50 FAQ´s

50 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




ABOUT ACE RESIDENCIES

1) When and how was ´ACE founded?
2) How many types of Programs does ´ACE run?
3) Which is the focus on residencys done at ´ace?
4) How many weeks does a residency stand for?
5) How should I focus my artist in residence experience?
6) Is the studio open all year around and every day?
7) Which is the main criteria for selecting artist(s)?
8) Which is the usual timing and term for selecting artist(s)?
9) Should I necessary be a printmaker in order to make a residency at ´ACE?
10) Which is the message ´ACE wants to leave the artists who are hoping to join the residency?

ABOUT LODGING
11) Where can I stay while I am doing my residency?
12) What is Aloj´ace?
13) Is Aloj´ace a shared accomodation with other artist in residence?
14) Are guests allowed to be at the studio during working time?
15) Is the accommodation located in the same place that the studio is?
16) If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
17) What does Aloj´ace includes?
18) What is the electric voltage at Argentina?
19) What are the laundry arrangements?
20) Do I have groceries stores near the appartment?


ABOUT FEES
21) Do the residency have a fee?
22) Does ´ACE give grants for artists?
23) Do artists have to cover residency fee from their own?
24) Do artists receive any kind of help for grant finding?
25) What does the residency fee includes?
26) What other things does the fee not includes?
27) Do the fee vary according to each residency?
28) Is the fee lower if I stay at another place or do not make an exhibition?
29) Does the fee increase for group or specific-urban-projects?
30) Does the fee cover air tickets and health insurance?


ABOUT THE TRIP
31) Should I manage my own travel visa insurance policies?
32) Should I manage my own travel visa and reciprocity fee?
33) Where is the international airport located?
34) Should I bring my own cell phone or computer during my residency?
35) What languages should I manage?
36) Should I manage my own insurance?
37) How does the artwork I produce get’s back to my country?
38) Does ´ace have commercial interests with the art produce by the artist? 
39) Do I need any vaccinations to enter the country?
40) What is the international departure tax for Argentina? What is the reciprocity fee?


ABOUT ARGENTINA
41) How´s the geography of Argentina?
42) Is it difficult to travel in Argentina?
43) Are there other places I can visit besides Buenos Aires?
44) What currency is used in Argentina?
45) What are the current exchange rates?
46) Is it expensive to live and travel in Argentina?
47) Is it hard to get around with a limited knowledge of Spanish?
48) Is it safe to travel to Argentina as a tourist?
49) How is the weather in Argentina?
50)Will I have a nice time & experience?




ABOUT ACE RESIDENCY

1) When and how was ´ACE founded?

In the late 90's, and based on her own experiences as an artist-in-residence in different places of the world, Alicia Candiani began to imagine a new independent art production space located in Buenos Aires, her home city. As a career artist trained in her country but with a wide international background, Alicia conceived this space as a bridge to unite artists from diverse races, national origins, religions, professional levels, gender identities as well as artistic disciplines linking all of them with the local community. The opportunity to purchase a 100 years old house and to realize her vision arose in 2000. In 2004, ´ace moved to its “new” place, contributing to the neighborhood recovery process which has begun in the 90’s with the installation of several TV studios, artists’ ateliers, art galleries, and spaces that worked as the breeding ground for emerging designers and cutting edge artists. Today, ´ace counts with the best interdisciplinary facilities in the area, including three exhibition spaces, a non-toxic printmaking workshop, lab/dark-room, a reading room focused on contemporary art and print media and an apartment to host residents. 

2) How many types of Programs does ´ACE run?
The Artist in Residence Program is ´ace core. The Residencies aim to provide artists with the time, space and assistantship to create new work through the production of a project, the exploration of innovative ideas or the intervention in the city and / or the community. In addition to its artist-in-residency program, ´ace carries out other programs focused onto discover, nurture and promote emerging artistic talents as well as to encourage artists in general to explore the boundaries of a broader creative territory. These programs include exhibitions, portfolio reviews and collaborative projects.


