Exchange across borders and disciplines is vital to furthering strong creative practice, cultural understanding and to generating change, yet opportunities for focused, sustained dialogue are surprisingly rare. Recognising this problem, PRAKSIS was established as a not-for-profit organisation by artist Nicholas John Jones in 2015. We work with experienced creative professionals and organisations to facilitate thematically focused, supportive communities of local and international practitioners and thinkers of all career stages without charge. Applications are welcomed through open call from anyone with relevant experience and interest. Our name PRAKSIS, Norwegian for practice, also invokes the English word ‘praxis’: the fusion of theory and practice. This represents our central ethos: to support creative practitioners, and to foreground the processes of making, thinking, discussion and exchange essential to all successful creative work.
Creating mixed, temporary communities for living, working, conversation and learning around themes of mutual interest, PRAKSIS’s pilot residencies are research-intensive, responsive, high-energy experiences. From 2016 PRAKSIS is hosting a series of nomadic residencies in the Oslo area exploring a variety of formats for the development of creative practice through discussion and shared experience. Each thematic residency is open to Oslo based, national and international applicants through open call with applications welcomed from anyone with relevant experience and interest. Our key strategy focuses on supportive encounters between practitioners and thinkers from different backgrounds and differing career stages, both within the core residency group and Oslo's broader community.
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