East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Open call: Detour Institution // Institution through the Exhibition for art professionals from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Poland


Art Professionals (from eligible countries) for workshops on art institution.




Contemporary Art Gallery BWA Sokół in Nowy Sącz and Culture.pl invite art professionals to apply to take part in the Detour Institution // Institution through the Exhibition, a project of touring workshops in Poland. Workshops are open to curators, art organisers, researchers and artists from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Poland.




Detour Institution is a long-term project organised as touring expert meetings, directed at art practitioners responsible for the development of art institutions in the Eastern Partnership countries and Poland. Research context will be provided by galleries of contemporary art in Poland, especially those situated outside cultural centres and conducting research in the area of post-communist basis and local contexts. The project is a response to the global changes in the cultural sphere that favour the search for alternative forms of activity and self-organisation. Art spaces in Poland will become study cases for workshops comparing the existing strategies and developing potential ones, models of transformations or ways of adapting to political, social or economic changes. Sharing experience among art professionals working in all participating countries on similar but nevertheless locally variant bases will become a platform for the exchange of knowledge and mutual inspiration.




Participants will have the opportunity to visit Poland in October 2015. Trips to Gdańsk and to the Malopolska region will be scheduled for seven days of workshops, meetings and site visits during which participants will be introduced to the post-1989 institutional scene in Poland, with a particular focus on the BWA net of contemporary art galleries. Furthermore participants will have the opportunity to meet with the founders of non-governmental organizations and private galleries active in the field of contemporary art in Poland. The programme will be complemented by guided tours of exhibitions held at Polish art spaces that build their own strategies based on the local context with programme objectives often going beyond traditional organisational model.




Selected participants should be ready and willing to:


• Provide a brief overview or insight into specific issues related to the institutional background and current art scene in their country;


• Participate in the Detour Institution programme (visits, workshops, meetings, study visits, city walks).




Selection will be based on the professional experience of the applicant’s work and his/her plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange with artists and institutions in his/her home country. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to function independently and be able to communicate with the project staff and other participants.




Application fee: Free


Number of participants: 7


Dates of visit to Poland: 7 - 14 October 2015


Submission deadline: 31 July 2015




The organiser will cover costs related to travel and full-board accommodation.




How to apply: Please submit a CV and a letter of intent describing your professional background and providing information on how the program will contribute to your professional work (max. 500 words).


Submissions to: Magdalena Kownacka, e-mail address: [email protected]


Applications submitted after the deadline of 31st of July 2015 will not be considered.






Project by: Anna Smolak




Project organised by:


Contemporary Art Gallery BWA SOKÓŁ, Nowy Sącz






in collaboration with Culture.pl



Project Partners:


BWA Tarnów




Gdańsk City Gallery




Contemporary Art Gallery Bunkier Sztuki