Artistic residencies for Polish artists, curators and designers are some of the most effective ways of building a network of contacts among artists and cultural institutions around the world. Thanks to numerous residencies, the presence of Polish artists is solidified abroad, international co-productions and artistic projects are created and the international flow of ideas and experiences is initiated.
The Institute works with numerous residency centres around the world, including Akademie Schloss Solitude and Gasworks, WebDance, Abrons Art Center, Southbank and other partners chosen as a result of study visits.
Study visits are one of the Institute’s main areas of activity. They are tools that assist in strategic planning of projects and in the promotion of Polish culture in the world’s most important institutions. Thanks to visits organised by the Institute, outstanding representatives of world culture have visited Poland: directors of artistic festivals, promoters of culture, artists, critics, curators and journalists. Each year, in more than 100 study visits organised by the Institute, an average of more than 300 influential individuals and opinion leaders visit Poland.
The effect of this programme is a continuously growing base of practical knowledge about the cultural activities that are most interesting for audiences abroad. The invited guests have the opportunity to get to know contemporary Poland and its cultural offerings and to establish contacts that support the development of long-term collaboration with Polish artists and cultural institutions.
Jane Penty, practicing designer, head of the Sustainable Design division, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Richard Van der Laken, originator, founder and director of the conference "What Design Can Do"
Bartlett Djurdja, reader in Histories and Cultures of Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
Nell Donkers, curator at De Appel gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Marietta Dirker, researcher at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Camille Lenglois, curator at Centre Georges Pompidou , France
Virgílio Ferreira, founder and curator of the Ci.CLO Photography Biennial, Porto, Portugal
Kristoffer Arvidsson, Head of Research, Eva Nygårds, curator, Johan Sjöström, curator at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden
Petr Dlouhy, Co-ordinator at Cross Attic Praha and Zizkovska Noc Festival, Czech Republic
Yael Sherill, Art Director of the b_tour festival Berlin, Germany
Alexandra-Lucia Bacanu, playwright at #Reactor Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Itzik Giuli, Art Director of the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, Izrael
Auguste Rumbutyte, Culture Projects Co-ordinator at the Drama Theatre in Klaipeda, International Festival Program Organizer, Lithuania
Vidas Bizunevičius, Culture Projects Co-ordinator, Kristina Savickienë, Art Director, Agnë Pulokaitë, Culture Projects Co-ordinator at the National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania
Mark Russell, founder of the Under the Radar Festival in New York, USA
Ioana-Claudia Maior, works for the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania
Luisa Hedo, Arts Co-ordinator of Festival de Otoño a Primavera in Madrid, Spain
Rong Li, independent theatre producer, USA
Emily Mendelsohn, independent theatre director, USA
Rachel Jendrzejewski, independent experimental writer on theatre and dance, USA
Amanda Andrei, independent writer, USA
Matthew McCray, Art Director of the Son of Semele Ensemble, Los Angeles, USA
Stephanie Swirsky, independent playwright, USA
Peter Barakan, DJ and radio journalist, author of the Barakan Beat shows on InterFM radio and Weekend Sunshine on NHK FM, works for NHK World, Japan
Simon Broughton, editor of the Songlines magazine, UK
Erol Gumuskaya, head of the Turquoise Production, co-founder and Programming Director of the Arta'Sacra festival in Lyon, France
Jesper Andersen, Programming Director at Cinematheque/Danish Film Institute, Denmark
Raymond Phathanavirangoon, film producer and curator of the Bogota International Film Festival programme, member of the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum and the awarding organization of the Asian Film Awards