The first Res Artis Meeting in the Middle East runs from 21-25 Nov in Tehran under the title “Roots and Routes: Challenges and Opportunities of Connectivity”.
Through panels, workshops and roundtable discussions, the meeting will seek to address the different interpretations and inherent implications that history and traditions bear for residency spaces as well as shedding light on the importance of artists’ pathways and connectivity of residencies.Against the backdrop of the cultural landscape in Iran and its placement in the wider region, participants can discuss different approaches to artist residencies as well as topics like sustainability and funding with regard to their own region.
Res Artis is an association of over 550 centers, organisations, and individuals in more than 70 countries that subscribe to the value of offering artists, curators, and other creative people “the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of everyday life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context”. The meeting is obviously more for policy makers and those who offer residencies than residency candidates, but the results should be relevnt to anyone who is looking for this kind of support – residencies can sometimes be ill-focussed and insufficiently supported, so sharing experience and best practice can only be A Good Thing.
The meeting is being hosted at Tehran’s Kooshk Residency (above), a space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers that encourages inter-cultural dialogue and art creation through exchange programmes with other cultural institutes worldwide.
The registration fee ranges from €150 to €200 depending on status (members obviously get a discount) and how quickly you sign up. Those fees don’t include travel or accommodation, of course.
More information here.