NO residencies will take place in 2011. We will no longer host residencies for artists. Please do not send any applications or inquiries in this matter.
ATTENTION: Summer 2010 deadline: closed – no more applications are being accepted
SUMMER 2010 RESIDENCE DATES: July 5 to August 30
4-6 visiting artists spend 8 weeks working in close contact with cultural organizations in Białystok, namely the Arsenał Gallery.
Outside of ordinary constraints such as day jobs, commissions and exhibition deadlines, the residency offers artists the time, space, and resources to experiment with their work and try new approaches. Art Factory Białystok provides artists with an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and often instigates experimentation with new concepts and materials. The residency is non-prescriptive and process-based, allowing artists to develop projects in response to their new environment. Collaborative projects are strongly encouraged.
The participating artists will be chosen at the beginning of 2010 from an open call. The criteria for picking artists will be: 1) artistic merit, 2) letter of intent. The residence is open to active professional artists, who demonstrate an interest in Poland and are open to new experiences.
Cooperation with Galeria Arsenał
Arsenał Gallery (www.galeria-arsenal.pl) provides the space and resources for public lectures by the visiting artists. Also, an exhibition is usually organized there at the end of the residency. This summer we may not use Arsenał’s space as the space in Weglowa is really big.
(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.)
1750PLN (approx. US$650 or €430) this covers 8 weeks accommodation in dormitories and a 3-day trip to Warsaw (transportation and accommodation). As mentioned above, this amount may be lower, but will NOT be higher.
– a shared studio space
– 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 encourage 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.
Will be provided separately in university dormitories. Artists are responsible for their own meals, materials, and transportation.
The studio space is located at Węglowa, which is a large old army warehouse. There is lots of space to work.
APPLICATIONS (in English or Polish):
Due to our selection process procedures, we only accept paper applications. No electronic applications will be accepted at this time.
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
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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