Renewed and expanded VAA Nida Art Colony’s call for residency applications for 2016-2017 and a trainee

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Facade of the residency studios, 2015, photo by Andrej Vasilenko.
We welcome you to become the residents at VAA NAC between August 2016 and 
May 2017. Deadline for applications: February 15, 2016.

The residency programme at Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) is open for emerging and experienced artists, designers, architects, curators and art researchers, writers, and philosophers from Lithuania and all over the world. NAC is the only academic and artistic venue in the Baltics which provides the opportunity to live, work and create on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania. Since 2011, when the artist-in-residence programme was started, about 250 artists and others professionals from the cultural field have stayed at Nida Art Colony.

The reconstruction of the second NAC building is completed. Artists and academics who seek a quiet solitude environment are welcome to take advantage of an exceptional remoteLithuanian location as well as the Colony’s new spaces. Those who are willing to create specific art works or objects will have access to professional equipment for working with different materials. Several digital and analogue video/photo laboratories are equipped for production of new mediaworks.

The new technical possibilities now allow residents to use a 4k quality video camera, a large format (A0) inkjet printer, sound recording equipment and other equipment. There is a 200 sq. m. show-performing-room (white cube/black box) for exhibitions, performing arts, concerts, screenings and live performances. In the special workshop-studios, the artists can work with laser cutting machines and machines for processing wood and metal. Workstudios, a spacious reading room / library, a meeting room and other facilities for residents’ academic and educational activities are now available. In addition to the already habitual exhibitions, publications, educational events and international projects, NAC now aims to initiate hybrid art, architecture and design practices.
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Metal  and wood workshop, 2015, photo by Andrej Vasilenko.
The atmosphere and intensity of residencies differs depending on the season and social conditions. Please select the period of the year according to your project and needs: in summer Nida is turning into a busy (albeit not overcrowded) resort; from June 1st to July 15th and throughout September you will have art, architecture and design students in the house; there are between 5 and 55 people staying at NAC at all times, so from October to April you will enjoy solitude interrupted occasionally by art professionals or students arriving to the Colony for their workshops. You can also use the facilities of more than ten different workshops-studios of Vilnius Academy of Arts in Vilnius.

NAC call for Individual residency applications

Residencies between August 2016 and May 2017
Deadline for applications: February 15, 2016
Recommended duration of a residency is two months.
Possible duration of a residency is one to four months.
Living and social conditions are provided to ensure a comfortable environment for the artists-in-residence. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors with 65 square meters of floor space and is equipped with all the necessary facilities.
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 is 400 EUR/month (300 EUR/month in October-May for residents from Lithuania), including all taxes, use of equipment, Wi-Fi, communal spaces and bicycles.

NDS residencies for doctoral students from Nordic-Baltic countries

Nida Doctoral School is a non-degree doctoral program.The school was launched together with Aalto University (Helsinki, FIN). It is open for other universities and academies to join. The goal of the School is to foster doctoral education in humanities and artistic research and provide intensive courses and residencies for doctoral fellows. We look forward for proposals from artists and researchers (residents of Nordic-Baltic countries) enrolled in doctoral programmes all around the world to stay in the residency and enjoy our facilities and creative environment.
NDS summer session. We expect that applicants will take part in the summer school “CO-ACTION – Artist placements in non-cultural spheres” in the end of August.
Dates and duration of the residency: NDS offers 2 month long doctoral residencies for August-September 2016
Grants: For the 2 months period we offer 2 grants of 1000 EUR each, and cover studio rent expenses and travel costs up to 300 EUR.

Call for a trainee

We are looking for a trainee to work as a curatorial or visual communication assistant of the NAC artist-in-residency programme.
Duration of the intership is at least 4 months.
Visit our internships section for more information.

Please send all the applications to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , indicating in the subject the activity you are applying for: residency, curatorial proposal or internship. Please follow the application guidelines when applying.


Check our Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as the Projects and Exhibitions sections at for more information on NAC activities. To get a sense of the Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios please take a look at the Nida Art Colony Log.