MagiC Carpets

Wrocław Institute of Culture joined the ‘MagiC Carpets’ platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme, bringing together 16 European partners, cultural organisations from EU and candidate countries, led by the Kaunas Biennale.

The name of the project was invented by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini – a reference to the fairy tale from ‘The Book of One Thousand and One Nights’ about a flying carpet – a fantastic tool for travelling the world. Sheherazade’s creativity and imagination is a metaphor for the power of culture to turn mistrust and antagonism into intercultural dialogue.

The main thrust of the platform is to develop activities that engage curators and artists through a residency programme for budding creative souls, involving local communities and focusing on work in public spaces. During the three-year MagiC Carpets project (2022-2025), the partner organisations will carry out more than 120 artist residencies, creating an extensive European network for emerging artists and curators. Participation in the project is also an opportunity to expand the competences of socially engaged, local artists women, who will collaborate with creators from other countries selected through the partnership. The diversity of the organisations involved in the platform provides an opportunity to learn about other unique cultures, but also about issues and challenges from across Europe and to initiate more transdisciplinary activities that reinforce the values of democracy, inclusion, social awareness and equality.

Apply to network of artists as part of the Creative Europe platform – MagiC Carpets 2022-2025

Open call is addressed to emerging artists (at early stage of their careers):

→  artists representing various fields of art (e.g. visual arts, theatre, literature and others)

→  living in Poland

→ who want to go for a residency by 31 January 2023 (detailed dates of the residency are established with the hosting institution) 

→ who are interested in working with the local community, residents of large housing complexes (e.g. blocks of flats), ecology and sustainable art, critical approaches to tourism, palimpsests, working with children, geology, socially engaged art in public space, facilitation, photography, sound art, video art, documentary art. 


To apply to the MC artists database, submit in English:

→ a portfolio in .pdf format and a CV 

→ answers to the questions: What would you like to learn through working with communities? Why is it important to work artistically with local communities? A statement of 1500-2000 characters with spaces.

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2022. Send your application via e-mail to: with the following title: NAME and SURNAME – MagiC Carpets.

What are the benefits for the artist? 

Artists who would like to be included in the database used by the project curators, after an initial selection by a WIK curator, will have a chance to go for a month-long residency in one of the fifteen partner institutions of the MagiC Carpets project. However, it is the curators who make the final decision on inviting the artist. 

The invited residents will work together with local communities and the aim is to unite them through the artistic project. The whole process will be facilitated by an emerging curator. In some cases will have the opportunity to present their project at events with the public, e.g. at a festival, an open meeting or an exhibition.

What skills should the artist have?

→ a will to work with local communities

→ have a strong motivation on learing new things and experimenting, trying their forces in artistic disciplines they know less

→ speaking English

How does the selection of residents proceed?

A curator from the Wrocław Institute of Culture presents selected portfolios to curators participating in the Magic Carpets project. The final decision to invite an artist for a residency depends on the curators of the partner institutions. 

zdjęcie: pokój pełen ludzi podczas spotkania otwierającego serię szkoleń i warsztatów do platformy Magic Carpets. Na zdjęciu rozmawijący ze sobą ludzie, a na głownym planie dwie kobiety w mocny, witającym się uścisku.
fot. G. Zaltauskaite
Zdjęcie: w podwórku grupa ludzi trzyma wielkoformatowy, niebieski materiał, na którym obrysowane są granice państw Unii Europejskiej.
fot. Wojciech Chrubasik

MagiC Carpets partners

Kaunas Biennial (Lithuania) is leading a Creative Europe platform titled „Magic Carpets” which involves 16 wonderful cultural organisations from EU and candidate counries. Together with Diyalog Derneği (Istanbul / Turkey), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone / UK), IDEIAS EMERGENTES – Produção Cultural, CRL (Porto (Guimarães) / Portugal), Jam Factory Art Centre (Lviv / Ukraine), Lab852 d.o.o. za promidžbu (Zagreb / Croatia), Latitudo Srl (Rome / Italy), META Cultural Foundation (Bucharest (Slon / Romania), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Riga / Latvia), Novo Kulturno Naselje (Novi Sad / Serbia), OPENART, Örebro Kommun (Örebro / Sweden), Openspace.Innsbruck (Innsbruck / Austria), SA Tartu 2024 (Tartu / Estonia), Tbilisi International Photo Festival (Tbilisi / Georgia), Trempo (Nantes / France) and us, Wrocław Institute of Culture (Wrocław/ Poland), we will create the platform for emerging artists to start their magical journey, collect local stories and carry them across Europe.

“Portable House” by Mariia Yakymenko   

We are starting another residency organized within the international network – MagiC Carpets! Mariia Yakymenko will visit Wrocław in late November and early December. Ukrainian artist will create a collective zine, consisting of collages made with new residents of Wroclaw during her workshops at Barbara.


About URKA’s artistic residency

The residency project “The Yourself Library” by Davide D’Angelo, known as URKA, took place at the invitation of the Wrocław Institute of Culture as part of the european platform, MagiC Carpets. The Italian artist worked with the new inhabitants of Wrocław, local youth. During his month-long stay, the resident conducted a series of eight creative workshops where the main goal was to search for a “common language” between people of different origins and cultures.


Meet our first MagiC Carpets’ resident – URKA

We are launching the activities of the first of three residencies, creating development opportunities for emerging curator working with local and international artists. The residencies take place within a platform bringing together 16 cultural organisations from EU and candidate countries.