BMW ART MAKERS: Opening of applications for the second edition of BMW Group’s art patronage program dedicated to emerging creation and contemporary images.

After 20 years of support for photography and 10 years of the BMW Residency, BMW Group France has given a new direction to its artistic support in 2021 and has reinvented its model. Still dedicated to emerging creation, experimentation and image, this program opens to the visual arts and offers a grant to an artist-curator duo as well as a budget for research and production of works.

  • BMW Group France is launching the second edition of the BMW ART MAKERS, dedicated to emerging creation in the field of visual arts and contemporary images.
  • Each year, the BMW ART MAKERS program selects an artist-curator duo to assist in the realization of an artistic creation project and its implementation in space.
  • The prize money includes a grant of €10,000 for the artist and €8,000 for the curator as well as a research and production budget of €15,000.
  • The work produced will be exhibited during the 2023 editions of the Rencontres d’Arles and Paris Photo, of which BMW is an official partner.
  • The call for entries is open until November 22, 2022.
  • The jury will announce the winning duo in December.

The call for applications for the second edition is open until November 22, 2022:

Within the BMW Group, the relationship between man and machine, creativity and innovation, support and commitment are strong values. Support because the sponsoring company is close to the artists. It follows them in their creative process, respects their vision, allows them to dare, and gives them the material and financial means to realize their project. Commitment because getting involved in cultural patronage is a matter of course: it opens an emotional conversation with our society. That’s how everything becomes meaningful. The human approach is the heart of our approach.

This freedom to create is as essential for artists as it is for BMW, which creates breakthrough innovations for sustainable and responsible mobility.

BMW ART MAKERS: a support program dedicated to the experimental and visual art of all possibilities.
“Based on the observation that the world we live in is uncertain and that creation needs the long-term support of committed patrons, we have created the BMW ART MAKERS to offer an opportunity to emerging talents in the world of image. The program invites artists to take an alternative look at our environment and major societal challenges, through experimentation and the realization of a visual and multiform artistic project.” Vincent Salimon, CEO BMW Group France.

The new BMW ART MAKERS program supports projects based on the contemporary images, but which can explore all its dimensions and forms (photo, film, video, digital image, virtual), the choices and research of supports, reproduction techniques, and distribution networks.

BMW ART MAKERS: a grant and a production budget for an artist-curator duo that has chosen to carry out a joint artistic project.
Two heads are better than one. BMW ART MAKERS brings together and supports, within the framework of its call for projects, an emerging visual artist, and a curator, who must apply together. The strength of a duo that is both solid and complicit, this association is based on the trust and emulation that is essential to the success of a large-scale project from the first thought to the final work. Like the artist, the curator represents a fundamental element in the implementation of the artistic project as well as in its effective and concrete realization.

This is the first time, in France, that a program of this scope has allowed a curator to be supported by a grant for a project in the visual arts alongside an artist. The curator acts as artistic director, scenographer, designer, and is responsible for the realization of the project in the conditions of artistic requirement, deadline and budget described in the call for applications.

BMW ART MAKERS: a unique mentorship with the members of the jury.
And because great ideas need to be well surrounded to become reality, the members of the jury who select the projects are also mentors during the creative process. BMW Group France would like to thank these undisputed figures of the art world for having accepted this role with enthusiasm to raise the project and the work to the highest level.   

The BMW ART MAKERS jury is composed of:

  • Florence Bourgeois, director of Paris Photo Fair
  • Fabrice Bousteau, editorial director of Beaux-Arts Magazine
  • Hervé Digne, president of POUSH Manifesto
  • Fannie Escoulen, head of the Department of Photography, Ministry of Culture
  • Elsa Janssen, director of the Yves Saint-Laurent Museum
  • Christophe Onot-dit-Biot, writer
  • Chantal Nedjib, image consultant through photography
  • Christoph Wiesner, director of the Rencontres d’Arles

BMW ART MAKERS: financial and material support.
And because great ideas need to be financed and realized, BMW Group France offers:

  • a grant of €10,000 to the artist
  • a grant of €8,000 to the curator
  • a budget of €15,000 for the research and production of the works
  • the production of a solo exhibition
  • mentoring by members of the jury
  • communication support
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