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.

Who are our residents?

Our work is focused on partnerships with other organizations and associations from the art, culture, ecology, biology and astronomy departments. The goal of our work is to create partnerships and initiatives that are focused on tangible results. The residency is a centre of exploration, creation and experimentality with the aim for cross-sector collaboration. The space is also acceptive for independent individuals who are initiating the projects in tune with the work of the residency.

Umjetnička rezidencija (Biševo Island Art Residency, skraćeno BIAR)

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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

The Sustainable Island

The Sustainable Island

In the summer of 2017, the artists exhibited their works in Mezoporat Bay