Artist residencies as specialist accommodation: Cultural entrepreneurship during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Andriotis, K. and Paraskevaidis, P. 2023. Artist residencies as specialist accommodation: Cultural entrepreneurship during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 35 (5), pp. 1738-1758. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-10-2021-1261
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TitleArtist residencies as specialist accommodation: Cultural entrepreneurship during the COVID-19 pandemic
AuthorsAndriotis, K. and Paraskevaidis, P.
Abstract

Purpose - Artist residencies comprise a unique accommodation type and a form of cultural entrepreneurship which remains overlooked from a hospitality perspective. This exploratory study examines the phenomenon of artist residencies as specialist accommodation, as well as their operators’ motives as cultural entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Creation theory is used to explore how artist residency operators create entrepreneurial opportunities.
Design/methodology/approach - Asynchronous email interviews were conducted with 20 artist residency operators from 18 countries. Purposive sampling was used to select interviewees and thematic analysis to analyze the primary data.
Findings - The results showed that with few exceptions, artist residencies address all criteria of specialist accommodation, and that social interactions among artists and operators are fundamental in running an artist residency. From a cultural entrepreneurship perspective, most of the operators declared that their priorities were to promote artistic creativity and cultural knowledge exchange, confirming the main elements of creation theory.
Practical implications - Managerial implications are discussed to enhance artist residency resilience and strengthen their financial viability, as well as to support them to overcome the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originality/value - This study extends the hospitality literature by adding the artist residencies to the existing types of specialist accommodation. It also examines creation theory and concludes that artistic creativity and cultural networks are prominent in artist residency entrepreneurial activities.

KeywordsArtist residencies, Specialist accommodation, Cultural entrepreneurship, Creation theory, Asynchronous email interview, COVID-19
Sustainable Development Goals11 Sustainable cities and communities
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
LanguageEnglish
PublisherEmerald
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
ISSN0959-6119
Publication dates
Online27 Oct 2022
Print10 Apr 2023
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Oct 2022
Accepted01 Oct 2022
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-10-2021-1261
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