Residencies in Peripheries – Research and production in collaboration with communities

with Sonja Soldo and Marijana Rimanić from Pogon – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture

In this upcoming workshop session, Marijana Rimanić and Sonja Soldo, from Pogon – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture, will delve into the essential elements for establishing successful arts residencies in peripheral regions. 

Seeking answers to the question of what the key elements are for a successful art residency in the periphery, they will draw from their project experiences where residencies have been used as a tool for producing new work, and share valuable insights, experiences and questions that have emerged.

Which formats are most suitable given the resources available and how to set them up?

How to collaborate with artists and facilitate their work with local communities?

How can the expectations of all participants be met?

What is more important – the process or the outcome?

Are we allowed to fail and what does failure even mean in the context of residencies?

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to engage in a collaborative discussion. Together, they will explore the significant role that residencies can play and the key factors required for the successful initiation and implementation of arts residencies in peripheries.

WITH: Sonja Soldo and Marijana Rimanić from Pogon – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture
WHEN: Wednesday, 11th of October 2023 from 10:00 – 12:00 h
WHERE: The discussion will take place online, registration is required – Link here
WHO: Cultural Practitioners and anyone interested in the topic is welcome to join. No prior experience is required but we expect participants to be open to reflect on their own positionalities and perceptions. 

The workshop will be held in English.

Registration here


Sonja Soldo

Sonja Soldo is the Senior Associate for Cultural Programmes and International Cooperation at Pogon. Since 2010, she has managed an artist exchange program with Akademie Schloss Solitude. Her past roles include work with Association on art in public space and co-managing UrbanFestival.

Marijana Rimanić

Marijana Rimanić, an Art History and Comparative Literature graduate, joined Pogon in 2011. She’s held roles as a Programme Coordinator, Manager of Communications and Marketing, and worked as a journalist at Croatian Radiotelevision. She’s also been a Co-Curator at Association’s UrbanFestival and worked at the Multimedia Institute as the Manager of MaMa, a cultural and social center.


This workshop session is part of the EU project PROSPER, organized through its project partner OYOUN. The aim is to provide knowledge and resources for the development of strategies for inclusion, diversity and decolonial perspectives in (transnational) cultural projects.