Artists for Artists Residency Network (AFAR) is an EU funded project, aiming to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators in the four European partner regions – Romania, Germany, Croatia, and Austria. The project is led by the Romanian Association for Contemporary Art (ARAC) with three consortium partners – The Goethe Institute network, the Croatian Association of Fine Artists, and Künstlerhaus Vienna. An associate strategic partner of the project is La Kunsthalle Mulhouse which is also the Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Intérêt National de la Ville de Mulhouse.
The main topics are related to long-term cultural and social connections between local contexts, regarding cross-cutting themes of ecology and inclusion, specifically concerning wartime and economic migration of people.
The project provides a range of new opportunities to art practitioners of all ages, across a variety of artistic mediums and backgrounds, with special regard to women in the arts and gender equality, to become involved in a series of artistic residencies, curatorial fellowships, artists& curators talks, and exhibitions where they can contribute and work together with their peers in creating self-sustainable models of mutual support and cooperation. This will be achieved through methods that include networking events, co-shared working spaces, case-study research of proposed models of residencies, knowledge-sharing between the partners in organizing residencies and public artist/curator talks, the development of an advocacy strategy for increased mobility of artists and curators in the consortium countries.