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Should we thank COVID-19 for the opportunities that artists will have in the near future?

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The pandemic that has been going through all of us for more than 70 days that seems to be gradually relaxing, brings us new opportunities for artists. Companies have committed themselves to the most disadvantaged to act as a patron and that culture, art and creation do not cease their activity.

We have met artists who have made history through patronage. Many, perhaps, would not be soaking books today without the help of people who trusted their talent, who saw art as a way to cultivate the people, or simply because they wanted to help someone. One of the best-known families in the history of art is that of the Medici, largely thanks to them today we know the work of Boticelli and Da Vinci, among others.

Medici family members

However, today, patronage or aid can come in different formats and even from public institutions, not necessarily from the private sphere. The most classic form are usually open competitions for amateur artists, such as the Gunter Gallery, which offers you the possibility of exhibiting alongside artists such as Paula Bonet, a benchmark of feminism and activism worldwide, Coco Dávez or Ricardo Cavolo. For more information on the contest, click here.

Gunter Gallery

If you are a woman, an artist, you reside in Spain, Costa Rica or Los Angeles or Colombia and you want to receive a grant of € 1000, you can sign up for the Self-Confinement Residences call by the Women for Visual Arts Organization. The registration period is from May 1 to June 1, you are still on time.

For its part, the BilbaoArte Fundazioa Foundation collaborates with the BILBAO BIZKAIA KUTXA BBK Foundation and will deliver 24 grants on a quarterly basis of up to € 1,200 per grant. In this link you will find all the necessary information, from the bases to the registration date.

Art for Change, in charge of the “La Caixa” Foundation, presents a project of social transformation that includes plastic arts, music, theater, dance or literature, supporting equipations, cultural entities and artists. The call is until June 8. The maximum aid can go up to € 25,000 and they have a total budget of € 350,000, an opportunity that is not to be missed.

La Caixa Forum building, renovated by Herzog & De Meuron in 2002

From May 20 to June 30, you can register for a contest organized by the Fashion Art Institute: 3R ART 2020, in Confinement. The contest with the premise of reducing, reusing and recycling, seeks to show solidarity with the Spanish Red Cross in an auction of the winning pieces. You can sign up here.

From the team we invite all artists from different disciplines to dare to continue creating, to use confinement as a creative engine and to continue making this world a more enjoyable place. Success for everyone!

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