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11 Oct 2014

Open call: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw

Residents in 2014 Konrad Smoleński & Noa Shadur.
Photo: Konrad Smoleński

Open Museum – Education in Action / programme of artistic residencies
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews


Application deadline: 2014/11/11 Apply here


POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Anielewicza 6
00-157 Warsaw

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We are delighted to invite you to apply for participation in the 2015 edition of 'Open Museum – Education in Action' / programme of artistic residencies taking place in POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Starting from April 2014 Museum hosts Polish and foreign artists whose practice deals with the themes of Jewish heritage and multiculturalism. During three-week residencies, artists develop their own projects and run educational workshop for youth and adults. The resulting works are displayed in the Museum seat and other spaces.

POLIN Museum's Residents in 2014: Luísa Nóbrega, Eliane Esther Bots, Konrad Smoleński & Noa Shadur, Tamara Moyzes & Shlomi Yaffe, Jasmine Bakalarz, Itay Ziv.

Residencies schedule in 2015:

- from 16 February to 8 March 2015,
- from 27 April to 17 May 2015,
- from 8 June to 28 June 2015,
- from 7 September to 27 September 2015,
- from 9 November to 29 November 2015.

POLIN Museum invites artists to carry out projects related to Jewish heritage in the context of the space of the Museum seat and the entire city. We would like the projects to deal with history and adopt it as an object of debate, while involving the inhabitants of Warsaw through activating methods.

Presence, Absence, Traces – these are the categories that the artists adopt as the point of departure for their projects. They define the history of the Polish Jews not as a period locked in the past, but as something that develops and has significance 'here and now'. Apart from references to different epochs of Jewish presence in Poland, we are also interested in the critical analysis of the contemporary public debate, social memory, common knowledge and imagination. We would like the intercultural discussion on these themes to emerge from the Polish local context, but at the same time, to acquire a universal meaning owing to the perspectives of the invited artists, hailing from different cultural backgrounds and employing a variety of artistic means. We want to reflect together on the importance of Jewish heritage to us, its place in the contemporary era, collective and individual memory, and everyday experience; we also want to ask whether the perspective of the Other can teach us anything about the Polish-Jewish relations and our very selves?

POLIN Museum offers: travel cost refund, accommodation, half board, workshop materials and artist fee, as well as help and support of the project team.

Application form outlining residencies schedule in 2015 may be found at

We look forward to receiving your application. Please ensure that your documents reach us by Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at the latest.

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The activity 'Open Museum – Education in Action' is carried out within the project 'Jewish Cultural Heritage', component 'Faces of Diversity'.
Organised with the support of the Norway and EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.,