The Border

The Border

Trans Artists monthly A-I-R mail

no. 26 / The Border

Being a line that marks geographic boundaries and connects differences, The Border is a line with a turbulent history. In the past many borders were not clearly defined lines, but were neutral zones called marchlands. In and around this former zones a selection of artist residencies is located.

United states - Canada

Art School of Ideas in Canada is situated about 10 km from the U.S.A. border. It is a tranquil and private 1875 country home surrounded by 42 acres of clear fields.

Slovakia - Hungary

In the year 2001 the Mária Valéria bridge between Slovakia and Hungary was reopened. During its history, this bridge was destroyed and unusable for a longer time than it was actually connecting the two towns Sturovo and Esztergom.

The purpose of the BridgeGuard is to support artists, scientists and personalities from other professions who work on projects which place emphasis on uniting, connecting, and bridging. Support consists of making possible a 3 to 6 months' sojourn in the "Bridge Guard" residence in 'túrovo, Slovakia, with the right to work in complete freedom on one's own project, and with only minimal duties.

Mexico - U.S.

Border Art Residency is located on two acres in the serene Mesilla Valley right at the border, this spacious facility was converted and remodeled from an old cotton gin. A sculpture garden and fruit orchard grace the property.

Botswana - South Africa

In Gaborone, about 15 km from the south african border Thapong Visual Art Centre is located. This international workshop is part of the Triangle Arts Trust series of workshops worldwide. It brings together artists in a spirit of mutual sharing, amity, experimentation and willingness to renew, explore and refresh the habits of one's work.

Russia - Norway

BAR International lies 10 km from the Russian border.

An interesting field trip for guest artists interested in the border area is a 100 km drive to the Øvre Pasvik National Park, here lies the Finland-Norway-Russia tripoint (also known as tri-border area) near the southernmost point of the national park; at that odd point, not only do three countries meet, but also three different time zones: a geographical point at which the borders of three countries

Czech Republic - Poland

MeetingInZdonov is an international residency in the city of Zdonov, just about 3 km away from border of Poland.

This art residency acts as a laboratory for art and knowledge, MeetingInZdonov welcomes people who want to work in a silence environment, who want to create something new, far from where art is commercial. MeetingInZdonov O.S. in the Czech Republic, is the organisation behind all the cultural projects in the farmbuilding.


Visegrad Artist Residency Program (VARP) is an international organization based in Bratislava. It hosts a 3 month program created for the purpose of facilitating art exchanges for applicants who are citizens of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries (Czech Republic, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic).

To apply for the residency, each artist has to find a host organization, which will accept his/her residency The deadline for 2011 residencies will be on 10 September 2010.