supportive working environment. The program is open to all artistic, curatorial and critical practices but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and socially engaged practices.

The Luminary staff work closely with each resident to facilitate the space, knowledge and collaborative opportunities (with artists, curators, local residents and other organizations) necessary for their work. Residents are provided free housing, studios, stipends and opportunities for public engagement such as exhibitions, lectures, studio visits and workshops.

Residencies are available year-round from one week up to three months. Please note that the program is not active in August or December.

Applications are now open and due Tuesday, September 1 for all 2016 residencies, for residencies taking place throughout 2016.

To apply, please fill out the online application. Please note there is a non-refundable $25 application fee.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact

Please see our website for more information:

Photo contest: sustainable growth and decent jobs. 1st. Deadline: August 30, 2015

June guest photographer contest topic: sustainable growth and decent jobs

Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Until September we will be announcing different topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo reportage. 

How to take part: 

You can submit your photo and entry form by email.

The deadline for the sixth topic “Children and youth” is 30 August at midnight CET.

An editorial committee will select the ten best entries and then pick the best photo of the month. This will automatically make them a finalist for the jury prize. The ten best photos of each month are showcased on Parliament’s Facebook and G+ page where you can vote for your favourite. At the end of the contest, the most liked photo will be awarded the public prize. Both of these photographers will be invited to the plenary session in November 2015.

The best photo for the June theme – sustainable growth and decent jobs – was taken by Natividad Esmel Campos, a 61-year-old non-professional photographer, who was born in Catalonia but is now living in Portugal. The photo titled “framework” shows workers in a Brussels metro station.

Send your photo and application form to the following address:

For more details about the rules, photo requirements and copyright conditions, click on the links below:


LITTLE BIG PRESS. NEW CALL FOR ENTRIES. Deadline: September 1st., 2015

Little big press >  The book’s space
Imagine a book as a project, as a story, as an object
Curated by 3/3

Little big press is a project started in 2010: a series of exhibitions, a travelling library and  bookshop devoted to self- and indipendent photobooks. The first exhibitions tooks stock of the most interesting publications both in Italy and abroad, and contributed spreading in Italy the photobook culture and events where photobooks were conceived as art objects. Little big press then deepened the research through setting up strategies the aim of which was to underline the peculiarities of the book form, the publishers and book designers role, the questions connected on the one hand to the layout and materials and on the other to the photographic project narrative dimension.

FotoGrafia – festival internazionale di Roma, 2015
Call for entries:

3 ingredients:

– 1 photobook

-1 photographer

– 1 book designer

5 questions:

The book as a project:

1 F: Which are the 5 indispensable pictures for this book?

BD: What is the framed structure of this book?

2 F: How did you choose your book designer?

BD: What was your approach to get into the photographic project?

3  F / BD: How did you develop the work on the book?

The book as a story:

4  BD: Which narrative slant did you choose for this book and why?

F: What’s the difference between the book and the photographic project slant?

The book as an object

5  BD: How did you choose the materials and the kind of printing?

F: How the materials’ choices are connected to the photographic project?

7 selected works:

On the occasion of FotoGrafia 2015, “The Present”, Little big press* focuses on 7 books published between 2014 and 2015 investigating their peculiarities through an exhibition both in horizontal and vertical plane, engaging in a dialogue both the photographic project and the book object, the designer’s and the photographer’s work.

The setting up will be integrated with brief interviews with photographers and designers and enriched by the presence of the book itself, of elements such as inserts, covers, the first dummies realized or materials that inspired the different stages of the book project and making.

Download here the application form!

There’s time to participate up to September 1st., 2015

20 book among the most interesting proposed will be on show beside the 7 selected books.

The books will become part of Little big press library, available for consultation and used in future exhibitions.

PhotoVisa call for entries. Deadline: September 6, 2015

PhotoVisa call for entries is open!

PhotoVisa is an international festival of photography held since 2008 annually in Krasnodar and Krasnodar region, Russia in October — November.

– The theme of this year is The Language of memory, and can be presented by works created with both analogue and digital media, including manipulation of the photographic image.

– The contest is held in 3 nominations: Single photograph, Photoseries, Multimedia Project (photoclip).

– The contest has submission time from: June, 20, 2015 to September, 6, 2015. 11:59:59pm (Moscow time).

– The jury works online from: September, 7, 2015 to September, 20, 2015.

– The results of jury work will be announced within the days of the festival of 2015 at the finalists’ exhibition opening.

– The finalists and winners’ exhibition and the special multimedia show will take place in the framework of the VI International Festival of photography PhotoVisa. Works will be published in the catalogue of the Festival and at the Festival’s website.

More detail about the contest you can find on: