Open call: Artistic residencies in Antwerp, Warsaw, Helsinki and Ramallah

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Open call: Artistic residencies in Antwerp, Warsaw, Helsinki and Ramallah

 Everyday Forms of Resistance
Open call: Artistic residencies in Antwerp, Warsaw, Helsinki and Ramallah

Everyday Forms of Resistance is an exchange program that has come about as a result of the collaboration between AIR Antwerpen; Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (U–jazdowski); Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP); and the Municipality of Ramallah. This project offers residencies for six visual artists and centers itself on the question: “Can an artistic intervention translate social tensions into narratives that in turn intervene in the imaginary landscape of a place?” (Francis Alÿs, the Green Line, 2004). It looks at the role of artistic practice and mobility in the specific circumstances of Ramallah and Palestine and does this through the strategy of exchange.

The first part of the residencies (April-June 2019) is open to artists from Belgium, Finland, and Poland. In total, three artists one from each of these countries will be selected to spend three months living and working in the city of Ramallah. The second part of the residencies (autumn 2019) is open to Palestinian artists and will enable them to spend a three-month residency in Warsaw, Antwerp, or Helsinki. Each country will host one Palestinian artist. The exchange program, modeled to encourage artists to engage in conversations among themselves and with their audiences, will culminate in a series of talks and meetings in the Center of Contemporary Art at U-jazdowski Castle in Warsaw in November 2019.

This open call is for art practitioners working in the field of visual arts in its broadest sense. A professional committee will select artists based on the professional excellence of the applicant’s work. The committee members are Sally Abu Bakr, Director of the Department Culture and Social Affairs at Ramallah Municipality, Yazid Anani, Director of the Public Program at Qattan Foundation; Khaldoun Bshara, Director of Riwaq; Center in Ramallah, Jack Persekian, Director Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem; Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, Head of Artistic Residencies at Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Bogna ?wi?tkowska, Head of B?c Zmiana Foundation and Alan Quireyns, Artistic Director AIR Antwerpen. This committee will announce the results of their evaluation of the submitted applications by 30 November 2018.

Residency benefits include:
- A monthly per diem;
- Production costs
- Reimbursement of one return ticket to and from the place of residency;
- Studio and accommodation;
- The organization of a public event during the residencies;
Applications are open for artists from 28 September to 31 October 2018.
Selected artists will be announced in November, 2018.

Palestinian artists who wish to apply for the residencies should send
an electronic version of their application, in the form of one document, to the following e-mail addresses: - preferred format: pdf (in English).
The application should document in detail the following information:

  1. Your professional work experience, in the form of a portfolio containing descriptions of up to five projects
  2. A cover letter
  3. A concept note [250 words max] for the project that you would like to develop, which relates the project to the topic of the Open Call.
  4. Artist CV
  5. Please indicate the residencies for which you would like to apply.

For more info about each residency please visit the following websites: