Making neighbourhood.

Open call to artists and researchers for

November 2013 project. 

Jiwar’s project revolves around neighbourhood’s philosophy, understood as the privileged and necessary space of living and peer interaction. Departing from the agreement with the Africa Center Foundation of South Africa, Jiwar will host in residence during the month of November 2013 the South African artist Sydelle Willow Smith, who will carry out her project Making Neighbourhood  through interactive workshops with African immigrants living in Barcelona. The tools used will be photography and video. With her permission, Jiwar opens a call with the same name, opened to artists and researchers from other disciplines who want to reflect on neighborhood relations, preferably from participatory creative processes, thereby building a small human map of the dynamics of interaction in the city of Barcelona.

The implication of the Gràcia district will allow visibility to the project with public presentations in the library Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia and an exhibition in December in the Office of Citizen Services of the district. Wherever possible, the work will circulate longer in other parts of the city.

Artists in all disciplines (video, performance, writing, photography, visual arts, etc.) and researchers (anthropologists, sociologists, educators…) interested in contributing through their creative research to a deeper reflection on the neighbourhood as a necessary and positive value in the dynamics related to the city.

It will be valued:
- Experience with creative research within communities (participation).
- Own vision.
- Availability to meet weekly with the other artists involved in the project who, despite their vision and discipline, will meet regularly to share experiences and the process.
- Spoken English and Spanish.

Required Documents:
A request form with the CV of the artist (short format), an example of recent work, a motivation letter and the project itself .

Artists admitted will enjoy 50% discount of Jiwar residence monthly cost (information about the cost please see here). Production materials for Making Neighborhood project will be supported by Jiwar on the premise that details should be provided by artists and be agreed by Jiwar. 

Dates: 1st - 30th of November 2013

Deadline: 21th of July 2013

The request should be sent by email to