Playing the City – Open Call | Community Arts Lab


Workshops of Culture in Lublin are running an open call for artists-in-residence projects within Community Arts Lab. We are looking for people with ideas for projects which enter into surprising, humorous, creative, unusual and/or experimental interactions with the public space and its users.

Community Arts Lab (CAL) is an interdisciplinary international residence programme run by Ludic Arts and Culture Department at Workshops of Culture in Lublin. CAL focuses on activities that rediscover and reclaim public spaces. We want to make our audience interested in undiscovered places and in the history of their surroundings and to make them aware of the important role society plays in creating and “reclaiming” public spaces. We also want to provoke our audience to think about public spaces in unusual ways.

“Playing the city” is CAL’s new guiding principle starting from 2018. We see the public space as a platform for social dialogue, a lab for researching, playing, testing and experimenting. How have our surroundings changed over the years and how can we shape, discover and reclaim them? Through our activities we want to ask questions about the relationship between citizens and surroundings and about our rights and duties in relation to the public space.


  • People over 18 years of age, regardless of gender, nationality, profession or field of activity.
  • People who have ideas for projects which correspond to the objectives of Community Arts Lab and those which enter into surprising, humorous, creative, unusual and/or experimental interactions with the public space and its users.
  • We hope to see applications from people active in culture and art fields, but we do not exclude other groups. Everyone is welcome to submit their ideas if they fit our criteria.
  • We accept applications from individuals and groups (max. 2-3 people).



  • Ideas that fit the objectives of Community Arts Lab
  • Submissions of high quality, conceptual integrity and artistic merit as well as potential for research, education, animation and social development.
  • Proposals that make use of interesting techniques and means of expression
  • Submissions that are geared towards surprising and moving the audience and oriented towards experimenting with the surroundings.
  • Proposals that encourage civic initiatives in local communities
  • Doable projects. The relation between the concept and its medium needs to be well thought out.

Key words: site specific, play, education, action – reaction, discovering the city, surprise, moving, humour but not ridicule, critique but not judgment, reclaiming public spaces, transforming the surroundings.



  • Reimbursement of travel costs (only upon the presentation of tickets or travel documents)
  • Reimbursement of visa payments (only upon the presentation of a proof of payment or the passport copy of the visa, including the price paid)
  • A scholarship totaling 3000 PLN (gross)
  • Accommodation in a flat (may be shared with other artists-in-residence)
  • Reimbursement of the costs of materials essential for the implementation of the projects, up to 2000 PLN
  • Technical support, help with the logistics and operation of the activities


PLEASE NOTE: 1 EURO = around 4,15 PLN



  • reimbursement of the costs of any additional insurance
  • food
  • reimbursement of the costs of stay for companions and pets



If you have an idea for a project, fill in the online application form by 9 February 2018. We will examine all proposals and select the most interesting submissions. Next, we will get in touch with their authors to ask further questions. We will select 6 projects for implementation in 2018.



Ludic Arts and Culture Department at Workshops of Culture in Lublin, composed of:

Iwona Kornet

A sociologist and culture expert. At Workshops of Culture in Lublin, she works on Carnaval Sztukmistrzów as its Organization Coordinator. She has co-founded and coordinated the activities of the first Lublin-based Club for Children and Parents “Poduszhkowiec”. Moreover, she has founded and co-edited “Poradnik Kreatywnych Rodziców” (“A Handbook for Creative Parents”) and has created and produced the animated film “Zmyślne Zmysły” (“Clever senses)”.


Rafał Sadownik

An actor, the initiator, coordinator and art director of: Carnaval Sztukmistrzów, Sztukmistrze Festival, Urban Highline, Sztukmistrze Academy, Traditional Games and Pastimes Festival, and the Reserve for Wild Kids (an adventure playground). He holds an MA degree in philosophy, Ms.C.Eng. degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. He also holds diplomas in European and Culture studies and is a track and field instructor. He has received Culture and Arts Scholarship awarded by the Marshal of the Lublin Voivodeship. He has founded and runs Physical Arts Studio. He is also the vice-president of Sztuczne Association. 

Agata Will

Coordinates the activities of Community Arts Lab. She works on research projects dedicated to social diagnosis, the operation of culture centres as well as socio-cultural activity and international cultural cooperation. She coordinated such projects as Europe Grand Central (2015-2017), Connected by the Border (2012), Night of Culture (2007-2012), “Fiesta Alegria” – Iberian Culture Festival (2008-2011) and Culture Volunteer. In 2013, she was awarded the scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. She is the chairwoman of Open Terrain Foundation.