Brashnar Creative Project

General information

Brief description of organisation

BRASHNAR CREATIVE PROJECT Skopje, non-profit association for contemporary interdisciplinary art and ecological development, aims to engage directly in the support and creation of an environment for contemporary artistic expression and the development of an ecologically sustainable community for the purpose of enriching and conserving Macedonian culture.

Brashnar Creative Project is committed to furthering the advancement of the arts and community by utilizing various aspects of cultural exchange and community outreach.

Brashnar Creative Project believes in fostering an environment for contemporary artists to explore and experiment with the outermost limits of their practice.

Brashnar values the exchange of ideas between resident artists and the host community through dialogue and critical discourse.

We believe diversity is important and advocate the value of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds to take part in our program. It is through diversity that we learn from and about one another and grow a stronger community.

We believe in reducing the stress on the natural environment by recycling, re-using materials, composting, reducing our personal waste and energy use and using alternative forms of transportation.

Brashnar Creative Project values living a sustainable lifestyle by growing and maintaining organic gardens to focus on a seasonally based diet of fruits and vegetables while utilizing traditional Balkan preservation methods to store excess foods for later use.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Brashnar Artist-in-Residence (BAiR) is an artist owned and operated urban artist residency program located in the neighborhood Hrom on the west side of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. BAiR is a multi-faceted residency program allowing resident artists the freedom to explore the potentials of their practice while experiencing Macedonian culture through group related activities.

While residing at BAiR, residents live in an open, communal style environment situated in a family oriented neighborhood. During their residency, residents are encouraged to embrace the local culture and to engage the surrounding community while living at the. Residents also take part in maintaining Brashnar’s organic gardens at the Volkovo Project Space and learning how to live a sustainable lifestyle.

The residency program is open to all visual artists and writers that strongly encourage work utilizing innovative and traditional forms of art making along with collaborations, artist-led projects and socially engaged practices. This is a self-directed, process-based residency with no obligation or expectation to complete a body of work, but artists are expected to engage with the community during Open Studio events organized by Brashnar that take place the last week of each month.

Applicants in the following fields are eligible to apply: drawing, painting, printmaking (linocut and wood cut), mixed media, new media digital photography, sculpture/installation, land art, performance/video art, interdisciplinary arts, literature, socially engaged practices and cultural research.

Brashnar Artist-in-Residence offers work and living space for up to 6 artists/writers for stays of 1 month with 2-3 staff artists living with the residents in the Art House during the residency season.
The residency season runs from May 1st through September 30th.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • drawing, painting, mixed media, digital photography, printmaking (linocut and wood cut), sculpture/installation, performance/video art, interdisciplinary arts, writers, socially engaged practice and cultural research.
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Other

Friends and family of resident artists are allowed to at the Art House for up to 5 days at a cost of 10 Euro per person per day. Pets are not allowed at the Art House.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

All fruits and vegetables from Brashnar gardens are free for resident artists to use, but other food items not from the garden should be purchased by resident artists. Brashnar Creative Project provides basic staples along with spices, tea and coffee.

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Donation of an Artwork
  • Other

garden related activities (maintenance, composting, preservation, and pickling), group related activities (group meals, artist presentation of work, travel within Macedonia), open studio event participation

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Food
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • basic hand tools, small printing press for linocut and wood cut, electric hand drills and saws, assorted tools and hardware, reclaimed materials (wire, yarn, cardboard, plastics, glass, various old metal objects, variety of paper, concrete).
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • gardening related activities, weekly gatherings, group meals, cultural exchange, open studio events

How to reach

Nearest airport

" Skopje International Airport" , Skopje, R. Macedonia

Contact information

Brashnar Creative Project
Panko Brashnarov #17
1000 Skopje

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