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A-i-R Wro is a long-running and interdisciplinary artist-in-residence programme run as part of the European Capital of Culture 2016. Relying on cooperation with local and foreign partners, it aims to create an international platform which would enable artists, curators, cultural managers, organisations, and institutions to exchange experiences, practices, ideas, and knowledge. Furthermore, the A-i-R Wro programme intends to promote artists, support their development and mobility, and facilitate in the creating of cultural ties outside one’s country.

A-i-R Wro seeks artists representing various genres, multidisciplinary artists, or those whose art borders on different artistic forms. It seeks artists both young and experienced, and is interested in cooperating with representatives of the artistic environment of Wrocław. A-i-R Wro is open to discovering the capital of Lower Silesia together with its inhabitants, and thus aims to find a creative connection between Wrocław and the participants’ hometowns.

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Wrocław holds the title of the European Capital of Culture. However, ECoC isn’t only about activities within the boundaries of this city or even this region. Since 2014, thanks to the Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Wro programme, our local artists have become the representatives of the local artistic scene outside Poland, while Wrocław has become an important residency centre on the map of Europe.

The A-i-R Wro programme has been created in order to invite artists from Europe to Wrocław or to allow our artists to travel abroad. The idea is the creation of an international dialogue, whose common language is art. We want to discover new cultures through art and to consider what differs and unites us. A-i-R Wro, in collaboration with identical initiatives throughout Europe, allows for the creation a network of connections and a cultural exchange between artists, managers and curators. For example, the series of meetings “A-i-R Wro Talks” offers the chance for experts from all over Europe to discuss recommendations for further improvement of artist-in-residence programs and projects. 


A-i-R Wro works together not only with institutions and organisations from Wrocław and Lower Silesia, but also foreign partners, such as ECoC Donostia / San Sebastian 2016, K.A.I.R. Kosice Artist in Residence, OPEN AiR Pilsen 2015, Pecs Writers program, Halle 14 or German Culture Forum for Eastern Europe. Between 2014 and 2015, more than 20 artists came to Wrocław or went abroad to take part in the programme. Residencies were accompanied by meetings, workshops, exhibitions, performances and concerts open for locals. It is the contact with and discovering of local communities that, alongside creative work, is the main element of each residency. In 2016, the number of residencies in Wrocław and those abroad will increase manifold.


We encourage you to join in the events organized by A-i-R Wro. All information about current open calls for artistic residencies, competitions and other activities can be found in the subside "Calls".

Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro is co-financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.




On 11th May ended the open call for artists and representatives of cultural sector from 43 European and associated countries. We are very grateful for your interest and all of the submissions. We have received up to 130 applications, of which 118 met the formal criteria, qualifying for the phase of assessment of the committee. Due to the great interest, we decided to postpone the announcement of the results on 17th June, 2016.

The evaluation committee includes: Bartek Lis – President of the Committee, Krzysztof Bielaszka – Vice-President and Secretary of the Committee, Karolina Bieniek and Berenika Nikodemska – Members of the Committee.

Krzysztof Bielaszka – international projects coordinator, Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro.

Berenika Nikodemska – coordinator of the A-i-R Wro Programme.

Bartek Lis – a sociologists, social researcher, curator and organizer of cultural activities. Since 2012 works as a curator of the scientific program at the Contemporary Museum Wroclaw. He is also a "Flying sociologist" in the Society for Creative Initiatives "ę". Teacher of methods and techniques of socio-cultural animation in the State Study of Culture Animators and Librarians in Wroclaw. In 2004, the winner of the national award "Johnnie Walker Keep Walking Award".

Karolina Bieniek – PhD in Social Sciences, a specialist in the field of foreign policy, including cultural policy, cultural animator, trainer in the field of development of education and anti-discrimination activities. She has run dozens of cultural and social regional, national and international projects. She has co-organized events during the European Culture Congress, co-author of the winning application of Wroclaw in the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016. The author of a number of scientific articles published in Poland and abroad. Volunteer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Polish Help component. Responsible for matters related to the development of the ART TRANSPARENT Foundation. She also works on projects: SURVIVAL Art Review, Contemporary Art Gallery "Geppert’s Apartment", "The Art of the Past" and others.

Page describing the Open Call and documents relating to the call is available at this [link].


We have finished the open call to the "Resistance" project by German artist - Svea Duwe. We are grateful for all applications; the results will be published until the end of April.

The Open Call page: [link].


Three artists from partner cities of Wroclaw: Enrico Floriddia from Poitiers, Mathilde Lavenne from Lille and Klaas Burger from Breda, during the summer and autumn will start artistic residences in European Capital of Culture. Congratulations!

