In just 5 years, there have been 20 residents from Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Anastasia Martynova, head of the Metenkov House museum, shares the details.In 2019, Kristina Gorlanova, the author of the New Stories of Ekaterinburg project, launched the Association of Art Residences of Russian with the support of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. At the moment, this informal professional association consists of over 30 art residences. Its main task is to ensure cooperation and exchange of experience among representatives of resident programs.
As the project website
states, "Art residencies are a way to support artists, writers, curators, and other specialists in the cultural field by providing them with the time, space, resources, and opportunities for fruitful work. They often require the change of surroundings. Art residencies can establish conditions both for solitude and concentration and for studying local cultural, historical, geographical, and social specifics, communication and cooperation with other artists, researchers, and experts in other fields, interaction with the local public, etc. In many cases, residents build connections between cities, countries, and cultures, and art residencies themselves allow them to deepen and expand their knowledge."