ARTWOOD FESTIVAL 2017
OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
– from April 5 th until May 10, 2017
WE INVITE YOU TO THE SECOND
ARTWOOD FESTIVAL IN CROATIA
What is the Artwood Festival?
An international artistic manifestation whose goal is to encourage the development, creation and presentation of original wooden sculptures and installations in an open space.
Why Artwood Festival?
We believe that art and fun have something in common, and that is freedom. Freedom that encourages human inspiration and creative spirit. The Artwood Festival therefore gathers artists who are open to new experiences and fun, giving them an opportunity to express themselves creatively without any inhibitions, both individually and as a team!
When and where will the Artwood Festival be held?
During the first part of June on Pag Island, Zrće, Katarelac beach, better known as the Bura Bura Beach.
How can you apply for participation in the Artwood Festival?
Fill out the on-line application form, which you can find by following the link at the bottom of this text, and send together with the necessary documentation. The application must consist of: personal information on the author, professional biography, documentation of the work with technical information (title, dimensions, and technical description), artist statement. It is obligatory to send a drawing, sketch or photograph of the work as part of the application documentation, as well as a copy of the author’s passport.
What do you get?
The organizers of the Artwood Festival will cover your accommodation and food expenses throughout the duration of the Festival, as well as certain type of materials and technical support for the construction of sculptures and installations.
What sort of materials are on your disposal?
There are over 100 pieces of beech tree trunks (300 cm long, and 10 cm wide in diameter), bamboo trees (between 300 and 500 cm long), and different kinds of wooden materials left over from the last year’s festival. If you wish to create a sculpture out of different materials, it is necessary to specify the exact kind and quantity of materials needed to create the artwork in the application, so that the organizers could check the availability of the specified materials. If the applicant wishes to bring their own materials, they are free to do so, and obliged to specify that wish within the field “technical description of the work”.
What can you win?
The best work will receive a financial prize in the amount of 3.000,00 HRK.
What are the conditions to apply?
The author needs to be 18 years old.
What are the obligations of the Festival participants?
Every author is obliged to create one original work of art during the period the Festival is taking place. Every author is obliged to take part in the creation of one installation that will be burnt at the end of the Festival at Bura Bura Beach.
The work must be an original creation of the author. When finished, the work becomes the property of the Festival organizer. The organizer is obliged to credit the author when reproducing images of their work.
Artwood Festival is an international artistic manifestation whose goal is to encourage the development, creation and presentation of original wooden sculptures and installations in an open space. First edition of the Festival took place between June 10 and 17, 2016 on NOA beach on Pag Island, a top world party destination. (As you may know, NOA beach, together with Zrće beach, is the place where three of the top 50 clubs in the world are located according to the selection of Top 50 Clubs by DJ Mag.) But besides entertainment and fun, by which the location of the Festival is very well known, NOA Beach is trying to encourage creative influences and expressions from all over the world through its mission, design and various different inclusive activities. Artwood Festival was also created as part of this interesting creative story.
During the months of January and February 2016 artists were able to apply their proposals for wooden sculptures and installations through an Open Call for participation at the Festival. The theme of Artwood Festival was not fixed, but the Festival’s vision was clearly stated: we believe that art and fun have something in common, and that is freedom. Freedom which encourages human inspiration and creative spirit. The Artwood Festival therefore gathers artists who are open to new experiences and fun, giving them an opportunity to express themselves creatively without any inhibitions, both individually and as a team!
Last year manifestation presented six young artists which passed the selection of the Open Call. Their proposals for wooden artworks were the ones which fit best with the vision and goal of the Festival, and out of twenty artists that competed through the Call, they have been chosen to be the participants of the first Artwood Festival in Croatia. During the eight days of the Festival the artists worked individually to create their own sculptures and installations, and also joined forces to create an installation placed at the entrance of the beach on which the remaining works were presented during the whole summer of 2016.
We invite you to participate in the second Artwood Festival in Croatia. If you have an idea to create an open-space wooden sculpture or installation for one of the newest beaches on the Adriatic coast, please apply to this Open Call and spend a fun and creative summer on the island of Pag.
We present the artworks that were chosen through the Open Call in 2016:
ROSANA GIUSTI – Doors of perception
According to the Dictionary of Symbols, doors present a place of transit from one state to another, from one world to the other, from the known to the unknown, from light to darkness, from richness to poverty. The doors open towards a secret. But doors are not only a symbol of passage, they also invite us to walk through. It is an invitation to take a voyage beyond perception.
LAURA MARTINOVIĆ – Relief
The wooden sculpture is constructed out of pieces of nature – wood, leaves, hay, branches…that intertwine and create a new space which gives the passerby an opportunity to observe, walk by, or stay and rest. During the day it will provide shadow and a wooden hiding place from the sun. Lines and surfaces made out of branches will create irregular shapes, expressing nature’s true forms. The purpose of the sculpture is to present the human need for nature, and to emphasize its seductive features.
ANDRIJA VEČENAJ – Monolimit
The sculpture presents a visualization of the relationship between the ideas of freedom and limitations. It poses a question: how do opposed cultural, social and existential notions of openness/enclosement, movement/stillness, freedom/boundaries intertwine, complement each other, and does one exist without the other. When walking around the sculpture the perception of the circular wholes within the black cube constantly changes. Each cube represents freedom, which has its own limitations in time – until another freedom/boundary overcomes it.
MILENA OBRADOVIĆ – Gaze
The sculpture created out of soft wood represents an abstract shape of an eye. Its symbolics lie within its author as well as its public. A hidden curiosity lies in the view of the author criticizing the society, which is at the same time the main goal public of the work itself.
VANJA VRBANEC – Sparrow
As most birds, Sparrow represents freedom. Center of the sculpture is positioned in the viewer’s optical center offering a direct view to the sea and blue skies – clear associations linked to the notion of freedom. Why the motif of a bird? Birds enjoy freedom of movement which is limited for human beings, but it is always good to be reminded of the possibility of freedom.
IVANA ZAVIDIĆ – When is the right moment?
The passing of time is the main motif of this sculpture. It is consisted of several round pieces of wood that are interlinked and compose a structure resembling a bridge. Each of the surfaces is painted with bright colors to form the shape of a clock, each showing a different time. They invite passersby to choose their own time, to think about the present, the past and “the right moment” for themselves.