JCE Biennale is a cooperation initiative between 7 European countries – France, Denmark, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Italy. It is led by the municipality of Montrouge in France. It was created in 2000 with a common goal to foster young emerging artists to gain international recognition, as well as strengthen contemporary art scenes in the European Union.
JCE Biennale process:
Each partner country selects 8 emerging young artists to participate in JCE Biennale. All artworks from 7 involved countries are collected together in a travelling exhibition. Starting from the leading partner’s gallery “Le Beffroi” in Montrouge, during a two-year period the exhibition travels through 7 art galleries and culture centers, thus, raising recognition of the involved artists and putting the involved partners’ sites on the map of Europe’s contemporary art scene.
Video from the JCE Biennale 2017 - 2019 opening in Science and art centre "Brewery" in Cesis, Latvia. June 2018:
Latvia has participated in two previous JCE Biennales. So far, 16 Latvia’s artists have got an opportunity to display their works in 14 art galleries and culture centers across Europe and be seen by 60 000 attendees. Latvian artist Klāvs Loris received one of the 3 Grand Prix in JCE Biennale 2015. – 2016. That gave him a 6-months payed artist residency in Paris, 2000 EUR scholarship and a solo exhibition in a prestigious art gallery “Hangar” in Brussels.
In the previous contemporary art biennale JCE Biennale 2017. – 2019. Latvian artist Sandra Strēle was awarded with a special prize by an international jury, giving her a paid opportunity to attend the JCE Biennale Art Residency in Paris.
Find out more about the international contemporary art biennale Jeune Creation Europeenne here.