Brashnar Creative Project

Name of Residency: Brashnar Artist-in-Residence

Brashnar Artist-in-Residence (BAiR) is an artist owned and operated urban artist residency program located in the neighborhood Hrom on the west side of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. BAiR is a multi-faceted residency program allowing resident artists the freedom to explore the potentials of their practice while experiencing Macedonian culture through group related activities.

While residing at BAiR, residents live in an open, communal style environment situated in a family oriented neighborhood. During their residency, residents are encouraged to embrace the local culture and to engage the surrounding community while living at the. Residents also take part in maintaining Brashnar??s organic gardens at the Volkovo Project Space and learning how to live a sustainable lifestyle.

The residency program is open to all visual artists and writers that strongly encourage work utilizing innovative and traditional forms of art making along with collaborations, artist-led projects and socially engaged practices. This is a self-directed, process-based residency with no obligation or expectation to complete a body of work, but artists are expected to engage with the community during Open Studio events organized by Brashnar that take place the last week of each month.

Applicants in the following fields are eligible to apply: drawing, painting, printmaking (linocut and wood cut), mixed media, new media digital photography, sculpture/installation, land art, performance/video art, interdisciplinary arts, literature, socially engaged practices and cultural research.

Brashnar Artist-in-Residence offers work and living space for up to 6 artists/writers for stays of 1 month with 2-3 staff artists living with the residents in the Art House during the residency season.
The residency season runs from May 1st through September 30th.

If other, please specify?:

drawing, painting, mixed media, digital photography, printmaking (linocut and wood cut), sculpture/installation, performance/video art, interdisciplinary arts, writers, socially engaged practice and cultural research.
Residency Programme since: 2016
Description of Organisation: BRASHNAR CREATIVE PROJECT Skopje, non-profit association for contemporary interdisciplinary art and ecological development, aims to engage directly in the support and creation of an environment for contemporary artistic expression and the development of an ecologically sustainable community for the purpose of enriching and conserving Macedonian culture.

Brashnar Creative Project is committed to furthering the advancement of the arts and community by utilizing various aspects of cultural exchange and community outreach.

Brashnar Creative Project believes in fostering an environment for contemporary artists to explore and experiment with the outermost limits of their practice.

Brashnar values the exchange of ideas between resident artists and the host community through dialogue and critical discourse.

We believe diversity is important and advocate the value of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds to take part in our program. It is through diversity that we learn from and about one another and grow a stronger community.

We believe in reducing the stress on the natural environment by recycling, re-using materials, composting, reducing our personal waste and energy use and using alternative forms of transportation.

Brashnar Creative Project values living a sustainable lifestyle by growing and maintaining organic gardens to focus on a seasonally based diet of fruits and vegetables while utilizing traditional Balkan preservation methods to store excess foods for later use.

Organisation founded in: 2016
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • English
  • Macedonian
  • Serbian
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
If other, please specify:

private studio, basic hand tools, small printing press for linocut and wood cut, electric hand drills and saws, assorted tools and hardware, reclaimed materials (wire, yarn, cardboard, plastics, glass, various old metal objects, variety of paper, concrete).
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: Friends and family of resident artists are allowed to stay at the Art House for up to 5 days at a cost of 10 Euro per person per day. Pets are not allowed at the Art House.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    • Other
    If other, please specify: All fruits and vegetables from Brashnar gardens are free for resident artists to use, but other food items not from the garden should be purchased by resident artists. Brashnar Creative Project provides basic staples along with spices, tea and coffee. Brashnar provides transportation for all group related trips, to and from the airport/bus terminal, and to Volkovo Project Space. Organization and supplies for Open Studio events.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Donation of artwork
    • Other
    If other, please specify: garden related activities (maintenance, composting, preservation, and pickling), group related activities (group meals, artist presentation of work, travel within Macedonia), open studio event participation
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    If other, please specify: gardening related activities, weekly gatherings, group meals, cultural exchange, open studio events
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: ” Skopje International Airport” , Skopje, R. North Macedonia
    Nearest Train Station: Skopje Trainstation, Skopje, R.North Macedonia
    Street & Number: Panko Brashnarov #17
    Postal Code: 1000
    City: Skopje
    Country long: Macedonia