Open Call for German Artists

Kasarne_kulturpark_1K.A.I.R. – Košice Artist in Residence with the support of Goethe – Institut in Slovakia invites artists from Germany to apply for three month residency in Košice, Slovakia.

Host organisation

Košice 2013 – European Capital of Culture (



By now, Košice and whole Eastern Slovakia is one of the most fascinating regions in Europe. Not for nothing, Košice was the “European Capital of Culture” in 2013. During the last centuries, the whole region was influenced by many different kingdoms, countries and cultural groups and still you can feel this multicultural spirit in the city, also because of the huge Hungarian and Roma minorities and the three universities. During the socialistic time, Košice became a centre of steel industry, the population tripled within 3o years. The influence of the former socialistic times, especially in architecture and working infrastructure, still exists. During the last years, Košice, located at the Schengen border, starts a huge transformation process and will become an important cultural hub between east and west in social, political and artistic terms.

Artist in Residence

In the frame of European Capital of Culture the NGO Košice 2013 is running an international Artist-in-Residence-program for the artists from all over the world and out of all artistic disciplines and expressions. We give our residents the possibility to become a cultural pioneer and work in the inspire environment of Košice`s singular cultural surrounding to realize art projects, collaborate with the agile local art scene and present themselves to the local and national public.

We pursuit three main goals within the residency program:

  1. Support the creative energy of every invited artist and give her/him the chance to work in a new environment and to find (new) artistic ways of expression
  2. Stimulate the art scene in Košice, in the region and in whole Slovakia. Support the dialogue as well as the confrontation of the residency artists with local artists and the wide public.
  3. Create/strengthen a beneficial environment for the development of innovative and international contemporary art projects with international and local participants.


According to our main goals, our team will introduce every artist in the social environment of the city and the region and help them to build up networks and collaborations with local artists. We will organise public events like artist talks, projections, workshops, open studios to give all artists the chance to introduce and present themselves to a wide public. The final presentation/exhibition will be presented during the White Night (Nuit Blanche) event. White night is the largest and most frequented contemporary art project in Slovakia. For more information about White Night in Košice:



What we provide

  • Three month residency in Kosice, Eastern Slovakia (July – September 2014)
  • Free accommodation and studio in Kasárne/Kulturpark, former military barracks renovated into the multi-genre cultural centre ( The two room flats are fully furnished with kitchen. The studio is equipped with basic tools and technical equipment.
  • Honorary 500€ per month
  • Travelling costs maximum 500€
  • Material costs 500€
  • Production and PR support


What we demand

  • We are searching for visual artists from Germany, who are open to collaborations with local artists. The artist should work on the project which will be presented during White Night in Košice. We prefer artists who work with: public space, site specific projects, performance, new media, interactive installations, lighting installations, sound installations, participatory projects, sculpture/objects
  • One presentation during the residency and final project/exhibition at the end
  • Compulsory attendance



The application must consist of three PDF files

  • PDF n°1: Curriculum Vitae – a short CV including your name, address, phone, email, educational and exhibition background
  • PDF n°2: Letter of motivation and objectives – briefly describe your motivation to come to Košice and first ideas of projects you would like to realise
  • PDF n°3: Portfolio – artist statement and presentation of artworks (texts, photos, links to video or audio sharing websites: YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud etc.)
  • Deadline: 23rd   of March 2014 / please send it only via email to

Contact to host organization

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