Artist-in-Residence Programmes

Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The following three Artist-in-Residence Programmes were established in the reporting period, as outlined in detail below:

Artist-in-Residence WESTBALKAN took place from 1.1.2016 to 31.12.2019 in cooperation with Quartier 21 of the Museumsquartier Wien in Vienna. Artists from the successor states of Yugoslavia and Albania were invited for a residence of one to two months in Vienna, in order to promote networking with the Austrian cultural scene, as well as strengthening of cultural exchange between Austria and the individual states that are, following the breakdown of Yugoslavia, characterised by fragile civil societies.

Writer-in-Residence WESTBALKAN. A further programme similar to the above was initiated with writers from the same region.

WESTBALKAN CALLING: The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs commissioned the cultural association from the city of Graz "rotor", to implement a cultural exchange programme with the successor states of Yugoslavia and Albania between 2016 and 2018. As opposed to the programmes mentioned above, this programme is characterised by reciprocal exchange (incoming/outcoming). Whilst, artists from the western Balkans were offered residences in Vienna and other federal states of Austria (Laender), Austrian artists were invited to studios in the western Balkans. As a result of this exchange, an exhibition took place on the premises of "rotor" in the city of Graz.

The programmes addressed, in particular, younger artists and cultural actors from Austria and the western Balkans, who were aiming at the development of an international career. It further involved the general public interested in arts and culture in both regions as well as the participating organisations in the programmes (cultural managers in Austria and western Balkans).

* support for cross-border cultural work
* enabling the development of international networks
* fostering understanding for issues important to civil society that can be spread through cultural expressions
* strengthening social cohesion in and between countries involved
* create consciousness for the fact that living together peacefully can take place not in contradiction but to the contrary on the basis of a reflected knowledge of one's own identity and that cultural diversity represents an added value in this respect
* protection and conservation of cultural heritage

The programmes are targeted to younger persons, but are accessible to persons of all ages.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The measures facilitated a sustainable network of the cultural scenes in the involved countries.
Additional measurable results were further projects implemented by participating artists and organisations on their own after the end of the programme.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Artists-in-Residence: EUR 14,000 / USD 12,900 / annually
Writer-in-Residence: EUR 13,500 / USD 12,500 / annually

Single payment: WESTBALKAN CALLING: EUR 36,000 / USD 33,300

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Austrian Cultural Forums in Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo
Public Sector
Austrian Embassies in Skopje, Tirana, Prishtina, and Podgorica
Public Sector
Q21 Museumsquartier, Wien
Public Sector
rotor, Graz
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lendhauer, Klagenfurt
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Artist-in-Residence, Krems (AIR)
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Art Research Centre 42°, Cetinje
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Kontekst Collective / Zadruga Oktobar, Beograd
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
press to exit project space, Skopje
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Public ROOM, Sarajevo
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
T.I.C.A. – Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

An internal evaluation is conducted annually. As the foreseen objectives were met, the programmes have been continued without modifications.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Media Arts
Visual Arts
Transversal Priority(ies)