Call for Applications Q-INTERNATIONAL: A new arts funding initiative for non-Italian organisations

The Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma announces the launch of the first Q-INTERNATIONAL grant, to support non-Italian institutions and organisations showcasing Italian artists. Applications for the first Q-INTERNATIONAL call (Spring 2018) can be downloaded from the Foundation here.

Q-INTERNATIONAL application deadline: Monday 11 June 2018 by 12pm CEST.
The second call (Fall 2018) will be published on 1 October 2018.

The Q-INTERNATIONAL grant coincides with a radical change in the Foundation’s strategy, aimed at increasing the visibility of Italian artists outside of Italy. The grant falls within the new cultural strategy of Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma – strongly supported by the Foundation’s Board chaired by Franco Bernabè – which early this year appointed Sarah Cosulich as the Foundation’s Artistic Director for the 2018-2020 term to take the lead with this new direction.

The Q-INTERNATIONAL grant is conceived as a “fund”, created exclusively to support the costs of implementing projects involving one or more Italian living artists outside the Italian borders. The grants can be used to cover the following expenses: travel and accommodation for artists and performers, fees for performers, transportation of artworks, hire of audio-video equipment, publication and translation costs, public programme and documentation activities.

Eligible for Q-INTERNATIONAL grants are non-Italian, non-profit public or private organizations whose purpose is the promotion of the contemporary visual arts, such as museums, university institutes, kunsthalle, kunstverein, kunsthaus, centres for contemporary art, foundations, alternative spaces, cultural associations and organisations such as biennials, triennials and quadrennials.

The applications will be assessed by a committee composed of Cristiana Collu (director of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome), Alberto Garutti (artist and professor), Cesare Pietroiusti (artist and professor) and Andrea Viliani (director of MADRE – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples). The committee, headed by Franco Bernabè, president of the Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma, will also include its Artistic Director, Sarah Cosulich, and its curator, Stefano Collicelli Cagol. The biographical details of the members of the committee are published on the Foundation website.

Artistic director Sarah Cosulich will lead the Foundation for the next three years and will curate the 17th edition of the Rome Quadriennale exhibition. Stefano Collicelli Cagol has been appointed co-curator for the exhibition and is also responsible for the research, workshop and symposium programme during the three years leading up to the Quadriennale.

The Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma is a non-profit organisation owned by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, the city of Rome and the Lazio Region. Established in 1927, it was part of an ambitious plan for the reorganization of cultural initiatives throughout Italy. The idea was to unite the most representative trends in Italian contemporary art in a single group exhibition every four years. Today the Foundation also coordinates other initiatives related to research, training and promotion of Italian art throughout the year.

The Rome Quadriennale belongs to the same family as the Venice Biennale and the Milan Triennale, each coordinated by the Italian central government and each with a distinctive purpose: the Venice Biennale aims to encourage the knowledge of contemporary art from other countries; the Milan Triennale is dedicated to design and architecture; the Rome Quadriennale is devoted to Italian contemporary visual arts. In existence since 1931, the Rome Quadriennale exhibitions have gained a reputation as the main event in Italy’s cultural agenda for Italian art.

The next Rome Quadriennale, curated by Sarah Cosulich and Stefano Collicelli Cagol, will launch in Rome in October 2020.

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