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.

Martin Lebioda

Martin's residency included a photography workshop and an exhibition featuring the workshop photographs. During the photography workshop “Diary” students adopted a way of conveying this conglomerate of emotions that others can follow and relate to – in the form of a photo – essay in their own (visual) language - a photographic diary of several days in their lives.

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Martin Lebioda was born in Tichau (Poland) in 1975. From 1997 to 2003 he studied photography at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. He drew his artistic attention and interest to countries such as Afghanistan, India, UAE, Africa and Palestine, which he visited several times to accomplish free and commercial photographic series. The photographs of Martin Lebioda neither match the reportage nor the conceptional documentary photography. On his journeys he is using a method called “dérive” (to wander, or to divert) and is referring to the French situationists of the fifties. Since 2007 he is working as a freelance photographer for print media and companies abroad.

Statement: Martin’s attention, his camera, is often directed at situations that in itself seem to be indecipherable. They are visible to the naked eye and yet elude or resist a deeper meaning. I believe that my images, arranged next to each other, have an accumulative effect and thus reveal their own grammar necessary to be legible.