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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.

CLOSED CALLS

RESIDENCY IN HALLE 14 (LEIPZIG) - RESULTS OF THE OPEN CALL

08.08.2016

This fall, HALLE 14, an independent art centre in Leipzig, will host Beata Rojek on artistic residency – an artist born in 1985 in Wroclaw, a graduate of the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts and Design. She was selected through an open call (for the artists associated with Wroclaw and Lower Silesia), organized by the Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro and HALLE 14.

Rojek in her creative work is interested in painting, drawing and animation; she also creates a large-scale murals. The residential project of the artist has been selected by a committee representing HALLE 14, which included: Michael Arzt – director of HALLE 14, Claudia Gehre – curator of artistic residencies, Frances Mussi and Kristina Semenova – artists and curators co-operating with HALLE 14.

Poland, Germany and the Mediterranean Sea

Projects submitted by the artists – candidates for the residents of HALLE 14 – had to be connected with the "Terra Mediterranea" exhibition in Leipzig. The exhibition presents the works of artists focused on the culture of the Mediterranean region, showing a variety of ways – from politicized, critical or based on tradition, to purely poetic – the perception of the Mediterranean region in modern times, including the migration crisis. Beata Rojek, in October and November – for two months of her residency – will prepare a multimedia installation: a kind of visualization of the concept of a floating exhibition of contemporary art, co-created by associates from all of the countries of the Mediterranean region.

She is going to work together with organizations and institutions from that area, which will significantly affect the initiation and consolidation of international cooperation in the region. The results of cooperation of a collective (established for the project) of artists, curators and experts will be presented during the "Terra Mediterranea" exhibition.

Residency in Leipzig is organized in the framework of the Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro in collaboration with HALLE 14.

RESIDENCY IN SAN SEBASTIAN - RESULTS OF THE OPEN CALL
01.08.2016

The results of the recruitment for the artistic residency in San Sebastian have been just announced: this Autumn three artists associated with Wroclaw – Hanna Ilczyszyn, Jakub Szafrański and Gabriela Kowalska – are going to the Basque Country to spend a couple of weeks as the residents of the Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro. The artists were selected by Basque judges - on the basis of proposals submitted by the members of Wroclaw jury: Kostas Georgakopulos (the President of Avant Art Foundation/Festival), Maciej Masztalski (Ad Spectatores Theatre), Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka (WRO Art Center), Piotr Czerniawski ("Rita Baum" magazine) and Berenika Nikodemska. The team of A-i-R Wro received several dozens of applications.

ARTISTS

Hanna Ilczyszyn
graduated from the Wroclaw Academy of Art and Design (Faculty of Painting and Sculpture). She also studied at KASK in Ghent, Belgium. Her works were presented (both at solo and group exhibitions) on three different continents, including Europe (Poland, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria), Asia (Taiwan, China, Japan) and North America (USA). She is on the list of the "One to Watch" artist selected by Saatchi Art, which promotes creators that are already gathering attention for their work. During her residence in San Sebastian, she will work on the painting project "Forest People", inspired by Basque mythology and Polish legends associated with Wrocław and Lower Silesia (both Slavic and Germanic ones). During her stay she will produce a series of portraits and engage members of local community in the joint workshop.

Gabriela Kowalska is an artist, designer and art curator. Since 2010 she has been running her own Design Studio GABUKOW. She is one of the winners of Machina Design Awards (Young Design 2010). She has been twice awarded with the honourable mention in the MakeME! competition during the Łódź Design Festival. The artist was appreciated both in Poland (as a scholar of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage) and in the USA where she received Pilchuck Glass School scholarship. She graduated with honors from the Wrocław Academy of Art and Design. In San Sebastian she is going to work on the project "What can I do for you? What would you like me to do? " She will thus listen to the local people and create a functional installation in urban space. Moreover, she will design and produce - with the help of local artists and craftsmen - a common utility object which could be handed over to serve the needs of many people.

Jakub Szafrański completed Philosophical Studies. He is currently a freelance journalist and photojournalist, but in the past he cooperated with, among others, The Publishing House of Krytyka Polityczna or Foundation for the Developement of Science and Entrepreneurship. As part of his residence in San Sebastian, he will prepare a reportage (including photographic, video and descriptive material) on the woman taking part in the competition Bertsolaritza - the art of singing extemporary composed songs in Basque. Moreover, Jakub Szafrański is also going to learn the basics of Basque art of improvisation. The reportage will also create an opportunity to reflect on the value of mother tongues - their uniqueness and their potential of liquidating barriers.

Artistic residencies in San Sebastian are co-organized by the European Capital of Culture Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 and Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro, operating within the framework of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016.

