English, Polish
1 - 3 months
Paid by host 

Arranged on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the program - they can provide per diems, travel expenses and production materials.

Paid by artist 

Arranged on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the specific residency program sometimes artists pay for the materials for production or travel.

Application guidelines 

Please email to [email protected] the documentation mentioned below (pdf format in one zip file) with your name in the title:

  • Artist’s statement mentioning main points of focus in your work (1500 words maximum)
  • Description of the work you plan to carry out during your stay.
  • c.v.
  • 10 work samples (or links to your works / website) 

Please note:

  • There are no limitations nor preferences in relation to such factors as country of origin, age, media, etc.
  • Applicants should be reasonably fluent in English (spoken and written).


September 5 for Artecitya project.

Laznia - Centre of Contemporary Art

Laznia - Centre of Contemporary Art

Artecitya residency project


The Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art was one of the first public cultural institutions established in Poland after the transformations of 1989. It began as an initiative by local independent artists opposed to traditional models of art. Their only chance to realize their projects was to create their own art space – one free from censorship, prejudices, stereotypes and inhibitions. An old and dilapidated former public bathhouse on Jaskólcza street first opened in 1908, turned out to be an ideal space for showing art. In response to a grassroots initiative by artists, in 1998 the Gdansk City Council designated it a municipal cultural institution: the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art. The Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art is guided by its mission of showing and promoting contemporary art as a means of expressing universal values, and an element of world cultural heritage. The centre does so by showing the latest developments in contemporary art, showing the process of change that art is undergoing, engaging cultural and social phenomena taking place around the world, and educating the public about these issues by organising of exhibitions, artistic exchanges, innovative educational programmes, academic conferences, lectures, concerts and film screenings.

In response to the great need for these types of events, in 2012, they opened an affiliate in Nowy Port – Laznia 2 Centre for Contemporary Art - Centre for Art Education, where, in addition to visiting exhibitions, visitors can take advantage of an art reading room, library, open animation studio, and cinema, and attend a wide range of classes and workshops. The job of adapting the Laznia 2 facility for cultural purposes was entrusted to them in 2008 as part of the revitalization of the Nowy Port district, and, in accordance with the name of the institution, it is located in a former public bathhouse at Strajku Dokerów 5 Street. The two institutions form an integrated space for artistic activities that extends from Lower Town to Nowy Port. Through the activities they organise, Gdansk’s visual identity has been enhanced through art installations and eye-catching actions involving Polish and foreign artists invited to cooperate with us.

The residency programme

Programme of artist residencies and research is a relatively new area of activities in Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art. Invited artists go in line with the main programs of the institution - art in public space, Art & Science, initiating international exchange and dialogue. Residency program is aimed at Polish and international artists. One of its main objectives is to open space for creative dialogue. While developing individual residencies it is important to build a network of collaborations with artists from other disciplines, local communities, scientists and others.

Residency activities build a platform for exchange of experiences, creative meetings and intellectual exchange between Polish and the world art scene. One of the areas of activities in the frames of CCA Laznia residency programme are projects that relate to socially engaged activities. The point of departure is to turn upside down the asymmetrical relationship between a creator and the recipient. Schedule and the process of the artist residency and research is tailored to individual needs of the artist. Flexibility in relation to the subject of the residency and its time span is an important factor. Changes of the concept are accepted as the result of study visits and dialogue. Residency is not constrained by the predetermined conditions. Process rather than the final artistic production is predominant.


Arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Accommodation Information 

The entire 3rd floor of the newly rebuilt former bathhouse building in New Port district of Gdańsk is dedicated to artists. There are 8 rooms for the residents (with bathrooms) and shared kitchen.

Studio Information 

Arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Technical Information 

The building consists also of a gallery, cinema, library and workshop space, that can be all used by the artists according to their needs.

Jaskolcza 1
80767 GDANSK
CCA Laznia 2
Strajku Dokerów 5 str.
80-767 Gdańsk – Nowy Port
+48 58 305 40 50

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