Welcome to Bisevo!

Why Bisevo needs artists?

Art has always been the initiator of change, a subtle anarchist, critic and a teacher. Throughout the time it evolves and changes style, however it is persistent in letting every individual to experience it in its own intimate manner and it transforms the way we see the world.

The Nature has a very similar influence on human psyche; it brings changes, independently of mankind, that often leaves us humbled. Biševo, the unavoidable gem of Vis archipelago became, throughout the years, the attraction for significant number of tourists. In search for a “wild and Robinson-like” experience, they are unintentionally penetrating into the island’s essence and tradition in a way that becomes unsustainable.

Goethe said: It seems like art and nature are mutually exclusive, however they come together faster than we can imagine. Founding the artist residency is an act of rebellion against forgetting the island’s tradition and history, while simultaneously preserving its nature and spirit.

Surrounded by almost untouched nature, the artists are free to create and explore. Because of the love that we feel for the island we want to refine it with the people who bring beauty, creativity and are living in balance with nature.

The residency is the community of artists, innovators, thinkers, intellectuals, misfits and anyone who is not afraid to think differently. These people are offering the visitors of cove Porat the insight into their ideas and artistry that leaves no one indifferent. Once you leave the island we want to you to stay truly inspired by the desire to come back, learn more and protect its raw beauty and identity.

BIAR - Biševo Island Art Residency

The BIAR residency program enables artists, scientists and creatives of various interests and research methods to enrich their everyday life through a residency on the island of Biševo.

Residences are pre-arranged for 1-2 weeks, with arrivals and departures every Friday, due to the compliance of ferry lines with Split . BIAR fosters experimentalism and interdisciplinary cross-sector collaborations. The unique work and living space encourages residents to cooperate - an interdisciplinary experiment on the offshore island.

In addition to pre-organized residencies through associations and professional organizations, BIAR also enables parachute participation. It implies the arrival of artists / scientists, curious people, the audience and a joint stay which can be in the form of participation in their artistic / scientific activities or in participation through assistance by working on other people's projects, activities related to residence, stone garden-dry stone wall. The participation of this category of users depends primarily on the current accommodation capacity of BIAR.

We insist that the works / research be in accordance with the cultural and ecological sustainability of the island of Biševo. Residents are encouraged to use the island's resources responsibly and perceive tourism / tourists as a possible artistic resource suitable for recycling, transformation.

The BIAR residency program is regionally and internationally oriented. All residents automatically become members of the Biševo Association. Residents participate daily in the maintenance of residential space and the environment, and by donating one or more of their own works, they contribute to the construction of the BIAR art fund.

By forming such an active alternative community of creatives, we strive to achieve a sustainable symbiosis of tourism and culture.

As part of BIAR, there is a cultural program of public gatherings, lectures, cinema screenings, astronomical evenings, etc., open to all residents, temporary residents of the island and tourists.

Users access the residency competition through the BIAR website by filling out an application .

* all residents / groups are encouraged to incorporate / use the materials available on the island - for the purpose of sustainability and the very nature of the residences

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Bisevo summer – BILjET

Biševo Summer - BILJET event operates as a curated seasonal residency program within BIAR, which takes place during the summer period from early July to late August each year. The residencies last a minimum of one week, with arrivals and departures organized every Friday, due to the compliance of ferry lines with Split . At the end of each TICKET, a multidisciplinary exhibition is planned to mark the overall operation of the program. As part of BILjET, BIAR cooperates with artistic and cultural associations / organizations, as well as artists / groups of artists, and parachute participation is also possible.

Duration: 1.7.-1.9. every year. The curator (or curatorial team) of the Biševo Summer each year defines a concept that always refers to the general concept of BIAR. After the published program, the process of applying, curating, designing and planning summer residences begins.

Users access the residency competition through the BIAR website by filling out an application .

This event was made with the aim that in the summer months, when a large influx of tourists intensifies the impact and visibility of BIAR activities on the local community, it tries to achieve a certain cultural-subversive impact on the tourist being.

Events calendar

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Events archive

Volunteering on the island

We started with the role of hosts in volunteering projects back in 2015 with the aim of bringing a breath of good will, volunteerism, youth, cultural and linguistic exchange into our NGO and our local community, to build tolerance so that everyone grows into better individuals, and thus creating a better community.

Our association implements volunteering projects in its residence, and until October 2021, we hosted 92 volunteers on the island of Biševo on international volunteer projects who donated 2760 working hours.

Residency Goals & Expectations
Common Library

Common Library

Within the subject-matters of the residency, hiking trips around the island are one of the core activities. There are paths to Salbunara, Mezuporat, cape Gatula, to the peak of Stražbenicaand to the Blue cave. Some of the trails are preserved and well marked, while some of them, less popular, are becoming neglected. One of the goals is to preserve and mark the roads, which will help visitors to explore the inland of the island.
Cinema Bisevo

Cinema Bisevo

The residency is organising the exhibitions in Porat cove, on the beach or at the establishment. Each year, Biševo has more than 100.000 visitors who are mainly coming to explore the Blue cave or on a day excursions. The exhibitions are enriching their visits, introducing them to the work of the residency and to the island's heritage.
Public lecture series

Public lecture series

Within the subject-matters of the residency, hiking trips around the island are one of the core activities. There are paths to Salbunara, Mezuporat, cape Gatula, to the peak of Stražbenicaand to the Blue cave. Some of the trails are preserved and well marked, while some of them, less popular, are becoming neglected. One of the goals is to preserve and mark the roads, which will help visitors to explore the inland of the island.
The Sustainable Island

ZeroWaste lifestyle

Amongst daily tasks and activities, there is always room for some entertainment. In the mornings there are yoga classes and the evenings are spent watching movies selected by Cinema Biševo. Each summer is bringing new opportunities and ideas, therefore this category is driven by momentary inspiration.
The Sustainable Island

Open-air museum

Each of our residents leaves a mark! Be they artists, designers, writers and sculptors and their works are exhibited in the area of residence and are therefore accessible to everyone. Fitted into the context of the residence, they live with it, complementing and changing. Through the open-air museum, we also organize various art workshops that are especially aimed at children and young people.
The Sustainable Island

The Sustainable Island

Life on the island means being in a piece of paradise - but cut off from certain civilizational luxuries. Thus, rainwater is collected on the island, and water is extracted from the well. Neither is not drinkable, but their uses are numerous! In the absence of shops, we are often fed by our garden, local fishermen or our own knowledge of wild plants that is improving day by day. We guard the island, take care of the house we share and build a self-sustaining community!
In the summer of 2017, the artists exhibited their works in Mezoporat Bay