Open Studios by Artists-in-residency in September 2012

On Tuesday night (September 25th), seven artists in residence opened up their studios, sharing their work with the other residents at the colony. The presentations went late in to the night aided by beer and soup.

Working primarily with digital video, Renja Leino (FIN) has been using her time at the colony to collect and experiment with mythologies and stories surrounding the local amber, working with local school children, the ‘Amber King’ (Kazimieras Mizgiris who is running several amber galleries) and Nida’s beaches.

Fiona Reilly (Ireland) has been working with loaded spaces in Nida, such as its disused landing strip and the Russian border, a cyclical dialogue evolving between her and these sites through her drawing and video work; her experimental actions influence her surroundings and in turn, the unpredictability of the landscape and the people she encounters are fed back in to her practice, bringing in to play questions surrounding intention vs actuality and making work within the public realm.

Through methodically charting his time making art and the times in between, Peter Wehinger’s (Austria) work gradually takes form via its own documentation; its repetitive nature giving the passing time at the colony a newly structured pace. He is coming with a grant “Voralberg goes to Nida”.

Jonas Jurcikas’ (LT) large-scale painting confronts the weight of his country’s history on his shoulders as a contemporary Lithuanian artist. Figures lifted from soviet imagery float in an abstracted void above a young child, perched at once between its own history and future. He got this residency as a winner of Young Painter Prize.

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (CH/NL) is continuing with her Sand Drawings series, capturing the naturally occurring mark making made in the sand by the beach’s grasses. Her digital portraits re-frame this playful activity in an almost anthropological or scientific format so that the grasses are re-contextualised, revealing the precision in the untamed yet seemingly mathematical drawings.

And two more artists were present for a shorter residency which was combined with one week in Kassel during dOCUMENTA 13. This residency is organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association and supported by Lithuanian Ministry of Culture

Lina Albrikienė (LT) is continuing her series of investigations into her family history, this time collaborating with a musician to bring to life hand-written musical notation found in an old notebook that had belonged to her father. Through both physical and narrative traces left by her family she is able to explore her heritage, sharing her personal exercises with the viewer.

Robertas Narkus (LT) presented documentation of the encounters leading to the realisation of his fifth work in a series entitled 12 Chances; Chance Number Five resulting in the opening of a shoe shop. The juxtaposition between freely letting chance run its course and the methodology present in the collection and application of these encounters made for an exciting juncture in this series of works.

This image: Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Sand Drawings (work in progress), HD Video (stills) 2012
Top image: Fiona Reilly

Trying Out How Far Remoteness Can Be: Icelandic Case Study: 4 photo essays

Vytautas Michelkevicius was doing research trip on remote artists-in-residency places in Iceland. All the trips through remote Icelandic residencies is covered in photoblog - 1500 km and 6 residencies visited.

Nida Art Colony has initiated Baltic-Nordic Network of Remote Art & Residency Centres. It brings  together 8 centres located in the remote areas in order to share the experience and ideas how operate in the remoteness and how to interact with local communities.

Residency in Bregenz for Young Lithuanian Artists in 2012

If you are Lithuanian artist under 35, welcome to send your portfolio and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till 6th of September.

More info in Lithuanian version of this website.

Exhibition "The Quarters of the Chess City" by Vilnius Academy of Arts Students and Graduates

On the 28th of July (2012) Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts presents the exhibition “The Quarters of The Chess City”. The opening is at 6pm.

The exhibition’s title refers to John Brunner's science fiction novel “The Squares of the City”. The novel tells a story of a road engineer, who is asked to improve the street net of a fictional South American capital city Vados, while the latter has got an almost perfect street system already.

The novel's structure is based on the chess game between Wilhelm Steinitz and Mikhail Chigorin, which is described in a chess handbook “The Game of Chess” by Harry Golombek. Every move (except the castling and the three last moves) has an equivalent in the script of the novel. The exhibition concentrates on the general atmosphere of the game, unrealized moves, castling, lapses and the last three deviated moves. Reference to Steinitz's and Chigorin's game is partly speculative, chosen as means to urge reflection of relations between artists, curators and institutions.

The exhibition “The Quarters of The Chess City” neither adopts the model of the Steinitz-Chigorin game, nor retells the Brunner's novel. It partly shares the opinion on the novel expressed by the Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and literature critic Algis Budrys: "this is a confusing, overpopulated, almost-unidentifiable-with story set in a city which seems to have been created for the sole purpose of having Brunner set a 'human chess game' in motion upon it... There is nothing in particular here to catch and hold the reader's involvement."

The word “squares” is substituted by the word “quarters” in the title of the exhibition. This substitution is noticed only when the reader starts to think about the transfer of the novel’s model into the context of contemporary art. Converted title contributes to and mystifies the idea of the show. In this instance mystification is a positive and desired quality of the art work/exhibition/text, which could draw and shape the quarters of the chess city in the map of the viewer’s imagination.


