Artist-in-Residence Treffen Ruhr 2010

Artist-in-Residence Treffen Ruhr 2010

October 14 & 15, 2010

In Germany as well as in the Netherlands many artist-in-residence programs have come into existence. But, however near, at both sides there is not that much knowledge about what is happening in the AiR-sector on the other side of the border. That's why Kunsthaus Essen, Künstlerhaus Dortmund and Trans Artists organized AiR Treffen: a meeting for and about AiR-organizations from the Netherlands and the Ruhr area.

The AiR Treffen was a big success. The meeting lived up to its aim to learn from each other's visions and practice, to explore possible future collaborations and to see what kind of challenges lie ahead.

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. Most participants represented artist-in-residence centers and international guest studios. Others represented cities, museums, and 'Kultursekretariaten'. And there were also artists present, and art professionals such as art project coordinators and cultural managers.


Air Treffen Day 1 Kunsthaus Essen

At Kunsthaus Essen all participants gave each other an overview of their programmes and intentions. The first panel "AiR-Flux" made an inventory of current developments. The second panel discussed the resident artist as "Long-Distance Romancer".

Air Treffen Day 1 Kunsthaus Essen


AiR Treffen Day 2 Künstlerhaus Dortmund

Day 2 at Künstlerhaus Dortmund took a more abstract turn, discussing the ways in which AiR programs generate new useful concepts and structures such as "co-working structures" and "alternative academies".

AiR Treffen Day 2 Künstlerhaus Dortmund


AiR Treffen Ruhr 2010 thanks:

  • Kultursekretariat Wuppertal
  • Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Düsseldorf

AiR Treffen host organizations:

Das AiR Treffen findet statt im Rahmen von NL-RUHR 2010
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