About the residency
A-i-R Sokołowsko is a residency program that welcomes artists working in many artistic disciplines. As such, sound remains our main but not exclusive focus. One of the program tasks is to support new, creative curatorial practices relating to the topic of sound and music as well as the search for meaning in the intersection of art and technology.
Our ambition is to host and support the creativity of artists of all backgrounds and disciplines with a main focus on sound art, contemporary experimental music, and interdisciplinary forms. Residents will benefit from a unique location and infrastructure, as well as networks propitious to accomplishing the project they have been selected for.
AiR Sokołowsko is a continuation of A-i-R Sanatorium Dźwięku started in 2016 for composers, improvisers and sound artists.
The duration of a residency in Sokołowsko can be arranged individually. It can last from 1-3 months. It is open for individual artists as well as small groups.
Artists will be hosted at Villa Rosa in Sokołowsko, where there are 8 bedrooms for two, three or four people with independent bathrooms. Shared spaces include kitchen and dining room situated at the ground floor. There is also a sunny terrace that looks out on the forest.
Artists are free to work on anything they feel like. We value research and experimentation, and are happy to offer time and space for trial and errors, and elaboration of new ideas. We can also arrange curatorial residencies with a person of the artist’s choice.
Our Residency Program participants will be selected globally by a transdisciplinary jury of experts. The program is focused on confirmed artists as well as up-and-coming practitioners with a high development potential.
Creative spaces in the castle
A-i-R Sokołowsko offers various spaces for artistic work for the residents. The majority of working rooms are located in the renovated part of Dr Brehmer’s sanatorium, but the spaces of the sanatorium’s ruins are also for use.
On the ground floor of the building there is a large exhibition hall. The area of 140 m2 can be used for different purposes. Climbing up the staircase in the tower you walk past working rooms of different sizes, whose windows look out onto different sides of the world. The last floor of the building is a viewing terrace, from where you can admire the mountains and forests. Last but not least, the basement also provides a vast area for all kinds of work.
Zdrowie Cinema Theatre
Zdrowie Cinema Theatre is a building from the 19th century. Renovated in 2009 after 20 years of inactivity, it is nowadays used as a studio cinema and space for artistic activities.
The building consists of a cinema hall with a stage, orchestra pit, mezzanine, seats for 180 people and technical and multimedia resources. The cinema hall offers great acoustics and can be used for all sorts of artistic actions: film screenings of course, as well as theatrical performances, dance rehearsals, audio recordings, audio-visual performances etc.
A-I-R Sanatorium of Sound 2016 was a residency program for composers, improvisers and sound artists, creating a platform for contemporary music and broadly understood sound art. One of the program tasks is to support new, creative curatorial practices relating to the topic of sound and music, as well as the search for meaning in the intersection of art and technology.
The program is run in within the Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro, part of European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016. The invited artists will take part in a two-week residencies in Sokołowsko, which effects (such as compositions, sound installations or theoretical works) will be presented also at the third edition of the Sanatorium of Sound Festival, held in Sokołowsko on 12-14th August 2016.
Artists invited to AIR Sanatorium of Sound 2016: Keith Rowe, Michael Pisaro, Olivia Block, Valerio Tricoli, Alessandro Bosetti, Mario de Vega, Martin Howse, Stephen Cornford.
Curators of AIR Sanatorium Sound 2016: Gerard Lebik, Michał Libera, Zuzanna Fogtt. Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro was co-financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.