The Year of 2012 in Numbers and Images

The year of 2012 for Nida Art Colony was really fast, however very productive.

We wanted to share with you our numbers and images:

Residency programme:

  • 62 artists-in-residence (17 from them from Lithuania)
  • we fundraised and distributed 18 grants for artists-in-residence
  • 5 exhibitions were made by artists-in-residence


More soon...

Season's Greetings from Nida Art Colony Team: 2012-2013

Season's Greetings from Nida Art Colony Team: 2012-2013. See the postcard.


Call for residency applications, symposium on critical tourism and a trainee

Welcome to apply for residencies for March-December period in 2013 - deadline for residency applications is February 15, 2013.

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

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 artistic 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 feature all the necessary facilities. The colony is situated about 600 meters away from the sand dunes, and the beach. More information on activities (like the curated exhibition Taking Time) 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 June and December 2013. The recommended duration of a residency is 2 months.
Applicants from all over the world may apply.
No grants are currently available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant-seeking.
Costs: Studio and living space rent is 412 EUR/month (June-September) and 312 EUR/month (October-December), including all taxes, use of equipment, communal spaces and bicycles.

Thematic Residencies
Duration: 2 months, between March and December 2013.

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 four persons) applications are welcome from artists, researchers, scientists, producers and curators.
Grants: There are five grants available, 700 EUR/month , travel (up to 350 Eur), studio, accommodation and production costs. 
Applicants from Europe and South America may apply.

Critical tourism residencies are intended for artists who want to develop a site-specific work relating to Nida and its touristic aspects. More here about the project On Hosting and Displacing.
Grants: There are two grants available, of 700 EUR/month, travel (up to 350 EUR), studio, accommodation and production costs.
Applicants from Switzerland, Nordic-Baltic countries, South Eastern Europe (Balkans) and South America may apply.

Thematic residencies are supported by the EU Culture Programme, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, and Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Call for contributions to inter-format symposium on hosting and displacing:
Critical Tourism and Post-Romantic Condition
May 16–19, 2013, Nida, Lithuania 
The international symposium is a part of the Swiss-Lithuanian cooperation project On Hosting and Displacing. The format of the symposium contributions is open: talks, presentations, artistic interventions, workshops, etc.

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 September 2013 and May 2014. You should stay for four to eight 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. until February 15, 2013. For more information, please visit our internships page.

NAC is also waiting for your proposals to make an event (63-bed guesthouse and three conference/workshop spaces). 
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Lecture on worldwide residency opportunities by Bojana Panevska ( in CAC Cafe on 10th Dec

On the occasion of the first Nida residents exhibition 'Taking Time' in Vilnius, Nida Art Colony is inviting all the Lithuanian artists to

Lecture on worldwide residency opportunities by Bojana Panevska (Amsterdam, on 10th of December at 4.30 pm in CAC café, Vilnius, Vokiečiu st.

Trans Artists is a knowledge centre on cultural mobility, with a strong focus on artist-in-residence opportunities. Here you can find all about facts, use and value of international artist-in-residence programs as well as other cultural opportunities for artists to stay and work elsewhere. Trans Artists operates mainly from the artists' perspective and usually cooperates with a wide range of partners in all world regions, increasingly more in depth within European countries. Trans Artists makes the enormous worldwide residential art labyrinth accessible and usable to the artists, through its website, newsletter, research and workshop programs.

The Trans Artists website offers a database of 1200 residencies worldwide.

Bojana Panevska is a visual artist and researcher based in Amsterdam, where she graduated at Gerrit Rietveld Academy (audio-visual department) and afterwards received a master’s degree of Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute. She has been in few artist-in-residence places in Europe and Asia.

About the workshop/lecture

Many questions and answers concerning artist in residence opportunities addressed in the Trans Artists’ workshops are similar for artists anywhere: for instance, how to find the programme that fits your interest; how to apply; how to fund etc. But there are also questions and answers that are specific for different disciplines or for regional art scenes. And the main question is: how to match your individual wishes and expectations with the demands and conditions of the artist in residence programme?

Trans Artists’ workshops aim to stimulate your curiosity and raise interest in using artist-in-residence opportunities for your artistic development. These workshops are only the beginning…!

Poster of the exhibition Taking Time

Curated Residency Taking Time is finalising with exhibition in Vilnius in gallery Akademija on 10th of Dec 2012

Taking Time: Only the expanse of snow could be seen, white as this page
Group show of residents from Nida Art Colony (LT)


Where: Gallery Akademija, Pilies st. 44 / Latako st. 2, Vilnius, Lithuania.

From 11.12.2012 – 15.12.2012

Opening: 10.12.2012 at 6 pm; Artist talk by Henning Lundkvist at 6.30 p.

Lecture before the opening on worldwide residency opportunities by Bojana Panevska (Amsterdam, at 4.30 pm in CAC café, Vilnius, Vokiečiu st. 2.



Participating Artists: Marta Bogdanska (PL), Sigbjorn Bratlie (NO), Luca Diffuse (IT), Olivia Glasser (UK), Vahag Hamalbashyan (ARM), Petra Koehle (AT/CH), Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (CH/NL), Toni Ledentsa (FIN), Henning Lundkvist (SE), Federica Martini (IT/CH), Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT), Fiona Reilly (IRL), Jeanie Sinclair (UK), Marika Troili (SE), Myroslav Vayda (UA), Peter Wehinger (AT), Natalia Zintsova (RUS).

