Residency Exchange / Closed

Soil Futures Residency Exchange Open Call 

Deadline extended to 12.09.2022!


This is an exciting opportunity for an artist based in Palestine who is active in the field of agro-ecology and environmental practices to delve into rural contexts of Puglia (Southern Italy) and to work closely with Vessel Art Project – an organisation that brings together different fields of knowledge while being responsive to its regional ecologies. 

The selected artist will take part in a rich exchange with local communities of practices – including farmers, ecologists, activists, artists and soil caretakers – to develop their artistic research and to nurture new and existing networks with the support of the host organisations. 

We are particularly interested in practices that speak to some aspect of ecology, climate, economy, science or technology inherent to the locality where the residency takes place. 

Applicants should submit a project proposal outlining what they would like to do while in residency in Puglia, and the artistic rationale for wanting to be in residence there. Proposals may include developing a new body of artistic research and/or collaborations with artistic/cultural practitioners. 

The artistic output can have an online or offline public manifestation in the form of an event or artwork – such as a performance, workshop, informal gathering, meal, walk, sound work, radio broadcast, screening, etc.

There is no expectation or ambition to develop an exhibition at the end of the residency, rather we are interested in applications centred around artistic methodologies that support exchanging, collaborating, and practising ecologically.  


Residency Dates:

6-week residency between October – December 2022 (exact dates to be agreed on with host organisation)


Who can apply?

Please note that this opportunity is addressed to Palestinian artists to undertake a residency in Puglia (Italy). The artist will be hosted in the space of Kora Contemporary Arts Center, in Castrignano de' Greci, Puglia, as part of a collaboration between Vessel and Ramdom.


Applicants should have presented previous projects publicly and have an ongoing practice.


The majority of communication during the residency will need to happen in English, therefore good English language skills are required.


Support and fees include:

  • Return flights between Palestine-Italy (Bari or Brindisi Airport) & practical support for travel (particularly re: VISA application process)
  • Artist fee: £1,500
  • Production budget: £1,000 
  • Per diem: £1,100 (food and daily expenses)
  • Free accommodation for 6 weeks
  • Translation support for meetings – from Italian to English (provided by the host organisation during the residency).​​
  • 1:1 mentoring and support during the residency by the host organisations
  • Access to the host organisation’s network of artists, curators, institutions, experts from multiple fields
  • Opportunity to be involved in the broader Soil Futures programme, for instance as an active participant in the online School of Soil Futures, podcast series and local assemblies. 

*Please note that expenses listed above are for 1 person only, if you choose to apply as a duo or collective you must show how you will be able to fund both people in your application.



12th of September at 11.59pm Palestine time.


How to apply:

Please send us a PDF containing the following information to

  • A summary of a project proposal (250 words max)
  • An outline of how you think this residency could help you expand your practice and how you plan to approach the project (150 words max)
  • CV (2 pages max)
  • Supporting material, dependent on your practice; 10 images maximum, 3 sound pieces and/or video clips (max length of all clips - 5 min), writings / text
  • Please state in the subject of the email that you are applying for a residency at Vessel Art Project. 

Please note that the application should be written in English. 


Soil Futures Residency Exchange is an initiative between Arts Catalyst (Sheffield, UK); RIWAQ (al Bireh, Palestine); Sakiya - Art/Science/Agriculture (Ein Qiniya, Palestine); and Vessel Art Project (Puglia, Italy) for artists to undertake a six-week residency. 

The wider inter-institutional exchange is structured as follows:

  • UK based artists can apply for a residency at Sakiya - Art/Science/Agriculture;
  • Palestinian artists can apply for a residency at Vessel Art Project;
  • Italy based artists can apply for a residency at RIWAQ.


Selection process

  • Interviews led by host organisations via Zoom at the end of September.

Soil Futures is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international arts projects.


Click here to download the open call's full pdf file 


For more information please contact: 

 Tel: 02 240-6887



Photo credit: KORA Contemporary Art Center Space, Screening in the inner court