IKAR hut residency, Ohrid

Name of Residency: Ohrid 365 art residency

Visual artists, writers, directors, composers, are invited to apply for serene 3 weeks / 1 month residence, in the heart of the UNESCO world?s heritage of Ohrid.

Ohrid lake is the oldest and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Its crystal water is the only home of 212 endemic species surviving the past 2 million years. Galicica national park rising just above, is like a brave mother observing her children – the two lakes Ohrid and Prespa on each side of the mountain. Together with the old city of Ohrid they became one of the 35 world?s heritage sites recognized by UNESCO for it?s natural and cultural legacy.

The residency is placed in a few generation old house of writers, artists and travelers, build in the 70?s and still keeping the same spirit. It is located in a quiet neighborhood 8km outside of the city, in the feet of the mountain and by the lake shore.

We can host 3-4 residents at a time, between September and May each year. We would ask each resident to pay a fee for the use of the facility (approx 25 eu/day). In return we offer a private room/studio of 20m2 / shared bathroom / sharing kitchen/ spacious common room with green yard and few chilling verandas. On the house we offer our residents inspiring talks, hikes introducing the area and all sort of outdoor activities.

As Ohrid is facing rapid urbanization and unplanned construction of the shore, we would give priority to artists willing to express the ecological concern for protecting the lake.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation: Ikar hut is a family owned hostel with three generations of writers, scientists and artists running the house as an eco friendly residence for artists, adventureurs and nature lovers. It is situated in a quiet area by the cost of Ohrid lake, 8km outside of the city centre, Unesco world’s natural and cultural heritage. Many shuttles to town and to st. Naum monastery (founded 9th century). It is an inspiring place for visual, performing, video or audio artists as well as for writers or movie directors.
Organisation founded in: 1972
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at a later date
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Office
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 1500 mkd/day
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 30%
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Housing
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Ohrid
    Nearest Train Station: Kicevo
    How to reach by plane: If you land in Skopje, you need to take a shuttle bus to main bus station. There are many departures Skopje – Ohrid from 6am till 18h or 20h (only in summer).The bus takes 3h to Ohrid and the price is 8-9eu, one way or 12eu for return ticket. From Ohrid there are shuttle busses to Lagadin village (direction St Naum, Peshtani or Elshani village).
    How to reach by car: Once in Ohrid town, drive towards St. Naum monastery, direction south. Afterwards 8km you will enter the small tourist village Lagadin. Turn left at the only minimarke imarket place and drive up the street 60m till you see the colorful IKAR hut.
    Street & Number: Lagadin 26
    Postal Code: 6000
    City: Ohrid
    Country long: Macedonia