RESULTS OF THE OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS AND CULTURE SECTOR REPRESENTATIVES FROM EUROPE
17.06.2016


We are pleased to announce that Alessandra Ferrini – a visual artist associated with London – will come to Wroclaw for the two-month artistic residency. During her stay she is going to realize project "Ghetto Relay", referring to the radio nodes that are used by immigrants harvesting tomatoes in the Italian region of Puglia. The situation of overused by local farmers and working for poverty rates tomato farm workers, will become a starting point for the analysis of a system of modern slavery. The result of  the project will be an exhibition summarizing the research, supplemented with videos.

Alessandra Ferrini was born in 1984 in Florence; she is a graduate of the Faculty of Anthropology of Space, Landscape and Architecture at the University of London and graduated from the Faculty of Media Arts at the University of Westminster.

The project of the artist has been selected by the committee, which included: Bartek Lis – Chairman of the Commission, Krzysztof Bielaszka – Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Commission and Karolina Bieniek with Berenika Nikodemska – Members of the Commission.

The residency is organized in the framework of the Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro.

Description of the open call is available at this [link].

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF CULTURAL SECTOR FROM EUROPE
16.05.2016

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].

"RESISTANCE" PROJECT
31.03.2016

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].

CALL FOR ARTISTS FROM THE PARTNER CITIES OF WROCLAW - RESULTS
31.03.2016

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. 

WRITING RESIDENCY IN WOJNOWICE
6.03.2016

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].

CALL FOR ARTISTS FROM THE PARTNER CITIES OF WROCLAW
29.02.2016

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].

 

 

2015
WROCŁAW

Wołodymyr Topij
born
1979
country
Ukraine
residency 
May/June 2015

A performer and visual artist, interested especially in a contemporary human’s awareness of  the popular culture.

More information: HERE


Jarosław Futimski
born

1987

country
Ukraine
residency
May/June 2015

He is mostly dealing with graphics, installations and performative actions. He defines his works as “sentimental” because he uses everyday objects which – since they carry around personal stories – are of special meaning to him.

More information: HERE


Jaime de los Rios
born
1982
country

Basque Country
residency
June/July 2015

The founder of the Open Laboratory of Art and Science ARTEK. In his work he connects new media art and digital technology.

More information: HERE


Ainara LeGardon
born

1976
country
Basque Country
residency
June/July 2015

An artist coming from Bilbao where she has been working for twenty years, achieving the status of one of the most important representatives of Spanish alternative music.

More information: HERE


Eneko Gil Alberdi
born

1985
country
Basque Country
residency
June/July 2015

A dancer, performer and the member of the Kukai Dance Company.

More information: HERE


Fabien Zocco
born
1980
country
France
residency
July 2015

A multimedia artist exploring the potential of activities at the interface between art and technology. His main area of interest is global networking and applications used to study the relationship between new media and everyday life, and the role they play in contemporary art.

More information: HERE


Serhij Petlyuk
born

1981
country
Ukraine
residency
July 2015

A visual artist and painter. He graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts. He is a co-founder of the artistic group KOMA, an initiator of numerous cultural events often taking the form of actions in public space and involving local communities.

More information: HERE


Svea Duwe
born
1972
country
Niemcy
residency
July/August 2015

She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. She is a visual artist, performer and lecturer.

More information: HERE


Wolf Kampmann
born
1962
country

Germany
residency
September/October 2015

A writer, music journalist and university lecturer. An author of the novel “Gustav.”

More information: HERE
 


Verena Blok
born
1990
country
The Netherlands

residency
September 2015

A photographer graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in the Hague, currently studying photography at AKV I St. Joost in Breda.

More information: HERE


Marie Lukáčova / Jakub Roček
born
1991 / 1989
country

Czech Republic
residency
October 2015

Graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Brno. Their artistic activities are inherently connected to the post-Soviet architecture and are focused on the forgotten places and buildings which were witnesses to small, private stories.

More information: HERE


Tomas Makara
born
1982
country
Slovakia
residency
October/November 2015

A visual artist from Kosice specializing in the field of spatial and video art.

More information: HERE


Klaas Burger
born
1977
country

The Netherlands
residency
November 2015

A visual artist and a journalist from Breda. He takes up primarily the issue of exclusion from culture and is known for engaging people from the margins of society.
More information: HERE


LOWER SILESIA
MixMediaLab

 

Maciej Kacprzak
field
photography
curator
Marcin Tzrpiot,  Krzysztof Orłowski
residency
Bagieniec, Świdnica
August 2015
born
1984

 

Maciej Kacprzak – a documentary photographer from Warsaw.

