PROJECT CALL FOR PROJECTS “Changing signs – 50 years of regional reform in Münsterland”

Art projects on regional reform in Münsterland wanted! On January 1, 1975, a reform of the century comes into force in Münsterland. As in the whole of Germany, numerous municipal and district boundaries are being shifted. Many a small town is incorporated into a larger one, town signs are exchanged, areas of life change from one day to the next. The regional reform, which is actually an administrative act, is digging deep into the region’s cultural identity. To mark the 50th anniversary of the municipal territorial reform, the Kulturbüro Münsterland is looking for artistic projects from various disciplines that deal with the effects of the reorganization. What impact did the reform have on identities and the local self-image in Münsterland? What curiosities or stories arose from this event? Which processes continue to have an impact today and shape tomorrow? Project requirements: Projects from all disciplines (e.g. literature, film, theater, visual arts, performance, media art) that deal artistically with the territorial reform in Münsterland can be submitted. Interdisciplinary approaches are also welcome. The projects can be digital or analog. The projects should build a bridge to the present and the future. The project results are presented to the public. The involvement of the population in the various phases of the project is desirable. Project budget: A budget of between €4,000 and €12,000 (gross) is available per project. This includes all costs (such as fees, production, materials, travel and accommodation). The Cultural Office will help you find accommodation. It is possible to acquire third-party funding during the course of the project (max. 50 percent of the project budget). Payment is made in three installments after the work contract has been signed. The artist is responsible for paying taxes. If the so-called foreigner’s tax is due, it will be paid by the organizer. Project period: The project is divided into the following phases:1. Project phase: research, preparation | October 1 to December 31, 2024; 2nd project phase: implementation | between January 1 and April 30, 2025; 3rd project phase: joint presentation week | May 7 to 11, 2025 (mandatory attendance) Attendance times: With the exception of the presentation week in May, there are no specific periods during which attendance is mandatory. However, a presence in the region should be sensibly planned depending on the project (please describe in the application). A kick-off is also planned for the beginning of October.who can apply? Both individual artists and collectives can apply. Applications can be submitted in German and English. Municipalities, associations and institutions are excluded from applying, but can be project partners. We look forward to receiving applications by May 17, 2024 by e-mail to . The following documents must be submitted in the form of a PDF (max. 4 MB): completed application form (contains a letter of motivation, an outline of the project idea and the cost and financial plan), CV, portfolio with max. three reference projects. The applications will be reviewed by a jury after submission. If more applications are received than can be realized, the artistic quality of the entries, the degree of fulfillment of the project requirements and the fit into the overall project will be decisive. The projects are expected to be selected in mid-June 2024. The Münsterland Cultural Office networks, coordinates and supports cultural associations, organizations, municipalities, institutions, private individuals and independent sponsors in the region, including in the search for financial support. It is one of ten coordination offices in NRW for the RKP – Regional Culture Program NRW – and thus the interface between the Münsterland region and the state of NRW. As the organizer of “Schilderwechsel”, the Kulturbüro Münsterland forms the conceptual and communicative umbrella. The project’s partner institutions and potential points of contact are Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature (CfL) (Havixbeck, Coesfeld district), DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst (Hörstel, Steinfurt district), FARB – Forum Altes Rathaus Borken (Borken district), Filmwerkstatt Münster, Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck (Oelde, Warendorf district) and Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster).

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Application deadline: May 17, 2024