Moscow's Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre has launched an open call for young artists to apply for its new Open Studios initiative — a launchpad for burgeoning talents.

The Open Studios project, which will take place at Moscow's Aidan gallery, will allow participants to work under the guidance of curators and art historians. The initiative is divided into two programmes: Studio and Residency. The first will see eight young Russian artists given a studio for nine months, during which time they will take part in a dynamic educational programme and make their bid for a chance to embark on a residency abroad. In addition, following the completion of the programme, participating artists will be able to hold their own exhibition and masterclass at Winzavod.

One foreign artist will take part in the two-month Residency programme, receiving accommodation in Moscow in addition to the studio. The successful applicant will take part in an educational programme, enjoy a range of contemporary art-related excursions and hold their own exhibition after the programme.

“With the help of Open Studios we want to create a cultural and educational system that will lead to the formation of a new generation of successful artists,” says Sofia Trotsenko, President of the Winzavod Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art.

Applications for Open Studios are open until 22 September, with the project due to launch in October. Find out more here.

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