For the attention of artists and writers
Application deadline – 26th February 2024
Participation in the competition is free.

The museum residence Artкommunalka. Erofeev and Others and Kolomna Posad are holding an open international competition for artists and writers to receive grants for the realization of creative projects in the visual arts and literature in 2024–2025. Artists and writers who are prepared to create projects in accordance with the terms of the competition are invited to take part.



Artkommunalka. Erofeev and Others is the first museum residence with a grant program in Russia. It was founded in 2011 in Kolomna, Moscow Region and is part of the museum that captures the feel of the Soviet Kolomna of the 1960s. The museum residence is a reconstructed communal apartment located in the very heart of old Kolomna, in the house where the Ogonyok grocery shop was located in the 1960s. Venedikt Erofeev the author of the poem ‘Moscow – Petushki’ worked there as a laborer in the wine section, while studying at the local university. The recognized genius of Venedikt Erofeev’s creative freedom has become the guiding light of the museum.
The art residence and literature residence are an open laboratory and workshop all year round: each year artists and writers from Russia and abroad work here. Since 2011, over a hundred artists and fifty writers have realized projects in Artkommunalka. Their creative endeavors have resulted in the exploration of new areas in the visual arts and literature, including those connected with a variety of creative interpretations of the historical heritage and modern culture of Kolomna.

The competition supports the boldest and most radical creative projects in keeping with the spirit and objectives of developing modern art and literature. Attention to the artistic interpretation of Kolomna’s modern life and heritage is welcome.



— Contemporary visual arts: art projects revealing the artist’s world and presenting the artist in their context
— Modern prose, poetry, and drama: the literature residence is a laboratory of meanings, a ‘writer’s study’ with the opportunity for communication with the public. The outcomes of the writing projects should be texts in Russian
— Silk and weaving: a timely theme for Kolomna connected with the launch of the project to revive the art of the Kolomna silk weaving, to interpret the ’genome’ of a textile Kolomna through contemporary art and creative writing.



For the first time Artkommunalka announces creative theme for the 2024–2025 art season:


rain is the leg on which a thundercloud stands… When it rains, and especially when it pours, something ancient awakens in a person: necessity is abolished, idleness is enforced, and creativity begins. A person starts to recollect or dream, looking at the elements from their shelter—be it a cave or a house. In the rain, and especially in a downpour, everything required for creativity is there: rhythms, pauses, breathing, thunder, and silence. Memories are dreams about the past. Dreams are memories of the future.

We invite artists and writers to contribute to the development of the proposed theme through the residency in Kolomna.



The selection of residents is carried out on a competition basis. Only projects that meet the objectives of the competition will be considered. The following artistic and creative writing projects are especially welcome:
— projects in the spirit of “the culture of participation” involving the local community in the creative research and work;
— projects to be realized in the public spaces of Kolomna;
— projects offering educational art and literature programs to the general public.


Application deadline – 26th February 2024.
All applications will be considered by the Artkommunalka judging panel. Reasons for the rejection of applications will not be given and no correspondence will be entered into.
Applicants must take responsibility for copyright issues for the texts and images submitted.
The results of the competition will be sent to participants via email no later than 15th March 2024 and posted on Artkommunalka’s website and social media.
The competition will NOT support projects either directly or indirectly inciting international conflict, insulting the beliefs of members of any religion, lobbying the interests of political movements or parties, or promoting violence.



Winners will receive the right to reside at the art residence and a grant to realize their project.
Winners should not have any contractual relations or agreements with other institutions for the term of their residency.


The amount of the grant:

for artists and writers: 50,000 + 20,000* RUB
*Each grant includes 20,000 RUB for the presentation of the completed project (creating an exhibition, video and photo materials, promotion, publication etc.).


Each stay at the residence includes:

—bfree accommodation at the residential studio (total area — 27 square meters, with all amenities) in a 19th century house in the historic center of Kolomna;
—breturn travel expenses to residence.


Grant payment procedure:

50% of the total amount will be paid upon arrival at the residence and on agreement of the project plan; the remaining part upon completion of the residency program.


The residency program involves:

— the realization of a proposed (and never previously realized) project in the art residence within the given time frame (from 3 to 6 weeks);
— an introductory public meeting and presentation of the proposed project and plans for the residence;
— the involvement in the social life of the museum residence (open days, master classes, lectures, media interviews);
— a final presentation of the project in the form of an exhibition (for artists) or a prepared text and its presentation to the public (including in the form of an exhibition or a reading for writers);
— for artists: the transfer of one of the works completed at the residence (chosen by the Artkommunalka judging panel) to the holdings of the museum residence and/or its copyright (terms and conditions as agreed with the judging panel).
— for writers: granting the Museum residence the right to publish the creative work or a part of it (in a catalogue, on a website, etc.) and other rights to use it as agreed with the Artkommunalka judging panel; for any subsequent publication of texts written as part of the art residence, the Artkommunalka museum residency should always be specified as the place where the text was written.

More information on the residential studio, the rules for staying at the residence, and previous Artkommunalka projects:



WhatsApp and Telegram: +7 985 180 0961
The competition administrator: Anna Stepanova
205, ul. Oktyabr’skoy Revolyutsii, Kolomna, Moscow Oblast.