Open Call: Marrakech Residency Exchange

We are looking for artists! Open Call 2018!

Tandem Residency–exchange programme

5 weeks Marrakech/Morocco – 5 weeks Cologne/Germany

The bilateral program facilitates the encounter of one Moroccan and one German multidisciplinary artist with a high interest in cross-cultural exchange and the shared desire to research, work and reflect on individual and collective initiatives through artistic work as well as critical discussions.

This residency invites artists who are seeking to collaborate and reflect on their artistic work within different social and cultural contexts together with an artist from another discipline/culture and which are interested to open a dialogue concerning culture, art and working methods.

The artistic exchange requires the collaboration of both artists in both phases.

The reciprocal support in local and practical organization and networking is essential.

Applicants should have a good level of English and/or French, experience or/and clear ideas of collective processes and intercultural exchange. Site specific, performative, research based etc. working concepts, which offer a geographical flexibility, seem suitable in this transcultural context.

The exchange is divided into two phases:

(The presence of both artists during both phases is required)


There are two possible time slots:

  1. slot January 29 – March 4 (Marrakech) and March 12 – April 15 (Cologne)
  2. slot Mai 7 – June 10 (Marrakech) and June 18 – July 22 (Cologne)

please specify if you are available for time slot 1. or 2. or both


Phase 1

in Marrakech

The artist from Cologne will be invited to Marrakech to live at Queens Collective Riad and work/exchange/research together with the artist based in Marrakech for 5 weeks. Disposition for full engagement in the QC community (collective cooking, living, discussing…) in the middle of the Medina is requested.

Phase 1 will be concluded with any kind of public showing or talk about the actual research or work in progress. (Please check out the QC webpage to get an impression)


Phase 2


The artist from Marrakech will be invited to Cologne to live at Quartier am Hafen and work/exchange/research together with the artist based in Cologne for 5 weeks. The living studio is implemented in a big studio house in the industrial area of Cologne. The surrounding is quite, the living situation more intimate. Phase 2 will be concluded with any kind of public showing or talk about the actual research or work in progress connected to Phase 1 in Marrakech.  (Please check out the Quatier am Hafen webpage to get an impression)


Application form:

  1. Motivation Letter (1 page)

– What drives you to apply to this programme?

– Do you have any experience in collective structures/collaborations?

– Do you have any experience intercultural exchange?

– Do you already know what you want to work on during the residency?


  1. Short CV

– including age/nationality/languages/portrait

– It should show a professional artist work level / exhibition experiences


  1. Actual Portfolio

–    online links and attached documentation PDF


  1. Presentation Video

– please send us a short video (2-3min) of you presenting yourself (selfie style with your mobile is absolutely fine)


The residency program supports:

  • travel costs
  • material costs
  • remuneration for each phase
  • accommodation
  • working space
  • presentation space
  • PR (Public Relations)
  • Network support

(The amount of remuneration and other costs will be announced in December or after further enquiry)

Please send all materials to:


The application deadline is 15th December 2017

The answer will be announced by the 31th of December 2017

For any questions please contact us at the same address.

Download as PDF

Read more about our alumnis

The exchange program is supported by the City of Cologne, Quartier am Hafen and Queens Collective.




Jari Ortwig


International Residencies

Quartier am Hafen

Poller Kirchweg 78-90

51105 Cologne


+49 (0)160 7891278



Hana Tefrati


QUEENS Collective

Azbezt, 27 derb el ferrane


40000 Marrakech