ON-AiR Book

ON-AiR: Reflecting on the mobility of artists in Europe


With this publication the partners of the ON-AiR project aim to take you on a ‘journey’, reflecting on the current state of mobility in which the artists in Europe operate and their art flourishes. It also includes a summary of the results and outcomes of the ON-AiR project.


An Editorial Team consisting of 18 mobility experts from the different regions of Europe, all working as partners in ON-AiR, proposed 10 topics or thoughts for a more in-depth approach. Ten essays by authors from across Europe are the result. The content and format of the essays differ enormously: varying from a letter written to a resident artist, to an examination of the much-discussed ‘brain drain’ phenomenon in Eastern Europe, to drawings from a pirate rabbit reflecting on mobility.


This publication does not intend to solve problems, nor does it offer a complete overview of them. It is meant to share issues we experienced during the project with others operating in the field of artist mobility.


The publication offers different perspectives on the current situation and also suggests future ‘destinations’. As you will read in the State of Affairs, several ideas are being developed to continue the collaborations that started through ON-AiR. Continuity of collaboration and sharing are the cherished wish and need expressed by all the partners and participants in the project.



ON-AiR Reflecting on the mobility of artists in Europe

2012, 167 pages, written in English

Contributions by Jenny Brownrigg, Pau Cata Marles, Anna Detheridge, Lotte Geeven, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, Erik Hagoort, Ludwig Henne, Marijke Hoogenboom, Wim Legrand, Marija Mojca Pungercar, Bojana Panevska, Bertan Pocesta Selim, Ilgim Veryeri-Alaca, Heidi Vogels and Yeb Wiersma.

This publication would not have been possible without the generous support of many: the DG EAC of the European Commission, the Mondriaan Foundation, the ON-AiR partners and all their partners (and many more!). A sincere thank you to you all!

Interested ? Order it here!


 ON-AiR: Konuk Sanatçi programlari ve Kültürel Iletişim

This book contains essays from the international ON-AiR book translated into Turkish, as well as parts from the ON-AiR manual translated, and essays from Turkish key players in the field of mobility such as Beral Madra and Didem Ozbek. The Turkish ON-AiR partner Ilgim Veryeri Alaca from KOC University coordinated the realization of the Turkish ON-AiR book. Read more about the ON-AiR publication in Turkish and have a preview of the book here.


Some contributions to download

On this website, you can already find parts of the book (English version) to download for free. The texts (in pdf) are to be found on following pages:

- The journey and its destinations: introduction to the ON-AiR publication and list of content. Download it here.

-  interviews with artists who have experiences in residence: Tudor Bratu, Sofia Tabatadze and DUS Architects. Find the interviews here.

- material on mobility was specially compiled by the local partner to accompany their workshops. Some choose the form of an interview, others a cultural mapping of the region or insight into possibilities for financial support. You will find this regional information on the workshops’ pages: Germany, Austria, Sweden, Romania, Scotland & UK, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Poland (in Polish) and Turkey.

- State of affairs of ON-AiR, including outcomes & lessons learned, as well as ideas for follow-up projects is on the Seminars’ page.


This work programme (ON-AiR) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.