Our Approach to Residencies
Our review of the international literature and evidence on the transformative power of art demonstrated that, despite the repeated use of residencies by arts organisations, the cultural sector lacks an understanding of the specific ways in which residencies are transformative.
For example, in the Policy Handbook on Artists’ Residencies (2014), whose goal was to provide an analysis of the value of artists’ residencies and to identify examples of good practice, the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of European Union Member State experts on Artists’ Residencies put together a set of recommendations. Among them, they acknowledged that there is a need for better evaluation of artists’ residencies and better collection of standardised data and statistics.
Additionally, the working group identified a set of recommendations for cultural organisations and participant artists, such as:
• ensure good evaluation takes place, documentation is produced and feedback is provided to inform future practice;
• develop new and sustainable networks in order to create greater impacts and legacies.
TCAF aims to contribute to fulfilling these gaps with both its R&D work and its own residencies in France.