VAA Nida Art Colony call for residency applications, curatorial proposals and a trainee

Deadline for all the applications: June 15, 2013

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Together with the spring the main annual NAC event INTER-FORMAT SYMPOSIUM: On Critical Tourism, Site-specificity and Post-romantic Condition is approaching (May 16-19 2013, Nida).  It is hosting together more than 40 art professionals (artists, curators, researchers) and is a part of the project On Hosting and Displacing co-organised by Nida Art Colony (LT) and Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais (Sierre, CH) and partly supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. More about the program me here.

Nida Art Colony (NAC) welcomes proposals from artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers for its upcoming residencies on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania.

Location and Facilities

NAC is located in a remote and beautifully distinct landscape next to the resort town of Nida. The residency is most appropriate for those artists who are seeking time for experiments and research, value the creative process and a big studio or open-air space as well as for those who love coincidences and the chance to meet artists from all over the world. Parallel to the residency programme, the Colony building also hosts student workshops and international art projects for shorter periods of time.

The Colony provides the necessary living and social conditions to ensure a comfortable environment for the five artists-in-residence. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors with 65 square meters of floor space and features all the necessary facilities. The colony is situated about 600 meters away from the sand dunes, and the beach. More information on activities  and facilities can be found on our website and Facebook. To get a sense of Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios, please check the Nida Art Colony Log.

Two types of residencies are available: individual and thematic residencies. Please indicate the selected type of residency in the subject line and follow the application guidelines.

Individual Residencies

Duration: one to four months, between January and May 2014. The recommended duration of a residency is 2 months.

Applicants from all over the world may apply.

Grants: No grants are currently available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant-seeking.

Costs: Studio and living space rent is 312 EUR/month, including all taxes, use of equipment, communal spaces and bicycles.

Thematic Residencies (Techno-ecologies)

Duration: 2 months, April-May 2014

Techno-ecologies collaborative residencies are offered in partnership with RIXC. Please send your project proposals based on the keywords and your initial research on the specific Neringa issues. More here about the project Techno-ecologies. Individual and group (up to three persons) applications are welcome from artists, researchers, scientists, producers and curators. The residencies will culminate with the presentation of the work in Inter-format Symposium On Sea and Sand Ecosystems (mid-May, 2014).

Grants: There are 3 grants available, 700 EUR/month, travel (up to 350 Eur), studio, accommodation and production costs.

Applicants from Europe may apply.

Thematic residencies are supported by the EU Culture Programme and Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Call for curatorial proposals for thematic residencies in 2014 and 2015

NAC is expanding its practice of curated/thematic residencies and looks for curators who would like to run such a residency project at NAC. Nida artist-in-residence programme aims to foster critical thinking, creativity, innovative ideas and processes, exchange and cooperation of artists. Open-ended process is more important to NAC than the final product, but “soft” results (like artistic research, visible learning/knowledge or new set of mind) are expected. Public presentation of created works is one of the possible results of the project. More info on Nida artist-in-residence programme is available here.

Timeframe: anytime between February 2014 – December 2015

Duration of the residency: 1-2 months

Number of participants: 5-8

Selection of artists: by invitation or open call

Funding: NAC will fundraise for selected projects from national and international sources. The curator is expected to contribute to the fundraising process.

How to apply: send your proposal with a description of the residency project and preliminary working programme (up to 2 pages) and your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Experience in running an artist-in-residence programme or being part of such a programme is an asset.

Call for a Trainee

We are looking for interns to work as a) assistant curators, which includes coordination of artist-in-residency and other culture & education programmes and b) visual communication assistants (photo & video documentation and working with our archive). We offer a unique experience and reference letters for your future career, as well as free accommodation at the Colony between January and May 2014. You should stay for four to five months. Please send your CV and a short motivation letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, please visit our internships page.

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