Starts4WaterII _ residencies

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the STARTS4WATERII Open Call for Artists, for the second edition of the S+T+ARTS Residency Programme, which is dedicated to Water Sustainability and innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the arts. This time, the programme has a specific focus on the environmental challenges of ports, port cities, coastal areas, and waterways.  

Through nine-month residencies, S+T+ARTS4WATERII will enhance collaborative artistic research, creation, and innovation in different port cities and their related ecosystems and industries across eight countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia.

Who can apply?

  • STARTS4WATERII calls for proposals from an individual artist or a collective of artists from any country under the condition that they can travel to the country of the residency, as specified in the open call (visa granted).

Please read the full list of admissibility criteria in the Call – Guide for Applicants.

Selected Artists will benefit from € 40.000 for the residency! 

Besides that you will get access to resources/facilities of the research rost institution, assistance from Local Expert Group (LEG), access to the Europe-wide S+T+ARTS network; Participation at the S+T+ARTS4WATERII community events (online and on-site) and potential participation in exhibitions showcasing the outcomes of the residencies at Ars Electronica Festival in September 2025, Love Tomorrow Conference, the UN Ocean Conference and/or other festivals and venues upon selection; and visibility through high impact communication activities to promote the artistic output and its innovation spillovers.


This open call offers 20 residency opportunities in 8 countries (Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia). Each residency host institution defined its concrete challenge in close collaboration with its respective LEG members and the STARTS4waterII consortium. Artists are required to submit project proposals that respond to these challenges.

Via the button below, you view an overview of all 20 challenges in our Challenges Catalogue, giving you more details on the challenges, the specific opportunities, support and infrastructure, expectations, and requirements of each organization.



As a residency hosting organization, Drugo more is responsible for two interesting challenges taking place in Croatian port city of Rijeka and the island of Vis.

Starts4WaterII Residencies _ Challenge #5
Starts4WaterII Residencies _ Challenge #6


Applications are open till June 26th, 2024, 23h59 Central European Time

You can read more information about the call, residencies and apply HERE. 


To help artists get a better understanding of the open call there are 2 planned live-streamed info sessions (both of which will be equally relevant) on:

May 13, 11.30-13.00 CET

May 15, 11.30-13.00 CET

During these sessions, the partners of S+T+ARTS4WATERII will present the open call, the 20 challenges, the expectations from artists, the foreseen outcomes and the application process, requirements, budget questions and submission.

For the session, you can register HERE.

For more information, visit the STARTS4WATER II Open Call for Artists page.

Don’t miss this opportunity!


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STARTS4waterII is co-funded by the European Union under the STARTS – Science, Technology and Arts initiative of DG CNECT (GA no. LC-02629312.). Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or DG CNECT. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Project is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. The views expressed in this publication are the sole responsibility of Drugo more and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.



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