Mutual artist-in-residence Impulse

Mutual artist-in-residence Impulse

With partners in other countries the TransArtists desk develops long-term international projects under the title 'Mutual artist-in-residence Impulse', shortly 'Mutual Impulse'.

The aim of all Mutual Impulse projects is to exchange knowledge and experiences of artist-in-residence potential with other world regions. Each Mutual Impulse project comes from curiosity ánd necessity: artist-in-residence programmes are in situations of transition: either just starting, or developing, or finding new ways of operating. How to deal with these challenges? What can we learn from each other?

Time, collaboration, reciprocity, context

Take Time: we take time to get to know the artist-in-residence potential elsewhere, to learn from each other, to meet and share experiences, to think practically as well as conceptually, to reach forward to future strategies and tactics.

Share: we work together with partners. We share knowledge and experience in AiR matters, while recognizing differences in contexts and urgencies.

Both ways: we foster reciprocity. No one-way culture traffic, no promotion. We strive for mutual exchange of experience with artists, AiR providers, and related organizations in other world regions. How elsewhere people give form to the concept of artist-in-residence is learnful and fruitful for the Dutch AiR field, and the other way round.

Context: different situations produce different questions, to which different answers can be given. It is a matter of considerate adjustment of the expertise of the Dutch AiR sector to the specificities of other world regions, and vice versa.

AiR Treffen 2: Home is where.. Ruhr Gebiet

September 18 - 19, 2004 Waltrop, Germany


After AiR Treffen 2010 in Dortmund and Essen, DutchCulture|TransArtists was invited again by Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Kunsthaus Essen, and Kunstverein Bochum, to co-develop a follow-up symposium. The Kunstvereine in the Ruhr area are mapping out ideas and strategies for collaboration and artist-in-residence concepts and reaching out to the international AiR field. The structure of Kunstvereinen in Germany as independent spaces for art presentation within artist collectives was also an interesting history to look into. Furthermore, the symposium focused on the development of a collaborative residency network in this region.

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Home is Where... publication is the end result of the symposium with contributions from the speakers in both German and English. Contact the KunstVereineRuhr to get a paper copy of the publication.

AiR Perspectives Morocco

February 28 2014, Marrakech


TransArtists' AiR Platform NL supports the development of a network of artist-in-residence initiatives in Morocco and organized a round table meeting during the Marrakech Biennale 2014. The recent developments of AiR programs feeds into a longer history of artist-in-residence programs in the Maghreb. The meeting offered a platform introducing the AiR organizations as key actors in the contemporary Moroccan art field to a wider international audience. 

Mutual Impulse Netherlands-Marocco 2014

Mutual Impulse Russia

2010 - 2013, Netherlands - Russia


An invitation to TransArtists to join a network meeting in Russia, developed into an adventurous exploration of the AIR practice in Russia in exchange with AiR programs in the Netherlands throughout 2010 - 2013. Read here about the 4 programs of visits to Moscow, St Petersburg and several cities in Siberia and the Netherlands, the expert meetings, workshops, the facts and insights gathered.

Mutual Impulse Netherlands-Russia 2010-2013

AiR Treffen 1 Ruhr Gebiet

October 14,15 2010, Essen - Dortmund

Kunsthaus Essen, Künstlerhaus Dortmund and TransArtists organized AiR Treffen: a meeting for and about AiR-organizations from the Netherlands and the Ruhr area to learn more from each others' visions and practice, and explore future collaborations. More than 60 people attended two intensive days of brainstorming on new developments in the AiR sector, and reflected upon them from a mutual Dutch-German perspective.

AiR-Treffen 1, Ruhr 2010

Looking at Guest Studios in The Netherlands and Flanders

November, December 2007

What are the challenges for international artist-in-residence organizations in the Netherlands and Flanders? Which similarities and which differences in approach are there between Dutch and Flemish guest studios? What can be learned from these differences? These questions were central to an exchange project of TransArtists and Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond in collaboration with guest studios in the Netherlands and Flanders. The project consisted of 2 bustours and resulted in a symposium.

New Look on Guest Studios Netherlands-Flanders 2008