In 2016 the French project Hostanartist, a website that connects artists and spaces, was one of the nominees for the NICE Award. We asked co-founder Anne Roquigny about the development since then.
1.) Hostanartist is constantly growing: more and more property owners are willing to turn their houses to temporary artist residencies. How do you reach out to the real estate owners? Do they simply register on the webpage - or do you need events and personal meetings in advance ? Do you have special strategies or events in different nations ?
Every host can register himself or herself on the platform and post his offer. The link is created directy between host and artist. Our work is to care for the right conditions to reach as many hosts as possible. This is done by events, communication and partnerships.
2.) Once you are in contact with owners, what is their motivation to help artists? Is it a personal approach or rather a social political interest ?
Both of them. The hosts are excited to meet creatives, to follow the development of their work and to participate in some way in the production. They exchange ideas with the artists about subjects related to their work and get a piece of art at the end. A relationsship is growing by that and the hosts follow the artist afterwards.
3.) Hostanartist is hosted and organized by artists themselves - do you want this project to be a profitable business case or rather a philantrophic activity ? How do you manage this project on a daily base - besides your artistic profession?
Hostanartist is a non-profit association, but we're trying to create a network of public and private partners, who can support the project financially. We are volunteers and meet each other regularly to work on the project.
4.) Hostanartist was shortlisted for an European Innovation Award, the NICE Award in 2016. What happened since? What are your aims for 2017?
We want to build up a network of cultural partners in France and Europe. At the same time, we try to improve the website to be able to follow the residencies more precisely.