Working Sessions

Thursday, June 5, 10:00 – 17.00 & Friday, June 6, 10:00 – 12:00

Working sessions are the central part of the Forum. The participants, residence organizers and the artists, with facilitation of experienced professionals, will discuss various forms of residency programmes and practices, learn from each other, define needs and challenges, and jointly propose solutions. Although these sessions are primary aimed at cultural workers and artists from Croatia, those coming from other contexts are more than welcome. During the first day the participants will get insights into knowledge produced through the Res Artis network. They will learn from experiences of concrete practices in different environments, discuss how to start and sustain an artists residency field, comparing local challenges and needs with those of other countries. They will discuss how to formulate recommendations for Croatian cultural policies, also applicable in other countries and regions that share similar challenges. Final conclusions will be drafted in the morning of the second day. Working sessions are organised as a coherent group process and it is therefore necessary that all participants are present for the entire duration of the sessions. The sessions combine different formats: presentations, discussions and group work.


Lillian Fellman (Res Artis network, Amsterdam, NL),
Ika Sienkiewicz Nowacka (A-I-R laboratory/Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL)


Sonja Soldo (Pogon, Zagreb, HR): Reasons behind the Forum and Residence programmes as Pogon’s strategy for interconnecting artists
Lillian Fellman: Local impact of artist residencies: The potential for development and diversification, stories instead of statistics and observations from the Res Artis network


Candace Goodrich (Kunst Kraft Werk; One Sided Story, Leipzig, GE): Leipzig residency scene
Ivana Hanaček (BLOK, Zagreb, HR): Research platform / UrbanFestival
Ika Sienkiewicz Nowacka: ResSupport Workshop for Emerging Artist Residencies: How to start and sustain an artist residency field?
Goran Sergej Pristaš (BADco, Zagreb, HR): Experience in performing arts residencies
Iva Rada Janković (Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, HR): Residency programme of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Adéla Foldynová (Pilsen 2015 European Capital of Culture, Pilsen, CZ): Residency in ECoC – Examples: K.A.I.R. (Košice) & Open A.I.R. (Pilsen)


Janja Sesar (Kurziv /, Zagreb, HR)


Opening address

Thursday, June 5, 17:30

Emina Višnić, Director of Pogon
Katarina Pavić, Coordinator of Clubture Network
Katrin Ostwald-Richter, EUNIC Cluster Croatia, Director of Goethe Institut Kroatien
Tamara Perišić, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia


Residency programmes: long-term investment for artistic and social development

Thursday, June 5, 18:00

Round table with:

Annemarie Türk (independent curator, Vienna, AT)
Claude Veron (Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe, Paris, FR)
Luca Bergamo (Culture Action Europe, Brussels, BE)
Yvette Vaughan Jones (Visiting Arts, London, UK)
Tamara Perišić (Assistant Minister of Culture, Zagreb, HR)


Emina Višnić (Pogon, Zagreb, HR)

Through various partnerships on a local, regional and transnational scale arts residencies have been developing throughout Europe, becoming one of the major tools for fostering artistic mobility and cultural exchange. More often they involve not only artists of various disciplines, but also researchers, architects, techies and experts in other fields. Residency programmes strongly affect broadening of artistic practices, acting as platforms where communication with local contexts takes place. Therefore, together with taking into account their artistic value, their broader role as social practice needs to be examined. Existing and possible new roles of residency programmes in ever-changing environment, with global and instant communication provided by high technology and new features must also be considered. Although we are generally aware of the importance of residency programmes, it still makes sense to discuss the reasons and objectives that justify past and future investments, especially in specific circumstances of certain countries or regions where infrastructure and support for residency programmes has yet to be developed. What can we learn from existing practices in Europe? Why did residency programmes become so popular and what are their purposes? What kind of support do they need? What kind of stimulating measures in local, national and European cultural policies should be introduced in order to meet set goals of cultural and broader social development that are linked with residency programmes?

Practices: similar means for different ends

Friday, June 6, 12:15

Panel discussion with:

Angela Butterstein, (Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE)
Ika Sienkiewicz Nowacka (A-I-R laboratory/CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL)
Clara Gensburger (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris, FR)
Slaven Tolj (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts) & Davor Mišković, (Drugo more) – Kamov Residence Programme (Rijeka, HR)
Zvonimir Dobrović (Domino, Zagreb, HR) – Queer Zagreb Artist in Residence Programme


Vesna Vuković (BLOK, Zagreb, HR)

As in every practice associated with art, defining the most important or the most relevant models of residency is impossible. Instead of pursuing this non-viable ambition we will present some examples of various strategies, some well established and firmly structured and some experimenting in order to find the best approaches to influence the context. What is at the centre of their models? What are the main characteristics of progressive residence practices? Can we imagine different paths of their development in the near or distant future?

Support: networking, infrastructure, knowledge

Friday, June 6, 15:00

Panel discussion with:

Lillian Fellman (Res Artis network, Amsterdam, NL)
Bojana Panevska (DutchCulture|TransArtists, Amsterdam, NL)
Max Aufischer (Kulturvermittlung Steiermark, Graz, AT)
Teodor Celakoski (Clubture Network, Zagreb, HR)


Ivana Podnar (Ministry of Culture, Zagreb, HR)

Artists, producers and cultural workers in general, driven by enthusiasm, are keen to develop new practices and innovative approaches in cultural and broader social exchanges. This is especially visible in residency programmes, where they experiment with new formats, combining various disciplines with growing focus on local communities. But these efforts need support – mutual support through networks and collaborations, smart advices and know-how transfer, but also financial support, adequate infrastructure and other resources. Necessary conditions for successful residency programmes are simple but not that easily achievable: it is about the ‘hardware’ (infrastructure before all) and the ‘software’ (support for creation and communication with local communities). What are the kinds of practices of support and what can we learn from them? What are the conditions to secure mutuality of cultural exchange, especially in relation to economical division between European North and South, or West and East? How can we produce an enabling environment, centres that can operate as hubs where visiting artists, curators and researchers connect with local scene and contribute to and benefit from the exchange that happens there?

Directions: needs, ambitions and probabilities

Friday, June 6, 16:30

Presentation of working sessions’ conclusions by:

Janja Sesar (Kurziv /, Zagreb, HR), respondent

with working session participants.

Final comments and reflections by:

Yvette Vaughan Jones (Visiting Arts, London, UK)
Tamara Perišić (Assistant Minister of Culture, Zagreb, HR)


Emina Višnić (Pogon, Zagreb, HR)

Through the working sessions artists and cultural workers discussed current situation and possibilities for development in the near future, focusing on Croatia. Their conclusions and recommendations will be presented in the form and content that will be jointly decided during the process. Are the presented ideas in line with Croatian and European cultural policy and how are these conclusions relevant for defining concrete measures? This question will be discussed in the final comments.

Film screening

Friday, June 6, 17:30

Ana Hušman (artist, Zagreb, HR), Postcards
2013. | Croatia | 23’ 00’’ | format hd, 16 mm, 1920 x 1080

Roberto Santaguida (artist, Montreal, CA), Goran
2013. | Serbia | 10’ 38’’ | format hd, 1920 x 1080

Hušman and Santaguida will present their experiences with artist-in-residency programmes, and will comment on a support they got as a artist-in-residents for their work.


Jasna Jakšić

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