Today, the functions of "art residencies" are constantly expanding and go far beyond the traditional cultural exchange and the improvement of professional skills.
The formation of new cultural and social values in Russia after 1991 played an important role in the development of domestic art residences. Cultural institutions have achieved greater independence, the mobility of specialists has significantly increased, and the necessary conditions for stable international exchange have been created.
Modern Russia still remains an "exotic" destination for many specialists, so the opportunity to work here as part of an art residency attracts great attention from the international professional community. In the context of the current political situation, art residencies are an effective tool for cooperation in the field of culture and the arts and play an important role in maintaining the world cultural balance.
Today, participation in art residencies is an integral part of the practice of contemporary artists, curators, researchers around the world, and this format of work is more popular than ever. The main objectives of the modern art residence are to stimulate professional exchange and creative mobility processes, to provide artists with the opportunity to find inspiration and new material for artistic research, to establish new professional connections, to think about new works and joint projects with international colleagues and like-minded people. Art residencies are a way to support artists, writers, curators and other professionals in the field of culture, which provides them with time, space, resources and opportunities for fruitful work, often outside of their usual surroundings. Residences can create conditions for privacy and concentration, as well as for studying local cultural, historical, geographical, social specifics, communication and cooperation with other artists, researchers and professionals in other fields, interaction with the local public, etc. In many cases, participants of art residencies build connections between cities, countries and cultures, and the art residencies themselves allow them to deepen and expand their own practice. Recent studies have shown that residences are useful not only for artists and art professionals, but also for the cities in which the residences are located: they revitalize and ennoble residential areas and abandoned factory territories, improve the image of depressed areas, form new attractions, and promote broad cultural exchange.
Together with experts of the Association of Art Residences of Russia Zhenya Chaika, Adele Kim and Kristina Gorlanova, in a series of online lectures and practical classes, we will try to understand the variability of formats of modern art residences in Russia and abroad, as well as learn about ways to find the most suitable residence for a particular artist, tips on filling out applications, changing the format of residences and mechanisms of creative mobility due to the pandemic and how artists from Yakutia can use the international and Russian network of art residences for professional growth.
The Association of Art Residencies of Russia is a professional association whose main task is to ensure cooperation and exchange of experience among representatives of residency programs. The Association's project is being implemented by the Yekaterinburg History Museum, the winner of the Museum 4.0 contest of the Vladimir Potanin Charitable Foundation's Museum Without Borders charity program in 2019.