3) Which is the focus on residencys done at ´ace?
Our goal is to promote the artistic and cultural exchange as a platform for generating new ideas and to allow artists to take risks, giving them an opportunity to engage in a lively dialogue with other artists, curators, art institutions as well as within the city of Buenos Aires, one of the Latin America’s major cultural cities.  ´ace pays special attention to those projects questioning the singularity of the art object by using the reproducible capacity of traditional and/or experimental printmaking techniques, photography, new media and/or design, exploring their mutual interference and hybridizations, as well as those proposals that attempt to make interventions in the urban environment. 

4) How many weeks does a residency stand for?
´ace offers short term production residences (2 to 3 weeks) to work on individual or collaborative projects proposed by the artists themselves. However, according with the proposal, residencies can cover either a 2 weeks or 4 weeks period. Exploration residences have a 4 weeks term. Resident artists are given the option to exhibit the successful completion of their project in the Poliglota Room (or Transverse Space for the SUB30 Program) as the culmination of their residency. Usually the exhibition stays for 3-4 weeks after the residency period. 


5) How should I focus my artist in residence experience?
The residency begins with an informal meeting to introduce the artist to ´ace staff and the current residents, discussing the potential format for the residency. Artist will tour ´ace facilities while together with us will make agreements about techniques, materials and time to fulfill the proposal. During their stay, residents spend most of the time, from Monday through Friday, working with the Master printer and/or associate printer (Production Residences) as well as having reviews from ´ace director (Exploration Residences). The Print Studio is communal and shared while the “Tower” is a private studio. They are opened to artists 8 hours a day, five days a week. Computers and printers in the office are accessible, and there is Wi Fi Internet access in all the building. After work, residents will have multiple opportunities to attend opening, lectures or to do activities organized by ´ace staff with the aim of make networking with local art scene. At the end of the residency, ´ace nite is an event in which the public is invited to meet the artists and hear about their work. ´ace nite, an opening reception held the last Wednesday of the residency in the gallery, is an opportunity for residents to present their work to the Argentine community.  After the residency, many artists continue to maintain close ties with us and other artists were in residency at the same time.


6) Is the studio open all year around and every day?
Working studio time is from 10.00am to 6.00pm during weekdays. The studio is closed at night and on weekends. Due to summer holidays, generally from January 15th to February 15th the studio is closed and does not hold residences or any type of activities.

7) Which is the main criteria for selecting artist(s)? 
The selection of the artists for the Artist in Residence International Program is based on both their residency proposal and experience in disciplines and media, as exemplified in both written materials and documentation of previous work. The selection for the artist in residence for the SUB30 Program is different. Since this program focus on young emerging artists or graduated students, we take into account artistic potential to pursue their careers, the originality of their proposals and the capacity to learn and to adapt working collaboratively with ´ace´s team.

8) Which is the usual process, timing and terms for selecting artist(s)?
There are 4 annual Open Call for Proposals which deadlines are January 30th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th. There is not application fee. To apply applicants should:1) Pre-apply online 2) Applicants who pre-applied will receive by e-mail: i) Extended Guidelines, ii) Application Form. 3) Applicants should read the guidelines carefully, understanding the costs involved, terms and conditions, paying attention to what the residency fee does and does not include, all described in these documents. 4) Submit a complete Application which includes personal resume or CV, 10 images of recent work, artist´s statement, potential dates for doing the residency, artistic contacts and references etc as well as a letter of intention.5) ´ace´s review committee will select high quality projects that fulfill three important aspects: i) Quality of the project in relationship with our goals and artistic focus ii) Artist’s statement and previous work iii) Potentiality to make the project with our facilities and expertise. 6) Once the proposal is approved, and after checking date availability, selected artists will be notified 40 days after each deadline. 


