While recognizing the difficulties in defining 'visual art' we generally mean: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, film, video or performance that is advanced as a work of art and presented in a museum, through an online platform or other public venue that specializes in presenting art. Acceptable projects also include symposia, think tanks, online initiatives, public art projects, residencies and participatory art events. Projects that strengthen an art organization or result in print or online publications about the visual arts are also eligible.
The project must be endorsed by a non-profit presenting entity, agreeing to organize or exhibit the project if it is funded. Art Basel seeks to garner support for projects that will be seen by a broad public. All projects must be proposed by a museum, a contemporary art space, art school, digital platform or similar art organization, and aimed towards the general public.
Through the Crowdfunding Initiative, Art Basel aims to strengthen the broader non-profit ecology and discourse around contemporary art. Therefore, if the project results in exhibited artworks, these cannot be offered for sale for six months after their initial presentation. If the works are then sold, the total funds raised through the Crowdfunding Initiative must be donated to the non-profit organization that initially agreed to exhibit the works.
In addition to the forms and materials requested for all Kickstarter projects, we strongly suggest that you submit published reviews, photographs, web links, and other documentation attesting to the quality and potential impact of the proposed project.
If your project meets the criteria outlined above, please apply now for the chance to be a part of the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative.