artist to artist


Artist to Artist 2009

The Artist to Artist scheme (delivered by Visiting Arts in partnership with The Delfina Foundation) enables artists from the UK to invite artists from overseas for a week long visit. The selected overseas artists for 2009 spent a week with a UK artist between March and April visiting their studio, meeting key contacts, networking and exchanging ideas.

The selected artists for 2009 were:

Aikaterini Gegisian hosted Iranian artist Behrang Samadzadegan in Bristol.

Iranian photographic artist, Farshid Azarang, spent a week with Bristol-based Ronnie Close.

Neda Razavipour also traveled from Iran to work with Ania Bas in Poole and London.

Poshiya Kakil from Kurdistan-Iraq was due to visit London based visual and performance artist Anne Bean, but was sadly refused a visa.

Artist to Artist provides an extraordinary opportunity to bring together pairs of artists to initiate dialogues across international borders. The structure of the programme is tailored by the artists themselves and puts the emphasis firmly on research and the exchange of ideas rather than production.

Adam Knights, Visiting Arts' arts projects manager: ‘We were overwhelmed by the quality of the proposals this year and are extremely excited about the collaborations that have been selected.’

Aaron Cezar, chief executive of The Delfina Foundation: 'We are thrilled to partner with Visiting Arts on this year's Artist-to-Artist Scheme and its focus on collaborations across the UK and Middle East & North Africa. The pool of diverse applicants demonstrates that there is great interest in artistic exchange across these two regions that needs support and nurturing.'


Image: Anne Bean and Poshiya Kakil after A B's performance Mass, Kurdistan-Iraq, May 2008 . (Photo by Sarbest Raza)

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