9) Should I necessary be a printmaker in order to make a residency at ´ACE?
The residency program supports artists who use the print media as strategies for their artistic narratives (whether they are printmakers, photographers, etc or not) to explore new ideas and ways of working with the background of these disciplines. We encourage artists of all visual art disciplines to apply.

10) Which is the message ´ACE wants to leave the artists who are hoping to join the residency?
´ace´s vision is to be an inspiring place to creativity that achieves to unite artists around the world and to short the distance between old and new technologies and artistic genres. Artists who apply to any of our Artist-in-Residence Programs or the other programs will have the experience to work collaborative with an expert team of professionals and to live in one of the Latin America´s most vibrant cities, a cultural capital of the region.  


ABOUT LODGING

11) Where can I stay while I am doing my residency?
Applicant may choose to stay at Aloj´ace (our guest house) or may choose its own accommodations. The election of each of them will make the fee vary. 


12) What is Aloj´ace?
Aloj´ace is the guest house of ’ace, an apartment to lodge artist and curators that apply to make project within our artistic program.  The place was conditioned with the purpose of giving a comfortable environment that allows our guests to enjoy their stay in Buenos Aires during the work in ’ace.

13) Is Aloj´ace a shared accomodation with other artist in residence?

Yes, it may be, depending on the schedule and time of the year.  Some times there are two artists (same genre) staying at the apartment. 

14) Are guests allowed to be at the studio during working time?
No partners/friends are allowed to stay at ´ace facilities during the 10.00 to 18.00 hours studio time. The artist must also ask permission to ´ace coordinators if he/she would like to welcome personal guests at the studio over the studio normal time. No children, no pets are allowed in the studio or in the apartment. 

15) Is the accommodation located in the same place that the studio is?

No. ace´s workshop & facilities are situated at Conesa St. #667, at Colegiales neighborhood  in a first floor without elevator while Aloj´ace is situated at Reconquista St. #986, Apartment 17th in a 2nd floor with elevator at Retiro neighborhood, both in Buenos Aires city


16) If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?

Yes, one guest is welcome to stay with the artist in the guest house during the residence period if no other resident is staying at the apartment or you booked it in advance. As the flat is on shared basis with other residents, for full occupancy of you and your partner the additional cost would be of U$S 15 dollars per day, having the right to keep the apartment for both of you.  

17) Which are Aloj´aceá facilities?
The apartment - located in a quiet second floor of a building with elevator - has a big bed-room with two twin beds, a living-dinning room, a complete bathroom, a kitchen and an entrance corridor. It is decorated with original art works and has a wall in which artists can leave drawings and interventions as a memory of their residence at ´ace. It is provided with TV cable, Wi-Fi internet access, linen and towels as well as weekly cleaning service.

18) What is the electric voltage at the studio and at Aloj´ace?
At both places and all over Argentina the electric voltage is of 220v – 240v. Take into account that in USA and Canada the voltage is 110-120 Volts. The official standard for plugs and sockets (outlets) in Argentina is the "Type I" IRAM-2073 which is practically interchangeable with the standards in Australia and China. However, many non-grounded sockets in Argentina are the "Type C" Europlug type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need one or more travel plug adapters in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need (for instance COMPUTERS and CELL PHONES)  But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances (like RAZORS) are generally built for 110-120 volts. 


19) What are the laundry arrangements?

Residents staying at Aloj´ace will be provided with a weekly cleaning service and linen/ towels laundry. Personal clothes laundry must be in charge of the residents themselves. There is a laundry place in San Martin street (one block from the apartment).

20) Is Retiro a nice place to live?
Aloj´ace has a very strategic location, giving our residents the possibility of just a short walk to many of the major touristic attractions as the Colon Opera Theatre, the Obelisco (Buenos Aires´landmark), Florida and Lavalle pedestrian streets, the new area of Puerto Madero and exclusive malls as Patio Bullrich and Galerías Pacífico, the historical Plaza de Mayo, as well as the Kavanagh building and the English Tower. The area has many options of public transportation, being at walking distance from Retiro Train Station and the subway. Plaza San Martín Square is a three minutes walk. In there, you can enjoy a beautiful green space visiting in the way to there three major exhibition spaces for contemporary art: Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Federico Klemm Foundation and the Spanish Cultural Centre (CCEBA). Surrounding the apartment you can find cinemas, restaurants, pubs, theatres, shopping centers, grocery stores, drug stores, beauty places, banks, exchange houses, book stores and much more.  



