Artistic residencies
Deadline: 24.10.2022

Open call: Residency for a Ukrainian Artist – autumn/winter 2022

Faced with the war in Ukraine, we invite Ukrainian artists to apply for a special edition of Thinking Through the Museum's (TTTM) Artist-in-Residence program organized by our National Heritage & Traumatic Memory (NHTM) research cluster.

  • The application deadline is October 24, 2022
  • Applications should be sent to: [email protected]

Residencies take place in Warsaw & Krakow, Poland, hosted in a 3-way partnership: The main host is the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw, supported by Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw, and FestivALT in Krakow.

Artists may be living in Ukraine, or they may be migrants or refugees from Ukraine living in Poland or other countries. individuals or groups should have an artistic practice that intersects with the theme of "national heritage and traumatic memory."

The residency is open to artists working in various artistic fields, including (but not limited to): visual arts, performative arts, writing, multimedia practices, etc.

Conditions of the residency:

  • The period of the residency is between mid-November to the end of December 2022 (minimum 3 weeks, maximum 5 weeks).
  • During the residency, the artist(s) will develop their own project, which may be in any stage of development. The work-in-progress or resulting concept may be shared publicly depending on the project and agreement with the hosts.
  • Accommodation can be offered from November 20th until the end of December (only) at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. 
  • Artists will be offered pro-bono access to institutional resources (archives, collections, venues). Details will be agreed upon based on venue availability and project needs.
  • Support (if desired) can be offered to aid with creative project development as well as building connections with local arts circles.
  • The total budget is $5000 Canadian. This amount may be put towards travel costs, artist’s fees/remuneration, production budget, and materials beyond the resources already offered by the hosts.
  • One project will be selected for the residency.

Submission Details:

Applicants are asked to submit only ONE proposal. 

Please submit the following:

  • A description of the concept for the residency and how it relates to the theme of "national heritage and traumatic memory". This should include your objectives for the residency period.
  • Work Samples (maximum of 4). These can be of the proposed work, previous works, or both.
  • A narrative biography detailing your practice (maximum 1 page).
  • Information regarding the desired resources the artist or project team would ideally hope to be provided by the residency partners.
  • Expected dates of the residency and accommodation needs (if any).

The successful candidate must sign an agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the agreement prior to their arrival for the residency.

Applications will be adjudicated by a jury composed of members of NHTM cluster.

The application deadline is October 24, 2022 and should be sent to: [email protected]

The organizers require that the residents write a blog post for TTTM’s website regarding their experience.

More information:

The Thinking Through the Museum project brings together international scholars, students, museum professionals, and community representatives from 20 museums, universities, and NGOs in Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, and the USA. The team works in and beyond museum settings to co-produce exhibitions and design tools, and to explore alternative forms of heritage mobilization where communities can set their own agendas.

The National Heritage & Traumatic Memory cluster explores how arts-based practices can help circumvent institutional constraints and engage communities via non-traditional sites and performative modes of display and participation. Working primarily in Poland, NHTM considers how histories of colonialism, the Holocaust, and communism meet, and develops forms of reflection, redress, and repair to address this geographical region’s violently-lost historical diversity. NHTM develops context-sensitive concepts and tools to expand critical museology’s Western-centrism, and collaborates across clusters to develop minority artist residencies, inter alia to engage Poland’s Jewish, Roma, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, African-diaspora, LGBTQ+ and refugee communities.



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