Klaas Burger – a journalist and visual artist from Breda was a guest of A-i-R Wro Programme last autumn. During his first visit he worked on the project "How to start trying to act as if there’s going to be a future?", which is part of a larger international proejct "The Future Works". Working with residents and social activists involved in the case of Roma encampments at Kamieńskiego street in Wroclaw, the artist analyzed the situation of people living on the margins of society; excluded from both civic and cultural live of the city. During this year's residency he plans to develop the "The Future Works" project – still studying the phenomenon of social exclusion. Residency: June-July 2016.

Mathilde Lavenne, who comes from Lille, in her creative work is involved in drawing, video art and new media; she also creates multimedia installations. Inspired by the book "Possessed" by Witold Gombrowicz, during the residency in Wroclaw she will try to capture the world that cannot be seen with the bare eye. Working with local artists, Lavenne plans to build a device to capture VLF waves (Very Low Frequencies) and than – observe the invisible natural phenomena. The collected material will be the basis for a number of various works – including drawings, collages and multimedia installations, which she plans to exhibit in public space. Residency: August-September 2016.

Enrico Floriddia, representing Poitiers, departement de la Vienne in France, is a photographer and visual artist. During residence in Wrocław he’s going to take up the study of art history in Lower Silesia: analyzing microhistories associated with the objects collected in the regional museums, he wants to create an original, artistic tale of Wroclaw and its surroundings. Residency: October-November 2016.​

Last year, in an exchange between Wroclaw and its partner cities, the A-i-R Wro Programme hosted Fabien Zocco from Lille, Svea Duwe from Dresden, Verena Blok and Klaas Burger from Breda. 


We have finished the open call for Writing Residency in Wojnowice, co-organized with the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe.

We have received 43 applications from writers, poets and translators from countries such as: Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Montenegro, Armenia, Slovenia, Hungary or Poland. Thank you for participating in the open call!

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee chaired by Adam Pomorski, President of the Polish PEN Club; the results will be published in the coming days.

The second call for the program will begin in June 2016 year.

The Open Call page: [link].


On 29th February we closed the call for artists from the European partner cities of Wroclaw. It was opened for artists from Dresden, Wiesbaden, Hradec Kralove, Kaunas, Lviv, Grodno, Breda, Lille and the Department of La Vienne. Thank you for your interest and sending the applications! The results will be announced on 31th March. The jury members are: Berenika Nikodemska – president, Krzysztof Bielaszka – vice-president, Anka Herbut and Maciej Markowski. The jury secretary is Barbara Winska. The chosen projects will be carried out within the framework of two-month residencies in Wroclaw between June and November 2016.

Berenika Nikodemska – coordinator of the Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro.

Krzysztof Bielaszka – international projects coordinator of A-i-R Wro.

Anka Herbut – dramaturg, art critic and theatre reviewer, curator and journalist. Copy-left follower. In her work she strive for connecting the theoretical and methodological approach with the artistic practice. Her main areas of research are the performativity of the language, dance dramaturgy and politics of identity. Collaborates with the following periodicals: “Dwutygodnik”, “Notatnik Teatralny”, “Didaskalia” theatre magazine, “BIURO”, “POST”, “Monogram” and “Gastro Zin”. A member of the interdisciplinary artistic formation Identity Problem Group based in Wroclaw. The winner of Krzysztof Metrak Award for young film critics (Grand Prix, 2015).

Maciej Markowski – musician and programmer. Co-created Male Instrumenty band (albums: “Antonisz” and a music spectacle “Sound Power Plant” awarded with the OFF Toucan of the 29th PPA in Wroclaw), played in Kariera band (“Miasto” and “Kołysanki” albums), carried out the project “Gorgeous Songs”, which received the OFF Toucan award of the 36th PPA. He created ironically-experimental project Shantharion. He makes music videos (Kariera: “Manekiny”, “Koniec wakacji”) and creates and codes multimedia installations (“Urban player”, “Quartet for tomatoes”, “Mirrors”). Amongst others he cooperated with Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, BWA Wroclaw, Music Theatre Capitol, Children Art Centre in Poznan, WRO Art Center and Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. He runs artist-in-residence program in his family rural estate Czerwony Dworek 8.

Barbara Winska – secretary of A-i-R Wro.

The Open Call page: [link].



Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro Team

Berenika Nikodemska – A-i-R Wro coordinator:

Krzysztof Bielaszka – international projects coordinator:

Anna Bieliz – regional projects coordinator:

Stanisław Abramik – literary projects coordinator and media relations:

Justyna Głuszenkow – producer:

Barbara Wińska – secretary:


Telephone: +48 71 7127579

Office: Ruska 46b (first floor), 50-079 Wroclaw

Correspondence Address: Impart 2016 Festival Centre, Komuny Paryskiej 39-41, 50-451 Wroclaw

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