The Legacy of Kantor in Scotland – Open call

The Legacy of Kantor in Scotland – Open call for artists!

2015 is the ‘Year of Kantor’, being the centenary of his birth. Like several other eastern European artists, his work with Richard Demarco (in three Edinburgh Festivals: 1972, 1973 and 1976) established his international reputation. Researchers at Dundee University undertaking searches in the section of the Demarco Archives held by the National Galleries of Scotland uncovered a hitherto unknown film (of exceptional quality) of an entire performance of ‘THE WATER HEN’ (1972), with additional footage before and after, including Demarco in conversation with Kantor. This is the only film of the entire ‘The Water Hen’ performance in existence.

The RSA will premiere the aforementioned film in the Royal Scottish Academy during the Edinburgh Festival 2015.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture will curate a programme of performances by Polish and Scottish artists for Hidden Doors Festival (music, theatre and visual art) in May 2015. This opportunity is an open call for proposals and need not be in response to the work of Tadeusz Kantor.

Proposals are invited from Polish artists (based in Poland) for performances which will, in turn, be filmed and archived. These Hidden Doors performances will take place in Edinburgh, on Sunday 24th and/or Monday 25th May 2015. The filmed performances and documentation will accompany the Kantor film at the RSA (July – Sept 2015).

Deadline for proposals: Friday 20th March 2015.

The proposal should contain an artist CV, a written overview of the performance, its duration and technical requirements and, where possible, a web link to film footage of either the performance itself OR a recent performance by the artist.

A total fee of £1000 will be available to successful Polish artists and this will cover travel, accommodation, any necessary equipment and artist’s fee.

Info can be found at and

Applications (in English) should be sent to: [email protected]

The RSA exhibition will be accompanied by a Conference ‘The Legacy of Kantor in Scotland’ and a dual-language publication highlighting the project in full.


The Legacy of Kantor in Scotland is a partnership between the Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture and the University of Dundee, with the National Galleries of Scotland, the Demarco Archive, (Warsaw), The Consul General of Poland in Edinburgh, Hidden Doors Festival and the Cricoteka (Krakow). Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation.