OPEN CALL – Residence Exchange Program

Tandem Residency–Exchange Program
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 who 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 presence of both artists during both phases is required)

There are two possible time slots:

Slot 1: January 29 – March 4 (Marrakech) and March 12 – April 15 (Cologne)
Slot 2: May 7 – June 10 (Marrakech) and June 18 – July 22 (Cologne)
(Please, specify if you are available for time Slot 1 and/or Slot 2)



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)



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)


1. Motivation Letter (1 page)

– What drives you to apply to this program?
– Do you have any experience in collective structures/collaborations?
– Do you have any experience in intercultural exchange?
– Do you already know what you want to work on during the residency?

2. Short CV

– including age/nationality/languages/portrait
– It should show a professional artist work level / exhibition experiences

3. Actual Portfolio

– online links and attached documentation PDF

4. Presentation Video

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


• 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 or at at following




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

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

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