The opening of the Res Artis 11th General Meeting in Amsterdam was opened by Ronald Plasterk - Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science - on the 9th of October. His speech was en inspiring start of the three day conference Artists in Dialogue, Transforming Communities, which was attended by 120 delegates from artist-in-residence programmes from all over the world, and by representatives of governments, funds and organizations related to the artist-in-residence sector. Many inspirational speakers were heard, people met in smaller workshop groups the attendees from and explored many places in Amsterdam and Arnhem.
Res Artis is the largest network of artist residency centres and programmes operating internationally. Every other year its members gather to meet, to discuss issues of importance to the artist-in-residence sector.
This eleventh gathering was hosted and organized by Trans Artists - the Amsterdam based information centre for artists on international artist-in-residence opportunities. Trans Artists celebrates its 10th anniversary. Res Artis celebrates its 5th year of official registration in the Netherlands.
The conference included:
- lectures by renowned specialists in the field of cultural dialogue
- best practice presentations
- workshops by residency experts
- many informal networking opportunities
The program highlighted smaller grass roots organizations linked to social, cultural and political contexts. These initiatives facilitate the dialogue of guest artists with local artists and the community.
The workshops focused on important topics such as residency programs creating safe havens for artists at risk, and the strategies of residential art centers to collaborate with corporations.
Trans Artists at: www.transartists.org
Res Artis at: www.resartis.org
The 11th Res Artis General Meeting and Conference "Artists in Dialogue, Transforming Communities" was sponsored by:
Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science - Mondriaan Foundation - Amsterdam Fund for the Arts - Fonds BKVB - Amsterdam Stadsdeel Centrum, Gemeente Amsterdam, Res Artis, Rijksakademie, European Cultural Foundation, Stichting HIVOS, Stichting DOEN, SICA, Trans Artists, Kunstenaars en Co, IFAA Foundation, Stichting SLAK, Thamgidi Foundation, Smart Project Space