Fellowships, Open Calls

OPEN Buenos Aires – Open Call
International Encounter of Emerging Printmaking

30.05.22 03.07.22

Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo opens the call for emerging Argentinian artists from all over the federal territory –who work with traditional and digital printmaking (both in serial and variable editions), printed art or expanded field graphic practices / installations– to participate in OPEN Buenos Aires, a professionalization event that includes an exhibition of their works, mentoring by guest curators, demonstrations for the public, a networking day, and a round table, which will be opening to the public from August 5th to 7th.

OPEN Buenos Aires –organized jointly by Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo and the Arthazi/FIG Bilbao Association of Spain– is part of a larger event: FIG Bilbao’s OPEN PORTFOLIO which has been held in the city of Bilbao since 2014. With its landing in Buenos Aires, this 9th Edition of the OPEN PORTFOLIO FIG, International Encounter of Emerging Printmaking, becomes even more international by celebrating two independent in-person editions: one in Buenos Aires, the OPEN BUENOS AIRES (exclusively for Argentinian artists) and the other in Bilbao, the OPEN PORTFOLIO FIG (for Spanish and international artists).

OPEN BUENOS AIRES will inhabit the impressive Casa de la Cultura-La Prensa building (in the same spaces where the print workshops of La Prensa newspaper used to be) during a week of intense programming, in which the activities will be carried out both for the artists (such as mentoring, portfolio review, professional advice on assembly, networking, etc.), and for the public (such as exhibition of the artists’ works, workshops and demonstrations given by the artists themselves, and talks).

Of all the applications we receive in this first phase, 16 artists will be selected to participate in these sessions in August. On August 7th, the last day of the OPEN Buenos Aires event, an international jury will select: four artists who will participate in the final phase of the program and will travel to Bilbao to exhibit at the FIG Bilbao XI Edition from November 24th to 27th, 2022; two artists to attend the residency offered by the CIEC Foundation of Galicia, Spain in 2023; one artist to attend a residency at the Basque bioDesign Center lab in Bilbao, Spain; and another for a residency at Fundación´ace’s ´acePIRAR Artist-in-Residency International Program.

Likewise, the artists who travel to Bilbao in November will also be able to compete for another residency at the CIEC Foundation and an exhibition space at FIGBilbao 2023. Finally, the selected artists will become part of the traveling exhibition Open Itinera, an exhibition program with multiple venues in the territory of the Basque Autonomous Community, which arises with the firm intention of supporting and further promoting the emerging printmaking work that the Open Portfolio and the FIG Bilbao International Festival of Engraving and Art on Paper has been doing since 2012.


Open Portfolio was created with the aim of supporting and giving visibility to the work of new printmaking talents and promoting their professional career. This event is a platform for the promotion, dissemination and professionalization of emerging creators. Throughout these nine years, Open Portfolio has given space to more than 150 artists from all continents.

August 05th-07th, 2022
Casa de la Cultura (La Prensa)
Av de Mayo 525, CABA

16 participation fellowships of $50.000 each

– 2 First Prizes: two finalist artists at Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + AR $250,000 + accommodation in Bilbao
– 2 Second Prizes: two finalist artists at Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + accommodation in Bilbao
– 2 residency scholarships at Fundación CIEC, Spain for two months in 2023
– 1 residency scholarship at Basque bioDesign Center, Spain
– 1 residency scholarship at Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires

Juan Canavesi (Córdoba, Argentina)
Adriana Moracci (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Alicia Valente (La Plata, Argentina)

David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Spain)
Director of the Open Portfolio Bilbao and Professor at the Basque Country University
Javier Martín Jiménez (Madrid, Spain)
Resident Commissar at Conde Duque Center for Contemporary Culture, Madrid
Pedro Galilea (Betanzos, Spain)
Director at Fundación CIEC, Galicia

David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Spain)
Director of the Open Portfolio Bilbao and Professor at the Basque Country University
Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Director of the Open Buenos Aires
Pedro Galilea (Betanzos, Spain)
Director at Fundación CIEC, Galicia

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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