Whose Voices Are Being Heard?

It is a year-and-a-half-long project that we are implementing together with Hvitsten Salong (Hvitsten/NO) and Safemuse (Oslo/NO), thanks to funding from the EEA Grants – Culture Programme. Its main aim is to equalise the opportunities and visibility of minority artists and to create safe and inclusive spaces for artistic work.

The project addresses the issues of artists’ migration, the practices of including minorities in cultural activities on equal basis and presenting their works to the majority society. It assumes the organisation of recurring artist residencies, study visits and accompanying events for artists, institutions and audiences in Poland and Norway. In 2023, together with our Nordic partners, we will organise 12 artist residencies. The participants have been selected from over 160 applications!

Twelve creative residencies on both sides of the Baltic Sea.

Six artists from Poland will travel to Hvitsten for one month. The selected participants emphasise their desire to create projects in harmony with nature, addressing the relationship between humans and the natural environment. In turn, six female artists from different socio-cultural backgrounds, and with diverse biographical experiences, will come to Poland. They all currently live in Norway, but several of them have recently arrived there, seeking refuge and a new home. Participants in the residency in Wrocław are:

Read more about the selected twelve in the ‘participants’ section.

Curators of the programme

During the residency, artists in Hvitsten will be accompanied by curator Jon Lundell, and in Wrocław by curator Agata Ciastoń. They will both support them in their new environment, suggest optimal solutions for their ideas and together look for ways to develop and implement them. No less important will be connecting with the audiences, made possible by participation in the local art and music festival Hvitsten Salong 2023 and an exhibition in Wrocław planned for the autumn.

The programme is realised by the Wrocław Institute of Culture, the Hvitsten Salong – a private arts institution in Hvitsten (a small town with difficult access to culture) and the NGO Safemuse from Oslo.

‘Whose voices are being heard? An exchange programme for artists from Poland and Norway’ is a project co-funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway from the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 – Culture Programme.

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