Encura research residency 2016/17

Call for two fully funded research residencies

Two curatorial research residencies at Hangar, Barcelona

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Results of the deliberation:

The call for the Encura II residency in Hangar received 105 applications, 84 of them valid from 39 countries.

A jury composed of the comittee board of Hangar Barcelona: Tere Badia, Director; Mireia Sallarès, artist; Pep Dardanyà, artist; and comittee board of Curators´ Network: Anca Mihulet, independent curator; Borbàla Szalai, independent curator; Flavia Introzzi and Georg Zolchow (hablarenarte), evaluated the applications for the two research residency at Hangar Barcelona.

After a long deliberation, the selection committee announced, "Chemtrails" by Manuela Pedrón Nicolau & Jaime González Cela, and "Smuggling as an alternative" by Maykson Cardoso, chosen as future residents of our joint call for two curatorial research residencies with Hangar.

"Chemtrails" by Manuela Pedrón Nicolau & Jaime González Cela is a curatorial project focused on the Narrative in Contemporary Art, and particularly on the popular culture ways of telling. By working with artists in residency at Hangar on the basis of rumour and legend’s creation and its viral dissemination, they will produce a common project in the format of a multiform anthology of tales. The aim of this narrative experiment is delving into the links between art, literature and experience through hybrid formats.

"Hecha la ley, hecha la trampa" or "Smuggling as an alternative", a project by Maykson Cardoso in collaboration with Olivia Ardui, proposes to experiment smuggling as a strategy of exhibition making. During the residency, a possible relation between art and crime or contemporary art as artifact to avoid controlling devices, especially at borders, will be researched and taken to action. This residency will result in at least two international exhibitions - one in Catalonia, another in Brazil - and will generate collaborative actions amongst agents invited to think together about unfolding this strategy of “crooks”.

Curatorial collective Manuela Pedrón Nicolau - Jaime González Cela (Madrid, Spain) and Maykson Cardoso (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will complete a curatorial research residency at Hangar during a month-long period, taking place between November 2016 and February 2017. The curators will work on and develop their projects together with the artists in residency at Hangar’s studio spaces.



The runner-ups of the Encura II open call are:

"Espiritismo" by Padraic E. Moore (Netherlands, Amsterdam) and "The Wanderer" by Elise Lammer (Germany, Berlin). The jury mentioned especially the interesting proposals and the high technical standards of the two applications. 

Besides the already mentioned, the comittee also preselected the proposals of Karina Kottova + Piotr Sikora, Marta Álvarez Guillén, Carlos Fernandez Pello, Cinthya García Leyva, Kris Dittel, Anna-Maria Hällgren, Luce Choules, Jennifer Burris, Mika Conradie, Cornelia Lein, Laura Cecilia Caraballo, Cristina Navarro, Aviya Cohen, Sarah Kazmi, Mario D'Souza, Mariam Natroshvili, Lisa Bensel, Iryna Kostyshyna, and Franz Thalmair.

We sincerely thank all participants of the call and wish the selected candidates all the best for their residency at Hangar Barcelona.



Hangar Barcelona in association with Curators' Network is offering two fully-funded one-month-residencies in Barcelona, Spain. They will take place from November 14, 2016 - December 18, 2016 and from January 18, 2017 - February 19, 2017.

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The call is free of charge and open to all curators and researchers who currently do not live and work in Catalonia. Deadline for the submission of applications is July 15, 2016, midnight, Spanish time, CEST time zone.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with the artist residents at Hangar Barcelona. They will also have the occasion to research the wider artistic context of Barcelona and Catalonia as well as to establish networks and dialogues with other local and international cultural agents.

Applicants should submit a proposal that fits into the general lines of work of Hangar and Curators' Network. This proposal should also foresee a collaboration with at least four of the current artist residents of Hangar as well as a presentation of the outcomes in a format other than a classical exhibition.

The selected candidates are expected to realize the suggested project during the residency. 


Hangar will provide the following for each residency:

  • In and outbound travel (up to 300 €)
  • Honorary (1185 € before taxes)
  • Accommodation (own bedroom in a four-room house located at Hangar residency space)
  • A working space and internet connection (Please bring your own laptop as no computer will be provided)
  • A production budget of 400 € per artist (1600 € overall) which will be collectively defined among resident, artists and Hangar production team.
  • Technical assistance for the activities that the candidates will undertake during their residency.

Curators' Network will provide the following:

The successful candidates are required to arrange for their own visa and insurance in advance.

About Hangar

Hangar is a centre for art research and production located in Barcelona, Spain. Hangar’s mission is to support visual artists and other cultural agents during the different moments of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. Hangar facilitates equipment, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for free experimentation and knowledge transfer. Hangar is located in the Poblenou neighborhood in Barcelona and in a mid 19th Century that was originally designed for the textile industry. At present, and after the centre was extended to the adjacent warehouses, the buildings used by Hangar cover a total surface of 2,600 m2.

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