Join the conversation: Exploring Colonial Heritage through contemporary art 


By Creatives Unite Community
May 01, 2024

HISTORY, WE NEED TO TALK! Join the conversation: Exploring Colonial Heritage through contemporary art 

Are you a visual artist based in The Netherlands passionate about unravelling the layers of our shared colonial past and its impact on contemporary culture? This is your chance to be part of a groundbreaking transnational initiative funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.  

Step into a realm of exploration where artists, cultural organisations, and communities come together to delve into the complexities of our colonial legacy. Contested Desires: Constructive Dialogues is a pioneering transnational project, consisting of 19 global partners, aiming to unravel the influence of our shared colonial past on cultural identities today. From Italy to Ghana, Tunisia to the UK, CDCD discovers the connections between our past and present, fostering dialogue and understanding across diverse perspectives. 

What we offer 

  • An immersive experience with international residencies, exhibitions, and knowledge exchange workshops to take place between September 2024 and November 2026 (artists are expected to participate fully in the program). 
  • Artist fee, as specified in the call (plus covered travel, accommodations, per diems, and production materials). 


This Open Call is to select two visual artists based in The Netherlands based on: 

  • Quality of artistic practice.
  • Quality of response to the questions in the application form. 
  • Experience in participatory and socially engaged practice. 
  • Experience in collaboration with other artists and across sectors.
  • Demonstrable interest in the role of contemporary arts in heritage contexts, with reference to the themes of the programme
If you are an artist based outside The Netherlands, have a look here at the general open call and discover the other international residencies.

How to apply: 

Visit the link below to access the complete call, as well as the application form, to take your first step toward joining CDCD’s transformative journey: 

Application Call available here.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2024 

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