International Conference on Artistic Residencies
& Eastern European Res Artis Meeting
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
Warsaw, Poland

Conference Report
by Agnieszka Sosnowska


a-i-r laboratory programme at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle invited Res Artis members, artists and actors throughout the region for ‘re-tooling Residencies’, the International Conference on Artistic Residencies and Eastern European Res Artis Meeting. The conference program consisted of panel discussions and presentations, workshops and accompanying activities.


Monday, Nov. 16th

7.00 pm
Opening of the exhibition Tytuł Roboczy. Working Title
Opening of Re-tooling Residencies conference.
Laboratory building.

The new site for artistic residencies in Warsaw – in the Laboratory building adjacent to the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle – opens with this exhibition. It is organized by a-i-r laboratory in collaboration with Akademie Schloss Solitude, celebrating 20 years of its activities and cooperation with Warsaw’s Centre. Tytuł Roboczy. Working Title involves not only the gallery space but also the studios and workshops which will soon accommodate resident artists.

8.00 pm
Welcome party.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th

10.00 – 10.30 am
Plenary meeting
Introduction of Res Artis network, mission and the goals of the Regional Meeting.

Laboratory building.

All panels take place in Laboratory building.

10.45 am – 12.45 pm
Panel 1: Why invest in residencies?

Video Documentation

The first panel presentation will be devoted to artistic residencies in the wider context of cultural policy. A successful mediation between public and private bodies, creating partnerships on a local, regional and world-wide scale resulted in a vast development of art residencies in the last 20 years, especially in Northern European countries. While (geographically) broadening the impact of this form of artistic practice and communication, it is still worth asking about the reasons and goals standing behind the investments made in their development.

Invited speakers represent a proactive attitude towards promoting, funding and developing new schemes of residencies. The presentations will touch upon such issues as the rationale of founding bodies, evaluating good residency schemes, institutional and financial factors to consider, as well as addressing the dynamics of international networking, and the impact of artistic exchange on the dynamics of regional cooperation and development.

Invited speakers:

  • Odile Chenal (FR), Deputy Director, European Cultural Foundation
  • Monika Fabijanska (PL), Director, Polish Cultural Institute in New York
  • Marijke Jansen (NL), Vice President, Res Artis
  • Ayeh Naraghi (FR), UNESCO – Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme
  • Dana Pekariková (SK), Programme Manager, International Visegrad Fund

1.00 – 2.30 pm

2.30 – 4.30 pm
Panel 2: Different approaches towards residencies

Video Documentation

Various models of organising artistic residencies will be discussed by the speakers in this panel, including: production residencies, those related to exhibiting or retreat, collaborative projects. Whether residential centres are shaped by cultural, political or artistic interest – relating to its particular setting or differentiated by the addresses of a specific group of artists – they all are comprised of a set of conditions that need to be fulfilled in order to succeed. How do the experts and leaders of residential centres evaluate their programs? How is the cooperation with the artists realised according to specific type of residency?

Invited speakers

  • Ariane Beyn (DE), Head of Visual Arts, Artists-in-Berlin Programme, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD
  • Eric Hagoort (NL), Trans Artists
  • Jarosaw Kozakiewicz (PL), artist, Centre Brok
  • Irmeli Kokko (FI), Expert adviser for the Nordic residency program, Nordic Council of Ministers (KKN)
  • Catalina Lozano (GB), Residencies Coordinator, Gasworks | Triangle Arts Trust
  • Johan Pousette (SE)Irmeli Kokko (FI), expert adviser for the Nordic residency program, Nordic Council of Ministers (KKN)


2.30 – 4.30 pm
Training and Support, part 1.

Workshop lead by Marijke Jansen (NL), Vice President, Res Artis and Irene Saddal (NL), project coordinator, Res Artis.

8:00 pm

An evening with Berliner Künstlerprogramm /DAAD
(Laboratory building, before and after the dinner)

6:00 pm Tim Lee: Remakes, Variations- Video Works (2003-2009)
The Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD is pleased to present the Canadian artist Tim Lee who will give a brief introduction to his video work.

