Abandonment Spaces

Sound Research Project in Slemani

20-30 September 2022


Space21 for sound art and experimental music in Slemani is announcing an open call for artists and practitioners from other disciplines, who are interested in sound and are living in the Kurdistan Region and other parts of Iraq.

Space21, in collaboration with Sonorities Festival and the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, will organise an artistic research residency in Slemani to explore the possibilities of cross-cultural, investigative sonic research into so-called ‘abandoned’ spaces in Kurdistan-Iraq.
Over ten days between September 20th – 30th, 2022., and as part of the Space21 sound art festival, the group will conduct research at derelict or abandoned locations, presenting their findings and works in process at a specially hosted public conference in Slemani on September 29th, 2022.

To apply, you don’t need to have a musical background. It is crucial to explain the connection between your practice, sound and space/place.

Artists and other practitioners from the Kurdistan region and other parts of Iraq can apply. Local transport, accommodation and a fee to each participant.


We accept the application in:

Kurdish (Sorani), Arabic and English.
Deadline: 25th August 2022