FUNDACIÓN BILBAO BIZKAIA KUTXA, BBK, seeking to promote actions to help young creative artists, is working with FUNDACIÓN BILBAO ARTE FUNDAZIOA in issuing this call for applications for art project grants.

The idea is to provide financial aid for the production of projects selected by a jury designated for that specific purpose. The names of the jury members will be posted on the Fundación Bilbao Arte website before their decision is published.

Fundación Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa will provide funding to meet expenses approved in advance by the jury to cover the material requirements specified for those projects.

This call seeks to encourage the production of art and the development of proposals in all individual and group artistic disciplines, on the understanding that the projects funded must be undertaken in 2012.

Two time-frames are envisaged for grant-funded projects:

  1. six months (a choice of January-June or July-December)
  2. twelve months as from January 2012.





These grants provide financial aid plus the temporary use of a venue at Fundación Bilbao Arte for projects that can justify their need of a studio.

The artists selected to use these venues will have at their disposal the full infrastructure of the various production workshops at the centre.

The secondment of a venue entails its continued use throughout the approved term of the project. Anyone who leaves the venue or fails to use it for the purpose for which it is seconded will be considered to have given it up, and by extension to have given up the right to use the materials funded by Fundación Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa, and will be required to refund the value of any materials already received at the time when they cease to use the venue.

A maximum of 10 grants of this type will be available, in the amount of no more than € 4500 each for 12-month projects and € 2500 for 6-month projects.




These grants cover the production of projects that require the temporary use of one or more of the workshops at Fundación Bilbao Arte, i.e. engraving and screen printing, new technologies, sculpture, photography and the film stage.

The artists selected to receive Workshop Grants will have at their disposal the full infrastructure of the various production workshops at the centre, plus advice and co-ordination when necessary from the master artists at the shops.

Artists awarded Workshop Grants are expected to attend the facilities of the foundation regularly, and to take an active part in any collective projects that may be promoted by Bilbao Arte.

A maximum of 10 grants of this type will be available, in the amount of no more than € 4500 each for 12-month projects and € 2500 for 6-month projects.

Anyone wishing to apply for either type of grant should provide a cost estimate for the materials considered necessary for the project.  Such estimates may not include travel expenses, per diem allowances or purchases of equipment.

The jury that will consider grants for secondment of venues and Workshop Grants will comprise three renowned specialists from the world of creative art, education, criticism and artistic management.  Their decision is final.




Artists awarded grants of this type undertake to work as assistants at the production workshops under the guidance and direction of the various master artists for four hours per day, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week.

They will be expected to develop their own projects concurrently with their co-operation work.

Applicants should provide an outline of their curriculum, and indicate the specialist field in which they are interested: new technologies, sculpture, engraving or curatorship and communication.

A maximum of four grants of this type will be awarded, in the amount of € 5.500 each, covering a single 11-month term from February 1 toDecember 31, 2012.  The grant will be paid in monthly instalments of € 500.

Failure to attend the centre or abide by these regulations will be grounds for automatic cancellation of the grant.




Regardless of which of the three foregoing types of grant are applied for, Fundación Bilbao Arte Fundazioa may also offer applicants the chance to request an accommodation/ residence grant entitling recipients to share a residence with other Bilbao Arte artists during the term of their projects.

Applicants who wish to request this grant should explain their reasons for doing so in an appendix to their application.

The jury that will consider applications for co-operation and residence grants will comprise members of the management team of Fundación Bilbao Arte.




  1. A dossier on the project to be carried out, with a detailed breakdown of items in the case of venue secondment and workshop grants of all expected expenditure on consumables for the project.

For co-operation grants an indication of the nature and details of the project will suffice.

2  Curriculum vitae (for group applications it is recommended that individual CVs for all members be submitted).

3 Additional graphic material such as brochures, sketches and images as considered appropriate to help understand the project.


One copy of all the documents required under points one and two above must be submitted typewritten on size A4 paper and another in PDF format on a CD.  Documents should be no more than six pages long.

The documentation required under point 3 need not be submitted in PDF form.




Applications for all types of grant may be submitted from the date of disclosure of these rules and regulations up toNovember 15, 2011.

In the case of applications submitted by mail, compliance with this deadline will be judged by the date of the postmark.