Although the Iranian artistic scene is vibrant and the Iranian public very interested in culture, it has somewhat been isolated for the last years. Some Iranian festivals invite international artists and Tehran has several residency spaces that have experience with exchanges with European countries. In order to increase Iran’s exchanges with the wider world, build sustainable cultural relations between Iran and the EU, and capitalise on the existing efforts and experiences, the EUNIC cluster in Tehran has established an EU-Iran artists in residency programme (EU-IR-AIRP). For a start, the EU-IR-AIRP will be piloted with artists, but it can be extended to cultural managers, curators and even researchers in the future. The disciplines with stronger potential for artistic residencies in Iran would be Visual Arts, Film-making and Theatre. Three candidates from each participating EU country and 3 Iranian artists per EU participating country will be proposed, out of which the final selection will be made. Each artist in residency will last 1 month result into a final presentation in Iran or the respective European country.