Call For Artists – The New Bench

“Golden Pears” by artist Audrey Shachnow. Image via NYC Parks

Call for artists: The New Bench – Examining the bench as a social construct

July 25 Submission deadline, Artist stipend: $700

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The New Bench is a series of public art projects that challenge our ideas around parks, communal places and how we co-exist within these spaces. Artists are invited to conceptualize a park bench; challenge how the bench encourages or discourages conversation and interaction; attempt to re-invent the bench to be more inclusive in respect to age, size, and abilities; investigate the very definition(s) of “bench” and how that plays a role in our perception and positioning of the bench within various cultures; and/or explore how a bench affects access or cross-generational exchanges.

The New Bench proposals can be an abstract idea, a conceptual project or a functional re-invention of a bench.

The New Bench is a Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) public art initiative with support from the Partnerships for Parks Inwood Parks Grant, made possible by Columbia University; New York City Department of Parks & Recreation; and curatorial support Leanne Stella, Art In FLUX, Director.

Three artists will be selected from the submissions. The opportunity is open to all New York City artists. Northern Manhattan artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

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