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New artists working with photography

About Parallel Open Call 2018 - New Artists

This call aim is to select 30 new artists working with photography that will be participating in the PARALLEL Platform 2nd Cycle, which occurs between June 2018 and September 2019. If selected, you’ll be taking part in one of the most innovative creative processes going from scratch to the exhibition, alongside with 37 other artists and curators. The jurors are looking for new artists who fit in the following definition:

Be in the early stage of her/his career; Show significant artistic potential; Be defined by artistic practice engaged with contemporary discourse; Have had no more than 2 individual and/or 3 collective exhibitions in a festival/museum; Lack international recognition.

The call is open internationally to new artists working with photography; Selection will be made paying attention to gender balance and diversity; There’s no specific theme.

PARALLEL’s working language is English, therefore all applicants must speak, understand and read English.

What winners receive

Selected artists will:

About Parallel Platform

PARALLEL is a platform that brings together 18 creative European organisations committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and mentorships, in order to set new standards in contemporary photography. Members include museums, galleries, festivals, art schools and publishers – 18 of the most vibrant European cultural hubs, from16 countries, that will participate in selecting and hosting new artists and curators, organising exhibitions and promoting artistic networking. The large and diverse nature of the network ensures a wide geographical spread and a fertile ground for fostering new dialogues, sparking ideas and helping to boost creativity.

PARALLEL intends to remove artificial boundaries between artists and curators to create grounds for promoting a horizontal way of working and new forms of artistic cooperation through a process that instigates encounters to promote synergies and cross-fertilisation.

The Platform work process is implemented in two-phases: Creative Guidance - selection, tutoring, peer learning and curatorship. Exhibition Platform - a diverse exhibition network engaging exhibitors, universities and art schools. PARALLEL Platform’s 1st Cycle took place between November 2017 and September 2018.

PARALLEL is designed and led by Procur.arte and is supported by the Creative Europe Programme (2017 - 2021).


Esther Teichmann
Occupation: Artist

London based artist. She received a PhD in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art and is Head of Programme for the MRes at the RCA. Previously, she was Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts London and Guest Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Working with the photographic across the still and moving image, her practice looks at the relationships between loss, desire and the imaginary. Recent museum shows include Mondschwimmen at Zephyr/ REM, Mannheim andHeavy the Sea at Transformer Station in Cleveland. Esther co-edited and co-curated the book and exhibition Staging Disorder with artist Christopher Stewart , and is currently working on a monograph of visual works and essays, Fulmine, forthcoming by Stanley/ Barker.

Jörg Colberg
Occupation: Conscientious Magazine Founder and Editor

Writer, photographer, and educator based in Northampton (MA, USA). An assistant professor of photography at the University of Hartford, he is the founder and editor of CPhMag.com.

Louise Clements
Occupation: Artistic Director QUAD & Director FORMAT International Photography Festival

The Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art, film and new technologies in Derby UK, since 2001. The Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, which she founded in 2004. An independent curator since 1998, she has initiated commissions, publications, mass participation and exhibitions. A Guest Curator for numerous international exhibitions and festivals, including Dong Gang Photography Festival; Photoquai Biennale; Les Rencontres Arles, Discoveries; Venice Biennale; Photo Beijing. She has contributed to many publications as producer/writer and is on the Editorial Team of RVM Magazine Italy and Archivo magazine Portugal. She is a regular juror, portfolio reviewer, speaker and award advisor throughout Europe, America & Asia

Nuno Ricou Salgado
Occupation: PARALLEL Platform Artistic Director

Working since 1990 as creative producer and project manager for several institutions in the cultural industries, Nuno is currently the artistic director of PARALLEL European Photo based Platform, before he was the creative director of Flâneur New Urban Narratives (2015-17), co-funded by the European Commission and UNESCO. Both as a producer and as a creative, Nuno developed projects related with visual arts (photography), festivals, performing arts, multimedia, music, creative markets and international cultural networks. Received the Award for Portuguese Producer of the Year 2014 - Prémio Natércia Campos. Founding member and Chairman of the Board of Procur.arte Associação Cultural (2005).

Simona Vidmar
Occupation: Maribor Art Gallery Head Curator

Gained MA in Art History in Graz, Austria and MA in Arts Management in London, UK. After curating numerous exhibitions of Slovene and international visual art, she is now head of Department for Contemporary Art at Umetnostna galerija Maribor/Maribor Art Gallery in Slovenia. Her interest lies mainly in the field of installation and new media art, design and architecture.


Esther Teichmann
Jörg Colberg
Louise Clements
Nuno Salgado
Simona Vidmar


Call For Entries Open
15 March 2018
Submission Deadline
4 May 2018
Publicly Announcement Of Selected Artists
9 June 2018
Parallel Intersection Zagreb
September 2018
Parallel Curatorship Derby
March 2019
Parallel Intersection Guimarães
September 2019


Submission Requirements

  • 10 - 20 images
  • Image size: min. 1500px on the long side, sRGB
  • Project description with up to 1500 characters
  • CV - 1 A4 page (PDF)
  • All texts must be in English

Entrance Fees

  • 20€

Previous events

Kaunas (LT) Feb 21 to 25th, 2018
Parallel Curatorship Kaunas
In Kaunas, artists, curators and Platform members met to present the new projects and prepare the exhibitions.

Lisbon (PT) Nov 23 to Dec 10th, 2017
Parallel Intersection Lisboa
Lisbon hosted the inaugural Parallel Intersection – the first crossing point of the Parallel Platform, bringing together a range of different perspectives from artists, curators and exhibitors in a dialogue and exchange dedicated to all those interested in contemporary photography.

Lisbon (PT) Nov 25th, 2017
Parallel Showcase
A group of 23 artists presented their work to other artists, gallery curators, festivals' directors and magazines' editors. From here, they will be pursuing a new project, partnering with a tutor and an emerging curator. The final body of work will feature in the next Parallel Intersection, in Zagreb.

Lisbon (PT) Nov 2th, 2017
Parallel Talks
Contemporary photography: changing mediators - new paradigms. Talk with Hester Keijser, Cristina de Middel and Alice Bergomi

Torres Vedras (PT) Nov 25th, 2017
Parallel Tutoring
Artists in the beginning of the development of their new project, partnering with a high level tutor and an emerging curator. During Parallel Intersection Zagreb all artists’ work will be shown.