ABOUT FEES

21) Does the residency have a fee?

Yes, it has a fee. The residence fee is aimed to cover, in totally and partially, all expenses related to the accomplishment of the artistic project and, generally, at covering all the costs within the context of the artist stay and the production & promotion of the artwork. 

22) Does ´ace give grants for artists?

No.´ace is not able to offer grants or cover fees at this moment.

23) Do artists have to cover residency fee from their own?
Artists or their sponsors in their countries are responsible for the payment of the fee. We encouraged selected and enthusiastic artists to apply for grants or sponsorship in their countries. 


24) Do artists receive any kind of help for grant finding?
Where possible, ´ace will assist the artist with raising funds to meet the necessary cost of participations in the program. (Ex providing letters, preparing a detailed budget, etc).   


25) What does the residency fee includes?
Generally it includes (there are some variations depends upon the kind of residency):

- Lodging

- Materials for the project production

- Assistance to the production of the work through our Master printer and associate assistants

- Access to all communal working areas, such as: workshop, reading room, restrooms, kitchen etc.

- Private use of the “Tower” studio studio (Exploration Residences)

- Computer  IBM & Wi-Fi internet access

- An Argentine Cell phone for local and international calls

- An exhibition with an appropriate reception and opening to show the work produced during the residence to the Argentine community 

- A post card for the artist’s promotion.15x15 cm, 4x4 colors x 500, 300gr paper

and other promotions such as advertising in local art magazines, internet gates, etc

- A specialized mounting team and corresponding materials to set up the artist's final exhibition

- Meals: breakfast, lunches and snacks are provided during working days

- Ground transportation from Ezeiza International airport to lodging & lodging to Ezeiza (only provided if the artist arrive between 8am and 8 pm)

-Many activities out of the studio that related the artist with the Buenos Aires art community


26) What other things does the fee not includes?

- Air ticket

- Health insurance including dental care, civil responsibility and repatriation fees 

- Cost of any visa expedition or reciprocity fees at the airport. (For instance, American citizens do not need a visa for travel to the Argentina but they do pay a reciprocity fee since USA requires a visa for Argentine citizens)

27) Do the fee vary according to each residency?
Production, Exploration and Intervention Residencies fees are variable according to the project specific needs. The specific residence cost will be estimated after receiving the detailed proposal of the artist. For this, applicants must pre-apply online and follow our Application Process Procedure. 

28) Is the fee lower if I stay at another place or do not make an exhibition?
Yes. The fee may vary according to: i) Lodging, ii) Exhibition, iii) Length of the stay.

29) Does the fee increase for group or specific-urban-projects?
Yes. For group projects or very specific projects- including urban interventions- fees may be increased.

30) Does the fee cover air tickets and health insurance?
No, the fee does not contemplate air ticket or health insurance (including injury, sickness medical cover, dental care, and civil responsibility and repatriation fees)



ABOUT THE TRAVEL

31) Should I manage my own travel visa insurance policies?
Whether you need a Visa to enter Argentina depends on your country's policies. For citizens of many countries (including USA, Canada and the European Union) only a passport is necessary to stay in Argentina for up to 90 days. You should contact your consulate for more specific and updated information on Visa regulations for your country. Take into account that American citizens do not need Visas for travel to Argentina and Uruguay. However, if American wants to visit Iguazú Falls from Brazilian side you will need a VISA from Brazil. When entering Argentine territory, some residents (American for instance) may have to pay a "reciprocity fee” which rates are subject to modifications based upon reciprocity. The payment of this "reciprocity fee" is not a Visa and is not included in the fee. 


