18 Jun

Open Call for Art and Technology Residency

Connect for Creativity art and technology residency will bring artists from Turkey, the UK, Greece and Serbia together to build bridges and empathy within and across societies. The artists will be asked to question what hopes and fears are associated with rapidly changing work and life environments in contemporary society, how a networked culture can develop cohesion and deal with uncertainty and change.

The residency will be a catalyst for raising the awareness of immersive and digital for art across Europe, and strengthen their ability to make and collaborate on international projects now and in the future. One of the ambitions of the residency is to focus on intercultural collaborative experience.

The residencies will run for six weeks full time and simultaneously in Athens, Belgrade and Istanbul. Four participants for each location will be selected from each of the participating countries through an open call.

The curatorial statement for the art and technology residencies will be developed by a curator. Residency participants will be asked to respond to the curatorial statement through their own perspective and practice. They will work individually and/or in small groups. At the end of the six weeks, the participating artists will showcase newly created artworks at each residency location for approximately two weeks, and a final exhibition in the UK.

*Please note that curator will be making the final selection of works from the residency to be part of the UK exhibition.


We are looking for established and emerging artists from the following disciplines: Architecture, Visual Art, Performing Arts, Design, Literature, Music/Sound and Video/Film/New Media with an interest in cross-disciplinary international collaborations.

The residency is aimed at accommodating artists from different levels of technology – artists must demonstrate a genuine interest in cross-disciplinary international collaborations to be part of their future work.

We welcome applicants from Turkey, the UK, Greece and Serbia.

A group of 12 artists (four participants from each partner country for each location) will be selected from an open application process via Connect for Creativity website.


The residencies will take place at ATÖLYE in Istanbul, Nova Iskra in Belgrade and BIOS in Athens. Participants are required to:

  • Commit to the six-week-full-time residency
  • Adhere to the Connect for Creativity terms and conditions
  • Participate in evaluation
  • Credit the residency, programme and partners in any future showing of residency work (to be agreed with partners)
  • Participate in at least one public event either in the form of a presentation/talk/workshop to share their experience of the residency

If you cannot fully commit to the six-week full-time residency, and feel you have reasonable justification for needing an adjustment, please e-mail [email protected].

All participants will receive:

  • Workspace
  • Tools and Equipment
  • 600 Euro artist fee per participant.

All participants travelling to a residency outside their own country will receive:

  • Return economy international travel within Europe and Western Balkans, arranged by the local partners
  • Accommodation for six weeks, arranged by local partners
  • Per diems rates at approx. 80 Euros per day, to be finalised during the contracting stage with successful participants.


Deadline for applications: Sunday 28 July 2019, 24.00
Shortlisting of applications: 1 – 2 August 2019
Residency starts: 7 October 2019
Residency ends: 17 November 2019
Local exhibitions: 18 – 30 November 2019
UK exhibition: Spring 2020 (TBC)


  • Applicants need to be 18 and over
  • Based from one of the 4 countries: Turkey, the UK, Greece and Serbia,
  • Available full time during the residency period: 7 October – 17 November 2019
  • English proficiency is required.


Applicants should complete and submit the online application form link by Sunday 28 July 2019, 24.00

In the application form applicants be asked to submit the following:

  • A brief statement about your artistic practice to date
  • Share a portfolio including max 5 examples from you work
  • A brief statement about why you are interested in cross disciplinary international collaborations
  • A brief statement about how you think this residency might help you, and help intercultural dialogue between these four countries
  • A brief statement about your approach/methodology to working


Applications will be assessed by a project team formed of representation from The British Council, ATÖLYE, Nova Iskra and Bios. After applications are assessed the project team will shortlist applications for the Connect for Creativity curator. The curator will select 12 artists for the residency.

The team will assess applications on the applicant’s eligibility, and the quality of information provided in the application form. In your application it is important to clear express why you are interested in cross disciplinary international collaborations and how you think this programme will help intercultural dialogue (See section 3 of the application form).

Due to the volume of applications we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

For any questions regarding the application please contact [email protected].


Connect for Creativity is a creative exploration and collaboration experience. The residency will be based on a curatorial statement development by the curator. Participants are required to credit Connect for Creativity when presenting resultant work in their portfolios created during the residency.

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