Since 2018, Urbane Künste Ruhr has been organising the supra-regional residency programme Zu Gast bei Urbane Künste Ruhr (Visiting Urbane Künste Ruhr) in cooperation with various other institutions active in the Ruhr area. The decentralised programme offers up to fourteen three- or twelve-month, open-ended residencies each year. Urbane Künste Ruhr aims to give international artists the opportunity to get to know the region and its social and geographical structure, to conduct research and to find new impulses for their own artistic work. The residents are selected through a proposal process that takes an annually changing thematic bracket as its starting point. Since the beginning of the programme, there have been cooperations with the Künstlerhaus Dortmund on behalf of the KunstVereineRuhr as well as with the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr and Makroscope e.V. in Mülheim. In 2021, cooperations were added with the city of Gelsenkirchen with residencies at the Halfmannshof as well as the Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets in Bochum. For the first time, artists interested in working at the Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets were able to apply actively via an open call.