The call for applications for 2012 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists is now open. For 2012, the program offers bursaries in the following fields: creative writing, music, and the visual arts.
The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Program was integrated into UNESCO's strategy in 1994 to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It aims to provide experience to young artists and to help them complete their training in countries other than their own.
The program offers residencies to young artists aged 25 to 35 around the world. It advocates and promotes creativity and highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures. These residencies are catalysts for the development of artistic expression in all cultures of the world.
From the point of view of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, this program constitutes a best practice in terms of cooperation for development (Article 14), because it gives priority to artists and institutions in developing countries in order to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation.
For the call for applications (which varies according to the artist’s choice of institution of residency) and to obtain more information about the program, please visit the UNESCO website.