When you look for a possible residency you soon find out that there many. Why do choose for a residency? Which one do you choose? How do you compose a portfolio?
Here you can find some links to websites that provide you more information about the phenomenon AIR.
ORGANIZATIONS, INFO POINTS AND NETWORKS
You never stand alone as an artist. Lots of organizations, info points and networks have the task to inform artists about their options and opportunities.
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Trans Artists is a knowledge centre on AiR opportunities. Trans Artists makes the enormous worldwide residential art labyrinth accessible and usable to the artists, through its website, newsletter, research and workshop programs.
Cultuur Contactpunt Vlaanderen is the info point of the European commission within the cultural program (2007-2013) that finances cultural collaborations.
Cultuur Contactpunt Vlaanderen is part of the Department of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media of the Flemish government.
Cultural contact points have been established in the Member States and in most of the other countries taking part in the program. They are responsible for promoting the program, facilitating the participation of as many cultural professionals as possible, ensuring an exchange of information with national cultural institutions, maintaining contact between the participants in the various Community program and a link with the other sources of information on the various Community programs.
The Kunstenloket provides information and advice to anyone who has questions about the commercial and legal aspects of an artistic activity.
On their website you will find the answer to a great many questions about the social status of the artist, income tax, VAT, copyright, forms of organization, marketing and promotion, financial management, insurance, international work, etc.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can email or call them. If necessary, you can also make an appointment with a consultant. You will then have an hour in which to ask all your questions. An appointment can be made in Antwerp, Brussels or Ghent, or on Skype. They also organize training sessions in which they go into the various topics in more detail.
BAM is the Flemish institute for visual, audiovisual and media art. BAM is an independent and intermediary structure, which is positioned between the field and the policy. From a base of in-depth knowledge of both the field and the policy, it provides information, furthers development, collaboration and networking - both within the field and crossing boundaries into other disciplines and fields - and it is in dialogue with the various governments. BAM is no interest group and, contrary to the government, is no channel for subsidies.
BAM informs and documents, stimulates and researches. BAM offers knowledge and information to people and organizations to allow them to work professionally. In addition, BAM documents the players and practices within the field. In order to distribute that information and documentation as efficiently and widely as possible, together with the industry, BAM develops various web platforms and online databases.
Are you looking for financial support of your artistic project or do you need support of your career as an artist?
If you aim to go abroad, you can ask the Belgian embassy in the country where you are going for additional funding or useful contacts and networks
Here are some useful links about artisthood and the mobility of artists in Europe.