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.

Nida Art Colony is fully booked until 18th of Sept, 2012

We are looking forward to your bookings from 18th of September onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Exhibition "Baltic Bodies and Textiles"

Exhibition “Baltic Bodies and Textiles“ is opening on 3rd of July. International textile syphozium “Baltic“ and interactive international workshop “Performance for The Camera“ participants worked 10 days and prepared works using various media and their bodies. You are welcome to come and see!

Open studios and presentation of works by the participants of "Contemporary Past 2012"project

10.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00

PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, INSTALLATIONS AND PERFORMANCES: presentation and discussion of works by the participants of "Contemporary Past 2012“ project – students from Finland, Sweden, Romania and Lithunia.

17.00-19.30 Profiles of June artists-in-residence






18.00 Guided tour through the studios
19.30 Beer and snacks

Contemporary Past: tracking a postcard

Image by IP 2011 participant Stefan Asafti


10-24 June 2012

The third intensive summer course Contemporary Past 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.

Five advanced students and a tutor from each partner school can attend the course. It is conducted by 4 tutors from partner schools and four guest speakers (artists and art researchers, who present their personal strategies and insight into communication by means of visual representation).

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.

The project is fully funded by the LLP/Erasmus Programme.

More information:

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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