Pazifik-Leipzig Artists in Residence © Goethe-Institut

In collaboration with LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) the Goethe-Institute offers artists from Southeast Asia a three-month residency at the Art and Culture Centre Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei. At the beginning of the 20th century the Baumwollspinnerei (cotton mill) was the site of Europe’s largest processing centre for cotton, today it houses the cultural centre for one of the most exciting places for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and culture in Europe.

Cooperation Project "Pacific-Leipzig"


In 2020 the new cooperation project “Pacific-Leipzig” between the Goethe-Institut and LIA starts. About 200 artists had applied for the open call for artists from Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The jury has chosen the five winners, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in the respective countries. The winners will receive their own studio and are professionally accompanied by the LIA-team. The artworks, which the artists will produce during their stay in Leipzig, will be made accessible to interested visitors during regular held Open Studio sessions. Moreover, after the conclusion of the residencies, a small exhibition with works of all participants will be organized.


The Residency program allows artists to work in a new cultural environment and to draw drom a variety of new inspirations. Moreover, they offer the opportunity to engage in an open exchange with local artists and to connect with the Leipzig art scene. New ideas are born out of exchanges with local artists, curators as well as the local crowd, and from here new projects can be developed and realised.

The Goethe-Institut has made the promotion of cultural exchanges one of its aims. Residency programmes for international artists help achieve this aim. Pazifik-Leipzig does not merely bring Scandinavian artists and their German contemporaries together, it also offers participants from Scandinavia the opportunity for cultural exchange amongst each other.

Activities of Artists in LIA

Pazifik-Leipzig 2021

The Goethe-Institut has been funding residencies in Leipzig for artists from Southeast Asia since 2020. The first Filipino artist to participate in this residency programme is music producer and multimedia artist Jett Ilagan, aka Escuri from Laguna, Philippines. He started his residency in the beginning of November 2021. He stayed at Leipzig’s art and culture center “Baumwollspinnerei” (cotton mill) where he also spent most of his time working.

During his residency, Jett Ilagan produced Reflections an immersive multichannel sound installation that reflects Leipzig's sonic landscape. He also collaborated with musicians from the Gewandhausorchester to create an audiovisual performance for the Resonate Opus II.

  •  Jett Ilagan with Gewanhausorchester © Jett Ilagan

    Jett Ilagan with Gewanhausorchester

  •  Jett Ilagan with Gewanhausorchester © Jett Ilagan

  • Open Studio Reflections © Jett Ilagan

    Open Studio Reflections

  • Open Studio Reflections © Jett Ilagan

    Open Studio Reflections

  • Jett Ilagan at the Open Studio Reflections © Jett Ilagan

    Jett Ilagan at the Open Studio Reflections

Open Call