GuestRoomMaribor Open Call 2020

deadline 29. 2. 2020

GuestRoomMaribor artist-in-residence program is seeking applicants for residencies in Maribor, Slovenia.

GuestRoomMaribor artist-in-residence program was established in 2011 by Pekarna Magdalenske mreže (henceforth PMM) – a non-governmental organization focused on independent cultural production in Maribor, Slovenia. PMM is established as a creative and emancipatory physical and mental space used for production, promotion and and informal education in the fields of art, culture, youth work, civil society and active citizenship. The organization’s activity is defined by the conceptual field of informal culture, subculture, deinstitutionalized culture, counter-culture, independent culture and urban culture, as well as social movements. In the context of contemporary art practices, PMM represents an important generator of non-institutional and independent art practices; it encourages socially engaged art, hybrid and experimental artistic expressions and approaches.

The GuestRoomMaribor artist-in-residence program has a strong professional network, which includes local independent curators, cultural producers (individuals or organizations) and alternative production spaces. It is also well connected with the emerging scene of art theorists, art critics from Maribor and Ljubljana.

GuestRoomMaribor favours projects that:
  • critically engage with the power relations and tactics that counter domination in the current neoliberal social context;
  • question engagement of art, art’s role in society as well as relations between art and politics; 
  • engage with feminist and queer theory and art;
  • form explicit relations with the specific social, cultural, historical and political context of the local community (Maribor), such as participatory, site-specific art projects, interventions in public spaces, and similar. 

GuestRoomMaribor is offering:
  • free accommodation (one of the two studio apartments 96 m2 and 76m2, located in the core of the old city center, each equipped with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a sleeping area) for the period of one month (or more, depending on the agreement); 
  • artist fee of 700 EUR;
  • coverage of production costs up to 300 EUR (in the form of reimbursement of actual costs on presentation of original invoices);
  • professional assistance, support for the artist and introduction to the local (art) scene by GRM team of curators and producers.

GuestRoomMaribor is expecting from the artist to:
  • give a public presentation of the artist's practice and of the proposed project “MeetTheResident”;
  • actively participate and contribute on a guided tour “Interest safari” based on the artist’s field of focus;
  • present their project created during the residency in Maribor (such as exhibition, performance, screening or other).

Application procedure and important dates:

Application form for GuestRoomMaribor artist-in-residency program should be submitted until the 29th of February 2020 at the latest. If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the application process, do not hesitate to contact us via email:
The application should be written in the English language. This call is open to artists whose permanent residency is outside of Slovenia. Slovenian citizens cannot apply for this program. Basic working knowledge of English is required.

Submission deadline: 29th of February 2020
Notification of selected proposals for shortlist: 5th of March
Skype meetings with the selected artist for shortlisting: 7th - 9th of March
Notification of selected artists: 12th of March

Available terms for residencies:

17. 03. 2020 - 26. 4. 2020

20. 10. 2020 - 22. 11. 2020

16. 11. 2020 - 23. 12. 2020

Residents will be chosen upon the following criteria:
  • the originality of the concept;
  • feasibility of the project;
  • participatory, experimental (in the context of structure and/or presentation of a project (e. c. non-gallery spaces) approaches are preferred;
  • elements of interest or collaboration with the local art scene and community. 

Members of the selection panel:
Kaja Kraner - theoretician, critic, curator
Miha Ciglar - sound artist, audio engineer
Lucija Smodiš - program director, producer, curator