Nida Art Colony: Call for Winter-Spring Residency Applications and Trainee

Nida Art Colony: Call for Winter-Spring Residency Applications and Trainee

Nida Art Colony invites artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers to experience the Winter and Spring on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania).


Nida Art Colony or NAC welcomes proposals for its upcoming winter residencies. Two types of residencies are available. Residencies with grants will be offered to Baltic and Nordic artists for the term of October to December, 2012. The January to May, 2013, term is open to all applicants.

The NAC is located in a remote and beautiful landscape. The residency is appropriate for those artists seeking time, solitude and big studio or open-air space as well as for those who love coincidences and want to meet artists from all over the world in order to collaborate with them now or in the future. The Colony building also hosts student workshops and international artistic projects for shorter periods of time. The NAC is located in the small resort town of Nida.

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 sq. m of floor space and features all the necessary facilities. The colony is situated about 600 meters away from the sand dunes, and a short walk from the beach. For a list of available equipment, see

To get a sense of Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios from 2011 please check the Nida Art Colony Log at and

More information on facilities, activities and services at and on Facebook.

Applications for Baltic-Nordic Grants for Residencies
in October - December 2012: Follow application guidelines at Please, indicate "Baltic-Nordic Grant Application" in the subject line. Only the residents of Baltic-Nordic countries (except Lithuania) are eligible. There are 3 grants for artists and 1 for curator/researcher who is willing to spend 20-30% of his/her residency time co-curating/reseraching residency and colony programme.

Duration: 2 months.

Supported by The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture.

Applications for Residencies in January - May 2013
: Follow application guidelines at Please indicate "Winter Residency Application" in the subject line.

Duration: 1 to 4 months. The recommended duration of a residency is 2 months.

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

We currently have no grants for January - May applicants, but we will issue a letter of invitation to be used for external grant applications.

Deadline for all applications: June 15, 2012


We are looking for an intern to work as an assistant curator, which includes coordination of artist-in-residency and other culture & education programmes. You will also have to assist in daily tasks. We offer a unique experience and reference letters for your future career, as well as free accommodation at the Colony from September 2012 to May 2013. However, you will have to cover your living expenses. You should stay from 4 to 8 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. till 15th of June, 2012. For more information please visit

The Colony is also waiting for your proposals to make an event (63-beds guesthouse and 3 conference/workshop spaces).

Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Taikos str. 43, Neringa (Nida), Lithuania

Tel.: +370 662 45216, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Inter-format Symposium on Remoteness and Contemporary Art on 17-20th of May 2012

The 2nd Inter-format Symposium is approaching with over 30 participnants: curators, art & residency centres directors and project managers, and artists. The programme is here

Nida Colony Residents May 2012

The Nida Art Colony recently welcomed 4 new residents. Pawel Mendrek(PL), Helen Acosta Iglesias(SP/DE), Carolina Aponte(CAN), and Judit Hettema(NL) will be joining our resident from February, Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FIN).



Contemporary Past: tracking a postcard

Photo by IP 2011 participant Stefan Asafti

Contemporary Past: tracking a postcard

10-24 June 2012

Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts

Vilnius Academy of Arts is organizing the third intensive summer course Contemporary Past. This year it will concentrate on the issue of message transfer in visual arts: How does a piece of art communicate with the viewer? What codes, strategies or methods are used in this communication? Does it matter what the artist wants to say and what the viewer gets? What happens to a coded message while it travels from the artist’s head to that of the viewer? Is it possible to materialize the process of thought through visual signs? Should one avoid or make use of the volatility of meaning and subjective truth? How close can means of visual communication get to those of a language? How to challenge the viewer’s habits of reading visual messages?

The main subject of the course refers to the location of the IP: Nida Art Colony is on the Curonian Spit, which served as a shortcut of the 19th century mail road connecting Koenigsberg and Riga (or Paris, Warsaw and St. Petersburg on the bigger scale). The course links communication by post to communication by visual representation and suggests the participants to reflect on travelling, be it a message travelling from a sender to a receiver, an idea, an object or a person.

Contemporary Past seeks to offer different approaches to the chosen subject: participants will have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in visual semiotics, to discuss selected art works with their creators, to get to know the history of the old mail route, to watch relevant documentaries and fiction.

The project is fully funded by the LLP/Erasmus Programme. Partner schools of the project are:
- Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design),
- Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, 
- Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, 
- Vilnius Academy of Arts, 

Five advanced students and a tutor from each partner school can attend the course. It is conducted by tutors from partner schools and guest speakers (artists and art researchers, who present their personal strategies and insight into communication by means of visual representation).

