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“¿BORDERS?” will be presented in the Sala 0 of the Museo Patio Herreriano of Valladolid (Spain) on 9 March  2018


The European project CreArt (Network of Cities for Artistic CreAtion), through the Municipal Foundation of Cultura of the Valladolid City Council, opens a new call to invite both local artists from Valladolid and artists from the other partner cities taking part in the CreArt project (artists should be born or resident in Valladolid - ES, Genoa and Lecce - IT; Liverpool - UK; Clermont - Ferrand and Rouen FR; Zagreb – HR(member of HDLU); Kaunas -LT; Lublin and Katowice -PL; Aveiro - PT; Skopje – MK) to participate in the Dual Exhibition “¿BORDERS?” that will be presented in the Sala 0 of the Museo Patio Herreriano (Valladolid, Spain) on 9 March 2018.


The organization will cover:

- the production costs of the works of the selected artists.

- the assembly, transportation and insurance costs of the works.

- the costs of dissemination and publicity of the exhibition, including a catalog.

- the travel, lodging and meals expenses for the artist of the selected CreArt network, on the occasion of the assembly and inauguration of the exhibition.

The two selected artists will receive € 500 NET as fee for their participation.


The following documentation is required in one PDF attached:

• scanned copy of id card or passport;

• Short version of CV  (one A4 sheet)

• Brief explanation of the project proposed  (one A4 sheet)

• Graphic documentation related to the project and with the Works that may take part in the exhibition  

Only applications with complete information will be accepted. It should be submitted before 30 December 2017.


The curator will examine each one of the proposals received, studying the quality, the viability and their adaption to the concept of the exhibition.   

CreArt Valladolid will notify the artists selected to all applicants by email by 15 January 2018, and the names of the selected artists will be published in the project website.

The Participation in this call implies the acceptance of these bases, and the artists selected should include then in their CV and in all future communications (press, digital media), that they have been selected to participate in the CreArt Dual Exhibition “¿Borders’” in Valladolid. CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation, project co-funded by the European Union.


If we look through some recent chapters in the history books, Europe seems to have been an example of the search for union and the end of borders. We only need mention events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the disappearance of the Soviet Union in 1991 or the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty and the creation of the European Union in 1993. At the end of the 20th Century the continent wanted, or so it seemed, to delve into globalization. A few years ago, the German politician and statesman Helmut Kohl said a few words that have remained in our minds: "this Europe cannot be a fortress that shields us from others, it must be an open Europe.”

These were the seeds of a closer and more accessible world. It is evident how the development of globalization, digital transformation and the appearance of new technologies have also helped to destroy (or at least blur) many geographical and mental borders: we have more opportunities to find out about cultures different from our own, more options for talking with geographically distant friends and family members, and

more access to information and knowledge generated thousands of miles away. There have also arisen more opportunities for selling and buying products in remote lands, more alternatives for working internationally and more options for travelling quickly from one place to another. For those who are most optimistic, Earth has become a global village where everything is just a click away or a few hours by plane.

But let us not be fooled. Not everything is perfect. The time in which we live, so open at first glance, has two sides: despite all the advantages offered by global and digital improvements, there seem to be more and more obstacles, limits and divisions of different types that do not allow us to understand each other. We need only open a newspaper to realize that "the world has gone back in time," as the journalist Alexis Rodríguez Rata wrote: in recent years there have been numerous news articles relating to nationalist movements, xenophobic leaders, new walls built between countries and continents, the rejection of immigrants and refugees and the increase in budgets relating to border security. There are more and more differences between rich and poor people (creating economic and social borders); more religious and ideological differences (creating mental borders) and more problems entering certain countries (increasing geographic borders).

As Ferran Montesa (Chief Executive of 'Le Monde Diplomatique' in Spanish) stated a while ago, "we are still talking about this global village, but the truth is that there are more borders than ever. In the 21st Century, more retaining walls are being built than ever before.” All of this demonstrates that we live in a continuous battle of opposites: globalization versus localism; internationalization versus nationalism; integration versus rejection; union versus fragmentation; opening versus closing.

Through this call for proposals, we want to hear the opinion of different artists in relation to the concept of borders, especially in the Europe of today: What do they deem a border to be in this continent? How should we treat them? What types of borders are the most dangerous? How do these affect individuals and their way of connecting with the world? How do first-class or second-class citizens deal with them? How can we live in a continent that is increasingly open and, at the same time, more closed than ever?


The Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art, Patio Herreriano, opened in 2012 in the restored Monastery of San Benito. It contains a private collection that includes around 1000 of works of Spanish artists from 1918 until now. Along the year the program of exhibitions with artists from the collection, complements with temporary group or solo exhibitions with Contemporary visual artists.

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