Nida Art Colony Residency Programs in Arts and Culture 2017-2018

Publish Date: Mar 13, 2017

Deadline: Mar 15, 2017

Call for residency applications for 2017-2018 and the 7thInter-format Symposium Along Lines

The residency programme at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) is open for emerging and experienced artists, designers, architects, curators and researchers. NAC is the biggest art, residency and education venue in the Baltic region that provides the opportunity to live and work in the Curonian Spit National Park. Since 2011, when the A-I-R programme was launched, about 300 artists and other culture professionals have stayed at the Colony.

Professional workshops and support, well-equipped spaces, and artists’ community all year round. Artists and scholars who seek a quiet and spacious environment are welcome to experience a distinctive remote location and use the Colony’s new spaces. Production of art or design works is facilitated by new professional equipment. If you wish to organise an exhibition in Nida, Klaipeda, Kaunas and Vilnius, we can put you in touch with local galleries.

The atmosphere and life intensity depends on the season and programme of the Colony. There are between 7 and 70 people staying at NAC at all times. In summer Nida becomes a busy (albeit not overcrowded) resort. Throughout September and partly May and June you will share the common spaces with art, architecture and design students and their professors. During August you will be accompanied by doctoral researchers and Nida Doctoral School. From October to April you will enjoy solitude, occasionally accented by art professionals or students arriving to the Colony for workshops. 

Living and social conditions are provided to ensure a comfortable environment. Each of the five residencies occupies two floors with 65 square meters of floor space and is equipped with all the necessary facilities.

NAC call for Individual residency applications 

Residencies between August 2017 and July 2018

Duration – one to four months (preferred from two months).

Grants and costs: No grants are currently available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant seeking. Studio and living space rent for selected residents costs 400€ per month, including all taxes, use of equipment, Wi-Fi, communal spaces and bicycles.

Educational opportunity: NAC encourages its residents to give a workshop at local high school or art school in September-December 2017 in exchange of the ~200 EUR fee. 

Nida Doctoral School (NDS) residencies for practice and theory based doctoral students 

July-September 2017 (2 studios available for 1-2 months)

NDS is a non-degree doctoral program run together with Aalto University (Helsinki, FI).

NDS summer course. Selected doctoral residents are invited to join the intensive course on research methods and methodologies in the context of visual and performing arts, design and architecture on August 21-26, 2017.

Among tutors are: Dr Joanne Morra (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London) and Dr Marquard Smith (Journal of Visual Culture and UCL Institute of Education). 

Costs: The same conditions as for individual residencies apply, however selected doctoral residents are offered the summer course at no tuition fee as well as 5 ECTS credits. 

Call for participants for the 7th Inter-format Symposium Along Lines 

May 19-22, 2017

Confirmed artists/speakers/performers: Awst & Walther (UK/DE), Zbyněk Baladrán (CZ), Vitalij Červiakov (LT), Nikolaus Gansterer (AT), Morten Norbye Halvorsen (NO), Lina Lapelytė (LT), Karen O'Rourke (FR/USA), Marcus Steinweg (DE), Jessica Warboys (UK) and others. 

Curators: Thomas Thiel (DE) & Dr Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT)

The symposium brings together around 40 professionals (artists, musicians, philosophers, scientists, archaeologists, and other researchers) to reflect on the line as a very basic visual element and medium of knowledge. Taking it as a symbolic as well as analytical instrument the symposium presents different strategies to sketch and connect through methods of mapping, walking, recording etc. 

Costs: 150 EUR (100 EUR for students) which includes accommodation in a triple room and catering.

Please send all the applications to, indicating in the subject the activity you are applying for: residency or symposium. Please follow the application guidelines when applying for residencies.

Application & Selection Guidelines

The programme is open to professional artists, designers, architects, art critics, curators, art theoreticians and culture managers from Lithuania and abroad, by invitation and/or individual application. The programme is not available to students. If grants together with a call are not announced, artists should pay rent or look for grants themselves. After selection procedure, we can write supporting letter. Due to a large number of applications, we inform only selected applicants.

Recommended duration of the residency is at least 2 months. Selection is based on artistic merit and the quality of artistic practice. This is assessed on the basis of the following information:

  • - application for artist-in-residence programme, which includes artist statement and activity/project proposal while in residency
  • - CV
    - examples of previous work (portfolio)

All applicants are expected to be fluent in English. The selection is made by the NAC Board. Rental fees if grant is not announced (including monthly charges for heating, electricity, water and internet as well as use of bicycle, equipment and communal spaces) are:

  • 400 Euros per month all year through
  • 300 Euros per month October to May for Lithuanian residents

Each residency starts the 1st of the month, only whole months are available. Applications are to be sent to: info (a) nidacolony (dot) lt (preferably all the documents in one file (PDF, DOC, etc.). Only electronic applications are accepted. Please write “Residency Application” in the subject line. The attachments must not exceed 10 MB. Please note that only selected applicants are informed. Please take a look at our website to see the list of invited artists as well as the waiting list.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below. 

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