General Information on Residencies

General Information on Residencies

What are residencies?

Artists and other creative professionals can stay and work elsewhere temporarily by participating in artist-in-residence programs and other residency opportunities. These opportunities offer conditions that are conducive to creativity and provide their guests with context, such as working facilities, connections, audience, etc.

Residency Profiles: No artist-in-residence programme is the same. Each programme or guest studio, large or small, established or experimental, has its own background and atmosphere. Working periods differ enormously: from two weeks to six months or sometimes even a year. Some specialize in one discipline, others are open to a great number of disciplines. There are also a lot of differences in financial resources, housing and studio facilities, application and selection procedures, coaching, exhibiting, networking.

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Artist-in-Residence History

Artist-in-residence programmes have a history that stretches back much further than you may think. Due to its current popularity it seems that we are dealing with a new, fashionable phenomenon that owes its explosive growth to the globalization of artists' nomadic behaviour. However, artist-in-residence programmes did not appear out of the blue. Go with us backwards in artist-in-residence history.

Types of residency programmes

Many different artist-in-residence models exist. Each artist-in-residence model is subject to change, and each program is modeled by the ways in which it is offered and by the ways in which it is used. A most general division can be made between:

  • AiR's that offer space and time without any condition. You may focus on contemplation, research, creative inquiry, process, experiment without any tangible outcome.
  • AiR's that ask for a tangible outcome: an artwork, an exhibition, a project, a workshop, a collaboration, a specific assignment.

This is only a general division. There are different profiles and models, ranging from short-term, nomadic residency projects to long-term residencies connected to companies, museums, research institutes and universities. Some residencies are embedded in a social community to which the visiting artists are required to commit themselves. Others thrive exactly because of the opposite reason: offering retreat from social obligations. Different disciplines also require their own, specific way of use and offer of the residency concept.

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