CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018
Organized by the National Museum of Slovenia
17th May – 30th September 2018
The National Museum of Slovenia is setting up IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018. The emphasis is on popularization as well as presentation of contemporary ceramics as an independent area in the field of artistic creation. Triennial is a connection between international and Slovene area and it gives a fresh insight into artistic ceramics. Its intention is searching for elementary artistic research in connection to contemporary thought. We are looking for new concepts, technologies and innovative research in the field of ceramic art that are connected to contemporary life.
IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018 contains competitive part and accompanying events and exhibitions all over Slovenia. The National Museum of Slovenia will host the competitive part of the Triennial as well as the international exhibition of ceramics of students from Art Schools and Academies chosen by the invited mentors. All the addresses of locations, where exhibitions and events will take place, and all the timetables will be announced at our web site (www.unicum.si).
Call for application is international and public. Any individual artist or group of artists working in the field of ceramic art may participate in the IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018. Ceramic artworks may include other materials which must not predominate. Each participant is allowed to submit up to two artworks or two projects consisting of several ceramic elements. Due to the limitations of the exhibition space one object must not exceed the dimensions 1.5x1x1 m, one project must not exceed the dimensions 2x2x2 m, two-dimensional artworks (suitable for hanging on the wall) must not exceed the dimensions 4x3 m. By applying, the artist assures that each ceramic artwork was created within the last three years. Members of the organizing committee, international jury are not allowed to take part in the competitive part of the Triennial. The works selected for the exhibition will be chosen by the international jury on the basis of the received documentation. The costs of sending and returning the artworks must be covered by the author.
Applications for the competitive part of the Triennial with all documentation required must be sent by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each author has to deliver:
- Correctly filled application form.
- Two photographs of each ceramic artwork from different angles in required format and printing quality, labeled with author's name and surname, title and dimensions of artwork in centimeters (e. g. Surname_Name_Title of the Artwork_Dimensions_Picture1).
- Self-portrait photograph.
All photos should be in JPEG (.jpg); resolution of 300 dpi is required. Pictures are to be taken in front of a neutral background. With application, each author allows the organizer to use all the information from the received documentation for promotion and the catalogue of the Triennial. The organizer of the Triennial does not take any responsibility for published information, given by the authors in the application. The author is taking full responsibility for correctness of the information on him/her and his/her artwork. Received applications will be kept in the archives of the Triennial as a part of documentation. Authors cannot exchange artworks, selected on the basis of the received photographs, or replace them with other artworks.
Deadline for Application
Deadline for application is on Friday, 1st December 2017.
The organizer will not consider incomplete applications.
Selection of Artworks and Notification
International jury will select artworks on the basis of the received photographs.
List of selected authors will be announced on Friday, 16th February 2018, on the website of the Triennial (www.unicum.si). Selected authors will be notified via email.
Delivery of Selected Artworks
The costs of sending and returning the artworks must be covered by the author. The authors must use door-to-door service (e.g. International Express Delivery DHL, FedEx ect.). The participants must pay customs duty that exceed 40 euros. Accepted artworks must be delivered in a re-usable package no later than Wednesday, 25th April 2018 to: IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018, Narodni muzej Slovenije – Metelkova, Maistrova ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija.
Each artwork must be delivered in packaging, required by the established standards and usable for storage and return. In case the packaging is unusable for return, the author is responsible for collecting his work personally, or it becomes the property of the organizer. In case the selected artworks consist of several pieces, the author has to add a plan for setting up the artwork at the exhibition. After receiving the delivery, notification emails will be sent to the authors. Artworks which will arrive damaged or ruined will not be exhibited and will be returned to the author together with a damage report. Damaged artworks can be restored by the conservators and restorers of the National Museum of Slovenia if permission is given by the author.
Returning of Artworks
Authors must reclaim displayed pieces within one month after the last day of the Triennial exhibition (until 31st October 2018). They can reclaim their works in person or cover the costs of returning their artworks by post.
Insurance of Artworks
Insurance of artworks during the transport from the author to the Organizer and back is author's responsibility. Insurance of artworks during the exhibition is made on the expense of the organizer.
Artworks for the IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018 will be selected by international professional jury.
The international jury consists of:
- Barney Hare Duke (United Kingdom), Artistic Director of British Ceramics Biennial.
- Martin Neubert (Germany), artist, Professor for ceramics, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Saale.
- Nadja Zgonik (Slovenia), Associate Professor of art history at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana.
International jury will select the artworks based on the received photo documentation. Jury will make selection for 3 awards and 3 recognitions. The decision of the jury is final.
Awards and Recognitions
Awards and recognitions will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of the IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018.
The Exhibition of the Triennial
The opening of the IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018 will take place on Thursday, 17th May 2018 at the National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova, Maistrova street 1, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The closing of the exhibition will be on 30th September 2018. Along with the exhibition of the IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018, a printed catalogue of the selected artworks and other promotion material will be published. Authors of the selected artworks will receive the catalogue free of charge.
President of the organizing committee: Dragica Čadež Lapajne.
The organizing committee: Mateja Kos, Marko Košan, Karel Plemenitaš, Miljanka Simšič, Tatjana Sirk, Mojca Smerdu, Zora Žbontar.
Application must be sent to: email@example.com.
Deadline for applications: Friday, 1st December 2017.
Address for delivery of selected artworks: IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018, Narodni muzej Slovenije – Metelkova, Maistrova ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija.
Please do not hesitate to contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.