32) Should I manage my own travel visa and reciprocity fee?

Yes. Visa and reciprocity fee must be arranged and/or paid by the artists.

33)
Where is the international airport located?
Ministro Pistarini International Airport (called Ezeiza, airport code EZE) is located about 37 km away from the city of Buenos Aires. There are several ways to get the city from the airport: “Remises” (private cubs) and Shuttle (Manuel Tienda Leon). Usually, residents are picking up at the airport at their arrival by ´ace staff. 

34) Should I bring my own cell phone or computer during my residency?
´ace provides a local prepaid cell phone with an initial charge of $US10 and an international call card. Most of the artists travel with their own computers. However, there is a computer IBM compatible in the studio which is available from 10.00 to 18.00 hs in the weekdays. Internet Wi Fi connection is available in the studio as well as in the apartment. 

35) What languages should I manage?
The country’s original language is Spanish. All the ´ace staff is Spanish-English bilingual speakers. By no exception, ´ace will cost an additional translator of the artist’s origin language

36) Should I manage my own insurance?
The artist is personally liable for all necessary insurance policies, including injury, sickness medical cover, dental care, and civil responsibility and repatriation fees. You can’t assume your insurance will go with you when you travel. It’s very important to find out BEFORE you leave. You need to ask your insurance company two questions: i)Does my policy apply when I’m out of the country?  ii) Will it cover emergencies like a trip to a foreign hospital or an evacuation?  Your regular health insurance may not cover doctors’ and hospital visits in other countries. If your policy doesn’t go with you when you travel you are required to take out another one for your trip. This is the reason that ´ace requires an additional international travel insurance (as Assist Card) for the length of the artist stay. The artist will give written proof of his/her insurance by fax 54 (11) 4551-3218 or send a pdf by e-mail to ´ace before leaves the country of origin. Failure to do so, before the stipulated date and commencement of the residency, can lead to the present agreement being null and void to the cancellation of the residency. 

37) How does the artwork I produce get’s back to my country?
For obvious reasons of unforeseeable weight and volume knowledge of the produced artwork, the artist is liable for the shipping costs  of the materials brought and the shipping cost of the work produced during his residency. 

38) Does ´ace have commercial interests with the art produce by the artist? 

´ace is not a commercial art gallery. Our goal is not to sell artwork or to promote the artist commercially. The artist must refrain from activities that are not directly related to the program during the residence period, in particular activities of a commercial or improper nature. ´ace will take no responsibility for such activities or their consequences.

39) If I want to arrive earlier than when the program begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations? 

You can arrive as much as earlier as you want, however, you will be responsible for these arrangements (including accommodations and food), and no pickup & transfer from the airport will occur on this case.

40) Do I need a Visa for travelling to Argentina? What is the reciprocity fee?

No vaccines are required to enter the country or are necessary if you stay in Buenos Aires, but the yellow fever vaccination is recommended especially if you are planning to travel to Brazil or Paraguay for tourism.



ABOUT ARGENTINA

41) How´s the geography of Argentina?
Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic (Spanish: República Argentina),  is the second largest country in South America, constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city: Buenos Aires, the capital. It is the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations, though Mexico, Colombia and Spain are more populous. Argentina's continental area is between the Andes mountain range in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. It borders Paraguay and Bolivia to the north, Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast, and Chile to the West and South. Argentina is a founding member of both the United Nations and  Mercosur and and is one of the G-20 major economies.


42) Is it difficult to travel in Argentina?

The country has one of the most efficient inter-cities bus systems in the world, connecting many cities within Argentina as well as offering services to other countries in South America such as Chile and Brazil. Although journeys can be long- Mendoza is 1000 km away from Buenos Aires for example- buses offer a surprisingly enjoyable experience as most of them are equipped with large windows, bathrooms, air conditioning, and comfortable seats. There are also many domestic airports making it easier to travel more quickly to different regions in the country and to plan an Argentina vacation after your residency. You also can rent a car even though this is more expensive than in others countries. 

