Name of Residency: OPEN A.i.R.

In the frame of European Capital of Culture the NGO Pilsen 2015 develops an international artist-in-residence program which is called OPEN A.i.R since openness is the motto of the whole project and since the city of Pilsen is ready to host artists from all over the world and of all artistic dispciplines and expressions. Moreover, we give local artists the possibility to stay and realize their art projects in abroad to get new experiences and inspirations.

Our artists in residence focus on researching diverse topics and creating art works of different genres. We especially welcome artists from the field of design, digital media, new media, performance, those artists who deal with innovative techniques, with DIY projects, topic of recycling and interactivity within the visual art.

OPEN A.i.R. provides artists the time to focus on their work with no pressure for the result. A possibility to arrange an exhibition is provided. It works on case-by-case basis. Depending on the time of the residency an industrial gallery space of DEPO2015 is provided for the artists to exhibit in.

OPEN A.i.R. is also very much interested in audience development and education. The residencies are a tool for uncovering the processes of creating art and the role of the artist in today’s society. Workshops led by artists are welcome as well as public presentations of their work and artistic approach.

We also work closely with Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art and allow connect our residents with local students.

Residency Programme since: 2012
Description of Organisation:

The DEPO2015 Creative Zone is a sustainable outcome of the Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 project. At the former bus depot, you can find an open workshop called Makerspace offering a co-working space, interactive exhibitions, a café, a community garden, offices for hire, art studios, a space for artistic residencies and a hall for concerts, conferences and theatre shows. The main target group are professionals and non-professional enthusiasts from creative industries.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • New Media
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : with local Faculty of Design and Art – case-by-case basis
    Application process: Open call
    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): 350eur/month
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Prague Airport (Leti&scaronte Vë_clava Havla Praha)
    Nearest Train Station: Pilsen the main railway station (Plzen hlavnë në_drazë)
    Street & Number: Presslova 14
    Postal Code: 30100
    City: Pilsen
    Country long: Czech-Republic
    Presslova 14
    Pilsen 30100 CZE
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