Open Call for Upper Bavaria artists – Košice, Slovakia

Deadline: 16 June 2023

KAIR Košice Artist in Residence and Schafhof -European Art Forum Upper Bavaria invite visual or interdisciplinary artists based or coming from ​​the Upper Bavaria district of Germany to take part in the two-month residency in Košice, Slovakia.

Applications deadline: June 16th, 2023

Theme: Exploring Vulnerability

In 2023, the KAIR residency program focuses on connecting individuals and sharing responsibility to the world in times of crisis. The aim of the project is not only to analyze the current situation but especially to look critically at its consequences and the near and distant future. We are all experiencing the very personal and often emotional impact of a common global crisis ( environmental, economic, social, etc.). Many of us share feelings of fear and anxiety, environmental sadness or vulnerability. It is important to think about the environment in which we live and share with other living organisms. Living space for people is constantly expanding, the way of life shaped by capitalism affects and irreversibly disrupts our fragile ecosystems, following the beginning of an impending catastrophe. For the daily running of the world, unlimited mobility of people and goods is a matter of course today. We must take this into account to protect this and the next generation and to be able to adapt to existing and new challenges. Isn’t this just a time for connection, cooperation and solidarity? During and after the crisis, we must focus on building and supporting future relations, looking for new or different forms of political and cultural group activities and coexistence. Especially during the global crisis, emphasis must be placed on protecting the human rights of all citizens. The state of emergency and the preservation of public health can be used as an excuse for the segregation of minorities. That is why we should try to strengthen the position of minorities, improve their self-image and expose the stereotypes that are still present in the thinking of the majority of the population.

For the residency in Košice, we would like to ask artists to analyze the present situation and think about the vulnerability of the future, and to address one or more of the following questions through visual arts or their overlap into scientific disciplines, sound art, new media or performance:

How could the world slow down, and take its time to explore the vulnerability of our ecosystems, society and economy?

Is the current crisis causing a change in thinking and personal values? Or is it just temporary?

What are the possible new or different forms of political and cultural group activities and coexistence? And how does the environment in which we live, including other living organisms, fit into this coexistence?

What are the results and consequences of the process of moving between different places on Earth and beyond?

How can the protection of human rights be ensured for all citizens? And what can we do to protect this and future generations?

About KAIR

Košice Artist in Residence is an international residency program for artists from all over the world and all artistic disciplines and expressions. KAIR strongly focuses on creating international cooperation between Slovak and foreign artists and art organizations. Since 2011, artists have had the chance to work in the inspiring environment of Košice’s singular cultural surroundings, realize art projects, collaborate with the agile local art scene, and present themselves to the local and national public. In recent years the residency program has focused on connecting individuals and sharing the responsibility to the world during a common global crisis (environmental, political, economic, social, etc.). The program aims not only to analyze the current situation but to look critically at its consequences and the near and distant future. KAIR also provides opportunities for Slovak artists to travel for residencies in cooperation with its partners. The residency program offers two separate studios approx. 20 m2 in size, suitable for visual artists, and they are connected to the Šopa Gallery, where the residency activities in Košice will take place.



Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) of the Schafhof – European Art Forum Upper Bavaria

The Artist-in-Residence program is open to artists from across Europe. The values of a borderless, open, and free continent, a Europe of regions, are reflected in the program’s purpose and meaning. As a European art center offers a platform for lively exchange and a network of ideas. All fields of contemporary visual art are represented. Forming the main themes are the two poles of technology and nature as central pillars of a modern and sustainable community, which is fostered by the setting and facilities of the art center. The location in the midst of nature and the exceptional architecture create an atmosphere in which artists can concentrate on their work, while they can also integrate into the rich art scene of Munich and Upper Bavaria.



What we provide:

  • accommodation in a shared apartment
  • studio space
  • a fee of 600 euros (gross) per month
  • a production budget of 200 euros
  • travel costs

The residency also offers:

  • curatorial support
  • connection with the local cultural scene
  • production and PR support

What we expect:

  • Participation at the Open Studios Night to get in touch with the local audience
  • One individual presentation, lecture or workshop during the residency
  • Final presentation at the end of the residency

Make sure you are able to spend at least 80% of your residency time here in Košice.

Interested applicants must send the following information in English:

  • CV specifying the details of an artistic career
  • Portfolio (max 10MB) where the candidate’s interests and research topics are clear
  • statement of interest (max 300 words)
  • short description of the project you’d like to work on (up to 1000 characters)


During the selection process, the jury will give priority to the artists who:

  • are active; even students can apply if they are already active in their practice,
  • reflect one or more topics of the KAIR project in their application,
  • are based or coming from the Upper Bavaria district of Germany; they do not need to be citizens of the country but do have to be established on the local scene.

Residency period:

The residency will be realized within the period October – December 2023 (the date of arrival is variable)


Application deadline: June 16th, 2023

Selection results will be announced on the June 30th, 2023 at the latest.

Committee: representatives of the Schafhof – European Art Forum Upper Bavaria (Eike Berg), representatives of KAIR (Petra Housková, Tatiana Takáčová, Monika Pádejová), external curator Erik Vilím.


Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) of the Schafhof – European Art Forum Upper Bavaria

Contact: Eike Berg,


KAIR Košice Artist in Residence

Contact: Petra Housková,

Phone nr.: +421 911 224 391

The residency program is also supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.