Švestkový Dvůr/Plum Yard is opening a call for artistic residencies within the project FIRST BASE 2024.

The FIRST BASE project focuses on supporting the creation of young theatre makers who work with material and puppets. This programme encourages young artists to reflect practically on the question of what role does the connection between the human body and the materiál or object plays in artistic expresion. How their “coexistence” can underline, capture and pass on to the viewer what words and movement cannot do on their own.

Švestkový Dvůr/Plum Yard will provide artists with space to practically search and experiment with material and its subsequent use in the creation of an author’s theatre performance.

Residencies lasting 7-10 days (September-December) are aimed at emerging artists or artist groups. The results of the creative process will be presented in a public presentation before the end of 2024 at the Plum Yard upon agreement with the artists.

The selection of the project will take place in the first half of June by an artistic board composed of the Plum Yard team and experts in the field.


  • residency for aspiring artists
  • creative residency lasting 7-10 days in the premises of the Švestkový Dvůr/Plum Yard
  • technical equipment and support for the duration of the residency
  • production support
  • accommodation
  • contribution to the creation of the production and public presentation in the amount of 10 000 CZK per group

Residents will need to provide and pay for their own food.


  • artists working in the Czech Republic and abroad
  • individuals and groups (max. 6 members)
  • for the creation of an original puppet performance


  • 31. 5. 2024 – Call deadline
  • 7. 6. 2024 – Project selection
  • August – November 2024 – Creative residency
  • September – December 2024 – Public presentation


  •  project description (1-2 standardized pages)
  • description of the artistic team (CV, portfolio, etc.)
  •  short motivation letter

Applications must be sent to no later than 31 May 2024.

Švestkový Dvůr/Plum Yard was established in 2013 and has been providing cultural, educational and community activities in the rural area since 2015. The organization’s activities are defined by 4 main areas of focus in its work: artist facilities, visiting artist program, residencies and community projects.

The residency program offers to individuals or whole groups from the Czech Republic and abroad the possibility of short-term or long-term stays focused on research, creation, development or completion of an artistic project in a space with accommodation, kitchen, technically equipped hall, rehearsal room, studios and workshops for the production of scenography. The projects that are created during the residencies are then usually part of the programme offered by Švestkový Dvůr/Plum Yard.

The residency program at Švestkový Dvůr/Plum Yard in 2024 has been financially supported by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Fund for Culture of the Czech Republic, South Bohemia Region, realized with the financial support by EU within NextGeneration EU, National Recovery Plan and Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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