BAR TOOL. A practice-based training program
Conceived by BAR project in collaboration with Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory, Barcelona
BAR TOOL is a practice-based training program articulated around research, production and presentation processes. Deepening on cross-disciplinary thinking and acting, the program is addressed to participants from various fields of knowledge – art and non-art related practices. Over nine months a hosting environment is encouraged, in which the flow of knowledge will happen through conversation and action, within generational and epistemological convergence. The program focus on providing a context for an intensive professional exchange through practical discussions and theoretical workshops with local and international mentors and a tailor-made list of guests, visits and encounters according with participants interests.
The 2017-18 program consists of four primary steps:
1- Landing: During the first months, the fellows activities will focus on tutoring sessions, meetings with BAR project residents, and exploring the city and his inhabitants through walks and visits to different projects, institutions and galleries.
2- Working with Barcelona: From November to March the program offers three weeks of intensive work open to other participants (BAR module) that generate learning spaces through different themes and dynamics, bringing together local, national and international guests.
3- Public essay: during the whole year the fellows will have the possibility to “rehearse” on public presentation, showing their work at different moments, spaces and contexts.
4- Presentation: During May and June the participants will focus on the production and presentation of a final project.
The invited guests and the tutors will follow up on fellows’ activities during the whole program, as well as they will organize group meetings and reviews, tutorials, and studio visits. The program will explore a range of subjects this year, revolving around the interests and concerns of a number of invited artists, writers, activists, scholars, and curators. A public program, open to the participants but also the public at large, will consist of lectures, seminars, and workshops.
For more information check BAR TOOL #0 program and activities here
For each edition of BAR TOOL, five fellows are selected by the annual mentors through an open call for applications. Candidates are considered on merit, as well as the overall response of their applications within the mission and context of BAR TOOL. The admissions committee shortlists an initial group of candidates for interviews, which may be contacted for a Skype interview on short notice.
BAR TOOL #1 is open to participants from various fields of knowledge – art and non-art related practices, willing to deepening in knowledge and practice through visual arts. For those with no previous experience into arts, a draft for a project to be developed during the year, included in the motivation letter, would serve as a sample on how their approach to it could be pertinent enough.
Successful applicants must:
– Have completed an undergraduate degree or have equivalent experience.
– Be available to commit full-time to BAR TOOL’s assigned schedule for the year, which means moving to Barcelona. Other engagements must be kept at an absolute minimum and should not interfere with the participant’s commitment to the program.
– BAR TOOL is open to Spanish and international applicants.
– Due to the international scope of BAR TOOL program, the working language is English.
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
BAR TOOL scholar tuition is 500€, to be paid upon arrival, which includes:
– Mentoring and tutoring by local, national and international guests, together with the follow up of BAR project team.
– Three intensive working weeks of workshops, lectures and presentations on subjects driven by relevant guest tutors.
Moreover, every fellow admitted to the program is granted a scholarship that give the access to:
– Working space at Fundació Antoni Tàpies and/or Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory IF NECESSARY and subject to conditions of regular use.
– Technical equipment supported by Hangar.
– Participation in different public presentations.
– Production and presentation of a final project.
Fellows are expected to cover travel, living, health insurance or visa costs and any other expenses non stated above, and are encouraged to secure sources of funding to support the latest.
ONE GRANT covering tuition for a BARCELONA BASED APPLICANT will be kindly supported by FABRA i COATS – Creation Factory.
BAR TOOL #0
An eight months practice-based training program
BAR TOOL #0 is a practice-based training program articulated around research, production and presentation processes. Deepening on cross-disciplinary thinking and acting, the program is addressed to participants from various fields of knowledge – art and non-art related practices. Over eight months a hosting environment is encouraged, in which the flow of knowledge will happen through conversation and action, within generational and epistemological convergence. The program focus on providing a context for an intensive professional exchange through practical discussions and theoretical workshops with local and international mentors and a tailor-made list of guests, visits and encounters according with participants interests.
Relating to the Public Program at the center of BAR project’s curatorial effort, BAR TOOL #0 explores on what public programing means today. BAR project’s Public Program operates as a transversal yet autonomous space responding to concerns about its own practice: delve into the public realm today; give room to gathering, discussion and reflection spaces; promote a dialogue with the immediate context and beyond it. BAR project stands for a public program to take place in spaces of diverse nature, aiming to provoke unexpected relationships and challenge audiences. In this regard, the different activities BAR project has organised to date, taking the city of Barcelona as a project space, have happened in galleries, non-profits, institutions, along with bars, car garages, libraries or the public space. This leading research guideline conforms a framework for BAR TOOL #0 reflection, which meets peak intensity during a spring international symposium and a summer final project developed by the participants. Furthermore, BAR TOOL #0 is developed in dialogue with BAR project’s 2016-17 curatorial program, which explores the politics of control of human behaviour, thanks to different encounters with the residents of BAR project residency program.
BAR TOOL #0 is held in collaboration with the Antoni Tapies Foundation and Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory, where working space is provided. The participants are mentored by Carles Guerra (Tapies Foundation director), Dora García (artist), Veronica Valentini, Andrea Rodriguez Novoa, Juan Canela (BAR project team curators) and monitored by the program coordinator Gloria Fernandez Macias.
WHO CAN APPLY
BAR TOOL #0 is open to a maximum of 5 local, national and international participants, regardless of age and coming from various fields of knowledge – art and non-art related practices. A working knowledge of English is required.
The course fee for the year 2016-2017 is 500 euro. Participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation, living expenses. No health insurance cost or visa expenses will be provided by the organisation.
HOW TO APPLY
It is mandatory to present the required documentation hereunder in ONE document (PDF format, maximum 5 MB)
– a curriculum vitae and a bio
– a portfolio containing examples of projects and/or research work
– a motivation letter (up to 500 words) explaining your interest in the program
– a project proposal (up to 500 words)
Applications must be submitted in ONE single A4 format PDF file (maximum size 5MB) and in the same email, to the two following emails addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is at midnight (GTM+1), on Sunday the 25th of September 2016. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Acceptance will be confirmed to the applicants via email by 30th September 2016 and the list of participants will be made public in early October 2016. Program dates 2 November 2016 – 30 June 2017
BAR project is a curator-run organization supporting local and international artists and curators and promoting trans-disciplinary dialogue, hospitality, collaboration and exchange. Through a public program issued from international residencies, screening programs, pedagogical formats, encounters and other collaborations related to an annual topic, BAR project researches on relevant subjects in the current political, social and economic paradigm. BAR project takes its name from the popular and social gathering place in south European culture in order to re-contextualize it and be able to work in a flexible, informal and professional way. BAR project is run by the curators Andrea Rodriguez Novoa, Juan Canela and Veronica Valentini.
Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. From a plural and interdisciplinary perspective, Fundació Antoni Tàpies aims to establish collaborations between specialists from different areas of knowledge to contribute to a better understanding of contemporary art and culture.
Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory is a multidisciplinary space whose purpose is to promote artistic hybridization to be a leader in artistic research and generation of new quality content, as well as a meeting space for groups, creators and proposals from different fields and paths. The aim of Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory is to support artistic creation and with this goal has work spaces for the performing arts, music, visual arts, multimedia creations and for related projects the information and communications technology (ICT).