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OPEN A.i.R. Artist in Residence Program under the auspieces of Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 (Pilsen, CZ) and HALLE 14 - Center for Contemporary Art (Leipzig, DE) is announcing an open call for Czech artists or artists living and working in the Czech Republic.

Residency period: December 2015 – January 2016; 1 month-long residency
Number of participants: 1
Profile of the resident: Czech artist or artist living and working in the Czech Republic. We are looking for artist from all areas of contemporary visual art. The artist is completely free in his/her choice of medium and in following his/her interests and inspirations independently.
Language: English or German

Applications including CV (in a tabular form with an overview of past exhibitions, etc.), portfolio of recent works (up to 5 different projects) and cover letter commenting on artist intention (all in English or in German) should be sent no later than November 6th, 2015 to: Tereza Svaskova, The selection will be made by a specialist jury by mid of November, 2015.
In your cover letter please mention what are the topics and issues you are currently working on or you would like to target during the residency. Let us know what motivates you to come to live and work in Leipzig.

The artist will be asked to present his or her work in public during the stay at HALLE 14 (in interviews, talks, activities, etc.) and will be supported by the host institution to do so. He/She has the opportunity to present the artistic outcome of the residency during the Gallery tour of SpinnereiGalleries at January 16, 2016 in his/her studio.

The organiser of the residency will provide:

  • transport (up to €200)
  • accommodation 
  • studio (77m2)
  • material and technical equipment required for the residency (up to €500)
  • honorarium (€700 gross)
  • regular meetings with HALLE 14 

Location: First Floor of HALLE 14.
Facilities: The heated 77 sqm working studio with 24 hours access is furnished. You have  desks, chairs as well a shelve for material storage and so on at your disposal. Internet access is possible via WIFI. Restrooms and a shower can be found on the floor.

The resident will be accommodated in his/her own room in a residential flat in Leipzig. Kitchen, bathroom and toilet will be shared with other flatmates.
Technical conditions of the residency:
Material and technical equipment needed for implementing a residency project will be provided by OPEN A.i.R. Artist in Residence Program and HALLE 14 as per mutual agreement.

As a non-commercial art centre, HALLE 14 is a place for the presentation of contemporary art as well as a space for reflection and communication. It has been operating since 2002 in a  listed historic industrial building on the grounds of the Leipziger  Baumwollspinnerei (Cotton Spinning Mill). Taking advantage of the »luxury of emptiness« in the generous halls of this late 19th century industrial building, a group of art enthusiasts has created unique spaces. A multi-functional visitor centre including a library offers 600m2 for learning, reading and lingering. A 2,400 m2 exhibition hall is available as a presentation space for contemporary art. There are also a workspace for art education, 16 studios for international and local artists and eight workshops to boot. The dense artistic sociotope of the Spinnerei – with over a dozen galleries and project spaces, 130 artist studios, numerous other creative offices, a cinema, a café and more – combined with the countless off-spaces in the surrounding neighbourhood create an enriching environment. Our exhibitions on different themes present contemporary art from around the world. They refer critically to topical questions, challenge established patterns of response and bring seldom considered areas of art into focus. Our art education programme offers children, youth and adults the incentive and opportunity to interact with artworks, exhibitions and artists. We develop courses and workshops in close collaboration with Leipzig school classes and also offer holiday courses. Our event programme considers current questions in art through regularly-scheduled talks, discussion groups, film screenings, art performances and artist's talks. 

In our art library, 25,000 volumes of contemporary art literature are available with no advance reservation as a reference collection for all art and book lovers. It also houses an archive of all resident artists at the Spinnerei. At computer workstations and through free WiFi access, visitors can research the on-line catalogue and on the Internet. Our studio programme offers international artists a defined period of time in Leipzig to work on new projects, do on-site research and connect to networks.

For more information check:
HALLE 14:;
OPEN A.i.R.:;
Pilsen 2015:

...or contact:
Tereza Svášková on OPEN A.i.R., the city of Pilsen,