The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

Applications are currently closed.

Jeanno Gaussi and Youmna Chlala

Home Sweet Home, Jerusalem is a publication, video & installation project produced by Gaussi and Chlala that investigates the exhaustive qualities of continually moving between the real and the imagined. By activating a home-space, we interrogate the relationships of self/object/space and respond to a ritual of location that is rooted in the belief that home remains both a search and a dream.


Jeanno Gaussi, born in Kabul, is a Berlin based mixed media artist. Gaussi started her art career as a video and film artist and her short films were internationally shown in several festivals including Clermont Ferrand in France and the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany, which won her the first prize. It was also listed as one of the Best 100 German Short films in 2008 and was nominated for the national Best German Short Film Award.
In 2007, Gaussi has extended her art practice to also include photography and installations where she created several projects in residencies in Pakistan, Jordan, Turkey, Palestine among others. She received art grants from the Triangle Arts Fund, the Defa Film Fund and the Goethe-Institut. In 2010 Jeanno Gaussi participated in the Jerusalem Show IV curated by Jack Persekian, and was invited by ArteEast to present her work at the Sharjah March meetings. Gaussi is now a member of the Afghan Contemporary Art Research team initiated by the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven that is documenting the contemporary art scene in Afghanistan.Gaussi’s work is influenced by her childhood upbringing in Kabul, Delhi and Berlin. Her work tries to go beyond the melancholia of belonging by exploring the gap of ’self location’ and her confrontation with different identities.

Youmna Chlala is an artist and writer born in Beirut. Her work investigates the relationship between fate and architecture through drawing, video, books, installation and performance. She received her MFA at the California College of the Arts where she was also the Founding Editor of Eleven Eleven {1111} Journal of Literature and Art. She has exhibited and performed her work in the US & Canada, the Arab World and Europe; and at the San Jose Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum, National Arab American Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She participated in the roaming Tehran Biennale and read her fiction for the NPR project at the 2008 Whitney Biannual. She has received residencies and fellowships at the Headlands Center for the Arts, CAMAC: Center for Art and Technology, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Triangle Arts Fund via AIWA and Makan House, the Goethe-Institut and the European Cultural Fund. She is currently visiting faculty at the Pratt Institute in New York.