Call for 2012 Summer-Autumn Residency Applications till 15th of February

Nida Art Colony invites artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers to meet the coming summer and autumn on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park. The Colony was opened in March 2011 as a new branch of the Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania).

Nida Art Colony’s remote location and beautiful surrounding landscape provide the time and inspiring solitude missing from modern urban life. A residency in Nida will meet your expectations if:
●    the intensity of urban life—curators, openings, presentations—consumes all of your time and leaves you without energy to concentrate on artistic practice;
●    you are working with site-specific projects involving local communities, reflecting on the natural and/or cultural environment;
●    you love coincidences and want to meet artists from all over the world in order to collaborate with them now or in the future;
●    you need a large space for experiments—the whole forest and beach can be your studio.

Deadline for residency applications: February 15, 2012 (applications ((please download) to be send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Dates and duration of the residencies: 1 to 4 months between June 1 and December 31, 2012. The recommended duration of a residency is 2 months.

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, bicycles and the minivan.

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

Conditions: The Colony provides the necessary living and social conditions to ensure a comfortable and unobtrusive coexistence of 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 metres 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 Spring 2011 please check the Nida Art Colony Log.

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

The Colony is also waiting for your proposals to make an event (63-beds guesthouse).

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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Call for Proposals for Symposium on Remoteness in May 2012

The symposium is a part of a project of the Baltic-Nordic Network of Remote Art & Residency Centers; however, it is open to participants from all over the world. Through the symposium we hope to build a network of remotely located centers, and learn different approaches to these unique places. For more information, and to see the other participating partners, please visit the project blog at

The symposium is a 3-day-long event (May 17-20).
The contributors are invited to share their experiences working and living in remotely located art & residency centers as directors and cultural managers, and as practicing artists and participants. We are looking forward to proposals from a variety of cultural disciplines on the theme of “remoteness”, with an emphasis on community building, interaction with local inhabitants, and site specificity.

The format: The format is open; proposals can vary from lectures and workshops to performances and site-specific artworks. We are able to provide accommodation and catering to a limited number of participants. Travel expenses are subject to availability.

Deadline: Please send a short proposal (up to 500 words + visual material if needed) by March 31, 2012

Interested individuals who would prefer to take part as audience members may apply as “passive” participants by submitting a request with a short motivation letter. Unfortunately, we will be unable to cover your participation costs.

Documentation from the May 2011 Symposium can be found here.

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

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

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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The Colony has welcomed new artists-in-residence and Intern for 2012

The Nida Art Colony is pleased to welcome the January 2012 residents: Cécile B. Evans, Heidi Hove, Lissa Holloway-Attaway, Jurga Daubaraitė.


Nida Art Colony 2011 in Numbers

Thanks to everybody who visited us, stayed with us and made our programme interesting and lively in 2011. The Year 2011 was our birth year and we were and we are still building our identity and community with the help of all our guests.


In the end of the year we are summing up what have happened, who stayed in the Colony and in Nida Residency programme. It was only 9 months of activity but because of all of you who stayed with us they were challengingly intensive and fruitful.

The main numbers for Nida Residency programme (2011 March-December):

-        3 calls for application were distributed

-        5 artists/curators were applying to one studio

-        41 artists have stayed in the residency longer than 1 month (1/3 of them were from Lithuania, the rest form abroad)

-        9 open artist studios were organized;

-        16 grants were distributed from the Colony and their partners (Nordic-Baltic mobility programme, TRACES project, Dutch Fund BKVB, Austrian Vorarlberg Region)


See the artists list
and the photo and video archives


Projects in the Colony (2011 March-December):

-        28 projects (9 of them international) were organised and hosted;

-        364 participants took part in them

-        261 students were taking part in the workshops with professors and artists


And much more interesting things have happened. Among them:

-        artist curated show in supermarket “Maxima” in Nida;

-        collective research trip through Baltic Remote Art&Residency centers – see the blog;

-        Interformat Symposium: Reinventing Interdisciplinarity

-        A few residents were making live talks and playlists on local radio radio

-        The Colony magazine was started


Colony was taking part in:

-        Res Artis regional conference, Debrecen, Hungary, 2011 05 (participant Vytautas Michelkevičius);

-        Shaping the NEW. International conference about the impact of residencies on artwork and the social environment, Košice, Slovakia, 2011 06 (presentation by Vytautas Michelkevičius);

-        Seminar on Mobility and artist residencies - new possibilities for art and culture in the future, KIASMA, Helsinki, 2011 09 (presentation by Rasa Antanavičiūtė);

-        Nordic and Baltic AirFair (Residence Fair), HIAP, Helsinki, 2011 09 (presentation by  Vytautas Michelkevičius);

Contribution to the book RE-TOOLING RESIDENCIES (Conversation between Vytautas Michelkevičius and Rasa Antanavičiūtė on Nida Art Colony and the context of residencies in Lithuania and Eastern Europe). The PDF can be downloaded here

Let's have Creative 2012!

We wish for every our guest to meet a moose, however if you don't meet it, you can be creative as our resident Krišs Salmanis was - he made a moose himself from found materials in Nida in spring 2011.

The Blog on Baltic & Nordic Remoteness has Started

We are starting the blog on Baltic-Nordic Network of Remote Art & Residency Centres. Check our pictures and diaries here


WebJs performance and Letmekoo residencies are migrating to the web

"We saw the art action, WebJs, at the Nida Art Colony (a brand new residency department of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania) as an event in the Derridean and/or Foucaultian sense. A mix of eight weeks research and an endless stream of internet data resulted in a five hour performance on the 18th December where seven artists, 54 livestream viewers and 89 visitors were involved. The performance was transmitted in real time over the net. Visitors to the Nida Art Colony were invited to enjoy walking with a laptop computer around the space to appreciate the Mackenzian state of being – wirelessness." This is how WebJs curator puts in his text about 8 weeks residencies organised by him and produced by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists' Association (

The new project website has just been launched with all the documentation

You can also experience WebJs performance with artists statements in the 15 min. video made by eminent Lithuanian video artist Evaldas Jansas.

Open Artists Studios and WebJs Performance on 18 Nov

Welcome to open artists-in-residency studios from 8 to 11 pm on 18th November.

Participating Artists

Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir (Iceland)
Bita Razavi & Jaakko Karhunen (Finland)
John Grzinich (Estonia)

Tessa Androutsopoulos (FIN/GR)
Sydney Hart (CA/UK)

and WebJs video internet performance with guest artist Dirk Paesmans from collective (BE/DE) at 9 pm.

Participating Artists

Andrius Kviliūnas (LT)
Darius Mikšys (LT)
Robertas Narkus (LT)
Linas Ramanauskas (LT)
Irma Stanaitytė (LT)

Curator Mindaugas Gapševičius (DE/LT).


The programme is included into open Culture Night of Neringa city which celebrates 50 years anniversary. More events.