10:00 pm Cyprien Gaillard and Koudlam: Live-Performance & Screening
The Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD is pleased to present an after-hours session of film and music with artist Cyprien Gaillard and composer and musician Koudlam (both from Paris). Following a series of short films by Gaillard (Cities of Gold and Mirror, The Lake Arches, Dune Park) and sound interventions by Koudlam, the film Desniansky Raion – a collaboration between the artist and the musician – will be projected. Tim Lee and Cyprien Gaillard are current guests of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD, Berlin.

Wednesday, Nov. 18th

9.30 – 11.30 am
Panel 3: Connections between East and West

Video Documentation

The aim of this panel is to focus on connections between Eastern and Western Europe, South-east Europe and USA, to present both new institutions/residency centres in Eastern/Southern Europe and long lasting networks. What is to be discussed stems from issues of collaboration between organisations with different levels of institutionalisation. What are the changing frameworks for this collaboration and the meanings of “support”, “development”, “exchange”? What are the issues concerning mutuality of cultural exchange? Speakers will give examples of good and ‘working’ collaborations. They will talk about the conditions and the environment required as a base for successful models of collaboration.

Invited speakers:

  • Anne Barlow (USA), Director Art in General, USA
  • Fritzie Brown (USA), Executive Director, CEC ArtsLink, Inc., USA
  • Jean-Baptiste Joly (DE), Director Akademie Schloss Solitude, DE
  • Bertan Selim (MK), Deputy Regional Manager, Pro Helvetia Programme in the Western Balkans
  • Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (PL), Chief curator a-i-r laboratory, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

11.45 am. – 1.45 pm
Panel 4: Introducing new disciplines

Video Documentation

This panel aims to discuss various strategies for developing artistic residencies in context as they adjust to the contemporary conditions of art and culture. Interdisciplinarity became a way to manage with the artists‘ wide spectrum of interests in diverse media and science. From another side, the development of new media technology impels creating residencies which provide artists with professionally equipped studios. The presentations will question different approaches to residency models and perspectives of introducing new disciplines. What are the arguments towards specialising in narrow disciplines? Which model provides artists with appropriate work conditions? Introducing new disciplines-in-residence also means design, curating, architecture, humanities. What are requirements for such programmes? How does this broad approach reflect the institutional setting?

Invited speakers

  • Stella d’Ailly (SE), Director Mossutställningar, Erik Berg (SE), Curator Mossutställningar
  • Nathalie Anglès (US)Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria (US), Founders and Directors, Residency Unlimited
  • Hagen Betzweieser (DE), artist
  • Marianna Dobkowska (PL), curator, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
  • Magnus Ericson (SE), Project manager, IASPIS

12 am – 2 pm
How to become an Artist-in-Residence
Educational Room, Ujazdowski Castle
by Yeb Wiersma, Trans Artists Education Team

2.00 – 4.00 pm 

4.15 – 6.15 pm
Panel 5: Residencies and the art scene

Video Documentation

How to build the prestige of the residency so that it could have influence on art market? What are problems regarding various formal statuses of artistic residencies (eg: association, part of an art institution, independent art institution) and how does this impacts on the relation with the art market? What is the legal status of the work? Speakers will touch on the question of rights and ownership.

Additionally, speakers will look at issues of locality. Artistic residencies draw on the character of the place. Artists act as cultural intermediaries, communicating a different city narrative. In the wider question of creative cities, it is crucial to identify multiple perspectives which shape the image of the city – beyond the property-led regeneration, laborious schemes of thinking about the place, or the virtual forces of globalisation. The working connections between visiting artists and the locale serves as the most effective way to foster real artistic, cultural and research exchange internationally. Artistic residencies help to redress the balance between the cities which are “creation centres” and other cities which are based on “importing” arts and culture.

Invited speakers

  • Margarita Dorovska (BU), Curator InterSpace Media Art Centre
  • Vasif Kortun (TR), Director, Platform Garanti
  • Frederich Meschede (DE), Head of Exhibitions/Senior Curator, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
  • Zoran Pantelic (RS), Director, New Media

7.00 pm
Closing dinner at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Thursday, Nov. 19th

10.30 am – 1.30 pm
Training and Support, part 2.

Workshop lead by Marijke Jansen (NL), Vice President, Res Artis and Irene Saddal (NL), project coordinator, Res Artis.

10.00 am – 5.00 pm

The studio and gallery visits.
The programme includes three different proposals to be chosen by participants.

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