2008 - Amsterdam

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11th General Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Oct 9-12, 2008

Videos are available for online viewing

We had over 120 attendees and guests with us as we heard many inspirational speakers, met in smaller workshop groups, elected three new board-members, welcomed the past Res Artis presidents and explored many places in Amsterdam and Arnhem.

The conference included:
  • lectures by renowned specialists in the field of cultural dialogue
  • best practice presentations
  • workshops by residency experts
  • many informal networking opportunities

The program highlighted smaller grass roots organizations linked to social, cultural and political contexts. These initiatives facilitate the dialogue of guest artists with local artists and the community.

The workshops focused on important topics such as residency programs creating safe havens for artists at risk, and the strategies of residential art centers to collaborate with corporations.

Important also was the contributions of some of the world's main organizations involved in supporting international networks of artists' communities and residency initiatives - European Cultural Foundation, HIVOS and Foundation Doen, all based in the Netherlands but operating worldwide.

The optional program on Sunday October 12th was a special opportunity to meet with the eleven artists that won the Res Artis awards 2006 during the Dakar Biennale. The artists were participating in a festival in Arnhem, the Netherlands, organized by the Thamgidi Foundation, SLAK Foundation and Plaatsmaken Graphic Art Studio (all Res Artis members and based in Arnhem). The Sunday bus trip traveled to Arnhem for site visits, opportunities to meet with the award winning artists and see their work.