Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University Artist in Residence Program: Arts and Politics 2018, Hungary

Publish Date: Oct 17, 2017

Deadline: Nov 12, 2017

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Program: Arts and Politics

Call for Applications 2018-19

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (IAS CEU) invites applications for its Artist in Residence Program for the academic year 2018/2019 under the theme of “Art and Politics”.

Artist in Residence Theme: Art and Politics

Art and politics relate to each other in ways that prompted different responses at different times. While the linkage of the two spheres stood for long under the often justified suspicion of entertaining too narrow and too simplistic a relationship, recent events world-wide have suggested new ways of defining the autonomy of the arts and the confines of the political. Tensions between the expectation that art should serve useful purposes and be readily accessible to the multitude and the autonomy of art, resonate with earlier movements and claims in Europe and beyond, about utopia and dissent, the politics of aesthetics and ethics of politics, the original and the fraudulent, art as an individual versus collective product, freedom and offence, all intensified by the digital media, including the commercialization and marketing of taste. We invite writers and visual artists to submit applications engage with the annual theme of art and politics. The Open Society Archive and its related programs are partner for this annual theme.

Details of the Fellowships

IAS CEU offers annually one Writer in Residence fellowship and one visual/media/new media Artist in Residence fellowship to provide selected artists with opportunities to conceptualize and create new works while providing the community opportunities for meaningful interaction with working artists in all fields. These two residential fellowships (up to 6 months each with a minimum stay of 3 months) are offered on a competitive basis to writers and artists who relate in innovative and convincing ways to the theme of art and politics in creative writing (from poetry and prose to drama, screen and playwriting) and in the arts, including new media art (from painting to filming, from digital art to computer graphics to interactive art). 

We seek artists who will be able to work independently, have a solid plan of work for their fellowship period and are ready to engage with the intellectual life, at the Institute and the university. Artists in residence are expected to participate in the academic life of the community of IAS Fellows, which includes participation in the weekly Fellows’ seminar and a presentation of their own artistic and literary work.


A net allowance of EUR 2,000 per month + accommodation in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse, shared office space at IAS CEU premises as available, limited equipment and technical support from the CEU Media Lab and some research support in the range of EUR 500 - 1,000. We encourage all applicants for the new media fellowship to inquire about existing facilities and technology available.

Awarded fellows are responsible for their own travel arrangements and health insurance. Fellowships may start in October 2018. Fellows are required to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship. 


Applications are expected from writers and artists who

  • hold a relevant university degree
  • preferably are actively involved in related artistic and academic fields
  • have a solid portfolio of artistic projects or writings
  • show potential to deepen and grow their creative practice
  • demonstrate ability to converse with the  theme as described above as well as to engage with the IAS community
  • are fluent in English.

Applicants should send the following material in ONE pdf document and with the subject line “AiR 18-19” to the following address:

  • Completed Application form
  • CV (max. 4 pages), including a list of published works and/or portfolio (the selection committee might request samples at a later stage)
  • Covering letter indicating how the fellowship is beneficial for the (research) project and how the annual theme is relevant to the proposed research project (max. 3 pages)
  • Abstract of the project (max. 150 words)
  • For  visual/media/new media artists: Project plan which describes a concrete project that can be developed while in residence identifying any technical support needed (max. 1,500 words, not counting references; possible additional video material) 
  • For writers: Work plan while in residence (max. 1,500 words, not counting references)

 There is no restriction concerning citizenship, race, gender, or age.


The selection will be based on projects or work proposals submitted, covering letter, artistic record and CV.

The selection committee reserves the right to request further elaboration of the project when necessary, as well as for letters of recommendation or other relevant documents, and/or a Skype interview.

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