Hydra PACE — Platform for Artistic Collaboration and Exchange is the collaboration of three partners from Slovenia, Palestine, and Slovakia, aiming to form a growing network of existing and new international artist-in-residency programs for established and emerging artists. The idea for the art residencies project evolved on the threshold of the pandemic crisis that challenged us to reconsider and redesign numerous projects and programs, including artistic residencies. Hydra PACE is thus offering a model of concurrent international residencies, with an emphasis on combined live–online activities for artists to network, collaborate, exchange practices and experience different social, political, and cultural contexts.
During the Hydra PACE program in 2021, 6 artists will travel to 3 different countries. Participating in networking, communication, and educational activities, they will together with partners transfer valued know-how to local and international audiences.
Hydra PACE focuses on intercultural dialogue as a method for artistic research and to create projects that reflect current topics and issues, communicated in this open call under the keywords: co-living, community, connecting, and co-experience.
The DobraVaga Gallery, Ramallah Municipality / Mamarat AIR program and Kair invite visual or interdisciplinary artists, living and working in Slovenia, Palestine, or Slovakia, to take part in a two-month residency in selected cities (Ljubljana, Ramallah, Košice). The Hydra PACE residence program anticipates six concurrent residencies, and the connection between the artists in residence and partners implies collaboration in three stages: collaboration with the partner’s organization prior to arrival, a two-month residence in the selected city (throughout June and July 2021), and a final meeting of all participating artists in residence and partners’ representatives in Ramallah.
We would like to ask artists to analyze the present situation and think about the future, addressing one (or more) of the following issues through visual arts or their overlap with scientific disciplines, sound art, new media, architecture, literature, animation, or performance: co-living, coworking, community, coexistence, copresence, connection, consensus, consonance, cooperation, co-experience, Covid-19.
Each residency includes a separate apartment and artist studio free of charge, an artist fee of 1,000 €, per diems, material costs (limited), travel costs (limited), accommodation and travel costs for the final meeting in Ramallah.
DobraVaga is a venue in the wonderful environment of the central city marketplace, which is the work of world-famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. It is an exhibition and project space, commercial gallery and open studio of various contemporary artistic practices, styles and content. The program places an emphasis on the aesthetic reflections of the younger generation of artists, the generation that represents the junction of (possi/a)bilities, explorations and current contexts of artistic production in contemporary times. DobraVaga also includes a public zine library and reading room, inviting browsing and exploration.
The Open Studio residency programme was established for young regional artists who do not have their own space to create. With the increasing international presence of DobraVaga, it has also taken on the form of an international residency programme mostly including artists at the beginning of their professional artistic career. It is intended for all artists in contemporary visual and interdisciplinary production, regardless of their medium of expression – its main aim is artistic creation.
DobraVaga is part of Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture and was established by the Municipality of Ljubljana. MORE
The Ramallah Municipality Art and Culture Department is to contribute to the sustainable cultural development of the city. Within its strategic cultural policy, the promotion and development of international cooperation has been established with various long-term projects through the city’s cultural networks, such as UCLG, Metropolis, UNESCO Creative Network in Music, Mc2Cm Network, etc.
In the domain of visual arts, AIR was established in 2017 with the title Mamarat – Paths, which is an international artist-in-residency program that aims to connect local visual scenes with the international scene and targets young established artists in cooperation with different European partners. MORE
The international artist-in-residence program K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence was implemented by the NGO “Kosice 2013” in 2011 as one of the key projects within the framework of the European Capital of Culture. After the European Capital of Culture year, the NGO transformed into Creative Industry Košice, an organization where K.A.I.R. had stable ground to develop its international activities and a network of partners. In 2016, KAIR became an independent association.
The residency program is for artists from all over the world and in all artistic disciplines and expressions. It provides them with the chance to work in the inspiring environment of Košice’s singular cultural surroundings, in order to realize art projects, collaborate with the agile local art scene and present themselves to the local and national public.
Artists are chosen based on open calls in cooperation with the program’s international partners. Up to now, it has sent and invited artists from various countries, such as Poland, Germany, Georgia, Ukraine and Japan. The program can host three artists at the same time to encourage exchange and support the dialogue between different scenes. In Košice, it will provide accommodation, studios, and financial and production support. MORE