Is it the mediocracy that caused the society wide mediocrity, or the other way round?

Hanna Arendt had already revealed and warned us about what ‘the banality of evil’ would unleash.

So, what would happen when banality is itself banalized, when mediocrity itself becomes the standard mediocre?

Mediocrity, will it entrench us into idiocracy or has it already done so?

In this context, we would like to invite artists to our residence in order to question above.

Duration of residency: 24th of August-7th of September, 2024

Terms and Conditions

Accommodation and meals are free of charge.

  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 welcomed.
  3. Coffee types and tea are available (please see special condition below) without any limit.
  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 only accepts applications individually. Companions are not allowed into residency.

Studio / Workspace / Dining

Open studio space with two terraces and a large garden.

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

Atelier for sculptors.

Exhibition hall.

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 with projector. (So please be prepared in advance.)

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. Helikon expects all artists would participate in good health.

Special conditions: Selected artists should pay 25 euro for confirmation to their places in advance (last two years we encountered last time cancellations ungraciously. Please consider this amount will be for unlimited tea & coffee service.)

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 until 31st of May, 2024.

(Selected artists will be informed directly within 2 weeks after their applications.)