More informationi: HERE

 


Piotr Twardowski
field
rzeźba
curator

Piotr Makała
residency
Osada Gaj
August 2015
born

1972

A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Since 2000 he has been working there as a lecturer at the Faculty of Sculpture.

More information: HERE


Luca Zamoc
field
urban art
curator
Wojciech Kołacz OTECKI
residency
Świdnica
August 2015
born

1986

He was born in Modena and graduated from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. He is dealing with street art, new media art and illustration.

More information: HERE


A-I-R Sanatorium Dźwięku Sokołowsko

Keith Rowe
born
1940
country
Great Britain

residency

August 2015

A classic of improvised electroacoustic music (EAI), a tabletop guitarist and co-founder of the famous ensemble AMM.

More information: HERE


DUETY
Sławomir Jeśko (Slime)
born

1987

Marek Straszak
born
1985

Agata Elsner
born
1983
They all conducted an audio-visual experiment “CO2”: Slime was responsible for the sound, while Straszak prepared a video in which a main role was played by Agata Elsner. The authors were inspired by the 19th century precursor of aviation,  Jan Wnęk.

More information: HERE


Przemysław Matejko
born
1987

Łukasz Palkiewicz (Szatt)
born
1990
“Midnight” – the result of their cooperation is a footage prepared by Przemysław Matejko and an audio recording created by Szatt. The title refers to the state of suspension between dream and reality in which a major role is played by addictions and other dangers. In the video actors from Świdnica took part.
 

More information: HERE


Karolina Wycisk
born

1989

Maciej Hanusek
born
1985
They were both realising the project „Retour a la Maison”: a somnambulist sound installation based on the artists' dreams.

More information: HERE


EUROPA

Gerard Lebik
born
1980
country
Poland
residency
San Sebastian, October 2015

A musician and a composer. He works in the field of improvised and experimental music.

More information: HERE


Anna Nosowicz
born
1983
country
Poland
residency
San Sebastian, October 2015

A graduate of The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (specialization: painting), she also studied at the Academy of Arts and Design in Bratislava.

More information: HERE


Ilona Witkowska
born
1987
country
Poland
residency
Pecs, November 2015

A poetess, the winner of the Special Jury Prize of the 16th edition of Jacek Bierezin National Poetry Competition and Wrocław Silesius Poetry Award in the category “Debut of the Year” for her book “Splendida realta”.

 

More information: HERE


Olaf Brzeski
born
1975
country
Poland
residency

Berlin 2015

The author of sculptures, installations and videos. He captures his surreal visions on film or converts them into spatial projects, providing them with comments which constitute not only the interpretation of his works but separate fantastic stories behind his art.

More information: HERE


Aleksandra Wałaszek
born
1987
country
Poland
residency
San Sebastian, October 2015

An interdisciplinary artist, the author of multimedia works, installations, performances and research projects.

More information: HERE


Anna Zuber
born
1983
country
Poland
residency
Kosice, October/November 2015

A visual artist dealing with painting, photography, video and installations using multimedia and antiquarian items.

More informationi: HERE


2014
WROCŁAW

Maialen Sarasua
born
1983
country
Basque Country
residency
July 2014

A film director and the author of film documentaries. Inspired by the poem “People on the Bridge” by Wisława Szymborska, she decided to treat the bridges of Wrocław and San Sebastian as the main characters of her film collage.

More information: HERE


Matxalen de Pedro
born
1981
country
Basque Country
residency 
July/August 2014

A dancer, actress and performer. She is the member of the Horman Poster collective. During her residency she worked on a tour guide around Wrocław “Hiri Kit. City Kit.”

More information: HERE


Goiatz Labandibar
born

1985
country
Basque Country
residency
August 2014

A writer and journalist. During her residency in Wrocław she wrote twelve stories based on twelve photos and entitled “I have been there too… Click!”.

More information: HERE


EUROPE

Magdalena Kreis
born
1987
country
Poland

Natalia Romaszkan
born
1989
country
Poland

Ewa Służyńska
born
1990
country
Poland

residency
San Sebastian, November 2014

More information: HERE


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

Berenika Nikodemska – A-i-R Wro coordinator: berenika.nikodemska@wroclaw2016.pl

Krzysztof Bielaszka – international projects coordinator: krzysztof.bielaszka@wroclaw2016.pl

Anna Bieliz – regional projects coordinator: anna.bieliz@wroclaw2016.pl

Stanisław Abramik – literary projects coordinator and media relations: stanislaw.abramik@wroclaw2016.pl

Justyna Głuszenkow – producer: justyna.gluszenkow@wroclaw2016.pl

Barbara Wińska – secretary: rezydencje@wroclaw2016.pl

 

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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