Residencies and small organisations are microcosms. Very often, they are spaces of experimentation that give the artist in residence a moment out of time and in a new space, while being inextricably linked to new contexts, networks and environments. In December 2020 and January 2021 Kunsthuis SYB, Hotel Maria Kapel and AiR Platform NL, took time to reflect on an extraordinary year: 2020 saw the continuation of the global pandemic as well as massive Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, continued #metoo debates and myriads of other struggles for justice and equality. As small organisations, the dramatic events spurred us to ask: how can we, as residencies, as small art organizations, as artists, can affect positive change in our immediate environment and society at large? How can we, despite our differences, our temporalities, and our individual challenges, contribute to an anti-racist, feminist, caring, and sustainable future?
Through an online symposium in three parts, we invited our colleagues in the residency and broader art field to reflect together on how to create change in and through small art institutions. We have gathered their contributions, insights and suggestions for further reading in an (online) publication, edited by Mariska van der Berg and ourselves. We hope it brings together some of the voices and propositions, all based in the daily running of residencies and art spaces, to inspire and give you tools to think about organisational change.
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(this version comes with pages ordered for printing and folding)
On Affecting Change Through Artist-in-Residencies, an online symposium by Hotel Maria Kapel, Kunsthuis SYB and TransArtists|AiR Platform NL, initiated and conceived by Miriam Wistreich, Josine Sibum Siderius and Heidi Vogels.
Program and production
Josine Sibum Siderius
Anika Mariam Ahmed
Sekai Makoni and G
Harriet Rose Morley
Danielle van Zuijlen
Esther van Rosmalen
Report and Editing
Mariska van den Berg
Josine Sibum Siderius
On Affecting Change Through Artist-in-Residencies is kindly funded by Pictoright, Kunsthuis SYB, Hotel Maria Kapel and Dutchculture | TransArtists.