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RESIDENCY SKILLS FAIR: Workshops and book launch in Prague, August 23rd

Workshops and book launch

Karlin Studios, Křižíkova 34, 180 00 Prague 8
Tuesday, August 23rd, 6-7:30pm


In a contemporary art world artistic residencies function as an important institution – different to exhibitions,art-fairs, festivals. They can offer a time and space for work and / or retreat for artists, researchers,curators, their significance in providing possibilities for networking, collaborative projects and mobility of art professionals constantly grows. RE-tooling RESIDENCIES project was a collaboration of several European residency organizers aiming at discussing and sharing knowledge about the ways the residencies can be run, supported and theoreticized. Now, at Karlin Studios, the participants of the project offer their skills, knowledge and advice to those artists, curators and cultural operators who are interested either in going for a residency or working on international artistic exchange.

The RESIDENCY SKILLS’ FAIR is organized to accompany the book launch; ‘RE-tooling RESIDENCIES.A Closer Look at the Mobility of Art Professionals’ is a call for qualitative reflection in this field. Throughout the book, a variety of possible residency formats is presented, as defined and experienced by cultural producers. All the authors speak from a position as practitioners, who either run specific programmes or undertake activity as artists, curators, activists, managers and/or theoreticians, actively reflecting and animating cultural mobility.

During the event the publication will be distributed for free.

Some of the workshops will be carried out simultaniously.
Please, book earlier by sending e-mail to:


1) Amy Walker (cultural manager, Triangle Art Network, London)
Amy Walker will talk about the international network-wide ‘Knowledge & Skills Sharing’ managed by Triangle. The following workshop will try to start a dialogue about what skills people feel they have (for example curatorial, project management) and what they need more of (for example fundraising, marketing) and vice versa. Then as a group, see if there are any potential opportunities for exchange of skills there.


2) Marianna Dobkowska (curator, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw)
"A receipt for a good portfolio"
The residency experience starts very often from sending a portfolio. Marianna Dobkowska will talk about the ways the portfolios can be reviewed as well as about simple facts and basic tips that can help to improve its communication potential.


3) Zuzana Bodnarova (cultural manager, Banska St a nica, Slovakia)
«Let’s make the residency centre!”
The presentation will be dealing with various consequences of deciding to run a residency programme outside urban, artistic hubs.


4) Lillian Fellman, Mark Vennegoor (board members of Res Artis, Amsterdam)
“Res Support in Central, East and South Europe 2012-14”
The representatives of Res Artis – a support network for residency organizations – will discuss their activities in the light of a new project to be developped in the region. What strategies and structures can be adapted to cover the requirements expressed by emerging A-I-R programs best, as well as to meet the needs of established initiatives in the region? What different local situations and specific challenges in the region with regard to the residency program development should be considered?


5) Angela Butterstein (cultural manager, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart)
“The real challenge: Press and PR for artistic projects”
To promote projects of artists who are still at the beginning of their careers can often be a challenge, all the more if they come from abroad and have different cultural backgrounds and expectations. I would just like to share some of my knowledge and experiences from the past years and maybe also have a look at the latest developments in this field.


6) Anna Ptak, Agnieszka Sosnowska (CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw)
“Residencies in a discursive field”
The discussion about residencies often lacks a connection to broader discourse of artistic research or contemporary art practice. During this session we invite the public to deal with some of the issues raised in the book and to focus on two specific aspects: what was overlooked in an already buried debate on site-specificity and participatory practices? Can residency programme be a good place for an academic research and if university can serve as a good place for resident artists?


7) Markéta Stará, Ondřej Stupal (FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague)
“Why (not) to do residencies! (?)”
Is there sufficient funding for residencies in the time of permanent «crisis»?
Is there a public, hence does a residency need an audience? And if so how to present/mediate, the residency to the public? And we are not even mentioning curators, do they care… ?! Mobility is the motto! Do residencies further the process of homogenization? Will we end up with a universal art scene? We would like to ask artists and other art professionals to come and join us at the desk and share their idea(s) about an ideal residency.