43) What is so nice about Buenos Aires?

With a population of about 12 million people in the metropolitan area,  Buenos Aires is Argentina’s largest city and one of the largest cities in South America. Its population is a melting pot made up of Argentines of Spanish or Italian descents, but there are also communities of Arab, Hebrew, Armenian, Chinese and Korean as well as Russian, Germany, British and French descendents. Argentina’s capital is where European traditions blend with South American soul. It is also an extraordinary factory for the visual arts with a remarkable cultural life. There are more than 100 museums, many art galleries, more than 200 theater plays, musical shows and even an interesting alternative movies circuit. The “Museum Night”, “Book Stores Night” , “Gallery Nights” together with ArteBA (Contemporary art fair which runs every May) and “Book Fair” gather thousands of illustrated visitors each year.

44) What currency is used in Argentina?

The Argentine peso is the national currency but the American dollar is widely accepted. Also, most international credit and debit cards are accepted in Argentina.

45) What are the current exchange rates?

Currently the exchange rates are $ Arf3.98 to USD $1 and $Arg 5.21 to Euros 1. Check out DolarHoy to confirm current exchange rate.

46) Is it expensive to live and travel in Argentina?

Argentina is very affordable in terms of living and traveling costs. Since the economic depression in 2002, the country has become an affordable travel destination, even with subsequent inflation. You can get great value from your Argentina stay, especially if traveling on the pound, euro or dollar. Getting around Buenos Aires is cheap taking the subway, buses or even cabs.   Local cuisine is also affordable.  


47) Is it hard to get around with a limited knowledge of Spanish?
Because it is a very cosmopolitan country and Buenos Aires is one of the biggest cities in the region, you will find that most people can speak and understand some English, Italian and Portuguese, so communication should not be a problem, facilitating greatly your travels in Argentina. 


48) Is it safe to travel to Argentina as a tourist?

The Argentine Federal Police have established a special Tourist Police Unit to receive complaints and investigate crimes against tourists. The unit, located at Corrientes 436 in Buenos Aires, responds to calls around the clock at 4346-5748 or toll-free 0800-999-5000 from anywhere in the country. The local emergency line in the city of Buenos Aires or in the surrounding Province of Buenos Aires is 911 for police assistance. In the city of Buenos Aires, dial 100 in case of fire and 107 for an ambulance. In the Province of Buenos Aires, fire and ambulance numbers vary by location. Most foreign visit to Argentina without incident. Nevertheless, as in any big city, visitors to Buenos Aires and popular tourist destinations should be alert to muggers, pickpockets, and purse-snatchers on the street, in hotel lobbies, at bus and train stations.  Your passport is a valuable document and should be guarded. Passports and other valuables should be stay in the apartment, and a photocopy of your passport should be carried for identification purposes. Besides, always is smart do not walk alone in less busy streets or neighborhoods at night, guard your belongings carefully and do not show that you are carrying foreign currency.

49) How is the weather in Argentina?

The climate of Buenos Aires is pleasant throughout the year, with an annual temperature average of 18 ºC, allowing people to enjoy the city at any time of the year. In the summer (Decembert-January-February), the weather is hot and humid. The mornings are warm and the temperature rises towards the midday and early afternoon. The peaks of temperature could exceed 35 ºC. At night, the temperature drops slightly. During the fall (March-April-May) and spring (September, October, November)is  the rainy season. There are generally scattered showers or quick rains. On the sunny days of fall and spring, the mornings are cool; the temperature rises pleasantly towards noon and descends at night. The coldest month is July. The winter average temperature is 11 ºC; it rarely goes below 0 ºC. During the day, the cold weather is moderate, but at night, the temperature drops considerably. There are no frosts but it is necessary to go out wearing a wool coat, jacket and scarf or an overcoat. 

50) Will I have a nice time & experience?
Definitely. :-)