The creative city of Austin invites artists from various UNESCO cities to compete for their open call with digital projects to be held at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) 2019.

20 Sept. 2018
20 Sept. 2018

Call Summary
The UNESCO Austin City of Media Arts Steering Committee, in partnership with the Cultural Arts Division within the Economic Development Department, invites professional artists who work in the media arts field (including but not limited to digital arts, film, music, visual and performing arts) from the fourteen UNESCO Media Arts cities to propose an existing or new artwork for inclusion in the international United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Media Arts Exhibition to be held during the SXSW Festival and Conference between March 8-17, 2019. Full information about UNESCO City of Media Arts at

Budget Description
The honorarium for each selected artist to provide an artwork for the exhibition is capped at $4,000, inclusive of all costs including but not limited to the artist’s fee, insurance, electrical power access, artwork transportation and shipping, set up, and engineering costs. Insurance will be provided through the SXSW Festival at a cost to the artist. In addition, each selected artist will receive a Platinum badge to the SXSW Festival, valued at $1,650 USD.

Artwork Location Description
The exhibition will be hosted in a 2,800 square foot gallery in the City of Austin’s new Central Library in downtown Austin—recently hailed by Time Magazine as one the “100 Greatest Places in the World.” Near the heart of the SXSW festival footprint, the gallery will provide maximum visibility of the installations to conference attendees.


-- Professional media arts artists or artist teams who live and work within one of the fourteen UNESCO Media Arts Cities are invited to apply. 
-- Artists must be at least 18 years old. 
-- Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees are ineligible to apply. 

Note: The artist may be asked to participate in a panel discussion about media art.

Learn more about this call here