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S+T+ARTS4WaterII Residency Programme on ‘Water Sustainability’

Text of the call over a photo of rough seas.

S+T+ARTS4WaterII is calling for artists for the second edition of the S+T+ARTS Residency Programme, which is dedicated to Water Sustainability and innovation at the nexus of science, technology, and the arts. This time, the programme specifically focuses on the environmental challenges of ports, port cities, coastal areas, and waterways.  

Through 20 nine-month residencies, S+T+ARTS4WaterII will enhance collaborative artistic research, creation, and innovation in different port cities and their related ecosystems and industries across eight countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia.

S+T+ARTS4WaterII will support selected artists through a programme that includes a nine-month residency starting in September 2024 and multiple exhibitions and events during the residency period and thereafter until November 2025. 

Each residency will be facilitated by an innovation catalyst (an intermediary between the artists and all the parties of the residency), a residency host institution, and a Local Expert Group.

Applicants from any nationality are eligible, with the condition that they can travel (with a valid visa where applicable) to the country of the residency.

The programme provides:

  • Access to the resources/facilities provided by the residency host institution; 
  • Assistance from the Local Expert Group (LEG); 
  • Access to the Europe-wide S+T+ARTS network; Participation at the S+T+ARTS4WaterII community events (online and on-site); 
  • Potential participation in exhibitions showcasing the outcomes of the residencies at Ars Electronica Festival in September 2025, Love Tomorrow Conference, the UN Ocean Conference and/or other festivals and venues upon selection. 

Up to 40,000 EUR budget is provided for artists residencies to cover the artist fee, the organisation and participation at artistic exhibitions/events and other relevant costs to ensure the successful implementation of the project (including but not limited to artwork/prototype production). The budget is fixed at 40,000 EUR, no matter if the application is for a single artist, or an artist collective.


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