Cultural Heritage

Arts in Exile – Residencies

Residence for three artists from the fields of literature, music, and visual arts aimed at preparing a collaborative project to be presented at the end of the residency. The areas of collective artistic activities will revolve around themes related to cultural heritage, minority issues, diasporas and communities, displacements, trauma reflection, and general issues related to the freedom of art.

About the project:

The “Arts in Exile” project is a residency program designed to create a creative platform for collaboration among artists who have experienced compulsion to leave country of origin in their lives. It offers a three-month residency at Villa Decius for three creators representing different artistic fields: literature, visual arts, and music.

During the residency, artists will engage in both individual creative work and dialogue with each other. Collaboration, drawing from their own experiences, and their various artistic disciplines will allow them to prepare a multimedia artistic event for the local audience. The thematic area of the artists’ work will include cultural heritage, migration, minorities, functioning within the community, inclusion and exclusion, trauma, or freedom of art. These themes will provide a framework for exploration, allowing artists to delve into personal experiences and share their stories with the audience. At the end of the residency, a final event will take place at Villa Decius, during which the artists will present the results of their work to the local audience.

In addition to supporting artists in their creative activities, the “Arts in Exile” project aims to promote sensitivity and acceptance of diversity in the local community and to support the formation of more inclusive and empathetic communities.

Eligibility to apply:

The program is addressed to three artists working in the field of literature, music, or visual arts, who have been forced to migrate in their lives – due to economic reasons, political issues, security threats, persecution, or others. As part of the project, artists will spend three months at Villa Decius in Krakow, working on preparing a joint artistic event to be presented to the local audience at the end of the residency.

Recruitment is addressed to writers, musicians, and visual artists legally residing in the countries of the Creative Europe Program, i.e., EU Member States (excluding Poland), as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tunisia, or Ukraine, and have experienced forced migration from their country of origin in their lives, and their work touches on topics related to cultural heritage, multiculturalism, migration, minorities, community formation, inclusion, trauma, or freedom of art.

How to apply:

To apply for the program, please fill out the application form available at the link and attach documents: CV and artistic portfolio in English. Please provide motivation for participation in the program and an artistic idea/goal possible to achieve during the stay, as well as describe briefly your migration experience. As part of the project, we support mentoring cooperation with artistic institutions operating in Krakow and Poland – depending on the candidate’s preferences.

If you wish to submit an alternative application form (e.g., recorded interview, video), please contact the project coordinator at It is also possible to send the application in .docx or .pdf format along with attachments to the same email address.

Recruitment will last until May 15, 2024.

Residency conditions:

The planned duration of the residency is 91 days, from January 8, 2025, to April 8, 2025. After confirming the participation of all individuals, a slight modification of the indicated date will be possible. All artists must participate in the residencies at the same time. It is not possible to shorten the residency period or interrupt it.

As part of the residency, the following are provided:

  • accommodation in guest rooms of the renaissance palace-park complex Villa Decius and mentoring support during the stay and creative work,
  • reimbursement of travel expenses based on submitted documents (travel tickets to the place of residence, local transport, food, etc.) in the amount of a lump sum of €350 or €700 (amount calculated according to the distance traveled and means of transport used). It is possible to receive a financial supplement in case of choosing ‘green’ means of travel – €350,
  • in case of the need to obtain a visa, an additional payment of €80 will be made,
  • a monthly salary of €750 gross (total of €2275 gross).

Programme is implemented under Culture Moves Europe scheme. 

Financial support:

Willa Decjusza
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