Open calls

Open calls

Open call

Exchange Residency Avrasya

M HKA and MORPHO are delighted to inaugurate their collaboration in 2024 with an international residency exchange. Building on the museum’s long-term engagement with the Eurasian region, the first edition of the Eurasia residency specifically invites an artist based in Türkiye to develop and present a new project. On this occasion, we welcome Salt as a research partner in Istanbul and The Image Generator as a presentation partner in Antwerp.

M HKA supports the artist’s presentation at the end of the residency in the framework of The Image Generator, an arts festival that explores the interplay between visual art, sound art, and performance. We are therefore calling for project proposals that can result in a ‘live’ moment. Ahead of the residency or afterward, Salt can help facilitate the artist’s research and provide a workspace within the Salt Galata or Salt Beyoğlu buildings.

The residency in Antwerp, Belgium, lasts for 2 months, from August 1 until September 30, 2024.

For whom?

  • This call is open to artists living in Türkiye (residents and nationals)
  • Visual and interdisciplinary artists, including performance and sound artists, are encouraged to apply
  • There is only room for 1 adult, possibly with a child

MORPHO biedt

  • artistic guidance and practical assistance from the staff, including visa support
  • studio visits with inspiring guests and field trips introducing the artist to the local art scene
  • a private bedroom in the residency house, including a shared kitchen, bathroom and living room
  • an individual work space of 20-30 m2 in the adjacent former monastery with a garden
  • online presentation of the artist’s work on our socials and website
  • free access to most exhibitions and events at Kunsthal Extra City and M HKA

Financial support

  • Up to 500 euros round trip travel and visa costs are covered. The residency also provides a 1,000 euros monthly fee and up to 1,500 euros project/production budget.


MORPHO supports artists in their artistic development, both locally and internationally. We give time and space to artists by setting up paid residency exchanges and renting out workspaces below market value. We advocate for the place of artists in the city at the level of studio policy and give visibility to their presence. Currently, we provide studios to more than 200 artists, designers, and makers in 14 locations in Antwerp, and we offer residencies to 20 artists from Belgium and abroad every year. In this way, we strive to foster a lively and solid ground for artistic work.
The artist residency is in a 20th-century townhouse behind the Central Station and Zoo. The residency studios are adjacent to the former monastery, where we regularly organise events and presentations. We share the monastery site and garden with our partner Kunsthal Extra City. The programme consists of weekly collective sessions in an environment that encourages critical dialogue and playful experimentation. We are supported by the city of Antwerp and the Flemish government.

About M HKA

M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp – is Antwerp’s museum for contemporary art and visual culture in the widest sense. It offers a space of encounter for the public and the artistic community alike with contemporary art, bridging the international and the regional, culture and society, tradition and innovation, reflection and presentation. The museum presents ambitious large-scale monographic and group exhibitions, and various other medium- and small-scale presentations, including displays of its collection. M HKA plays a leading role in Flanders, having developed an international profile built upon Antwerp's avant-garde tradition of the post-war era. It is a cultural-heritage institution of the Flemish community and possesses a world-class collection of contemporary art. Its house for film De Cinema is located at the cultural meeting point De Studio on Mechelseplein.

About Salt

Founded by Garanti BBVA in 2011, Salt is a cultural institution that develops innovative programs to create a free platform for encounters, research, and expression for its users and visitors in Istanbul. Salt’s programs comprise exhibitions, publications, digital projects, talks, conferences, film screenings, performances, and workshops. Salt explores intersections and interactions between various disciplines and focuses on art, architecture, design, and social and economic history. The institution supports the production of knowledge by fostering the dialogue between the past and the present while addressing contemporary culture through new approaches and interpretations. Salt’s expanding archive and library brings together resources focusing on Türkiye as well as the geographies of East Mediterranean and East Europe from the late 19th century to the present. The institution’s research projects offer a platform for co-learning and discussion among peers.

About The Image Generator

The Image Generator is a site-specific multi-day happening that explores the interplay between visual art, sound art and performance. Each edition welcomes numerous artists and organisations to take over the exhibitions and spaces of Kunsthal Extra City and MORPHO. A vibrant live encounter with interactive installations, performative interventions, video works, contemporary dance, collective readings and soundscapes, all set in a former monastery in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium. The Image Generator aims to provide a fertile ground for new and pioneering art forms, but also stimulates a more direct and reciprocal exchange between audience, artist and environment. We believe that within this interaction a huge potential for new images and perspectives can emerge, leading to a sensorial dialogue and a way to share our most fleeting intuitions. The main partners of The Image Generator are production platform 0090 and Kunsthal Extra City.

Selection procedure


  • Project proposal (approx. 300 words)
  • Motivation letter (approx. 300 words)
  • Portfolio of works and artist CV

Please submit all files in that order and in a single PDF (max. size 10MB, 10 pages, in English) to, with the subject ‘Open Call 2024 Exchange Residency Avrasya’.

Selection criteria

  • A good match between what the project requires and what the residency offers.
  • The relevance of the artist’s practice to the residency community and context.
  • The impact that the residency is likely to have on the artist’s development.


  • The applications are collectively selected by a jury including members from the artistic teams of the partners.

Application deadline: May 23, 2024
Announcement of results: first week of June