Printmaking Experimental Laboratory -  Residency Program

The program aims to create a forum for critical debate for Printmaking as contemporary artistic language. The central structure is an artistic residency program, with a limit of eight participants, designed to promote the development of work of experimental nature, with three master classes and tutorials given by guest tutors:

• Paul Coldwell (UK) Artist and Professor at Chelsea College of Arts, author of the book Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective;
• Nuno Faria (PT) Curator, founder of the Mobilhome project, responsible for the programming of Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães;
• Oona Grimes (UK) Artist and Visiting lecturer at Ruskin School of Fine Art and Royal College of Arts.

The program includes a two‐part debate session – dedicated to Contemporary Printmaking and the work of Bartolomeu dos Santos – with guests Paul Coldwell, David Santos, Pedro Cabral Santo, Jorge Silva Melo, Graciela Machado and Manuel Botelho.

An exhibition with the works produced in the artistic residency will take place at the end of the program, at Casa das Artes de Tavira. A publication will also be prepared, which will document the critical debate sessions and creative process that result from the program.

The residency program will take place at OBS (Oficina Bartolomeu dos Santos) in Tavira, Portugal, between July 7 and 26, 2013.

This residency is designed for art students and professionals aiming to develop work in Printmaking techniques within the context of the General Program of Replica. OBS has specific resources for intaglio printmaking (two horizontal presses, acid room and aquatint box), but other techniques can be considered, as long as they are adapted to the available resources and equipment.

Basic experience with printmaking is required; each participant has to be able to realize his/her project independently.

Masterclasses and tutorials will be held according to the published schedule.

One member of the technical staff will be present for advice or assistance.

The working language of the residency will be English; therefore, all participants must have adequate knowledge of this language.

A residency fee of €250 is charged, which includes the following expenses:
• A basic work materials package;
• Accommodation in shared rooms;
• Lunch and dinner during the residency period (except meals on sundays).

The Selection Committee accepts only digital applications, emailed to 2013replica@gmail.com.
The application must include:

• Biographical Note and Artistic Statement (maximum two pages);
• Max. 20 images with a short description of the work: dimensions, materials, techniques and date;
• Format and Size limit: PDF only and 10 MB per application.

Three specialists in the subject field form the Selection Board, in order to guarantee the necessary objectivity, quality and diversity. The selected candidates will be contacted in early June. The Selection Board’s decision is final.

Selected candidates must confirm their presence and pay the participation fee within two weeks after being notified. If the confirmation and payment aren’t received within the two following weeks, the candidate will be excluded from the process and another candidate will be selected in his/her place.