A letter of invitation will be provided by KAMEN if required for travel grants or visa application. KAMEN can offer assistance in applying for external grants.
Beside the residency fee, the visiting professional must cover own travel expenses, local transport and additional (specific) working materials. Local transport is cheap but not frequent; car rental is quite affordable.
KAMEN Artist Residency works with deadlines, two times per year: 1 March and 1 September. Artist can apply electronically. The selection committee of KAMEN – an interdisciplinary group of individuals who share a strong commitment to the arts, creative and critical thinking, review submitted proposals –chooses projects based on the quality of work, commitment to practice, and ability to interact positively with a community at large. Each resident period will be a group of people working in a variety of disciplines.
The applications are accepted in Serbo-Croatian, English and Dutch and may only be submitted electronically. The application includes a project proposal (max two A4) and its presumed outcome and a portfolio that gives an overview of the development in your work over the last 5 years. Aside from this, your proposal should contain the following:
KAMEN Artist Residency is an independent artist-run residency program and a a non-profit organization, initiated to provide a space for artists to live and work in proximity and engage in collaborative or solo projects. KAMEN is interested in exchange between people, ideas, methodologies and disciplines - bridging diverse practices and interconnecting in a variety of ways. KAMEN, as well, is suitable as a peaceful place for retreat; to work on the production of art works, perform research or write. It welcomes artists, curators, and academics across a wide range of specializations; artists working with performative practices, historical and sociopolitical research, mythology, anthropology, religion, geology, environmental issues, contemporary film and writing forms etc. Artists of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and genders are welcome, at different stages in their artistic career and across a variety of disciplines.
KAMEN is located in a quiet rural area on the outskirts of Orah, a village that is home to just a few families, at the Bileća Lake in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is a neighbor to a 14th century Orthodox monastery, where nuns practice painting of icons. The residency building indeed overlooks the lake Bileća, which was artificially formed in 1968. When the lake was constructed, five villages flooded, including the houses, graveyards, and also the remains of a Roman villa with beautiful floor mosaics. In the summertime when the water level lowers, it is possible to walk on the bottom of the lake, through the remains of the flooded villages and ruins. Two small islands in the lake, in front of the residency building, then become hills that can be reached on foot. The seasonal changes and the rich cultural responses to the seasons makes Orah an exciting and inspiring area, to which KAMEN aims to connect in its day-to-day life at the residency.
The residency is focused on creating self-sustainable circumstances. Aside from own fruit orchard and vegetable garden in development, nearly all food products are organic and bought locally. The idea is to start beekeeping and develop the garden further, to eventually be able to produce more of our own provisions.
The KAMEN building consists of two floors, four living areas, four private studios and two large, communal spaces. Outside, half-open working spaces. Basic tools and drawing materials are present. Artists are stimulated to work with local materials.
Partners: By means of strategic introductions made throughout each residency session, KAMEN assists resident fellows in making meaningful connections and engaging in intercultural collaborations with a diversity of local constituencies, as appropriate to each artist’s discipline and particular interests. KAMEN has been forming collaborations with different local cultural institutions and art associations. At this point we have several partners in Trebinje, the closest larger city 15 km from the residency: Gallery KC - Cultural Centre Trebinje, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Museum of Herzegovina, with its team of anthropologists, ethnologists and archeologists. We also collaborate with several smaller associations that practice traditional craft (weaving, crochet, embroidery), singing, dancing and manufacturing musical instruments, as well as the local mountaineering society, elementary and high schools.
KAMEN encourages an outcome to the time spent at the residency, but is not outcome oriented. Each participant is invited to hold a public presentation, in any preferred format, scale and environment, at the end of their residency period. KAMEN facilitates exhibitions, presentations and screenings to be held at a number of institutional, alternative or public spaces, in collaboration with our partners. Residents can also hold a lecture, showing, master-class or workshop for Academy of Fine Arts students in Trebinje. KAMEN encourages development of projects with the local communities, organisations and soil.
The residency building is newly built, surrounded by a large terrace and a private ground reaching out to the lake. It provides living and working spaces for four artists at the time, with private rooms, private and shared working space and shared living areas: kitchen, living room, dining room, bathrooms, terrace, and the land around the building.
Studios are suitable for various disciplines, from writing to sculpting; If needed, one of the studios can easily be transformed in an video-editing room.
Artists are encouraged to work with local materials (stone, wood).
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