PRAKSIS aims to provide an open, supportive residency environment without charge for local, national and international artists, makers and thinkers. PRAKSIS’s residencies invite established arts professionals to Oslo, to participate as 'Lead-Residents' alongside participants with a range of experience. Lead residents will organize their activity around an individual residency theme or research question. They will be supported to devise structured activities, such as peer-to-peer review sessions, critical reading groups and other events.
PRAKSIS’s ethos is to put artists first and to promote creative practice through discussion and shared experience. Its projected residency programme aims to bring experienced and emerging artists together in dialogue: making space for individual development of thematically related work, alongside the sharing of experience, argument and ideas. They expect no specific production based outcome, but hope that the residencies are fruitful in terms of reflection, research, and in forging long-term links between PRAKSIS participants and existing creative communities in Oslo and Norway.
Studios are supplied for each residency. Their nature is customised to suit the needs of the residency theme.
A comfortable apartment is provided for residents not local to Oslo to share - of course each resident gets their own room. Local residents travel from home to join the residency community.
Depending on the nature of the residency theme different facilities are made available. For example, for the 'New technology and the post-human residency' (March/April 2016) they will partner with Notam who will provide a project room, a computer programmer will participate in the residency, and will have access to 3D printing facilities, among other resources.
They welcome suggestions from potential residents regarding what could be organised to help them get the most out of their residency experience.
From March 2016 PRAKSIS will collaborate with existing organisations to run a pilot programme of short-term, "pop-up" residencies in Oslo where the facilities and programme offered reflect the theme of each residency.