The international artist and art exchange programme "Transfer International" will be re-launched from 2022 onwards and will be realigned for 2021. The basis for the conceptual considerations now being made is a survey of residency programmes carried out jointly with the NRW Ministry of Culture and the Kunststiftung NRW, followed by evaluation and determination of the conditions for implementation by a team of experts. The implementation and establishment of the new "Transfer" concept will be carried out by the "International Visitors Programme" of the NRW KULTURsekretariat.
As in the past, the future, new "Transfer International" will have a regional focus over a period of several years and will work with the instruments of artistic exchange programmes in a sustainable and networking manner. At the centre of further considerations is the lively discursive exchange on a European level, the long-term integration and linking of networkers and multipliers from different art fields.
After nine "Transfers" since 1990, the concept was revised in 2015 and its content broadened with the aim of promoting international cooperation in art and culture.
In the focus of the two "Transfer International" programmes are now moving towards genre- and theme-based as well as interdisciplinary exchange programmes with intensive work and dialogue processes between regional and international actors, partners and institutions.
The first "Transfer International" took place from 2016 to 2017 with the Netherlands and Belgium. The second focused on Greece, with the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki. Both "Transfers" concentrated is thematically focused on the two main themes of the NRWKS, "Digital Culture" and "Interculture/Diversity". In both exchange programmes the "International Visitors Programme" was intensively involved, in each case in cooperation with relevant partner institutions.