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Hand to Hand: Social Ecology Residency Programme for Circus Artists (Croatia, Denmark, France, Portugal)

The words 'hand to hand' written over a cloudy blue nebula.

Hand to Hand is a European cooperation project which aims to explore the issue of sustainability through learning and experiential spaces of innovation and research for circus artists, especially emerging artists in their artistic practice in public space, and give them new capacities of initiating such a transition.

Through a journey of four exploration times and immersion residencies, Hand to Hand offers experimentation spaces through a cross-sectoral collaboration, including cultural and creative industries, researchers in ecology and art, as well as private firms: Joseph Perrier, champagne house; Fila Arches, paper mill of art in France; Solana, salt marshes in Croatia; a maritime workshop for the renovation of wooden boats and a professional fisherman in Denmark; Codfish Harbor of Ílhavo, distant water fishing in Portugal.

The process and activities will take place in Croatia, Denmark, France and Portugal from March 2023 to July 2025.

16 circus artists will be selected to participate in an introduction workshop in Châlons en Champagne (FR) on 4-6 July 2023. 8 circus artists will then follow the whole process of the project.

The project will cover:

  • Travel expenses (international flights and local transportation at destination) for all activities (up to 300€/person/trip) from the introductory workshop to the conclusion of the project.
  • Accommodation and meals during the programme.
  • The 8 selected artists taking part in the project, after the selection process, will receive an artistic fee of 6300 € for their whole participation and the final creation (prototype / work in progress).

The programme is open to applicants from Creative Europe countries and the United Kingdom.


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