View of the Temporada de Projetos 2020 exhibition, on view at Paço das Artes until November 7. Photo: Bia Stein/Paço das Artes

Fostering the production, reflection and memory of art has been the objective of Paço das Artes since its creation, 50 years ago. Seeking to focus also on productions not legitimized by the official circuit and offer subsidies for artists, critics and curators, the institution of the Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo developed the Season of Projects, which in 2021 reaches its 25th year of operation as one of the longest-lived public notices for contemporary art in Brazil.

An annual call for selection of artistic and curatorial works is launched. The projects selected by the specialized jury make up an exhibition at the headquarters of Paço das Artes – with a participation fee and budget for the assembly of the projects – and are published in a book about the show. Leda Catunda, Marcos Chaves, Adalgisa Campos, Lenora de Barros, Jorge Menna Barreto and Regina Parra are some of the many names that have already taken part in the initiative.

Applications for the 22/2021 edition are open until October 2022, which will allocate BRL 2.000 (for the artists) and BRL 4.000 (for the curatorship) to the selected prizes. The public notice also provides for critical monitoring, funds for the production of works and assembly of the exhibitions, in addition to living expenses if the participants reside outside the city of São Paulo. The selection criteria include multiple artistic manifestations and the institution states that “competitors will have ample freedom regarding the languages ​​of contemporary art developed in their projects”.

To participate, you must complete the form providing curriculum, conceptual texts, descriptive memorial, execution schedule and budget. The result will be announced in November 2021 on the Paço das Artes website. In parallel with the call, the exhibition of the 7/2019 Project Season continues until November 2020th, postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is possible to visit it for free at the institution's headquarters from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 19 pm, and on Sundays and holidays, from 12 pm to 18 pm.

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