Deadline: 9 February 2017
Call for entries

Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters Residency Programs, Funded Residency

Open call for Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters residency programs conceived by: kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia) and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy) under the umbrella of UNIDEE – University of Ideas.

The two residencies are developed under the framework of Trauma & Revival. Cultural relations between Eastern and Western Europe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union (2015-2018).

Whorkshop in Moscow (Russia)
4 days during the week of 15-22 May 2017.
Including a visit of the exhibition Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945 – 1968 at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and of other key Russian cultural actors

Residency – kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Latvia)
kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia), July 8 – 22, 2017.
Number of participants: 12

Residency – Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Ital y)
Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy), September 11 – 30, 2017.
Number of participants: 10

Workshop in Krakow (Poland)
During 2nd week of October 2017.
Programme to be confirmed.

Deadline: February 9, 2017


The two-week residency by kim? Contemporary Art Centre, taking place at its venue in Riga, Latvia will pay attention to the historical complexities, common memories and imagined futures that have been significant in the East – West dichotomy relationship, particularly in the infrastructure of the Baltic countries, which has been a frontier between Russia and Europe. The programme, curated and designed by professionals coming from various fields will question the notions of frontiers and borders, disconnection, separation and union, a common realm, joint memories and futures, among other important topics.

The three-week residency at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto is developed within the framework of UNIDEE – University of Ideas, which is an educational programme investigating the relationship between art and the public sphere and combines theory with practice. UNIDEE will offer a programme based on lectures, seminars, collective discussions and a final open studio event. The participants will be guided throughout the residency programme by a tutor and a group of acknowledged international experts. The 2017 UNIDEE programme is shaped around three macro-topics: Revolution, Desire, Mediation. These will also be guidelines for residency participants to suggest critical and new inputs, and to propose geo-political links between the time-lapse (1945-1968) and the historical, social and economic issues expressed in the general frame of Trauma & Revival project. Independent curator Aria Spinelli will tutor the three-week residency. Independent curator Aria Spinelli will tutor the three-week residency.

Both residencies wi ll focus on the series of discussions, talks, lectures and presentations directed towards the development of a unique body of work – artistic interventions that will be further considered and potentially included in a contemporary art exhibition that will be erected at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Center for Fine Arts (Bozar), Brussels in 2018.

The grant covers:
• Travel reimbursement to and from the residency venues and VISA costs. The travel costs should be economy class tickets only.
• Accommodation at kim? or/and at Cittadellarte.
• Artists’ fee – payable according to international and local laws.
• Additionally travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the trips to Moscow and Krakow in 2017.

A budget for production will be available to the participants only in Cittadellarte’s residency.

You are eligible to apply if you are (all conditions below must be met): • A visual artist or creative professional, active in art and culture or related fields, coming from Russia or any European country (those who are native of other parts of the world but living and resident in Europe are also eligible to apply);
• Born after 1982;
• Fluent in English.


• for kim? residency:

• for Cittadellarte residency:

If you have enquiries, please contact us at (for kim? residency) and (for Cittadellarte residency).