YARAT is a not-for-profit contemporary art organisation based in Azerbaijan. They curate exhibitions throughout the year, organise education events and support a group of artists through a gallery and participation in biennials around the world. YARAT is dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani artists, both nationally and internationally.
There is a nascent contemporary art scene in Baku, with artists drawing from a rich cultural history as well as a growing contemporary art ‘infrastructure’ in Central Asia. YARAT’s mission to educate means they are keen to draw on an ever wider audience of artistic input, and are actively seeking applicants for an on-going master class and workshop programme in Baku.
Professional artists are invited to submit a proposal for Yarat’s international artist residency program, located in Baku, Azerbaijan. The residency would be for 2 weeks during 2014 and YARAT asks participants to create a series of workshops, lectures or participatory activities for artists as part of their residency.
Ideally you will be an established fine art professional, with several years’ experience, teaching both small and large groups of young artists and a significant career as an artist. Russian language is not a pre-requisite but is very helpful.
Artworks resulting from the residence are exhibited at the ARTIM Project Space, Baku.
Situated on the Caspian Sea at the foot of the Caucasus mountain range, Baku is Azerbaijan’s capital city. Azerbaijan borders Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran, and contains great ethnic and environmental diversity. The country is a cross-cultural gateway: it has been called ‘the quintessential borderland, many times over: between Europe and Asia, Islam and Christianity, Russia and the Middle East, Turks and Iranians, Shi’a and Sunni Islam’. With its lush hills of the Caucasus Mountains, territory on the Great Silk Road, and its coastal capital, Azerbaijan has served as a strategic place of trade for the last two thousand years.
Azerbaijan has absorbed the customs and traditions of many cultures and civilizations. Christianity became prevalent during the early Middle Ages, while the Arab expansion in the 7th century introduced Islam, which eventually became the dominant religion in the country. Azerbaijan’s diverse cultural history has contributed to a rich Azerbaijani culture, including in the visual arts, dance, classical music and local cuisine.
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