Call for Residencies for Artists and Cultural Managers from EU and Eastern Partnership Countries

In the framework of the EU funded project Europe Grand Central, the European Foundation for Urban Culture (EFUC) and the Workshops of Culture  (WoC) in Lublin are launching an open call to invite artists, social animators, cultural managers, curators, and researchers to submit proposals to the Community Arts Lab – Urban Residencies programme on the concept of borders. The residency programme will encourage interaction between the participants and local inhabitants of Lublin (Poland). A minimum of 8 residents will be selected. Profiles include artists from all artistic disciplines, curators, cultural/social animators, researchers, cultural managers, new circus / theatre / dance practitioners coming from Eastern and Western Europe (European Union and Eastern Partnership countries). Deadline is 11th of March 2016.

Europe Grand Central is a 2-year (September 2015 to August 2017) cooperation project funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme. It groups together independent cultural spaces in European countries from the Trans Europe Halles network on the theme of «borders». The aim of the project is to transform perceptions of border crossings from suspicion into curiosity, empower under- and misrepresented individuals and groups through storytelling, and exchange methods of inclusion between cultural practitioners and organizations. A unique digital and conceptual platform also connects audience-created-narratives about the human act of crossing borders.

Applications should be made in English. The call will be open from February till mid-March 2016. Results will be announced on 8th March 2016 and the residencies will begin at earliest 1st June 2016. Each of the grants awarded amounts to 600 € that covers fee and per diems and food, we also covers international return travel (up to 300 €), we provide materials needed for the realization of the project (up to 400 €) and we reimburse visa costs.

Description and criteria for the residency:

  • Organizers: European Foundation for Urban Culture and Workshops of Culture in Lublin
  • Place: Lublin, Poland
  • Number of residencies: 8
  • Duration: between 2 to 4 weeks
  • Deadline: 11th March 2016

Lublin, although not a big city, has an incredible amount of resources, institutions, groups, and cultural agents working on culture. Although Poland’s economy is considered one of the most stable and growing in the EU, the country is experiencing similar processes which happened in the West and later, post-1989, in East Central Europe. Culture is playing an increasingly important role in shaping creative subjectivities and opening potentials of populations. Culture is also seen as an effective tool to solve a variety of social problems, create environments of tolerance, citizen empowerment, increase participation in urban affairs, build stronger communities, open new means of dialogue, creative expression and alike.

The Community Arts Lab – Urban Residencies programme is experimenting how culture and arts can cross divides between locals, strangers, neighbors, artists and local communities living the city of Lublin. Artists and cultural animators who are curious about crossing borders and interested in building relations with local communities using public space as site of participation and cooperation, are invited to the residency. The programme is not focusing on artistic intervention in public space but rather on carrying out activities involving communities living in Lublin in order to create lively public spaces. We want to question the role of artists/ cultural animators/ managers in contemporary society and our rapidly changing world.


Selected residents will be invited to Lublin for the 4-day study visit (the beginning of April 2016) to recognize the space, people, local communities that they are going to work with to know better the local context of the city and discuss the project ideas that they would like to develop in the frame of the residency. Each of the resident will work with local cultural managers who will play the role of guide and “teacher” of the local context. During the time between the study visit and the residency period the residents will be in contact with curators of the programme and local cultural managers to elaborate the project together.


The call is looking for artists of all artistic disciplines, curators, cultural/social animators, researchers, cultural managers, theoreticians and practitioners coming from Eastern and Western Europe (European Union and Eastern Partnership countries) who speak English. The invited residences should be ready to:

  • carry out activities focused on a process in one of the districts of the city of Lublin involving the local community and in collaboration with local cultural manager
  • work with one of the target groups: children (3 – 13 years old), seniors (plus 60 years), difficult youth, unemployed, homeless, young parents, addicted to alcohol. 
  • be ready for public presentation during the study visit about the work/projects they do in Arpil 2016


The call will be open from the 8th February to 11th March 2016

Results of the call will be announced on 14th of March 2016 

Study visit for selected residents will be from 7th to 10th of April 2016

The residencies will begin at earliest 1st of June 2016

How to apply

Fill in the short questionnaire you can find here and submit it and send the portfolio (inluding your CV, desription of your work profile and photos) to Applications should be made in English.


Community Arts Lab (CAL) is an international interdiciplinary project focusing on using public spaces as sites of participation and cooperation. Throught local community actions, workshops, research and artistic residencies the project aims at building dialogue between the local community living in different districts of Lublin on one hand, and artists and culture animators from Poland and the European countries on the other hand. Community Arts Lab is the result of long-term cooperation with artists from Eastern and Western Europe and the need for action between artists and local community. 

Europe Gran Central is a community for social inclusion that share a vision of curiosity and develop methods of inclusion, engagement and exploration about ephemeral and eternal borders. On its website you can learn about contexts, borders, and methods of inclusion, and soon also submit your own projects for learning and inspiration.

Management Topic: Job & Training
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Feb 18, 2016