ADKDW Residency


The ADKDW Residency brings international thinkers and creatives to Cologne to join forces with local actors and make the potential of an intercultural urban society visible.

The ADKDW Residency is aimed at international artists, theorists and curators, among others. The invitation to a residency in Cologne offers them impulses for networking with the artists and institutions based here as well as the independent scene. This is intended to give international artists and cultural workers the opportunity to get to know the Cologne region and its art and creative scene intensively, to conduct research, and to find new impulses for their own work.

The residents are selected through different procedures:
At the suggestion of the academy members, artists such as Kinda Hassan, Mohammad Shawky Hassan and Ali Yass were given the opportunity to work in Cologne. In 2022, the ADKDW members chose the Brazilian singer Danielle Almeida and the artist from Mumbai Koel Sen.

For the Participatory Residency Program (PRP), interested artists can actively apply via Open Calls. Influenced by intersectional, decolonial and power-critical approaches, the Participatory Residency Program explores new forms of collaboration and is aimed at queer persons of color. The goal is to enable marginalized local actors and communities to actively participate in ADKDW's program over the long term.

In collaboration with DEMASK Kollektiv and Integrationshaus e.V., the Participatory Residency Program was developed and two residencies for fellows were realized in 2021/22 with Jamaican-Irish artist and activist Elle Fierce and artist and LGBTQIA+ activist from Zimbabwe Jordan Chanetsa. During their stay in Cologne, both artists created their own artistic program for and with the local QT*I*BI*PoC community. The musician, producer and designer Shelly Quest is the next Artist-in-Residence of the Participatory Residency Program from January 2023. In collaboration with Jugendwerkstatt Chorweiler, part of the Jugendfreizeitwerk Köln e.V., she will develop a participatory program for young people from the north of Cologne during the first half of 2023.

The Participatory Residency Program is realized with the kind support of the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur and the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR).

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