THE WORKSHOP

Art Factory Artist Residence

ATTENTION: Summer 2010 deadline: November 30, 2009

SUMMER 2010 RESIDENCE DATES: July 5 to August 30 (tentative)

More information here:

http://artfactorybialystok.wordpress.com/

OBJECTIVE:
Art Factory is dedicated to the international exchange of artists, as well as facilitate cultural exchange. We aim to provide an opportunity for creative development in all areas of art in the beautiful city of Białystok, Poland and surrounding areas.

DESCRIPTION:
4-6 visiting artists spend 8 weeks working in close contact with cultural organizations in Białystok, namely the Asenał Gallery (www.galeria-arsenal.pl). Outside of ordinary constraints such as day jobs, commissions and exhibition deadlines, residencies offer artists the time, space, and resources to experiment with their work and try new approaches. The residencies provide artists with an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and often instigate experimentation with new concepts and materials. Residencies are non-prescriptive and process-based, allowing artists to develop projects in response to their new environment. Collaborative projects are strongly encouraged.

DURATION: 8 week-long sessions

FACILITIES:
Studio space will be provided by THE WORKSHOP located in the center of Białystok

COST:
(We are currently working on attaining funding for this program, so artists may not have to pay any fee at all or pay just a small fee; however, please be aware that there might be a fee, and only apply if you are willing to cover this cost. We are more than happy to help with funding writing for accepted artists.)

2500PLN (approx. US$1136 or €757) this covers 8 weeks accommodation in dormitories and a week-long stay with food in Biebrzański National Park.

WE PROVIDE:
— a shared studio space (about 100 m²) in the center of Białystok with amazing, inspirational views
— tours with an English-speaking guide around Białystok and the Podlasie area
— Polish language lessons
— lectures about Polish art and culture

WHAT WE EXPECT OF THE ARTISTS DURING THE STAY:
Firstly, make work. Secondly, in order to entourage cultural and artistic exchange, all artists will be asked to give a lecture and do a presentation about themselves, their work, and their culture. Artists accepted should be open to new experiences.

ACCOMMODATION:
Will be provided separately in university dormitories. Artists are responsible for their own meals, materials, and transportation.

EXHIBITION:
All artists will be provided a space to publicly exhibit/present their work at the end of their stay.

TYPES OF ACCEPTED FIELDS:
Art (performance, multimedia, fiber, craft, painting, drawing, conceptual, photography, installation, etc.)

Writing
The residency is open to all professional artists at any level in their career.

APPLICATIONS (in English or Polish):
Need to include:

summer 2010 application
— letter of intent
— brief resume of professional work
— visual documentation of recent work (min. 10 slides, CD, DVD, photo, video, catalogues) or samples of recent writing or current project

Send to:

Urszula Humienik-Dworakowska

ul. Wyszynskiego 9/77

15-888 Białystok

POLAND

WHAT MAKES ART FACTORY DIFFERENT?
1. location – Białystok in the Podlasie region, known as the “Green Lungs of Poland”
2. travel to areas around Podlasie
3. learn Polish (at least the basics)
4. learn about Polish culture and the history of the region
5. visit many museums and galleries
6. you’re not isolated – interact with other artists as well as the community in Białystok

ABOUT BIAŁYSTOK:

Białystok, with a population of almost 300 000, is a city located in north-eastern Poland, serving the function of the capital of Podlaskie province. It is the administrative, economic, and academic centre of the region which, due to its exceptional environmental assets, has been termed the Green Lungs of Poland.

The location in the environmentally clean region, full of tourist attractions, as well as the rich infrastructure of Białystok, makes the city and surrounding area a great place for living, recreation and development of tourism.

Białystok has evolved as a place which is the melting pot of different nations, religions, cultures, customs and traditions, where the occidental rationalism meets the oriental mysticism. It has become an example of the integration of ethnic and religious groups, a meeting place for Poles, Belorussians, Jews, Lithuanians, Germans, Russians, Ukrainians, Romanies, Muslims and Tatars. The multiethnicity of the city was the reason for the Białystok-born Ludwik Zamenhof to start his work on the universal language of Esperanto.

The location of Białystok, in the proximity of borders with Belarus, Lithuania and Russia, as well as the convenient transportation links, create excellent conditions for developing economic and cultural contacts with the countries of Eastern and Western Europe.

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