Open call for German artists – Košice, Slovakia

Deadline: July 12th, 2020

K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in residence and Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) of the Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria invite visual or interdisciplinary artists from Upper Bavaria district of Germany to take part in the two-months residency in Košice, Slovakia.

For the residency in Košice, we are searching for a visual or interdisciplinary artist from Upper Bavaria district of Germany, who would like to deal with the theme of Interconnectedness which highlights the need for contemporary society to be aware of its links with the environment beyond its own region, state or nation, but also beyond the human species. On the one hand, it is the impact of rich regions on developing countries on environmental, economic, and political issues. On the other hand, focusing on anthropocentric humanism leads to the creation of a line between human and animal. 

The artistic project that we will select through the open call should reflect some of the related issues through visual art or its overlap into scientific disciplines, sound art, new media, or performance:

What do we need to do to ensure the rights of all, including animals?

What can we do to protect this generation and the next generation?

How should we consider setting up personal values?

How should the government, institutions, law, or international relations respond?

At the same time, we are also interested in individual experience and emotional impact – fear and anxiety, ecological grief, etc.

Only individuals will eligible to apply for the residency.

Application deadline: July 12th, 2020

Date of results: July 31th, 2020

K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence is an international Artist-in-Residence program for artists from all over the world and out of all artistic disciplines and expressions. K.A.I.R. is strongly focused on the creation of international cooperations between the Slovak and foreign artists and art organizations. Since 2011, artists have the possibility to work in the inspiring environment of Košice’s singular cultural surroundings to realize art projects, collaborate with the agile local art scene, and present themselves to the local and national public. K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence also provides opportunities to Slovak artists to travel for residencies within the cooperation with the project partners.

The Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) of the Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria 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 KAIR provides to the artist from Upper Bavaria district of Germany:

  • Eight weeks residency in Kosice, Eastern Slovakia: 1st September – 31st October 2020
  • Free accommodation and studio
  • Honorarium 600 € / monthly
  • Travel costs (one-time return, most favorable connection) max. 300 € in total
  • Material costs max. 200 € in total
  • Production and PR support

What we expect from an artist

  • Participation during the Open Studios Night to introduce himself/herself to the local audience.
  • One individual presentation or workshop during the residency.
  • Final presentation/exhibition at the end of the residency.
  • Compulsory attendance.

The application should consist of three PDF in English

  • portfolio with selected works (max. 10 pages)
  • motivation letter: please describe your motivation to take part in the residency and the ideas or topics you would like to work with during the residency (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae with basic information (Name, Address, Email, Website).

Application for the artists from Upper Bavaria, Germany: 

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

Management: Eike Berg, 

K.A.I.R. – Košice Artist in Residence:

Management: Petra Housková,

Phone nr.: +421 911 224 391

The residency program is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council. Two months residency for artists from Germany, Upper Bavaria district is also supported by Goethe-Institut Bratislava.