International Conference on Artistic Residencies
& Eastern European Res Artis Meeting

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
Warsaw, Poland
November 16-19th 2009

a-i-r laboratory programme at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle had a pleasure to invite you for re-tooling Residencies. International Conference on Artistic Residencies and Eastern European Res Artis Meeting. Being a host for the first Eastern European Res Artis Meeting Re-tooling Residencies means to facilitate networking and provide learning opportunities for parties and organizations potentially involved in supporting and developing international exchange. The conference program consisted of panel discussions and presentations, workshops and accompanying activities.

Monday, 16th November
7:00 pm

Opening of the exhibition Tytuł Roboczy. Working Title

Opening of Re-tooling Residencies conference.

Laboratory building.
The new site for artistic residencies in Warsaw – in the Laboratory building adjacent to the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle – opened with this exhibition. It was organized by a-i-r laboratory in collaboration with Akademie Schloss Solitude, celebrating 20 years of its activities and cooperation with Warsaw’s Centre. Tytuł Roboczy. Working Title involved not only the gallery space but also the studios and workshops which accommodate resident artists.

8:00 pm
Welcome party.

Tuesday, 17th November
10:00 – 10:30 am
Plenary meeting

Introduction of Res Artis network, mission and the goals of the Regional Meeting.
Laboratory building.

(Jean-Baptiste Joly, photo: Dominik Kuryłek)

All panels took place in Laboratory building.

10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Panel 1: Why invest in residencies?

The first panel presentation was devoted to artistic residencies in the wider context of cultural policy.

A successful mediation between public and private bodies, creating partnerships on a local, regional and world-wide scale resulted in a vast development of art residencies in the last 20 years, especially in Northern European countries. While (geographically) broadening the impact of this form of artistic practice and communication, it is still worth asking about the reasons and goals standing behind the investments made in their development.
Invited speakers represented a proactive attitude towards promoting, funding and developing new schemes of residencies. The presentations touched upon such issues as the rationale of founding bodies, evaluating good residency schemes, institutional and financial factors to consider, as well as addressing the dynamics of international networking, and the impact of artistic exchange on the dynamics of regional cooperation and development.

(Odile Chenal, Monika Fabijańska, photo: Dominik Kuryłek)

Invited speakers:

Odile Chenal (FR), Research and Development programme, European Cultural Foundation

Monika Fabijanska (PL), Director, Polish Cultural Institute in New York

Marijke Jansen (NL), Vice President, Res Artis

Ayeh Naraghi (FR), UNESCO - Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

Dana Pekaríková (SK), Artists-in-Residence Programme Manager, International Visegrad Fund
Moderator: Monika Fabijańska (PL), Director, Polish Cultural Institute, New York

1:00 – 2:30 pm

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Panel 2: Different approaches to residencies

Various models of organising artistic residencies were discussed by the speakers in this panel, including: production residencies, those related to exhibiting or retreat, collaborative projects. Whether residential centres are shaped by cultural, political or artistic interest - relating to its particular setting or differentiated by the addresses of a specific group of artists - they all are comprised of a set of conditions that need to be fulfilled in order to succeed. How do the experts and leaders of residential centres evaluate their programs? How is the cooperation with the artists realised according to specific type of residency?

(Jarosław Kozakiewicz, Catalina Lazano, Erik Hagoort, Johan Pousette, Ariane Beyn, 
photo: Dominik Kuryłek)

Invited speakers:

Ariane Beyn (DE), Head of Visual Arts, Artists-in-Berlin Programme, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD

Eric Hagoort (NL), Trans Artists

Jarosław Kozakiewicz (PL), Artist, Centre Brok

Catalina Lozano (GB), Residencies Coordinator, Gasworks | Triangle Arts Trust

Johan Pousette (SE), Expert adviser for the Nordic residency program, Nordic Council of Ministers (KKN)

2:30 – 4:30 pm

Training and Support, part 1.,

Cinema LAB, Ujazdowski Castle

Workshop led by Marijke Jansen (NL), Vice President, Res Artis

and Irene Saddal (NL), project coordinator, Res Artis.

8:00 pm


(Cyprien Gaillard and Koudlam / The Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD, photo: Dominik Kuryłek)

An evening with Berliner Künstlerprogramm /DAAD (Laboratory building, before and after the dinner)

6:00 pm Tim Lee: Remakes, Variations- Video Works (2003-2009)

The Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD was pleased to present the Canadian artist Tim Lee who will give a brief introduction to his video work.

10:00 pm Cyprien Gaillard and Koudlam: Live-Performance & Screening

The Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD was pleased to present an after-hours session of film and music with artist Cyprien Gaillard and composer and musician Koudlam (both from Paris). Following a series of short films by Gaillard (Cities of Gold and Mirror, The Lake Arches, Dune Park) and sound interventions by Koudlam, the film Desniansky Raion – a collaboration between the artist and the musician – was projected. Tim Lee and Cyprien Gaillard were guests of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD, Berlin.

