Coventry / Dresden Arts Exchange
In September 2019, Class Room collaborated with the Coventry/Dresden Arts Exchange, to invite an artist from Dresden to spend a month with us here in Coventry. Lucas Oretel was our first Artist in Residence at the gallery from Dresden.
For the next year we aim both to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Coventry’s bond of friendship with Dresden, through creating a series of opportunities that facilitate artists, in both cities, to experiment and develop their practice through both an intense period of making and an involvement in international dialogue.
This will be achieved through a timetable of exhibitions, events and a series of artist in residencies, in Coventry and Dresden, that seek to introduce artists from both cities to each other. This was the second Dresden artist in residency that Coventry/Dresden Arts Exchange has organised. Alexandra Müller was the first artist in residence from Dresden. Müller was subsequently invited to exhibit in the Coventry Biennial.
OPEN CALL FOR COVENTRY ARTISTS / One Months Residency.
September 2020 in Dresden. The residency will be a non-prescriptive period to reflect, research and explore art practice in the twin city for one month and to the establish new contacts and deepen established ones, acting as an ambassador for Coventry whilst in Dresden. The residency will include return flights and accommodation at the cultural center Riesa Efau. A shared studio will also be provided with a Dresden artist plus £100 materials allowance. The residency will culminate in a showcase of work done in Dresden and an open studio. Regarded as one of the most beautiful of German cities with unrivalled art collections Dresden has for over three centuries been an important centre of art production. As an art and green city and birthplace of European porcelain, art and artistic manufacture the city has been at the vanguard of European art and design and training through the Baroque, Romantic and Expressionistic periods up to the 1930s, which following its major destruction at the end of the Second World War was to some extent off limits for study during the Cold War, and despite unification Dresden has remained neglected. Dresden is the capital city of Saxony and is a significant cultural centre with an internationally famous Art Academy and world class museums and art galleries.
The residency will include studio visits, art events and gallery visits in Dresden. This is an Arts Council funded project with support from Class Room, Artspace Partnerships, Dresden City Council, Grafikwerkstatt and Coventry University, Arts and Humanities. Coventry/Dresden Art Exchange has had 10 collaborative exhibitions in both cities since 2012 and in 2017 began this residential exchange programme. Applicants are requested to submit a 500 word proposal/project/research to be carried out in Dresden on a months residency, with CV, examples of work, website. The proposal should outline a personal programme of enquiry to be carried out in this twin city and the applicants motivation for this programme of work. Successful applicants will be expected to make a report back at a forum at Class Room on returning to Coventry. A panel will select a sort list and the successful candidate who will be informed by the end of May 2020.
Deadline for applications 1st April.
Applications should be sent to Coventry/Dresden Residency
PO Box 6695, Coventry. CV3 9QZ
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