Villa Tirana - The new residential program in Albania

In 2024, Art Explora Foundation will launch a new residency program in Albania, offering production, exhibition and meeting spaces, with a particular focus on artists from Albania and the cultural scenes of the Western Balkans.

On Tuesday October 17, 2023, French President Emmanuel Macron and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama attended the signing of the partnership agreement between Art Explora Foundation and the Albanian Ministry of Culture.

Villa Tirana

Located in Villa 31, the former residence of dictator Enver Hoxha, the residency program will welcome up to 20 artists, researchers and doctoral students each year, who will benefit from working, production and exhibition spaces to develop their research.

Scheduled to open in autumn 2024, Villa Tirana will support contemporary creation in all its forms from a transdisciplinary, transnational and transgenerational perspective. Villa Tirana will also support local initiatives, independent artist-run spaces, publishing houses, archives and research centers, drawing on a solid network of art professionals, curators, researchers and cultural players.

Special attention will be paid to artists and researchers based in the Western Balkans, while welcoming renowned international artists. Villa Tirana will offer an ambitious and lively cultural program, designed in collaboration with art institutions, local and international galleries, municipalities, art centers, schools and associations, including exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, discussions, seminars and festivals. The public will be regularly invited to meet the residents, discover their research and take part in the various events organized at Villa Tirana.

Calendar :

  • March 2024: Launch of the call for bids
  • June 2024: Transdisciplinary seminar in Pristina
  • Autumn 2024: Start of the first residency session / Performance festival in Tirana
  • March 2025: Start of second residency session
  • Spring 2025: Transdisciplinary seminar in Tirana / Performance festival in Skopje
  • September 2025: End of the second residency session

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