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Residencies in Israel

Artist Residencies in Israel

The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon
The Israeli art scene has been expanding rapidly over the past decade. Artists looking to research or produce work in Israel have a few options. Most residencies in Israel such as Mishkenot Sha’ananim or the Israeli Center for Digital Art, are by invitation only. Fortunately, in the last few months new organizations have sprouted up to offer international artists opportunities to visit and work in the country. Several programs are scheduled to launch this year. To be informed of open-calls and other opportunities, please join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

OPEN CALL RESIDENCIES

The Mamuta Project
The Mamuta Project is an artist-run organization founded by the artist duo, Sala-Manca, and located at the Hansen Hospital, a former Leper Colony in Jerusalem.
Location: Jerusalem
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: Yes
Duration: Variable
Production Facilities: Electronic lab, Woodshop, Metalshop, Workroom
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

HomeBase Jerusalem
HomeBase Jerusalem is non-profit, artist-run initiative, founded in New York City in 2006 by artist and curator Anat Litwin. The residency and cultural program takes place in Hanson Hospital, a former Leper Colony and asks artists to engage with the surrounding community and explore the role art plays in everyday living and meaningful urban change.
Location: Jerusalem
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: Yes
Duration: 3 week residency + 1 month cultural program
Production Facilities: Yes
Accomodations: Yes


Al-Mamal Foundation for Contemporary Art
Al-Mamal focuses on local issues and accepts residents based on the merit of their proposed projects. Artists should focus on producing something meaningful to the area and specific to the local context.
Location: Jerusalem
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: Yes
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 months
Production Facilities: Office equipment
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

Umm el Fahem Gallery
The Umm el Fahem Gallery is an important cultural center for Palestinian-Israelis. It is located in the city of Umm el Fahem in northern Israel, near the border with the Occupied Territories and focuses on Arab and Palestinian art. They are just starting a residency program that, for now, focuses mostly on volunteers who come on their own speed to learn. Volunteers and residents live in two apartments, adjacent to two large galleries.
Location: Umm el Fahem (Haifa)
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: No
Duration: Variable
Production Facilities: None
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

Glasshouse TLV
Artists Lital Dotan and Eyal Perry host artists in their Tel Aviv apartment for one to two weeks, in conjunction with an event or project. The intimate residency is focused on performance-based artwork.
Location: Tel Aviv
Open Application: Yes
Duration: 1-2 Weeks
Stipend: No
Production Facilities: None
Exhibition Space: Yes (In the apartment)
Accommodations: Yes (In the apt with the hosts)

RESIDENCIES BY INVITATION

The Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts
(at Mishkenot Sha’ananim)
Mishkenot Sha’ananim is a long-running residency program in Jerusalem that invites artists, writers and scholars to stay in elegant guesthouses. Since 1987 the Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts has been inviting artists to the program, tailoring the residency to its invited participants. Past artists have included Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Kiki Smith, Daniel Buren, Dennis Adams, and Haim Steinbach
Location: Jerusalem
Open Application: No
Duration: Flexible, usually 3 Weeks, 1-3 residents per year
Stipend: Yes
Production Facilities: Studios
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

The Israeli Center for Digital Art
The Israeli Center for Digital Art is located in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon. Residents live in a modest, local apartment and are encouraged to engage in the Jessie Cohen Project, a long-term involvement with Holon’s troubled neighborhood called Jessie Cohen.
Location: Holon (near Tel Aviv)
Open Application: No
Duration: 1 month
Stipend: Yes
Production Facilities: Video editing lab and filming equipment
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

Artport Tel Aviv
Artport Tel Aviv is the newest residency program in Israel and focuses on fostering a collaborative community. They offer group exhibitions, studio visits, art salons, lectures, and master classes. Each year six Israeli artists are selected from an open call, and an additional eight International artists are invited for a period of up to three months.
Location: Tel Aviv
Open Application: By invitation (Open call for Israeli residents only)
Stipend: Yes
Duration: Up to 12 months
Production Facilities: Studios, communal office space and multimedia lab
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

NEW AND DEVELOPING RESIDENCY INITIATIVES

American Academy in Jerusalem
The Foundation for Jewish Culture has recently launched a pilot program with Mishkenot Sha’ananim modeled after the American Academies in Rome and Berlin. The pilot took place in June 2010 and included writers Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss, urban planner Joshua Sirefman, artist Shelley Jordon and others. The nomination only selection process targets distinguished cultural producers in various creative and academic fields.
Location: Jerusalem
Open Application: No
Stipend: Yes
Duration: 2-3 months
Production Facilities: Studios
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

