Open call: artistic residency in collaboration with Niki Hannover

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Art Encounters Foundation in collaboration with Niki Residency (Hannover) is launching an open call for a new international artistic residency exchange for young artists based in Timișoara.

The period of the residency
The residency will take place between July and September in Hannover, with a maximum duration of 4-6 weeks, within the platform created by the artist-run space Niki (

The purpose of the residency program  is to create opportunities for artists to further develop their individual practices and support the exchange of ideas and experiences in the context of international actors and initiatives.

Through this partnership, Art Encounters Foundation extends its network of collaborations with other residency spaces and independent organizations aiming at supporting the mobility and art production of artists.

The conditions
Niki will provide the artist in residence a studio space (ca. 25 m2) and accommodation in an apartment in the city of Hannover. Travel costs will be covered up to a maximum of 250 €.

The Niki residence is kindly supported by “Hafven” (, a pioneer maker-space, where the artist would be able to get technical support and have the opportunity to use some of the newest technologies.

The artist in residence will be granted with an honorary fee of 1200 € and a production cost of 1000 €.

The artist will hold a public event during the stay. This can be an artist talk, an open studio or a similar format.

The selection criteria will take into account:

– The motivation of the candidate to dedicate himself / herself to an artistic project for the entire duration of the residency program
– The curiosity to get to know a dynamic artistic community, which is open to collaborations
– The quality of the portfolio and of the proposed project

The selection therefore looks, on one hand, at the project proposed by the candidate artists and the openness to experiment with new working models, and on the other hand, at how this residency can offer them an opportunity for development in the future.

Application and deadline:
Artists who are interested are invited to send applications by email to until 6 May 2022. Applications must be written in English and must contain a cover letter of maximum 1 page describing the project to be considered, accompanied by the artist’s portfolio and a short CV in PDF format. (max. 15 MB).

Niki, Hannover
Niki is an artist run residency program that aims to develop new models for international and interdisciplinary collaborations. Niki invites international artists and curators to Hanover, a city that, with an increasing number of young artspaces and access to a highly equipped makerspace, functions as a hub for innovative artistic thinking and production. Niki is supported by Kulturbüro Hannover and collaborates with Hafven, a big maker space based in Hannover.

Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, both agencies, Niki/Hannover and The Art Encounters Foundation reserve the claim to delay the so-called events or residency period. The legal restrictions on both countries will be taken in mandatory priority to provide safety to the selected artist.

A Jury from Niki Residency will decide on the selected artist by the end of May 2022.

This residency programme is part of FORmART, a cultural project that has been financed by the City of Timișoara through the Centre for Projects.