Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
Within the Ministry of Culture and Information’s annual call for financing or co-financing projects related to fine, applied, and visual arts, as well as design and architecture, there is a special call line for art colonies as artist residency programs. The call is launched to provide financial support to projects related to contemporary art that contribute to the general interest in culture as defined by Article 6 of the Law on Culture (Official Gazette of the RS, issue 6/2020). The call covers annual programs for galleries and other exhibition venues, independent and group exhibitions, as well as other auteur projects, art colonies and residency programs, and projects related to regional, European, and international cooperation. The call's goal is to support the development of visual arts by modernizing art collections, strengthening cultural institutions’ capacities, providing support to contemporary visual artists, encouraging the systematic development of the art market, developing visual culture, and developing intersectoral (public, civil, and private sector) and interdepartmental collaboration (culture-education, culture-healthcare, etc.) There are five categories of calls. Based on the category, eligible to apply are cultural institutions formed by the Autonomous Province or local self-government units, civil society organizations, cultural associations, and other cultural entities. Cultural institutions established by the Republic of Serbia are not eligible to apply because they are funded under Article 74 of the Law on Culture. As part of the call, an expert commission is formed for deciding on the allocation of the funds for financing projects, which after the decision is made manages the criteria set out in the Regulation on the Manner, Criteria, and Standards for the Selection of Cultural Projects Financed and Co-Financed from the Budget of the Republic of Serbia, the Autonomous Province, and local self-government units.
Website of the policy/measure, if available:
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
As part of the call line for fine arts colonies as artist residency programs, 71 projects were approved. The project contributes to the development of a dynamic cultural environment by encouraging cooperation and exchange among artists.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
For the period 2017-2020, as part of the call line for fine arts colonies as artist residency programs, 302,169 USD (31,350,000 RSD) were allocated: in 2017, around 87,383 USD (9,350,000 RSD); in 2018, around 55,000 USD (5,500,000 RSD); in 2019, around 79,524 USD (8,350,000 RSD); and in 2020, around 81,068 USD (8,350,000 RSD).
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?:
After the public call for financing or co-financing projects related to fine, applied, and visual arts, as well as design and architecture, ends, the Ministry of Culture and Information’s commission for selecting projects brings the decision on the allocation of funds with an elaboration. Every year, the Call generates more interest. The number of projects in the field of fine arts colonies as artist residency programs has remained strong despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the pass rate was 35.3%, and the funds allocated on this call line were higher than in the preceding pre-pandemic year of 2019.