Tutors from partner schools:
-    Paivikki Kallio and Caspar Stracke from Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
-    Eugen Moritz from Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca
-    Sigute Chlebinskaitė from Vilnius Academy of Arts 
-    Ronald Jones from Konstfack

Guest speakers:
-    Susanne Husse, curator, art researcher, DE
-    Falke Pisano, artist, NL (
-    Gintaute Zemaityte, Vilnius university, art researcher, LT (semiotics, culture studies, philosophy, analysis of visual discourses)
-    Marta Vosyliute, artist, LT (
-    Nijole Strakauskaite, senior researcher at the Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology Institute of Klaipeda University, LT

More info on tutors and guest speakers will be available at soon.

Contemporary Past consists of theoretical lectures, discussions, workshops, guided field trips and independent research. The first week is devoted to lectures discussions and field trips; the second – to individual research and workshops. Public review and discussion of created works will take place on the final weekend. All student participants are awarded 5 ECTS credits.

Curator and coordinator: Rasa Antanaviciute, PhD Candidate at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, main interest – social history of urban planning and public art in the first half of the 20th century, executive director of Nida Art Colony, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-curator: Ulrike Gerhardt, PhD Candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg, main interest – historical imaginary in contemporary video art, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Administrator: Egle Indriunaite, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Artist Studios & Party on 28th of April 2012

Welcome to Open Artist Studios on 28th of April (Saturday), 2012


18.00-20.00h Open studios

19.00h Guided tour with artists in the studios

20.00h Presentation of Abandoned Mystery Project material (photo, video, sound, etc.,

20.30-21.30h Collective food making

21.30 Linas Kutavičius presents solar energy lamps-mushrooms "Foxfire" in the forest next to the Colony (

21.30-... Music programme by LiNas NeringaFM

Participating artists in the Open studios: Max Hattler (DE/UK) Karima Klasen (DE) and Karin Karlsson (SE), Marianna La Rosa (US/IT/JP), and Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FI).

Open studios April 28th, and three new artists in residence for the month of April

Nida Art Colony will be holding its next open studios on April 28th. The work of three new residents for the month of April will also be presented. Max Hattler (DE/UK) Karima Klasen (DE) and Karin Karlsson (SE) will be joining our residents from March: Marianna La Rosa (US/IT/JP), and Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (FI).



Artistic Research project Abandoned Mystery has started

A first camp of Abandoned Mystery project started on 15th of April 2012 at the Nida Art Colony. Participants from Russia, Finland, Sweden Latvia and Lithuania are invited to take part in a month-long camp consisting of a set of expeditions dedicated to phenomenon and anomalies of abandoned places.

"During the planned expeditions we will concentrate on the research of the abandoned military objects, though throughout the project we will try to think also of other kind of heritage: abandoned internet websites, unfinished films or forgotten stories" - says one of the initiators of the project Mindaugas Gapsevicius.

Abandoned Mystery seeks to explore mysterious locations and study their inner logic as an interaction between nature, people, ancient, contemporary, past and future. Participants will visit Soviet military heritages in Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad, Memel/Klaipeda and Riga, Curonian Spit, Vyborg/Russia, Liepaja, Vainode, Skrunda/Latvia as well as Porkkala, Hamina/Finland and Plateliai, Gulbiniskiai, Rimsai/Lithuania.

The results of the project will be continuously published on the project's website at We are kindly inviting to join the project and share available materials everybody who are interested in abandoned places.

The first camp is supported by the Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the Lithuanian culture foundation and the Top Association Supporting Cultural Practices in Berlin. The project is organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association -

Participants of Nida camp: Lukas Brašiškis, Katerina Cherevko, Dmitry Demidov, Fiona Flynn, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Jon Irigoyen Ramos, Milda Laužikaitė, Saulius Leonavičius, Signe Pucena, Antanas Stančius, Arnar Steinn Friðbjarnason

plastic-tank_in Memel Nord Fortress photo-saulius-leonavicius

Movie One Day on Earth premier in Nida Art Colony

This Earth Day, we invite you to a free global screening event of the first One Day on Earth Motion Picture. Watch this unique film created from over 3000 hours of footage, and shot by our community in every country of the world on October 10th 2010. Together, we have created a picture of interconnected humanity never before possible. We invite you on Sunday (22.04.2012) 4 pm in Nida Art Colony with other hundreds of places worldwide to watch the movie "One Day on Earth".

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