5x5x5

We are excited to open the submission procedure for the 5x5x5 program for international and national actors who would like to propose a project to featured alongside Manifesta 12 in Palermo in direct collaboration with the local artistic scene.

5x5x5 is a new model of Manifesta parallel events program designed to foster a more inclusive exchange and networking between the host city’s cultural communities and Manifesta’s diverse international network of artists, creative producers, academic and educational institutions, thinkers and influential stakeholders.

5x5x5 invites international and national players to propose an experimental pop-up event for Manifesta 12 in close collaboration with the local art scene and/or local professionals, in one of Palermo’s amazing venues, churches, museums and palazzos.

The program will take place in Palermo throughout the duration of the biennial (16 June 2018 – 4 November 2018) and will consist of the following 3 components:

  • 5x artists-in-residence in Palermo in public and private spaces in the city
  • 5x pop-up shows by international/national galleries
  • 5x summerschools by educational and academic institutions

Each project should specifically focus and involve the local art scene and/or professionals and students.

Manifesta 12 is inviting individual artists from an international and national scene, international and national galleries and educational institutions to submit their proposals for the Manifesta 12 5x5x5 program, which can vary in duration (e.g. from a 1-week masterclass during Manifesta 12 to a 3-month pop-up show).

All 5x5x5 projects will receive communication support from Manifesta 12 across all digital and analogue channels, including website, guidebook, social media, Manifesta 12 map and app.

Manifesta 12 will also collaborate and provide consultation on finding venues for 5x5x5 projects.

Who can participate:
Individual artists, galleries and educational institutions from the international and national scene

Total number of projects:
5 artists, 5 galleries and 5 educational institutions from the international and national scene

Funding:
Projects applying to participate in the 5x5x5 program should be in general self-funded. Manifesta 12 will provide support in terms of staffing, networking, communication and venues for the artists-in-residence program.

Selection:
The projects will be evaluated and selected by a dedicated jury, formed by local and international arts professionals.

Where:
Projects have to take place in the city of Palermo. Venues to be selected in collaboration and consultation from Manifesta 12

Schedule for submission:
The proposals can be sent in two deadline rounds.

  • First Deadline 30 November 2017 – results 20 December 2017 (for projects submitted by 30 November 2017)
  • Second Deadline 15 January 2018 – results 30 January 2018 (for projects submitted after 30 November 2017) 

The results will be available on our website.

Project selection criteria:

  • Taking place in Palermo and Sicily
  • Taking place in the same period as the Manifesta 12 biennial (16 June 2018 – 04 November 2018)
  • In line with the high-quality standards of Manifesta
  • Project must fit into one of the categories:
    • 5x artists-in-residence in Palermo in public and private spaces in the city
    • 5x pop-up shows by international/national galleries
    • 5x summerschools/masterclasses by international/national educational institutions
  • Projects should show an active involvement and collaboration with the local art scene and/or local professionals, organizations and students
  • Sound financing plan and feasibility
  • The link to the biennial concept is not a criterion

Apply now
To submit your proposal, you need to send the following documents to: 555@manifesta.org

5x5x5 are part of our parallel events platform along with Manifesta 12 Collateral Events. Click here to learn about Collateral Events.

Click here for general overview of how to participate in Manifesta 12.