Yaffo 23
Yaffo 23 is a new gallery affiliated with the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and is located in the center of Jerusalem. Its main programming, a dynamic, cutting-edge exhibition program, takes place in a 1000m (10,000SF) gallery. They are about to launch their first open call for residencies, created in collaboration with Schir (Germany) and the Geothe Institute.
Location: Jerusalem
Open Application: Yes
Duration: 3 months
Stipend: Variable
Production Facilities: Yes (Bezalel)
Exhibition Space: Yes

Mishkan Omanim
The Artists Residence in Mishkan Omanim is a residency program run through the Herzliya Town Council and operates a gallery for contemporary art. Three apartments are available for rotating residents from diverse creative fields including literature, music, and visual art.
Location: Herzliya (20 minutes north of Tel Aviv)
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: No (Artists pay $30/day for an apartment)
Duration: 1-10 weeks
Production Facilities: A studio room within the apartment. Artists can also use the gallery office.
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes (3 apartments are available)

Pyramida
Pyramida is run in a former high school in Wadi Saliv, a southern part of the Jewish-Arab city of Haifa. Pyramida pays particular attention to including Arab artists. Residents benefit from work studios and possible exhibition space.
Location: Wadi Saliv (Haifa)
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: No
Duration: Flexible
Production Facilities: Studios
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes, at the studio

Kfar Vradim
Tal Gallery is a local gallery dedicated to artists from Kfar Vradim and surrounding area. They are currently piloting a residency program aimed at giving young artists a special opportunity to create work in its pastoral setting. If successful, this residency will become a permanent program run by Tal Gallery.
Location: Kfar Vradim (Galilee)
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: No
Duration: 2 weeks (from 1 January 2011 to 31 March 2011)
Production Facilities: Studio
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: Yes

Vertigo Eco-Art Village

The Vertigo Eco-Art Village is planning on starting a residency program in the coming year. Vertigo focuses on fusing art, particularly dance, with ecology and environmental concerns and welcomes artists, writers, permaculture experts and a range of like-minded creatives.
Location: Ellah Valley (between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv)
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: No
Duration: Variable
Production Facilities: Workroom, dance studios
Exhibition Space: Yes
Accommodations: 4 mud houses with sustainably designed architecture

SCHOOLS

One vehicle for international artists to visit Israel is through the many art schools. Artists are invited on an individual basis to lecture or give workshops. Some of the leading graduate programs include:

Bezalel Academy of Art & Design

Hamidrasha School of Art - Beit Berl College

RELATED RESIDENCIES

The Delfina Foundation
The Delfina Foundation focuses on exchanges between UK-based artists and those in the Middle East. They pair up with various institutions in the Middle East, one of which has been Decolonizing Architecture in Palestine. Most of its residency slots are filled by invitation, but competitive open calls are posted occasionally.
Location: Variable
Open Application: Yes (for UK artists to go to the Middle East or vice versa)
Stipend: Yes (travel and bursary)
Duration: 6 weeks to 3 months

Art School Palestine

Art School Palestine is a non-profit organization that supports Palestinian art and invites international artists to create projects and conduct research throughout Palestine. Resident artists receive an opportunity to present their projects publicly as lectures, projections, public discussions, exhibitions and performances.
Location: Throughout Palestine
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: Yes (Return flight, accommodation, per diem and production costs)
Duration: 1-3 months
Production Facilities: Variable (depends on artist)
Exhibition Space: No (but they often collaborate with Al Hoash in Jerusalem, Khalil Sakakini in Ramallah, Al Mahatta Gallery, and the International Academy of Arts
Accommodations: Yes (apartment)

Al Mahatta Gallery

Location: Birzeit, 12 km from Ramallah
Open Application: Yes
Stipend: Yes (Full lodging and food, working space, local transportation and a small material stipend); Selected artists shall have the ability to cover their travel expenses to and from Birzeit Town.
Duration: 2 weeks
Production Facilities: Variable
Exhibition Space: At the end of the two weeks, the workshop will host an Open Day which will invite in the local public, artists, and critics to celebrate the developments and results of the workshop
Accommodations: Yes