2018 February Res Artis Newsletter

Extended early bird registrations for the Res Artis Meeting in Lapland

We have extended the early bird registrations until February 28, which means you still have a chance to save 40 EUR on your registration fees!

Join us at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of Res Artis! For the very first time the world-wide network of artist residencies meets in the Arctic. The meeting “Exploring Sustainability under the Midnight Sun” will take place in partnership with the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the City of Rovaniemi in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland from 18 – 20 June 2018. Check out the latest programme, confirmed speakers, workshops and optional activities here.

The 3-day conference will address the themes of residencies and sustainability; Indigenous aspects; Interdisciplinary residencies; the intersections between curators and residencies; and the concept of ‘ethical tourism’. Guiding questions for discussions include: How can residency operators pursue their activities to better meet the principles of sustainability? How can residencies contribute to sustainable regional development? And what is the social and economic impact of residencies?

The event will take place in the remote but culturally dynamic and vibrant Arctic region at the height of the Midnight Sun, offering a topical location for the meeting’s focus on sustainability. Participants from all over the globe are invited to experience the unique environmental arts scene of Northern Finland and learn more about Indigenous aspects to residencies and the need for ethical tourism through the local Sami people.

Early bird registration ends on 28 February, 2018.

Sign up for the meeting now. We look forward to seeing you in Lapland!


Celebrate 25 years with us

This coming year marks the 25th year anniversary of Res Artis! We are happy that you are part of the journey and hope that Res Artis gave you an in on the worldwide community of artist residencies for the past quarter of a decade.

Celebrate this important milestone with us and follow our social media campaign #resartis25 (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) where we share pieces about the beginnings of our organisation, stories from our members, impressions from our global meetings and more.


Res Artis at Australian Performing Arts Market

Res Artis Executive Director, Eliza Roberts, will be moderating a panel session on residencies at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM ) 2018 in Brisbane, Australia on 20 February. The panel with the title “ZOOM IN: ON RESIDENCIES IN AUSTRALIA & ABROAD. Everything you need to know about arts residencies from those in the know” includes panel speakers with a range of national and international residency know-how sharing insights, hints and anecdotes.


Res Artis at TransCultural Exchange’s International Conference

Three Res Artis Board Members, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Lea O’Loughlin and Kira Simon-Kennedy, will be speaking at this year's edition of TransCultural Exchange’s International Conference taking place in Quebec City, February 22-24, 2018. During panels, tours, workshops and roundtabel discussions meeting participants will explore the topic "Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons".


Interview with Ehsan Rasoulof, office sponsor, Res Artis branch Tehran

Ehsan Rasoulof is the founder of Mohsen Gallery, one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Tehran. The gallery actively represents leading contemporary artists, embracing diverse artistic practices, from painting, sculpture and photography to video, performing art and new media. In the year 2011, he founded TADAEX – Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition, with the aim of opening new horizons for digital arts in Iran. The festival invites international artists to engage and interact with Iranian artists in pursuit of creating the opportunity to share universal ideas and experiences through digital media. Rasoulof founded Kooshk residency in 2012. Kooshk is a non-political, cultural and artistic space in Tehran and it tries to provide a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage inter-cultural dialogues and art creation. In addition to his aforementioned work, he is known as film, theatrical and music producer. He is currently working and nurturing number of alternative indie bands called: Pallett, Bomrani, Raam and Damahi. In November 2016, Kooshk residency hosted the first Res Artis Meeting in the Middle East in Tehran. Res Artis MENASA Cluster office which was opened in October 2017 is the outcome of that meeting. Below an interview with Ehsan Rasoulof on the importance of a Res Artis branch in Tehran.  

Why are you supporting Res Artis through providing the office in Tehran?

“After establishment of Kooshk Residency in 2012 with the aim of laying the ground for art practitioners in Iran and other countries to overcome political barriers to exchange and develop their ideas, opening Res Artis MENASA Cluster office in Tehran in 2017 was a major step forward in creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding. In the crisis-hit region of the Middle East, an art dialogue is the responsibility of artists and intellectuals to ease the tensions and to promote culture as a tool of diplomacy. Cultural exchange is the best way to embrace similarities and respect differences. In this line, I believe supporting Res Artis was a necessity.”

What makes Res Artis an organisation to support in your eyes?

“Res Artis is the biggest network of art residencies in the world with more than 30 members in MENASA region. Through joining this network, art residencies will become part of a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through face-to-face and online meetings and they will benefit from the great synergy between residencies. This synergy offers greater opportunities to bridge the gap between different cultures.”

How can this new office strengthen the field of arts residencies in the MENASA region?

“Most members of this network are from European and American countries. By opening Tehran office, more residencies in the region can join this network in order to interact, exchange knowledge and information, also develop their programs, and engage without following the lead of European, Australian, or even East Asian countries. Consequently, they can concentrate on issues more related to their region. Another outcome of opening this office is introducing the concept of artist mobility and art residency in the region and making its importance more recognized.”


Group show exhibition in Res Artis office and project space in Melbourne

Res Artis has invited guest curator Jeremy Gales (AU) to curate an international group show in our newly launched office and project space in Melbourne, Australia. New and never before seen video works will be premiered alongside important pre-existing works by the established artists to create a fresh narrative. @Residence features works from 6 international video and post-internet artists: Petra Cortright (US), Keren Cytter (US), Mónica Ferreras De la Maza (DR), Mayer\Leyva (Lucas Leyva and Jillian Mayer) (US), Emanuel Röhss (SWE), and Julia Varela (SP/Arg).

Reflective of the space which it inhabits, the parameters of exhibition and residency are blurred in @Residence. The Curator has asked participating artists to select a digital work which best represents their personal experience of undertaking a residency, without being physically present. The temporal and spatial constraints of the show will extrapolate in a hybrid selection of artworks across neo-conceptual, post-net and video genres. A digital public program and catalogue will accompany the exhibition featuring recorded discussions between the curator and artists on Skype.

Exhibition runs between 2 March to 1 April and can be viewed by appointment.


Open consultation – What would be the ideal European Mobility Fund for Arts and Culture for you?

This open consultation has been developed by On the Move, the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and internationally.

There is a renewed interest, at a national and European policy level, in artists’ mobility across Europe and internationally. It has created the opportunity to explore the development of a European Mobility Fund for Arts and Culture. Via this online consultation, OTM aims to collect ideas from the cultural sector about the need for an artists’/cultural professionals’ mobility fund. This will shape the response to policy-makers across the EU in 2018.

This survey is for individuals and organisations. It will take approximately 15 minutes to answer. All answers will be anonymized. Results will be shared publicly in spring 2018. The questions are written in English, but answers can also be provided in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Responses for the survey close on 20 February 2018.

For Members beyond Europe, this consultation is open to all and shall also take into account the need for more international exchange / mobility support beyond Europe.


Latest Upcoming Deadlines

Are you looking for a residency opportunity in 2018? Then browse our Upcoming Deadline section regularly for new residency opportunities and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages. We wish you the best of luck with you application(s)!


Become a member of Res Artis

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Membership is open to all organisations, foundations, programs, groups and individuals involved with or supporting residential art programs, from any country, with programs of any size.


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