Arnis Residency

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Founded 2017
Arnis, Germany


The residency encourages artists to rethink the context of Arnis as both town and village, and develop a work that relates to some of its geographical, socio-political or economic conditions. It aims to expand the notion of rural spaces as mere retreat and create room to initiate a productive hub outside the urban context. Culminating in a public event spread across different locations in Arnis, the artists will have the opportunity to present their works to Arnis’ residents and a visiting audience.

Local Information

Arnis is situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea, in a fjord called Schlei and is the smallest town in Germany both by population (circa 350 habitants) and by area (0.45 km2). During the 19th century Arnis was a prosperous harbour town with up to 1000 inhabitants and almost 90 sailing ships. Shipyards were typical financial resources in Arnis and still today are very important, despite of yachting and tourism being the two main pillars for the actual economy.

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