23 – 29 March 2020 Batumi, Georgia

Connecting Georgia is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of urban planning and community development. The project is connected to the Creative Europe funded project Memory of Water that gathers six partners in Europe and funded by the Swedish Institute, Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region.

Connecting Georgia (MCON) offers artistic research and creative residency of 2 Swedish artists, curated by artistic duo SIMKA in Batumi, Georgia. The project aims to explore the impact that artists can have on post-industrial waterfront heritage planning. Each artist will develop an artistic creation in Batumi that explores themes of post-industrial cultural heritage, social sustainability and urban development. The residency will close with a city lab – a place where citizens, artists, experts, NGO’s and the public sector can come together to co-create ideas, tools and technologies that will address local challenges in a European context.

The structure of each artistic research and creative residency is to
a) research the local context and to connect with our target groups and communities of interest
b) co-create artistic interventions in response to the identified heritage zones.

Discover previous residencies within Connecting Georgia/Memory of Water here.

Prepare the following documents and send in an email to info@intercult.se before 24:00 CET on Friday 17th of January 2020. All applicants will be notified by email before Friday 24th of January 2020.

  • CV
  • Pre-project / Proposal for artistic intervention or methodology for working in Connecting Georgia. (Max 2-3 pages) 
  • Contact details

Connecting Georgia is 2 artistic residencies, 2 city labs, 2 artist-led and site-specific investigations, networks and public events. The project aims to share and develop competences, as well as explore our lost and forgotten heritage in post-industrial sites. Artists will explore what impact their work can have on post-industrial waterfront heritage planning. Read more about Connecting Georgia here.


  • Fee of 5’000 SEK (included taxes) to participate in Artistic residency in Batumi
  • All travel and costs for accommodation are covered by the project.
  • Production/Material costs is covered by the project

Artistic creations will be the property of the artist. MCON (with partners Intercult, Batumi Art House Argani, PPV Ukraine, TU Maripol, Fablevision, City of Ostend Ormston House and BSCC) may reproduce and distribute, by means of online publications or in paper format, the whole or part of the programme, always citing the respective authorships, and will archive all documentation generated as part of this open call. All material will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License.