Open call for autumn 2017 Artists in Residence at Tadeusz Kantor House in Poland

Applications deadline: September 16th

Results published (September 27th)

Open Call results:

From numerous interesting and inspiring applications two artists have been selected for autumn 2017 residence:
Eleni Bagaki and Jos McKain


Tadeusz Kantor Foundation and Adam Mickiewicz Institute are announcing an open call for artists for an autumn Artists in Residence programme in Tadeusz Kantor House in Hucisko.

The residency programme is centered around a stay at Tadeusz Kantor house, located in a countryside area near the city of Kraków, in Poland. The house is a unique place created and designed by the artist himself in the early 1980s and deeply rooted in his aesthetics. Now, after the artist’s death, it servers both as a memorial and a place for artistic creation.

We are inviting artists of different fields to work on their projects in the House, using the occasion for focused and uninterrupted work. The residency in Kantor house in Hucisko shall be a time for the artists to develop their work, get inspired and realise ideas.

Our goal is to search for artists of different fields and with wide artistic approach, to work in atmosphere of independency and free expression. We’re offering space and time in inspirational interior and exterior of Kantor’s House. So far we held residencies from German, Canadian, Swedish, Belgian, US and Polish visual artists, art critics and Kantor researchers, polish art galleries, VR artists and many other creators from Europe.


Legitimate fields

The application is open for international artists of all fields, but the main focus of the programme is the visual and performance art. The application is open also for researchers, writers and curators.

Polish artists are not legitimate for this very open call.


Time & Duration, Location

The residency duration shall be around 3-4 weeks, between mid October and the end of November 2017. Final dates will be set in direct contact with the selected artists.

The venue of the residency is Tadeusz Kantor house in a little village called Hucisko. The house is a mid-size place, located in a rural area, surrounded mostly by forests, around 40 minutes drive from the city of Kraków.

For more information about the house please visit:

During the residency visits to Kraków will be available, to visit the Cricoteka – Tadeusz Kantor Museum archives, as well as for other meetings.


Residency Format

The residency in project-focused. We accept both new projects and projects already under development, on different stages of the process.

The subject of the projects is not limited to the issues rooted in Tadeusz Kantor’s work.

At the end of the residency, proposed project should be presented in Hucisko – either finished or work in progress, in an open event.



  • full travel costs coverage
  • honorary (ca. 600€)
  • accommodation in Kantor’s house in Hucisko
  • perdiems
  • production budget (ca. 500€)



Applications shall be submitted until September 16th (included, until midnight GMT+2) via email to

An application shall include:

  • artist’s CV
  • artist’s portfolio
  • information explaining the artist’s interest in participating in the residency, and information regarding the proposed project.

The organizers reserve a right not to choose any of the applications.

One or two artists will be selected until September 21st. All applicants will be informed about the results on that day.


We will be happy to answer all your questions regarding the residency, projects and applications – ask questions directly to




Additional information


Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor (6 April 1915 – 8 December 1990) was a Polish painter, happening and conceptual artist, assemblage artist, set designer and theatre director. Creator of the Cricot 2 theatre. Kantor is renowned for his revolutionary theatrical performances in Poland and abroad.

His famous works include such works as: in visual arts – Multipart (conceptual painting), different series of emballages (both paintings, objects and happenings), Panoramic Sea Happening, Impossible Monuments series.
In theatre – The Dead Class, Wielopole Wielopole, Let the Artists Die.

More specific information about Tadeusz Kantor and his work can be found here:



Tadeusz Kantor Foundation

Tadeusz Kantor Foundation was established in 1994 after the artist had passed away. The goal of the Foundation is to preserve and promote his artistic achievements along with supporting new artistic and research activities undertaken as an emanation of artistic and intellectual freedom.

The Foundation has been protecting Tadeusz Kantor’s artistic heritage, artwork, archivements and other documents describing his life and art. It holds exhibitions, carries out research projects, maintains an archive of the artist and publishes books on Kantor’s artwork.

The Foundation manages the Tadeusz Kantor and Maria Stangret House in Hucisko near Kraków which occupies the house designed and built by Kantor himself. It is the only place that is closely connected to Kantor’s artwork and has not been altered over the years. A piece of art in its own right, it is currently used as an unique place to hold exhibitions and to develop new artistic practices by contemporary artists.

Ever since the Foundation was created in 1994 it has accomplished numerous projects in various cities and countries. For instance, in 1995 it erected one of Kantor’s „Impossible Monuments” – a monument of a Chair, done in concrete near Kantor’s house in Hucisko. The unveiling of the monument took place during a conference dedicated to Kantor’s art. In 2000 the Foundation also presented many projects as part of the European Capital of Culture – Krakow 2000 celebrations. Moreover, the Foundation published books on Tadeusz Kantor’s artwork and Maria Stangret’s memoirs.

In recent years the Foundation has rolled out an artistic residence program (A-i-R) for contemporary artists. Its goal is to support the next generation of artists and researchers in their artistic and scientific explorations. The residence program is centered around a stay at Kantor’s House in Hucisko, but it is not limited with respect to the location and the period of stay. It is focused on creating new works and inspiring intellectual exchange.


Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s task, operating under the brand, is to promote Poland and our culture abroad. Using the brand the Institute presents high-quality initiatives and events from the world of music, art and design. So far the Institute has held almost 5500 events in 70 countries for close to 52 million people on 5 continents. is an Internet portal that delivers daily updates on the most interesting events connected with Polish culture around the world. It is also the most comprehensive and versatile source of information on Polish culture which has already found appreciation of more than 5 million of users.

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