Lead partner: HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme (FI)
Artform: Visual Arts
Year funded: 2010
Funding strand: Strand 1.2.1 Cooperation Measures
Community grant: €200,000
the Baltic Art Center, Visby (SE), Fabrikken for Kunst og Design, Copenhagen(DK), Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin (IE) and Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen (NO)
The Paths Crossing project unites the forces of five North European artist-in-residence centres to invite fifteen young and emerging visual artists and art professionals from the new and applicant EU Member States. The central purpose of this collective endeavour is to discover and support new talent, providing international mobility to visual artists and art professionals from Eastern and Central Europe. New networks of cooperation with the participating countries will be built.
Together the five artist-inresidency centres are able to provide for fifteen individual production and research residencies, each from one to six months in duration. Artists, curators, critics and researchers based in Europe are eligible to apply. The core of the project is to offer a dynamic working environment to the resident art-practitioners,in which they are enabled and encouraged by creative encounters with international colleagues and local art scenes. They will be enabled in critical discussions and given the resources for a period of intense work by curatorial support during the production process. Throughout the project the personal, professional and artistic aspirations of the residents will be the focal point of the residency centres.
The Paths Crossing project offers its participants the opportunity to acquire professional knowledge and international contacts, as well as to develop new works: from conception to finished piece. Complemented by workshops, lectures, screenings, exhibitions and other public events, the processes, networks and artworks created within the project will be made accessible to the wider communities of the host cities. The contents and results of Paths Crossing will also be visible to a wider international audience via the development of open web-based resources.