Graphic concept by Theodoulos Polyviou

The call for the participation to Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale
San Marino 2020 School of Waters is closed.

We have received 715 applications from 30 countries

BJCEM would like to thank all the participating artists, as well as BJCEM members and our disseminating partners, for their precious efforts in spreading the call.

The evaluation process will be completed by the Curatorial Board within February, only the selected artists will be informed by email, and the list of the selected ones will be published on our website

October 22nd 2020 – February 28th 2021
Opening Days October 22-25, 2020

Republic of San Marino

Mediterranea 19
Young Artists Biennale

School of Waters

curated by A Natural Oasis? A Transnational Research Programme

Open call for participants

Deadline January 26th 8pm – Italian time

BJCEM, the State Secretariat for Education and Culture, the Cultural Institutes of the Republic of San Marino and the University of the Republic of San Marino, announce the launch of MEDITERRANEA 19 Young Artists Biennale, a transnational Biennale, which will take place in the Republic of San Marino from October 2020 to February 2021 under the title School of Waters.
MEDITERRANEA 19 – School of Waters is dedicated to artists, writers and researchers under 35 (born from January 1st 1984) coming from or based within a constellation of territories related to the Mediterranean Sea. In this geopolitical frame, MEDITERRANEA 19 – School of Waters aims to reflect on exchanges and hybridizations as well as on crossed diasporas in the Mediterranean globalized space. Disseminated in different venues in the Republic of San Marino, MEDITERRANEA 19 is curated by the third edition of A Natural Oasis? A Transnational Research Programme (2018-2020):

Senior Curators
Alessandro Castiglioni, Italy; Simone Frangi, Italy/France (founders and directors of A Natural Oasis?);

Curatorial Board
Theodoulos Polyviou, Cyprus/UK; Denise Araouzou, Cyprus/Spain; Panos Giannikopoulos, Greece; Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Greece/Netherlands; Nicolas Vamvouklis, Greece/Italy; Giulia Gregnanin, San Marino/UK; Giulia Colletti, Italy/UK (Research Fellows of A Natural Oasis? 2018-2020)

The call is open to artists, writers and researchers, from 18 to 35 years old (born from January 1st 1984), coming from or based in the following territories:




Albania National
Algeria National
Austria National
Bosnia and Herzegovina National
Cyprus National
Egypt National
France National
Greece National

Local (City of Thessaloniki)

Italy National (Arci Nazionale, GAI-Associazione per il Circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani, Comune di Reggio Emilia)

Regional (Arci Regionale Lombardia)

Regional (Arci Regionale Emilia Romagna)

Regional (Arci Regionale Lazio)

Regional (Arci Regionale Liguria)

Regional (Arci Regionale Sardegna)

Regional (Arci Regionale Sicilia)

Regional (Arci Torino/Piemonte)

Regional (City of Turin/Piemonte)

Regional (City of Campobasso/Molise)

Regional (Ente Manifestazioni Pescaresi/Abruzzo)

Regional (Regione Puglia)

Regional (Comune di Padova)

Local (Comune di Bologna)

Local (Comune di Forlì)

Local (Comune di Genova)

Local (Comune di Milano)

Local (Comune di Parma)

Local (Roma Capitale)

Local (Comune di Trieste)

Jordan National
Lebanon National
Libya National
Malta National
Montenegro National
Morocco National
Nordic region (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Faroe Islands)
Palestine National
Republic of San Marino National
Serbia National
Syria National
Slovenia National
Tunisia National
Turkey National
UK National

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What are artists expected to present?
Artists are expected to present a project, an on-going research or an accomplished one, coherent with the curatorial concept of the Biennale (not only strictly related to the themes treated but especially with the working methodology and the perspective expressed in the call).

Is the proposal binding?
No, the proposal is not binding. It is useful to permit the curators to deeply know the artist’s research and analyse the quality of the candidature. Once selected, the artists will be in a dialogue with the curators and the partners, in order to define the working path toward the Biennale.

Which are the eligible countries? And why?
The eligible countries are: Albania, Algeria, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Nordic region (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Faroe Islands), Palestine, Republic of San Marino, Serbia, Syria, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, UK. The reason some countries are present and other not, is related with BJCEM members or external partners that are able to support the artists’ attendance to the Biennale. The condition of participation of Spain is still under discussion; no call is open.

Do I need a passport to apply?
No, you can insert in the application form both a passport or a valid id card.
Passport will be requested only to the selected participants that will need a visa to come to San Marino.

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