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DEADLINE EXTENDED – Open CALL for Artists on Classic Iranian Poetry

Artistic Research Residency Programme  Iran-Europe

In the framework of  Cultural Heritage Management Project in Iran


About HerMaP – Cultural Heritage Management Program 

“HerMap Iran” is funded by the Directorate General for International Partnerships of the European Commission and lead by The Heritage Management Organization – HERITΛGE (Greece) in partnership with the Goethe-Institut (Germany) and  the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels – BOZAR (Belgium). It focuses on the enhancement of the local management of Iranian heritage through training Iranian cultural heritage managers and through an artistic research residency program. 

HerMap: Artistic Research Residency Programme 

The Goethe-Institut (Germany) and the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels -BOZAR (Belgium)  have built an artistic research residency program between Iran and Europe, consisting of  the following activities: 

  • Open Call and project selection; 
  • Experimental Lab at the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (BOZAR)-due to the corona  situation the lab might be held in digital format, however if the traveling restrictions  be removed, the lab will be held as scheduled in Brussels.  
  • Digital artist in residency program; 
  • Presentation of the results in Tehran; 
  • Final encounter at the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (BOZAR) 

The program is organized as a means to preserve and revalue tangible and intangible  cultural heritage by creating new ways for its perception, reception and communication. It  aims at developing the potential of cultural heritage for new generations by promoting its  contemporary reception and knowledge, by linking past and presence.  


Open Call-Digital Artistic Research Residency on the topic of Classic  Iranian poetry 

The Artistic Research Residency Program Iran-Europe invites Iranian and European artists  to present a project on the topic of classic Iranian poetry. 

The purpose of this project is to focus on proposing creative approaches to enhance the  value of the Iranian poetry, in particular the classic Persian poetry in its various forms. In  particular, it aims to connect these ancient forms of poetry with contemporary artistic  expressions in the most beautiful and permanent manner and, by doing so, reaching a  wider audience, especially among the younger generations. 

This might contain a spectrum of different types and formats such as:

Studies and research work on poems and poetic works (poetic heritage) aiming at an  interdisciplinary dialogue with other artistic forms (music, visual arts, etc.), providing a  space for archiving traditional poems of unknown poets, combining these with musical  formats, artistic reconstruction of old and oral poetry games, etc. 

All projects should have an innovative storytelling dimension by using contemporary  artistic formats of research and a community engagement dimension, including co operation with the local artists. 

Who can apply? 

  • Iranian and European artists;  
  • Interested in works of art related to the fields of Iranian poetry, in particular classic  Iranian poetry. 
  • Taking part in all activities mentioned below; 
  • Willing to travel abroad; (though in the current health context, travels to Iran and  Europe might be difficult or impossible). 
  • The application can be done individually or in a tandem. 


Duration and procedure details 

All selected participants will be invited to participate in the following activities: Experimental-Lab in the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels – BOZAR on June 10 and 11, 2021  – if the Corona situation permits it. The lab provides the opportunity to get professional  advices and hints from a group of artists and experts in the field of classic Iranian  poetry. This could inspire them to sharpen their approach. 

  • Digital artist in residency program: Each residency is going to take one month between  July and September 2021. The exact time-plan will be sent to the artists after the  selection process. Artists should deliver their work at the end of the residency period. 
  • Presentation of results in November/December 2021 in Tehran, where the productions  of each residency will be shown. 
  • Final encounter: it will take place in the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels – BOZAR in  “December 2021” to share all experiences and encourage peer-learning, knowledge sharing and future collaborations. 


What HerAiR offers 

  • Travel and visa costs, accommodation and daily allowance to attend the Artists-Lab in  Brussels; 
  • Technical support and access to a digital project platform; 
  • Research supported by a team of artists and experts in Iran
  • Each residency will be shaped around the individual needs of each successful applicant  creating a unique residency opportunity providing a tailored residency program for  each successful applicant, to meet and collaborate digitally with local artists and  experts. 
  • Travel and visa costs, accommodation and daily allowance to attend the Final  Encounter in Brussels.  
  • Presentation of the final projects and results in Tehran and Brussels. 


Selection Process 

  • Open call deadline: April 15, 2021; 
  • The participants will be selected by an artistic committee consisting of 7 experts from  Iran and Europe.  
  • Publication of the final selection of artists: May 2021 


Application documents 

  • Detailed CV; 
  • Portfolio (including – if available – media links);  
  • Professional and personal motivation to be part of this project (max. 1 page); Description of the project, planned for the residency (max. 1 pages); Two references; 
  • Passport Copy 
  • Contact Information 


Artists Qualifications 

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the field of art 
  • Age between 24 and 50 
  • Live and work in Iran or Europe 
  • Good English skills in order to be able to communicate



How do I know you have received my application? 

We will acknowledge the receipt of your application via e-mail. 

Will the participants need to get visas for Iran/Europe? 

Yes, you have to apply for visa. In the current health context, travels to and from Iran are  not possible, however if the traveling restrictions be removed by the time and the lab is  supposed to be held, you need to apply for the visa to travel. 

Can I apply on behalf of someone? 


Do I need to provide a travel insurance? 


Can I participate in just part of the residency? 


What are the eligible countries? 

EU member states and Iran 

When will successful applicants find out? 

Approx. one month after the deadline. 

What happens if I’m selected for the residency? 

We will contact you personally. 

I have more questions – who do I contact? 

[email protected] 

To apply, please send the demanded documents to [email protected] with the  subject “application classic Iranian poetry 2021”. Deadline is April 2, 2021.

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