'new talents – WIDE SPACE' is a new Cologne project series which supports both young visual artists and curators at the same time. An artist/mediator-duo concepts and realises a solo show – from first idea to finissage. The aim is to offer both young artists and curatorial talents a platform to showcase their work to a wider audience and arts- and cultural experts from the areas of art criticism, museum and gallery.     

As an exhibition venue, the artist/curator-duo can fully utilise the large hall of the FUHRWERKSWAAGE Kunstraum (art space) in Cologne-Sürth. In close cooperation and on their own initiative they create a location-based concept and realise both implementation and all other aspects of organising the exhibition, such as organising the opening night, catalogue documentation and public relations. They have a starting budget at their disposal, but the acquisition of further patrons and sponsors is expected as this also forms a part of the daily work routine of independent curators. 

'new talents – WIDE SPACE' is a sustainable initiative of the Cologne arts biennal 'new talents' aimed at former participants and sees itself as doubled promotion: upcoming artists are offered a chance to present (often for the first time in their career) new projects in a solo show. The architectural conditions of the large exhibition hall challenge the artist to create installative, reflecting and in most cases location-based works. At the same time the concept offers young curators a chance to train exhibition organisation and arts managed in the established private art space of FUHRWERKSWAAGE Kunstraum e.V. which is well-established since 1978 as an insitution for artists, also on an international level.

Artists and curators can apply directly with location-based concepts. The only condition is that suggested artists have participated in 'new talents- biennale cologne' (editions 2008 – 2012).

The prelude to the new project series is an exhibition of Chilean media artist Carolina Redondo (new talents 2012), curated by Anne Mager, independent curator based in Cologne.

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