What are Artist in residency programs?

Artist in residency programs (hereafter: AiRS) are opportunities in which artists, curators, and cultural professionals can live and work temporarily.

What are the advantages of an artist in residency programs?

Many of advantages come from an experience of cultural mobility. First, artists’ mobility facilitates the access to different art markets; in fact, an artist could easily discover that his or her art perfectly fits this new art market. This will probably offer opportunities to further his or her career. Artists’ mobility facilitates artists dialogue and creativity, sharing of knowledge, commitment, and love for arts.  After all, “Happiness only real when shared”.

Very often residencies are not only places for artists related only to one artistic field (i.e. visual arts), but other disciplines (i.e. performing arts) can be included. Those who were born as friendships can easily translate into professional cooperations and thus the dialogue between different artistic disciplines could also innovate the traditional idea of “art”.

Which are the added values of an experience like that?

The sharing of different perspectives offers the opportunity to enter a new market, make alliances. Networking is about sharing values, creating agreements, relationships, and cooperation of different kinds. For instance, hosting residencies together with artists could decide to set up an exhibition and this will be an opportunity to get visibility for both. It is easily understandable the big possibility that an event like that could represent for an artist, by furthering his or her career. Residencies can facilitate interactions among strong actors in the cultural field (such as curators, art critics …). By applying to a residency program, an artist can make their style less self – referential and more internationally – oriented. Think about AiRs as alternative academies, in fact, they represent opportunities to learn new things. This is what Panu Johansson said regarding his experience in Berlin:

My first main goal for the Berlin period was to see as much alternative moving image (experimental films, film performances, gallery videos, installations…) as possible. After attending way more than a handful of exhibitions and events I’d say this goal was achieved



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