Antarctic Biennale – Calls is an international competition

Antarctic Biennale_Calls is an international competition that enables young artists to participate in the expedition as part of the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Deadline for applications: 03 October 2016.

THEME: Participants of the contest shall create a unique art object representing their own vision of Antarctica.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Artists, who are 18-35 years old as of May 01, 2017 and work in any field of art (including installation, performance, video, and sound art).

REQUIREMENTS FOR ARTWORKS: Projects may be manifested on land, ice, water or onboard the biennale’s expedition vessel. Applications should take into consideration the following aspects: logistics, mobility, proportionality to space, ecological compatibility, artistic expressiveness, and conceptual acuity. The implementation complexity of the project is not a prerequisite.

antarctic biennale logoClimate conditions in Antarctica are very severe, and the environment has to be protected, so we kindly ask you to learn rules and regulations of the Antarctic Treaty and other documents available on http://www.ats.aq/ as well as technical requirements for artworks specified in Terms and Conditions. Only those art projects that meet the mentioned requirements may be installed and demonstrated in Antarctica.

HOW TO APPLY: You should provide a full description of your art project by filling in all the fields of the application form available on this website. You are welcome to submit images and sketches needed for comprehensive understanding of your project, but no more than one pdf file containing up to five pages. If you work in video or sound art, you are welcome to provide the link to your artworks available on YouTube, Soundcloud or any other file hosting service.

One application should contain only one project. If you want to submit more than one project, please submit another application(s).

THE JURY: The competition jury will include commissioner and artistic leader Alexander Ponomarev and members of the biennale’s Artistic Advisory Board.


Fifteen finalists will receive invitations to participate in a group exhibition at the Antarctic Pavilion (Venice, Italy, summer 2017).

Up to 30 videos will be selected for inclusion in the Antarctic Biennale Cinema screening program onboard the biennale expedition vessel (curated by Nadim Samman).

In spring 2017, the winner will join a group of world famous and promising young artists onboard the polar research ship Akademik Ioffe, departing from Ushuaia for the Antarctic Circle to complete their project. The Organizing Committee expects the subsequent re-installation/performance of the selected work (or its documentation) in a series of exhibitions at international museums after the expedition.

ENTRY FEE: Non-refundable payment of $25 per application shall be made online after filling in the application form on this website to cover application processing expenses.


  • Start time for submitting applications online: August 22, 2016
  • Deadline for applications: 03 October 2016 (23:59:59 CEST)
  • Finalists announcement: October 2016
    Winner announcement: December 2016

If you have any questions, please, contact us via e-mail opencall@antarcticbiennale.com.

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