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Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Open Call

Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship 2016: Open Call LADEIRA DA MISERICÓRDIA / © FINN BEAMES


2 March 2016
by João Guarantani

Applications are now open for the fourth and final round of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship

The Fellowship, a four-year programme supporting architects and designers interested in exploring the work of Lina Bo Bardi in Brazil, seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the important contribution of Lina Bo Bardi to architecture, culture and society; to widen and deepen the understanding of Bo Bardi's work internationally; and to create long-term connections between the UK and Brazil, and between British and Brazilian architects, designers and artists.

For this final round, UK-based practitioners working in fields other than Architecture and Design are also invited to apply (e.g. history of design or architecture; curation; dance, performance or choreography; history, social sciences or philosophy).

Fellows are supported with a travel grant and accomodation for a 4-6 week trip to Brazil, as well as mentoring, advice and contacts from Lina Bo Bardi scholars, the British Council and Brazilian partners. 

The Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship is organised by the British Council, and supported by SESC SP and Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.

 The 2016 Fellowship 

In addition to any specific areas that applicants would like to research, possible lines of enquiry in Lina Bo Bardi’s work include:

  • Restoration of buildings
  • Urban interventions
  • Temporary architecture and installations
  • Curatorial and editorial work
  • Concept of ‘culture’ in Bo Bardi’s work
  • Ideas on architecture and nature
  • Work in theatre

Applicants must be able to travel to Brazil for a period of 4-6 weeks between 1 June and 31 July 2016.

Previous Fellowships

Applicants are encouraged to research previous Fellowships and consider ways in which their proposal could complement previous work:

Architect Jane Hall was selected as the inaugural Lina Bo Bardi Fellow (2013). Jane’s research focused primarily on how society, culture and the notion of 'Brazilianess' affect architectural practice in Brazil today; in 2014, Laura Smith was selected as the second Fellow and her research focused on the impact that Brazilian popular culture has had on Bo Bardi's work and how this heritage is translated into contemporary Brazilian design; and in 2015, theatre and opera director and writer Finn Beames’s research focused primarily on Bo Bardi’s stage design and, more widely, on her relationship to theatre making. Finn also explored the behaviours of people occupying spaces designed by Bo Bardi. 

How to Apply

Further information on the Fellowship and on how to apply detailed on the Open Call document

The deadline for submissions is 16:00 GMT Friday 22 April 2016.