Wednesday, 18th November
9:30 – 11:30 am

Panel 3: Connections between East and West

The aim of this panel was to focus on connections between Eastern and Western Europe, South-east Europe and USA, to present both new institutions/residency centres in Eastern/Southern Europe and long lasting networks. What was to be discussed stems from issues of collaboration between organisations with different levels of institutionalisation. What are the changing frameworks for this collaboration and the meanings of “support”, “development”, “exchange”? What are the issues concerning mutuality of cultural exchange? Speakers gave examples of good and ‘working’ collaborations. They talked about the conditions and the environment required as a base for successful models of collaboration.

(Magda Raczyńska, Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, Anne Barlow, photo: Dominik Kuryłek)

Invited speakers:

Anne Barlow (USA), Director, Art in General

Fritzie Brown (USA), Executive Director, CEC ArtsLink, Inc.

Jean-Baptiste Joly (DE), Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude

Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (PL), Chief curator, a-i-r laboratory, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
Moderator: Magdalena Raczyńska (PL), Head of Literature, Polish Cultural Institute, London

11:45 am. – 1:45 pm

Panel 4: Introducing new disciplines

This panel aimed to discuss various strategies for developing artistic residencies in context as they adjust to the contemporary conditions of art and culture. Interdisciplinarity became a way to manage with the artists‘ wide spectrum of interests in diverse media and science. From another side, the development of new media technology impels creating residencies which provide artists with professionally equipped studios. The presentations questioned different approaches to residency models and perspectives of introducing new disciplines. What are the arguments towards specialising in narrow disciplines? Which model provides artists with appropriate work conditions? Introducing new disciplines-in-residence also means design, curating, architecture, humanities. What are requirements for such programmes? How does this broad approach reflect the institutional setting?

(Erik Berg, Magnus Ericson, Marianka Dobkowska, photo: Dominik Kuryłek)

Invited speakers:

Stella d’Ailly (SE), Director Mossutställningar, Erik Berg (SE), Curator Mossutställningar

Nathalie Anglès (US), Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria (US), Founders and Directors, Residency Unlimited

Hagen Betzwieser (DE), Artist, IAT

Marianna Dobkowska (PL), Curator, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Magnus Ericson (SE), Project manager, IASPIS
Moderator: Kaja Pawełek (PL), Curator, CCA Ujazdowski Castle

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Additional programme for Polish/regional artists:

How to become an Artist-in-Residence

Educational Room, Ujazdowski Castle

by Yeb Wiersma, Trans Artists Education Team

2:00 – 4:00 pm


4:15 – 6:15 pm

Panel 5: Residencies and the art scene

How to build the prestige of the residency so that it could have influence on art market? What are problems regarding various formal statuses of artistic residencies (eg: association, part of an art institution, independent art institution) and how does this impacts on the relation with the art market? What is the legal status of the work? Speakers touched on the question of rights and ownership.
Additionally, speakers looked at issues of locality. Artistic residencies draw on the character of the place. Artists act as cultural intermediaries, communicating a different city narrative. In the wider question of creative cities, it is crucial to identify multiple perspectives which shape the image of the city – beyond the property-led regeneration, laborious schemes of thinking about the place, or the virtual forces of globalisation. The working connections between visiting artists and the locale serves as the most effective way to foster real artistic, cultural and research exchange internationally. Artistic residencies help to redress the balance between the cities which are “creation centres” and other cities which are based on “importing” arts and culture.

(Friedrich Meschede, Kaja Pawełek, Zoran Pantelic, Margarita Dorovska, photo: Dominik Kuryłek)

Invited speakers:
Albena Nikolova (BG), InterSpace Media Art Centre

Friedrich Meschede (DE), Head of Exhibitions/Senior Curator, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Zoran Pantelic (RS), Artist, Director, New Media
Moderator: Kaja Pawełek (PL), Curator, CCA Ujazdowski Castle

7:00 pm

Closing dinner at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Thursday, 19th November
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Training and Support, part 2.

Laboratory building

Workshop led by Marijke Jansen (NL), Vice President, Res Artis

and Irene Saddal (NL), project coordinator, Res Artis.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Studio and gallery visits.
This programme included three different options to be chosen by participants.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


a-i-r laboratory
CCA Ujazdowski Castle
Co-organizers: Res Artis, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Futura, Kosthall Botkyrka, Akademie Schloss Solitude
Partners: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Poland, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institut, Instituto Camoes, The City of Warsaw, DAAD, Polish Cultural Institute in New York, British Council, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Warsaw
Commercial Partners: Kuuk, Nela-One, Vitra, Bosch, Spectra, Lira, NAP, Illy, Adobe, Lidex, Peri
Media Partners: Gazeta Wyborcza