The JCVA is an international Artists-in-Residence program that hosts distinguished and promising young artists in a setting that is as intellectually stimulating as it is magnificent. Since its inauguration in 1987, it has welcomed such artists as Sophie Calle, Daniel Buren, Haim Steinbach, Guenther Uecker, Wodiczko, Nedko Solakov, Monika Sosnowska, Wilhelm Sasnal and others for an uninterrupted spate of creative work. The residence provides an opportunity for productive interaction with the local art community, museums and audiences, and offers a potentially profound dialogue between local and global concerns.
If Baudelaire’s “simultaneous awareness of different worlds” is the quintessentially post-modern condition, Jerusalem is a most post-modern three-thousand year old city. Tel Aviv, on the other hand, declared by UNESCO a world heritage site for its wealth of international style architecture, is a lively contemporary metropolis bordering the Mediterannean.
A stay in these cities is an invitation to explore a Middle Eastern reality that is often viewed only through myriad screens and interpretations; an invitation to experience the reality from within one of the world’s most gazed at regions.
The Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts (JCVA) promotes cross-cultural dialogue between visiting artists and curators and their local counterparts. The center will provide interested residents with recommendations and connections to personally-tailored opportunities for productive interaction with artists, curators and art academies, as well as links to museums and audiences.
The residents are invited to both work and explore during their stay at the JCVA, and to inspire and be inspired by the cities and their art communities. The fresh perspectives and transcultural understandings made possible by such exchanges are central to the JCVA's approach.
At the entry into town (Weizmann Blvd., the continuation of route 1 from the Ben-Gurion Airport or from Tel Aviv), continue on Zalman Shazar Blvd., and stay with the road as it curves right and turns into Ben Zvi Blvd. Turn left at the third light, on Ramban St., take the right lane, and turn right at the light onto Saadya Gaon St., which becomes Benyamin Metudella. Follow the curving street until the light, where you turn left on Derech Gaza Rd. and take a right at Arlozorov St. At the second corner turn left onto Jabotinsky St., and go straight past the traffic circle until the light at the intersection with King David St. Go straight across the intersection and into the narrow lane named Bloomfield Blvd., and at the T turn left into the parking lot, or turn right and follow the road around into Mishkenot Sha'ananim parking.
From the entry to town the trip should take no more than twenty minutes when traffic is flowing.
The street map below and the municipality's website may also be helpful.