• Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is a public institution that has been supporting, collecting, documenting and presenting Polish and international art since 1985. Ujazdowski is located in a former royal residence, reconstructed to its current shape in the 1980s.
    • Our mission is to reflect on the world by means of art. The essence of the Ujazdowskis programme is to show the diverse disciplines of contemporary artistic practice in the process of transformation, at the moment of re-acting to current cultural, sociological, and geopolitical phenomena in the modern world.
  • The residencies of artists, curators and researchers constitute an important department and branch of our activity. Since 2002, we have hosted in Warsaw over 200 art professionals, curators, artists, researchers, organisers, individuals and collectives representing more than 50 countries from Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa.
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  • Residencies: our vision
  • Artist first  
    • We emphasise direct cooperation between the visiting artist and the institution. The residency follows the practice, ideas and methods of an individual (or collective) rather than programming. However, our residents work and research in co-operation with curators, project coordinators, PR & press department and have access to Ujazdowskis production facilities and resources.
  • Researching is testing  
    • We support experiments allowing our residents to initiate and test their project propositions. We believe in artistic practices that can lead to unexpected outcomes and respond to the changing world. We consider that the time to understand, connect, get inspired and change ones mind is as valuable as making an exhibition. We offer time and space, not deadlines. 
  • Presenting is not always exhibiting
    • We understand residencies as a medium for artistic practice that allows for searching for models of presentation other than exhibitions. This includes many different types of outcome including performance shows, lectures, seminars, community-engaging projects, but also less formal situations such as colloquia, dinners and conversations.
  • Mapping Warsaw and involving its residents
    • Our residents works are frequently deeply entrenched in the local context of Warsaw. They map and enter into a dialogue with the city on many layers, involving its inhabitants in the process of creation and allowing different forms of knowledge to surface.
  • Polylogue and knowledge exchange
    • We believe that learning and artistic experimentation benefit from artists mobility, institutional collaboration and open-ended processes.

 

  • Programming residencies at Ujazdowski
    • Since 2002, we have continually developed and re-defined our residency programme, sustaining an up-to-date critical reflection on the capacities of residencies as an artistic and instituting practice. We have used our long-standing experience to implement courageous programmes responding to ever-changing relations between creators, organisations and social environment. In the frame of these programmes, the participating artists and curators are able to research and experiment in selected fields. 
  • Artist residencies
    • Since 2016, our collaboration with artists has been focused on two key areas that define Ujazdowskis programme of development and exploration in the field of residency. The first axis is Common Fix dedicated to social, economic and artistic potentials of collectivity inscribed in and addressed by artworks globally.
    • The second axis is Vanishing Points that focuses on the performative aspect of residencies. This is a methodological line working with artists of different disciplines, where the primary role lies in the process, intermedia and volatility.
    • These two programmes have no open call. The artists and other creators are invited on the basis of curatorial research and partner institutions recommendations. Artists residencies usually last three months.
  • Curatorial residencies
    • The Re-Directing: East Curatorial Residency is a peer-learning workshop, a curatorial seminar, an extended site exploration and a research opportunity for a group of four to seven individuals together with the Ujazdowskis curators team and local participants. The notion of "re-directing" refers to the need to facilitate collaboration in-between art initiatives that, due to geopolitical conditions, did not have many opportunities to cooperate. Therefore, it has a global dimension, and is not geographically limited.
    • An open call for this programme is announced once a year through our website and Facebook. Curatorial residencies last one month.

 

  • Connections
  • Among our partners there are:
    • Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany)
    • Flemish Arts and Heritage Agency (Flanders/Belgium)
    • Khoj Workshop (India)
    • Mondriaan Founds, Dutch Culture (TransArtists) (Holland)
    • Videobrasil (Brasil)
    • Pro Helvetia (Switzerland)
    • Res Artis (worldwide network of artist residencies)     
    • Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland)
  • We work with independent curators, art institutions, galleries, as well as other institutional partners such as schools, NGOs and research institutes at both national and international level.

 

  • Our activities are supported by the City of Warsaw