Kooshk residency, established in 2014, is a cultural and artistic space in Tehran. Kooshk provides a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage inter-cultural dialogue and art creation. Kooshk strives to contribute to development of Iranian art and culture through participation in international exchange programs with cultural institutes worldwide. These exchange programs allow blending of cultures, provoke creativity and foster beneficial connections among nations. Kooshk welcomes and encourages qualified individuals from any discipline to contribute to the formation of this cultural movement by applying to use the facilities provided in Kooshk residences and studios.
Participants in the Kooshk residency program can devote themselves to their art, exchange ideas and take part in the international exchange, partnership and awards programs while residing in a new country.
Participants quickly become familiar with Tehran cultural and artistic atmosphere and build a vast network of artistic affiliations. Meanwhile the complicated situations of Tehran and its rich cultural and artistic atmosphere can evoke inspirations for upcoming researches and art creations. Visiting artists’ workshops, open studios, artist talks and educational activities scheduled for exchange programs facilitate making specialized connections of attendants with Iranian artistic and cultural associations and groups.
International exchanges and artist’s mobility are at the core of Kooshk’s projects. For our exchange programs we do not enter the conversation with the artist, but with the international art residencies, and in collaboration with them we shape a mutual plan to provide the facility for both Iranian and foreign artists to have the dialogue and thought exchange together in a specific period of time. Based on this program, the selected artists from Iran and other country get connected together and start a dialogue and collaboration together. Each program is consisted of two parts. In first part the one-month-residency will be held in Iran and the second one in the selected art residence’s country ( or vice versa) with a gap of 2-6 months in between.