Insanity has been imagined beyond universal norms. Therefore, it is a stigmatizing concept used by the rest of the society to define a marginal individual. 

Artists are frequently being called insane. However, the art itself is developed not through ‘successfully rising’ artists, who are able to sell their artworks mainly thanks to their marketing strategies; instead the art is progressive through artists, who are often stigmatized with insanity and who have no place in a competitive art market. Nevertheless, these are real artists engaging in production, destruction and in a way rebellion. 

In this context, we would like to invite artists to our residence in order to question the relationship between the artist and insanity.

Duration of residency: 1st of August-12nd of August (12 days).

Terms and Conditions

Accommodation is free of charge.

(Food and unlimited coffee & tea costs will be between 70-100 Euro per person during all the residency period.)

  1. We offer a furnished, shared house with 3 single beds with WC/Bath and open kitchen.
  2. Breakfast, lunch and dinners will be served. Vegetarians are welcome.
  3. Coffee and tea is available.
  4. Animal friendly environment. Our center is in hills surrounded by forest, caution to insects or spiders, especially important for those with allergic reactions.
  5. Wi-Fi access can be a headache sometimes due to unstable weather conditions.
  6. Canvas, marble, metal or wood can be found free of charge with several tools of sculpture.
  7. Agreement will be signed by selected artists for mutual benefit.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

Artists engaged in painting, sculpture & installation are welcome to apply. Residency grant will be limited to 12 artists.

Helikon also accepts applications from individual artists as well as creative duos and/or artist groups. 

Studio / Workspace / Dining

Open studio space with two terraces and a large garden.

Closed studio is an office area, where at least 3 artists can work in the same time.

Atelier for sculptors.

Art gallery for exhibitions.

Expectations from the participants

Except canvas, marble or wood, artists should bring all work materials on their own.

Artists are obliged to leave at least one of their art work to Helikon Contemporary Art Association (Helikon will not be hold responsible about art works left by artists).

Artists will be provided opportunity to exhibit their works in an art gallery (will be announced later on) with official opening announce to public at the end of the residency.

Presentations & Discussions: Each artist is responsible to demonstrate/present their works through open/closed studio events every evening.

There will be discussions about the main theme of the residency and other issues concerning contemporary art.

Transportation: All transportation (both local and international) costs are covered by participating artists.

Insurance: Participants are expected to cover all insurances (including health insurance) on their own.

Special conditions: Applicants must have Covid-19 vaccination.

Important: Application of participants of previous international art residencies in Helikon will not be evaluated.

How to Apply: Please send your CV, project plan, portfolio (preferably personal webpage) and statement of intend to helikonartcenter@gmail.com until 1st of June, 2023.

(Selected artists will be informed until 1st of June, 2023)