Application deadline – 21nd November 2022
Participation in the competition is free
The museum residence ‘Artкommunalka. Erofeev and Others’ and Kolomna Old Merchant District Creative and Museum Cluster are holding an open international competition among artists and writers to receive grants for the realization of creative projects in the visual arts and literature in 2023-2024.
Silk and weaving

a timely theme for Kolomna connected with the launch of the project to revive the art of the Kolomna silk weaving, to interpret the ’genome’ of a textile Kolomna through contemporary art and creative writing
The competition is to support the boldest and most radical creative projects in keeping with the spirit and objectives of developing modern art and literature. Attention to artistic interpretation of the Kolomna’s modern life and heritage is welcome.
Modern prose, poetry and drama
the literature residence is a laboratory of meanings, a ‘writer’s study room’ with the opportunity for communication with the public. The outcomes of the writing projects should be texts in Russian
Contemporary visual arts

art projects revealing the artist’s world and presenting the artist in their context
Artists and writers who are prepared to create projects in accordance with the terms of the competition are invited to take part. This year the competition is held to select the residents for two years 2023 and 2024.
projects offering educational art programs to children and adults are also welcome.
different groups of people in the creative work and realized in Kolomna’s public spaces are particularly welcome
in the spirit of “the culture of participation” involving the local community
Projects that meet the objectives of the competition will be considered. Artistic and writing projects:
an application form must be submitted in Russian or in English. The application form can be downloaded here. Download form
supporting PDF files and/or a link to personal website or social media account are welcome.
applications should be sent to
the email should have the following text in the subject field:
please wait to receive confirmation of application from the administrators
All applications will be considered by the judging panel. Reasons for the rejection of applications will not be given and no correspondence will be entered into.
Applicants must take responsibility for copyright issues for the texts and images submitted.
The results of the competition will be sent to participants via email no later than 12th December 2022 and posted on Artkommunalka’s internet site and social media.
Application deadline – 21nd November 2022
The competition WILL NOT SUPPORT
projects either directly or indirectly inciting international conflict, insulting the religious beliefs of members of any religion, lobbying the interests of political movements or parties, or promoting violence.
Winners will receive the right to reside at the art residence and a grant to realize their project.

Winners should not have any contractual relations or agreements with other institutions for the term of their residency.
for artists: 50,000 + 20,000* RUB
for writers: 35,000 + 20,000* RUB
*Each grant includes 20,000 RUB for the presentation of the completed project (creating an exhibition, video and photo materials, promotion, publication etc.).
Each stay at the residence includes:
  • free accommodation at the residential workshop
  • return travel expenses from the winner’s place to residence
  • visa and insurance expenses (for foreign citizens)
Grant payment procedure: the first part of the grant (25,000 RUB for artists and 17,500 RUB for writers) will be paid upon arrival at the residence and agreement of the project plan; the remaining part upon completion of the residency program.
The amount of the grant
The residency program involves
  • the realization of a proposed (and never previously realized) project in the art residence within the given time frame (from 3 to 6 weeks)

  • an introductory meeting and presentation of the proposed project with an account of previously-realized projects and plans for the residence

  • involvement in the social life of the museum residence (open days, master classes, lectures, media interviews)

  • a final presentation of the project in the form of an exhibition (for artists) or a prepared text and its presentation to the public (including in the form of an exhibition or a reading for writers)

  • for artists: the transfer of one of the works completed at the residence (chosen by the Artkommunalka judging panel) to the holdings of the museum residence and/or its copyright (terms and conditions as agreed with the judging panel)

  • for writers: granting the Museum residence the right to publish a creative work or part of it (in a catalogue, on a website, etc.) and other rights to use it as agreed with the Artkommunalka judging panel

  • for any subsequent publication of texts written as part of the art residence, the Artkommunalka museum residency should always be specified as the place where the text was written
The museum residence Artkommunalka. Erofeev and Others captures the feel of the 60s of the Soviet Kolomna era, evokes the features of communal living and the Khrushchev thaw dissident spirit. The museum residence is situated at the very heart of the Old Town. Venedikt Erofeev the author of the poem “Moscow – Petushki” worked as a laborer in the wine section of the delicatessen shop Ogonyok in the sixties. This shop was situated at the same building where the museum residence is located. In the sixties the writer was a student of Kolomna Pedagogical Institute. The recognized genius of Venedikt Erofeev’s creative freedom has become the guiding light of the museum residence. Artkommunalka operates in the format of a residence for artists and writers who are creating new art and new literature right here, right now. Artkommunalka hosts educational classes, master classes, expert meetings, lectures, and musical events – all of which fuse together around the creative people involved in the museum residence, generating a new and much-needed intellectual space for the inhabitants of the city. The art residence and literature residence work as an open laboratory and workshop all year round. Each year artists and writers from Russia and abroad work here and present a variety of creative interpretations of the historical heritage and modern culture of Kolomna.
The museum residence «Artкommunalka. Erofeev and Others»
Address: 205, ul. Oktyabr’skoy Revolyutsii, Kolomna, Moscow Oblast
(please, use the courtyard entrance)
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