Taking Time is a group show opening at gallery Akademija in Vilnius, Lithuania on December, 10th at 6 pm. A curatorial project proposed by Petra Koehle (CH/AT) and Federica Martini (CH/IT), the exhibition focuses on what happens within the time- and spatial frame of an artistic residency at Nida Art Colony.

Much reflection was developed in recent years on cultural nomadism and its impact on artistic production. Based on general reactions to the inclusion/exclusion dialectics, authenticity and questions about site-specificity, artists-in-residence programs were at the same time effects and agents of this change. They imply the enactment of hosting and displacement as a cultural production strategy.

In this sense, the potential of retreat offered by residency programmes present itself both as a “time lapse” in regular working routine, a collective working framework and a situation providing new landscapes, materials and narratives.

Most of the works in the exhibition were produced during the residency, and were proposed by the residents as a response to some of the questions addressed by Taking Time. They share projects developed during the residency for other exhibitions, as well as different approaches to the landscape surrounding the Colony and collective activities that have been going on during the residencies. Some editions, presented in the reading room, are collaborations initiated by the residents, binding together lists of residents’ unrealized projects and an appropriation of the 2012 Liverpool Biennial flyer, which theme was “The Unexpected Guest”. Parallel to the exhibition Taking Time, it is possible to visit House of Grass, a solo show of Nida resident Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky at project space Malonioji g. 6, Vilnius. It is open on December 8th 4-6pm and on December 11th 5-7pm.

The exhibition at Gallery Akademija in Vilnius is part of an ongoing exchange On Hosting and Displacing between Ecole Cantonale d'art du Valais (CH) and the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (LT) reflecting these issues. The cooperation is supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Art Council. It is the first exhibition in Vilnius of works by Nida Art Colony residents. Nida Art Colony, a branch of Vilnius Academy of Arts, started its residency programme in March 2011. Most participating artists are from the curated residency programme East-West in collaboration with partners from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Armenia and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The programme revives the idea of Nida (and its famous postal route until XIX century) as a historical transit and meeting point for people from Eastern and Western Europe.



Partner residencies: Foundation "IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.“ (Ukraine), Akos Cultural NGO (Armenia), A-I-R laboratory at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle (Poland), ACM (Assotiation of cultural Managers) with AiR-programm in Nikola-Lenivets (Russia).


Supported by Pro Helvetia - Swiss Art Council, Lietuvos Respublikos kultūros ministerija / Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Šiaurės Baltijos šalių mobilumo programa: kultūra / Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, Beer Dundulis.

«A cooperation project1 in the framework of the exchange programme with Central and
Eastern Europe, initiated by the liaison office of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in



Experts on Residencies are visiting Nida Art Colony

Nida Art Colony is developing its residency programme and inviting international experts, curators and critics to advance the residency programme and define its specific profile among the other residencies in the world. The public lecture on residencies and their models are planned in Vilnius on 10th of December at 4.30pm in CAC by Bojana Panevska from Trans Artists network which has over 1200 residencies in the database.

On November 18-21st curator Kitty Scott - director (2008-2012) of Visual Arts at Banff Centre (Canada) was visiting Nida Art Colony and discussing its activities and programmes. Banff Centre is one of world's leading residency centres. Kitty Scott was also the agent of dOCUMENTA (13) and curated the residency "The Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13)".

From December 6th to 9th Johan Pousette from Sweden is visiting Nida Art Colony. He founded the Baltic Art Center, a unique international artist-in-production residency and exhibition program. He served as director there until 2007. This residency centre in Visby town in Gotland island shares similar atmosphere with Nida and is probably the closest neighborhood residency centre. At the moment he is employed by Riksutställningar in Sweden as Coordinator for Contemporary Art. Also active as a freelance curator (curated the Gothenburg Biennial 2009 and the October Salon in Belgrade 2010).

During the same period Bojana Panevska, artist and education and workshop presenter from Trans Artists network, is also visiting the colony and giving a lecture about worldwide residency opportunities for Lithuanian artists in Vilnius.

These trips are generously supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.


Exhibition 'House of Grass by our resident Eva-Fiore Kovačovský in project space Malonioji 6 in Vilnius

Welcome to see exhibition by our resident who spent more than 4 months in Nida Art Colony. Exhibition includes her work from Nida as well as her previous work. You can see the documentation online

In the House of Grass Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky explores formal properties of ordinary plants. In Vilnius the artist shows her previous work in combination with collages and video footage shot during her recent residency at the Nida Art Colony. By recording, collecting, editing and recreating forms found in the wild Kovacovsky deals with our perception of nature, and the subjective line between reality and fantasy.

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, born 1980 in Switzerland, currently lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. She studied design and photography at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Kovacovsky’s work was featured in group shows in Europe and the US, among others in “I heart Photograph“ at the Higher Pictures Gallery in New York, “Rietveld Arsenale” 
during the Venice Biennale 2009, Quickscan #01 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and the “New York Photography Biennale” in 2010. She is represented by Galerie Stampa in Basel.

Exhibition will take place from November 16 to December 11, 2012 at Malonioji street 6, Vilnius

Open on Saturdays, 2-4 pm or by appointment tel. +37060410605

Welcome to read the text in the main Lithuanian Cultural weekly 7MD on exhibition. Please use photo photo