The Poland Retreat for Jewish Artists
In February 2017 Asylum Arts and POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews held a 4-day retreat for Jewish artists in Warsaw, Poland.
The Poland Retreat for Jewish Artists brought together 30 emerging artists to learn from local and international industry professionals, working artists and from each other. The retreat aimed to bring together an international group of multi-disciplinary Jewish artists to explore the unique history and culture of Poland, and create an artist community founded on reciprocity and inclusivity to build the Jewish cultural landscape. We hoped to inspire artists to explore Polish-Jewish topics and ideas in their creative work.
The retreat was held at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and at other locations in Warsaw. All activities took place on February 5-8.
The retreat was held in English, and included community building, the opportunity to share and discuss each artists’ work with cultural professionals, visits to key cultural and Jewish venues in Warsaw, and an exploration of the resources of POLIN including the residency program. The retreat also included peer learning, and opportunities to discuss common issues facing artists, particularly within the Jewish cultural context.
Asylum Arts supports contemporary Jewish culture on an international scale, bringing greater exposure to artists and cultural initiatives, providing opportunities for new projects and collaborations and elevating the level of excellence and artistic activity.
About the residency programme Open Museum – Education in Action
The Museum hosts Polish and foreign artists who deal with the themes of Jewish heritage and multiculturalism in their work. During three-week residencies, artists develop their own projects. The resulting works are displayed in the Museum and other spaces.
The Poland Retreat for Jewish Artists is part pf the "Open Museum - Education in Action" project that is implemented within the "Jewish Cultural Heritage" programme, the "Faces of Diversity" component. Implementation of the programme is supported by Norway grants and EEA grants offered by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.