The exhibition presents artworks by students of Vilnius Academy of Arts: Marija Šnipaitė, Linas Jusionis, Milda Laužikaitė, Vytenis Burokas, Jonas Vaitiekūnas, Vytautas Viržbickas, Justas Žekonis, Arnas Anskaitis, Viktorija Peleckaitė.

Curators: Gintarė Matulaitytė & Danutė Gambickaitė

The exhibition is open from July 29 to August 31, all days of the week from 1 to 7 p.m.

Opening of colony resident Franziska Nast exhibition "Never Say Ever"

Exhibition opening on 18 July 2012 at 16:00
Orangery of the Catholic Church, Taikos g. 17, Nida
Thanks to a Goethe-Institut grant, the German artist Franziska Nast is spending the months of June and July in the Nida Art Colony, and is engaging with her Lithuanian surroundings in her artistic work.
On 18 July, Franziska Nast will present her works in the context of the Thomas Mann Festival. In her work for the orangery of the Catholic church in Nida – selections from an archive of locally produced posters - she traces the stations of her own path in the course of her two-month stay in the colony. The narratives, which emerge in graphic-photographic style, are based on fictional, documentary, biographical and in part trivial facts, constituting a complex fabric of associations which make no distinction between public and private experience. For her paper elements, Franziska Nast utilises both her own as well as found image material that she combines with quotations and her own texts, producing a dialogical enactment that emerges through the interweaving of these elements.
Exhibition runs
06/18/12 - 08/31/12

The NIDA/SHARE Summer School for Artistic Research On Visual Thinking & On Writing as Artistic Research

“Re-Visions and Re-Drafts”

Vilnius Academy of Arts and SHARE are pleased to announce the NIDA Summer School for Artistic Research at NIDA art colony. This is a 9 day intensive summer school in July 2012 that will address issues of visual thinking, thinking-through-practice and the role of creative and experimental writing practices in doctoral level studies in visual art forms.

The Summer School will feature a joint international curriculum hosted and devised by different partners in the SHARE network. The School will have teaching inputs from a broad range of artists and educators including: Giedre Mickunaite (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania); David Bate (University of Westminster, England); Mick Wilson (Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Ireland); Jan Kaila (Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Finland).

The NIDA/SHARE Summer School is funded by EU structural assistance to Lithuania.  This has enabled the School to offer 8 scholarships whereby all accommodation costs, and a subsidy for travel costs, will be provided to successful applicants.

The programme will offer an ideal place for exchange and dialogue among doctoral researchers and supervisors working on creative practice in visual arts and design. The summer school will bring artistic researchers together to share a programme of lectures, presentations of current work, seminar discussions, screenings and readings that will explore the issues arising in doctoral level studies by visual artists and designers. By sharing their work and learning from leading academics in the field, students can enhance the quality and significance of their research and gain insights into the range of formats that can be used in preparing doctoral work for final submission.

Some of the topics covered will include: examples of doctoral submissions across art and design; examples of art and design research from outside the academy;  visual thinking models from the visual arts and design; case studies of thinking through practice in art and design research; examples of experimental writing in contemporary art and design; practical workshop on creative writing; presentations of student and teacher work; critical discussions of ideas in response to screenings and readings; one-to-one conversations and informal dialogues.

Summer School Personnel

Summer School Curators
Alvydas Lukys (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Schelte van Ruiten (ELIA, Deputy Director)

Summer School Teachers
Giedrė Mickūnaitė (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania)
Lolita Jablonskiene (Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, Lithuania)
Mick Wilson (Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Ireland)
David Bate (University of Westminster, UK)

Summer School Visiting Keynote Speakers
Prof. Jan Kaila (Finnish academy of Fine Art, Finland)
Prof. Klaus Jung (Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany)

Summer School Administrators from Vilnius Academy of Arts:
Rasa Antanavičiūtė (Nida Art Colony, Executive Director)
Aušra Trakšelytė (Vilnius Academy of Arts)

Movie & music nights and exhibitions at the Colony from Thomas Mann festival

From 16th to 20th of July we host Thomas Mann Festival. Movie nights at the Colony starts from Tuesday, Openings of the exhibitions start from Monday 6 pm. Full programme

Colony released a reflector strip with a map of Curonian Spit by young designer Laima Griciute

Nida Art Colony starts producing small objects and souvenirs made by Vilnius Academy of Art students and graduates. The first item to sell is a reflector strip for cyclists and passengers. On one side you have a bicycle route of Curonian Spit (Neringa) with sightseeing objects and distances, on the other side you have explanations about the objects. You can get it in Nida Art Colony or Nida Tourism and Information Centre Agila for 6-8 LTL. The concept of this item together with more objects has won Lithuanian Young Designer Prize 2011. Concept and Design by Laima Griciūtė.