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ERSTE Foundation's culture programme launches a call for submissions in CSEE

12. January 2012

PATTERNS is ERSTE Foundation’s transnational cultural programme. It initiates, commissions, and supports projects on contemporary culture and history. Now, for the first time, an international invitation has gone out for project submissions. “We are especially interested in ideas that have not yet begun as projects,” says Christine Böhler, director of ERSTE Foundation’s cultural programme. “With the call for submissions, we are also interested in finding out which themes are important for cultural producers at the moment. What needs are present in the region? Where can we, as a foundation, provide support and enable cultural projects that would otherwise encounter difficulties in being realized?”

Cultural and historical analyses from the 1960s onward play a crucial role in the PATTERNS programme as does the theme of the political transition in 1989, and the confrontation with popular culture phenomena from around this time until now. The Foundation would like to support initiatives that are positioned in a local context yet pose border crossing questions. The aim is to strengthen local structures and initiatives.

The PATTERNS programme’s present focus is on the fine arts. However, it will open up to other cultural realms in the future. Over the next ten years, focus will move beyond classical project sponsoring. PATTERNS intends to discover central texts of the region — including new ones — and develop formats and forums for critical discourse: lecture series, for example, or workshops and conferences should help in investigating the era from the 1960s until the present and mediating the results to the public.

The call for submissions is addressed to non profit organisations based in Central and South Eastern Europe that work within PATTERNS’ thematic field. Also invited to submit proposals are NPOs from other countries that develop projects whose themes are found in this region and those that have cooperation partners there. Individuals and political parties are not eligible for grants.

Projects must be submitted online at:

Questions can be addressed to:

Deadline for submission of project proposals is Friday, 11 January 2008.

Project selection will be carried out by a jury comprising the PATTERNS Advisory Panel and the programme managers at ERSTE Foundation. Panel members are Cosmin Costinas (author and curator, Bucharest/Vienna), Veronica Kaup-Hasler (director of the Steirischen Herbst/Styrian Autumn, Graz), Piotr Piotrowski (art historian, Poznan) und Georg Schöllhammer (editor Springerin and Documenta 12 magazines, Vienna).