The educational program "Art residencies and creative mobility: instructions for use"
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.

October 19, 13.00 Moscow Time / 15.00 Ykb / 19.00 Ykt

Theory: what are residences and what are they like

Lecturer: Zhenya Chaika

The meeting will be held in the format of a conversation. Focusing on the audience's intuition about what residencies are, Zhenya Chaika will try to identify the patterns of the format's existence, determine its boundaries and basic principles of work, especially emphasize the diversity of residential formats and the flexibility of this mode of supporting the artistic process. In conclusion, together with the audience, the lecturer will try to formulate for the participants of the conversation what an ideal residence is .

Zhenya Chaika is a project manager in the field of culture, curator in the field of contemporary art, researcher, author of texts. She studies philosophy, aesthetics, theory and history of exhibitions, writes in Russian and some European languages. She initiates educational projects of alternative formats aimed at creating a productive communication environment between artists (in a broad sense) and critics. From 2012 to 2018 - worked as a curator of the Art Residency program of the Ural Industrial Biennale. In 2017-2018 - worked as an Artistic Director of the Ural branch of the State Center for Contemporary Art. She was nominated four times for the state prize in the field of contemporary art "Innovation", and in 2018, as part of the team of the 4th Ural Industrial Biennale, she became a laureate of the award. Zhenya is a curator of the art residence "Shishimskaya Gorka" (, communication and publishing project Art platform (for example,, nomination for Innovation 2021).

October 26, 13.00 Moscow Time / 19.00 Ykt

Practice: where to look for residences and how to fill out applications

Lecturer: Adele Kim

There are at least one and a half thousand art residencies in the world, and about 30 permanent programs in Russia. At the same time, information about the opening of new residential institutions and projects appears regularly . It is not easy for an artist to navigate in such a volume of information. How to approach the search for a suitable art residence for yourself? Where can I get up-to-date and verified information about application sets? What is important when applying? The lecture will discuss a variety of motivations to participate in residencies, criteria for choosing suitable programs and recommendations for filling out forms and preparing documents.

Adele Kim (1987) is a curator, manager, researcher. She is also a Master of Arts from Manchester University and Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (MHSSEC) with a degree in Cultural Management (2020), graduate of Hongik University with a degree in Art Theory (Seoul, 2018). Adele is a co-organizer of the Association of Art Residences of Russia, editor of the AiR of Russia portal. She is a participant of the project "Reside / Sustain: Art Residencies and sustainable development in Finland and Russia". Previously, he was the manager of the “Zarya” Art Residence (Vladivostok, 2016-2018), an intern at MMCA Residency Goyang (Seoul, 2014). Winner of the Innovation Award in the nomination "Regional Project" (exhibition IN RESIDENCE. From the collection of the Center of contemporary art "Zarya", 2020, together with A. Bagdonaite and A. Vasilenko).

November 2, 13.00 Moscow Time / 19.00 Ykt

Theory: The phenomenon of creative mobility and why travel to residences

Lecturer: Kristina Gorlanova

At her lecture, Kristina Gorlanova will tell you how an artist can understand that he needs to go to the residence, what can be done before arriving at the residence so that staying in the art residence is as comfortable and useful as possible, and also share the secrets of what happens after filling out and sending the application: what the institution pays attention to; what should be done when you receive a response from the art residency program; what steps to take before the trip. As examples, Kristina will tell you what problems residents of the Metenkov House Photographic Museum faced and how different situations affected the work of artists in residence.

Kristina Gorlanova is a curator and artist, head of the Ural Branch of the Pushkin Museum (NCCA in Yekaterinburg). Kristina led the Metenkov House Photographic Museum (from 2015 to 2020), was the founder and curator of the art residency program "New Stories of Yekaterinburg", a program for artists working with photography. Curator of the art residency program of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art. She is a co-founder of the Association of Art Residences of Russia (since 2018). She received a diploma in Organization Management: Project Management from USTU-UPI in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography from the London University of the Arts in 2013. Kristina continues her practice as an artist and currently lives and works in Yekaterinburg.