The Arts Territory Exchange (ATE) comprises of a global network of artists and art practices which respond to the geography of their territory of production. Beginning with a simple correspondence programme in which artists are paired up to exchange works and ideas, ATE exists to both germinate otherwise impossible dialogue between remote and disconnected practices and to bring to an audience a global artwork in the form of an accumulating library of artefacts and debate.
Responding to recent geopolitical events and a new era of populist, political narratives intent on refocussing democratic desires on the national and parochial, ATE is interested in supporting and promoting the opportunities there are in international relations for artists and their audiences. ATE accepts applications from artists wanting to begin collaborations and dialogue with counterparts from around the world; these artists are paired up by the programme in creative partnerships according to their location and the preoccupations in their work’s examination of spacial territory. The programme is particularly interested in forming partnerships between artists who are or have become disconnected from the resources (such as academic institutions, audiences, debate and critique) that often stimulate practice. The programme is therefore particularly interested in addressing the remoteness—be it due to geography, rural isolation, disability, economic disadvantage, parenthood, displacement or disenfranchisement of any kind—that may be a barrier to the conversation and dialogue that nourishes artistic practice.
These exchanges generate archives of collaborative work which realise them selves as exhibitions, publications, talks, life long collaborations or ephemeral experiments. Many collaborations are featured in our running programme of opportunities and events, which include exhibitions, symposia and travelling archives.
The Arts Territory Exchange was founded by the artist Gudrun Filipska and operates as a not for profit organisation.