IRELAND / LEITRIM COUNTY COUNCIL ARTS OFFICE
Leitrim County Council has long recognised the pivotal role the arts play in society and how the arts can play an increasingly central role in assisting local authorities to achieve their objectives. For the arts sector to flourish, it is essential that artists working in the sector have sufficient opportunities to further their professional development, and key to each artist’s development is having an awareness and opportunity to engage with the arts beyond the local and national. With this in mind, Leitrim County Council has sought to develop many opportunities to encourage this exchange. In particular the development of LOCIS builds on from TRADE, a series of residency programmes led by leading international visual artists developed by Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils.
POLAND / CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART ZNAKI CZASU
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun was set up by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland in February 2006 as a part of the operational programme ‘Znaki Czasu’, carried out by the Ministry. CoCA in Torun has profiled itself as an institution that puts emphasis on concepts of ‘being contemporary’ and ‘being international’. It’s interdisciplinary character and it’s openness towards innovative and “cutting edge” research in variety of expressive media guarantees it’s active and dynamic role within a regional and national cultural context, and underlines it’s strong potential in a dialogue with other contemporary art institutions operating world-wide.
SWEDEN / RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
Residence Botkyrka is run by Botkyrka konsthall and is a collaboration between the Department of Culture and Leisure, the Department of Urban Planning, the housing company Botkyrkabyggen, and the Multicultural Centre, forum and a meeting place for research and artistic expression relating to migration and social and cultural diversity, in the municipality of Botkyrka. This cooperation enables different people, such as urban planners and researchers to contribute with knowledge and networks to the visiting grant holders.