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The Han Nefkens Foundation, the Escola Massana and the Institut Ramon Llull promote the international projection of Catalan artists

Visual Arts.  Barcelona,  12/12/2017

Artistic residencies are the best option for artists seeking international projection or who wish to develop their art internationally. With the aim of introducing students to the international scene and promoting exchange between professionals and students, the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Escola Massana are organizing an academic symposium made up of a session with the Rijksakademie and the presentation of the publication Apertus 0.1.




On one hand, the Rijksakademie, one of the most prestigious artistic residencies in the world based in Amsterdam, will be offering an informative session to give students first-hand knowledge of the residency programme, and it will hold a workshop for the presentation of candidatures. Moreover, if any Catalan students are chosen for the Rijksakademie, the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Institut Ramon Llull undertake to fund their stay in Amsterdam.

On the other hand, during the symposium, the results will be published of Apertus 0.1, the international contemporary art seminar, an initiative of the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Escola Massana. The objective of this biennial seminar is to promote exchange between professionals and students of the different art schools in Barcelona. The session will be given by Arash Nassiri, the artist who directed Apertus 0.1.

Also, on Thursday 14th, at the Institut Ramon Llull, the people in charge of selecting the Rijksakademie residents will present the residencies programme and will personally interview the candidates.

About the Han Nefkens Foundation

The Han Nefkens Foundation helps up-and-coming artists and those who are beginning to make a name for themselves in their career by funding the process of creation and production of their work.

Through prizes, exhibitions, grants and multidisciplinary residencies in visual arts, fashion and literature, the foundation offers artists an international platform for presenting their works and developing their work in a global context.

About the Escola Massana

The Escola Massana is the municipal school of Art and Design in Barcelona that, thanks to the bequest of the Barcelona cake maker and philanthropist Agustí Massana, opened on 14th January 1929.

Its teaching policy is based on diversity, with different study plans, making it a unique all-round point of reference in the teaching of the arts and design.

The Escola Massana is characterized by its historical wish for permanent social, cultural and professional dialogue with agents and institutions in both a local and an international context.

About the Institut Ramon Llull

The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium made up of the Government of Catalonia, the Government of the Balearic Islands and Barcelona City Council, whose purpose is the international projection and dissemination of Catalan language and culture in all forms of expression.

The symposium will feature a session with the Rijksakademie, one of the most prestigious artistic residencies, and the presentation of the publication Apertus 0.1, an international contemporary art seminar. 

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

Generalitat de CatalunyaGovern Illes BalearsAjuntament de Barcelona

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