Monthly Archives: November 2009

Warsaw

I was in Warsaw on Tuesday. Originally, I had planned to go to the Retooling Residencies Res Artis conference, but I also had to take care of some things at the U.S. Consulate and only had one day in Warsaw – actually, more like a few hours. I have a 5 month old son, so everything, including going to Warsaw, is a bit more complicated. The plan was that we (my husband, son and I) would go to the embassy, take care of what needed to be taken care of – Consular Report of Birth, Passport and Social Security card applications for my son and myself (renewal) – and then I would go to the conference while my husband took care of my son. Easy enough in theory, but in practice it turned out that everything took a whole lot longer than we had anticipated. On top of that my son’s been teething (but no teeth yet), so he’s been a bit cranky. Going to the conference would have been impossible and a bit selfish.

One thing that always hits me when I am in Warsaw is how different it feels from Białystok. Warsaw is like any big capital in the sense that it has this feeling of people rushing and a fast pace of life. It seems like there is almost no place to breathe there. Białystok is definitely a much slower, more lazy city, which is exactly what I love it for. For most of  my life, I lived in Chicago, and now I realize why my life since moving here feels like I live in a completely different world, because in many ways it is.

This is exactly why having an artist residence in Białystok makes sense – artists and writers can come here and take a breather from their worlds.

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Welcome to the Art Factory Białystok International Artist Residence program blog. This will serve as the space for information about our residency programs until we get a website up. After that, it may still function as a blog with periodic updates on what we’re doing.

So far we have had one residence take place – in summer 2008. This is a very young program! The next residence is coming up in summer 2010. A writer’s residence program is in the works. This blog will serve as a documentation of development of the residency program. The aim is a year-round program. There are many hurdles to overcome, and it may take some time, but I believe it can be done. Art Factory Białystok has been a dream of mine, and it is slowly but surely materializing.

And who am I? My name is Urszula Humienik-Dworakowska, and I am the residence founder and project coordinator. I do basically anything and everything to get this thing together and get the right people to help out, etc. My husband, Pawel, helps out with many of the aspects – I don’t think I could do it all completely on my own. To find out more about me, find me on facebook.

Urszula Humienik-Dworakowska

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