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.

Thursday October 9
  • Official Opening
    Ronald Plasterk (Phd.) Dutch Minister of Culture, Science and Education (video)
  • Keynote Speaker
    Goran Stefanovski (video)
  • Best Practice Presentation
    “Almost Real” (video)
    European Cultural Foundation
  • Workshop
    “Towards a new European hospitality” (video)
    EU Mobility working group
  • Workshop
    “Exploring diversity” (video)
    How arts & culture organizations address the transforming communities we live in
  • Workshop
    “Online Tools in a cultural setting” (video)
    Rhiz.eu and Labforculture.org
  • Workshop
    “Residency programs for artist mobility between Europe, Middle East and Africa” (video)
    Fonds BKVB and Townhouse Gallery
Friday October 10
  • Keynote Speaker
    Nora Naranjo-Morse
  • Best Practice Presentation
    “Artscollaboratory” (video)
    by HIVOS and Stichting DOEN
  • Workshop
    “The new Res Artis mentoring program”
  • Workshop
    “Artists’ residencies after Nifca”
    Policy and practices of the Nordic funding system after 2007
    Riitta Heinämaa/Nordic Minister Council
  • Workshop
    “The RAIN network and beyond” (video)
  • Workshop
    “The role of residencies in visual art production”
    Irmeli Kokko and Johan Pousette
  • Amsterdam Studio Visits (video)
Saturday October 11
  • Keynote Speaker
    Koulsy Lamko (video)
  • Presentation
    “Res Artis Awards in 2006” (video)
    in IFAA festival Thamgidi Foundation
  • Presentation
    “Res Artis Awards 2009” (video)
    Partnership with the Biennale of Young Mediterranean Artists From Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Workshop
    “Mobility, safe haven and refuge”
    FreeDimensional and Amsterdam Vluchstad
  • Workshop
    “Exclusivity and Diversity”
    Mario Caro
  • Workshop
    “Corporate support of the arts”
    Tricia Snell, Gordon Knox
  • Workshop
    “Issues for West Africa”
  • Reception by Wieden+Kennedy and closing party
    in the Koeplkerk of the Renaissance Hotel
Sunday October 12
  • Presentation
    SLAK studios, Studios Plaatsmaken, Thamgidi studios and IFAA photos
  • Studio tour and meeting with Dakar Res Artis award winners photos
Meeting Documentation
All videos hosted on here

Videographers: Bojana Panevska, Bogomir Doringer, Avi Krispin, Carien Yatsiv, Ivana Paponja
Photographer: Florian Lantau