BRASHNAR CREATIVE PROJECT: International Artist-in-Residence Summer 2020

Description of residency program 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 North 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. […]

Description of residency program

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 North 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.

Why the neighborhood Hrom? As an artist led project, Brashnar Creative Project aims to directly influence the process of decentralization of the arts and culture in Skopje. Introducing the possibilities of contemporary artistic practices to the local and surrounding neighborhood for gaining new perspectives and knowledge further strengthens the bond between Brashnar Creative Project and the community.

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 Art House. Residents also take part in maintaining Brashnar’s organic gardens at the Volkovo Project Space and participate in living 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.

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.

 

Duration of residency

1 Month

 

Accommodation

While residing at BAiR, residents live in an open, communal style environment situated in a family oriented neighborhood. The living area of the Art House includes:

  • 6 private bedrooms (residents are provided with a bed, linens, pillows, blankets and towels.)
  • 2 and half bath with washing machines for resident use.
  • 2 fully equipped kitchens stocked with basic staples, seasonal vegetables, fruit and fresh herbs from our gardens.
  • 2 community rooms
  • 4 balconies

 

Discipline, work equipment and assistance

Disciplines in the following fields are eligible to apply:

drawing, printmaking (linocut and woodcut), painting, mixed  media, new media, digital photography, bookmaking arts, sculpture/installation, performance/video art, interdisciplinary arts, literature, socially engaged practice and cultural research

Work equipment provided by Brashnar Creative Project:

Worktables, chairs, easels, drawing boards, clamp lights, basic hand tools (scissors, meter ruler, hammer, screwdriver, trowels, protective eyewear and face masks, pliers, handheld saws, a level, wire cutter, hot glue gun, finishing brush for concrete, caulking gun, tape measure, clips, box cutter etc.), electric hand drills and saws, studio and work clothes, traditional sewing machine and a electric sewing machine, PC desktop computer, projector, a small printing press for linoleum and woodcut

Assorted tools and hardware are available for general use. Some studio supplies can be acquired in Skopje and we encourage you to be resourceful with what is already at hand, but please bring any specific materials and tools that you require for your practice with you.

Residents are welcome to ship materials to the BAiR’s address prior to their arrival.

For specific questions about tools and items available, please contact us at:  brashnarcreativeproject@gmail.com 

Assistance for resident artists:

  • A guided tour of the neighborhood and the city center (as a group or individual depending on  the arrival of the residents)
  • Unlimited supply of seasonal fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables from our garden
  • Basic herbs and spices for kitchen
  • 2-3 group home-cooked traditional meals prepared by our staff
  • Participation in a sustainable lifestyle
  • Transportation to and from Volkovo Project Space
  • Organization and transportation for group trips: (Possible destinations include Canyon Matka; Zebjarnik Monument; Kokino Observatory, Katlanovo natural thermal bath, Ohrid Lake etc.)

 

Studio/Workspace

The studio area of the Art House includes:

  • 4 private studios (three are 140 square feet (13 square meters) and one is 220 square feet (20 square meters) with 7 foot (2.2meters) high walls.)
  • 1 shared studio (420 square feet or 40 square meters with 10-foot or 3 meters high walls)
  • The studios are outfitted with worktables, chairs, easels, drawing board, storage areas and clamp lights.
  • Hand tools (Power hand tools are available upon request.)
  • Work clothes and studio rugs
  • Re-usable material (variety of paper, used bicycle tubes, glass, wire, cardboard, various old metal objects, thread, yarn, plastic containers etc.)
  • A bathroom
  • Small kitchen with outdoor common area for coffee/tea.
  • An outside area around the house to be used as an open-air studio or as an installation space.

 

Fees and support

The fee for individual artists and writers is 350 Euro (1 month) and 300 Euro per person for collaborative groups of 2.

Resident artists are also responsible for materials for their studio practice, travel expenses to Skopje, food/meals not from Brashnar’s gardens, any personal travel in and around the city, and accommodation related to group travels

Assistance for resident artists:

  • A guided tour of the neighborhood and the city center (as a group or individual depending on the arrival of the residents)
  • Unlimited supply of seasonal fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables from our garden
  • Basic herbs and spices for kitchen
  • 2-3 group home-cooked traditional meals prepared by our staff
  • Participation in a sustainable lifestyle
  • Transportation to and from Volkovo Project Space
  • Organization and transportation for group trips: (Possible destinations include Canyon Matka; Zebjarnik Monument; Kokino Observatory, Katlanovo natural thermal bath, Ohrid Lake etc.)

 

Expectations towards the artist

Resident artists are expected to participate in all aspects of the residency program.

  • A guided tour of the surrounding neighborhood and city center either as a group or individually (depending on residents arrival) during the first days of the residency.
  • Informal meeting and welcoming traditional Macedonian dinner for all resident artists prepared by Brashnar staff members.
  • A short informal presentation of artists’ work at the beginning of the first week
  • Garden related activities up to twice a month totaling approximately 3 – 5 hrs (planting, harvesting fruits and vegetables, garden maintenance, food preservation, pickling, making of marmalade, pinjur, ajvar)
  • 2 short group trips to locations outside Skopje (Lake Matka, Mountain Vodno, Katlanovo natural thermal bath, Observatory Kokino etc.)
  • 1-2 scheduled group dinners per week
  • Up to 2 traditional Macedonian group meals at Volkovo Project Space prepared by Brashnar staff members
  • Cultural exchange night through meal preparation, cultural dances or other various forms of exchange (each resident can choose a night to honor their culture)
  • A 3 day/2 night trip during the last week of the residency to Lake Ohrid in the southwest part of Macedonia
  • Open Studios Event at the end of the month with resident artists presenting their process/ work to the neighboring community and the local art community
  • Each artist is required to donate a Do-it-Yourselftext/visual instructions.  The inspiration for this comes from the Do It book written by Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier, and Han Ulrich Obrist.  The ideas shared among all attending residents are possible group or community projects used to continue to strengthen and bond the artists with the community.

Note:

The residency program applies to each month residency session (May-September) with variations to the program occurring due to weather or time of the year.


Application deadline
2020-03-03

Residency starts
2020 - 05 - 01

Residency ends
2020 - 09 - 30

Location
Macedonia/Macedonia

Link to more information
https://www.brashnarcreativeproject.org