CALL for T-R-A-C-E-S residencies and Symposium INTERFORMAT

T-R-A-C-E-S.net residencies: between March 21 and May 31, 2011; duration: 4 to 9 weeks; for artists willing to produce site-specific (locally found material, alternative concepts of Nida Art Colony, etc.) or sustainable and eco/logic/nomical works; artists are expected to contribute to the INTER-FORMAT Symposium; 2-5 grants for sustainable living, production and travel expenses available. More...

Deadline: February 28, 2011; please send T-R-A-C-E-S application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTER-FORMAT SYMPOSIUM

INTER-FORMAT Symposium: Reinventing Interdisciplinarity > adapting to the future (part of the T-R-A-C-E-S.net project):
May 3-6, 2011, Nida/Vilnius.

Deadline: February 28, 2011; please send your proposals for contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The symposium’s goal is to gather artists, curators, researchers and practitioners and reinvent the format of presenting and sharing art, knowledge and experience. One of the key features of contemporary culture is the changing role of the artist, who sometimes assumes the role of a researcher and curator, and vice versa. Where are the borders of these roles? How could a serious researcher and theorist do a performance, and how could a playful artist do serious research and theorize? More...

Call for Events and Rent of Facilities for 2011

NAC welcomes proposals from other organisations and curators to make cultural or educational events it its premises (including accommodating participants). Check renting and accommodation prices and use the the 50% discount given to cultural or educational institutions. If you want to rent our premises and accommodate participants (up to 63), please download and fill in the application form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 28th of February. You can also apply for rent throughout the year, if any free places are left after the deadline.

If NAC does not house events organised by cultural or educational institutions, its premises can be rented to institutions engaged in other activities.
Contact the Colony for further details.

Call for summer Artists-in-residence programme till 28th Feb.

 

Keywords: Fluxus sand, the Baltic sea as a medium, beaches and breeze, labyrinths of forest paths, smoked fish, solitude, mind massage, landscape meditation, contemplating the ten-meter-high studio space, migrating from water to water, the company of moose, foxes and wild boar, media lab, reinventing tradition, creative sunbathing, socializing in an artists‘ community.

Nida Art Colony, a new subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts, invites artists, designers, architects, art researchers and curators to apply for a residency and work in Nida for a month or more between June and September 2011. The application deadline is February 28.

The residency in Nida will meet your expectations if:

  • the intensity of urban life consumes all of your time and leaves you without energy to concentrate on artistic practice
  • invitations to openings, presentations and other events keep piling up, and you want to finish an old work or start a new one in a calm state of mind
  • you are willing to give up the city noise for a gentle brain massage performed by the pine forest and the sound of sea tides
  • you are working with site-specific projects involving local communities, reflecting the natural and/or cultural environment, etc.
  • you love coincidences and want to meet different artists from all over the world in order to collaborate with them now or in the future
  • you wish to switch from meditation in front of the screen to landscape meditation

Time and accommodating solitude are becoming the most important values today, and these are plenty at Nida Art Colony. The Nida AIR programme offers the necessary living and socialising facilities that ensure comfortable and unobtrusive coexistence of the five artists-in-residence.

Conditions. Selected candidates will live and work at Nida Art Colony for one to four months. They will use the Colony‘s equipment, bicycles and minivan. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors, has 65 sq. m of floor space, and features all the necessary facilities. The studio space is on one floor, while the other hosts a bedroom (which can accommodate a family). In two of the residencies, the ceiling is as high as ten metres. A 600-metre walk down a forest path from the Colony is a white sand Blue Flag beach with sand dunes. The Colony is located in the National Park, and the harmony between intact nature and culture in its surroundings strikes the eye. For more information about the conditions, visithttp://nidacolony.lt/en/residence

There are no grants for summer residencies. However, selected candidates will be presented a letter of support, which will make it easier for them to look for scholarships. The residency at Nida Art Colony costs 412 Eur per month, including all taxes, use of equipment, bicycles and the minivan. If you prefer to experience the atmosphere at the seaside resort during autumn and winter or take advantage of the grants, please consider waiting for the next call for proposals (the application deadline for October-January residencies is June 15).

Location.To reach Nida Art Colony, you have to take a ferry from Klaipėda to Smiltynė and follow the main road for 50 km by public or private transport. The closest airport is in Palanga (86 km, 1,5 hours). Other (larger) airports are in Kaunas (270 km, 3 hours) and Vilnius (357 km, 4,5 hours). Nida Art Colony is on the Curonian Spit, which is a peninsula separating the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. In the year 2000 the Curonian Spit was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe. More information at http://nidacolony.lt/en/colony

Please apply here http://nidacolony.lt/en/residence/application

artnews.lt about Nida Art Colony

Jurij Dobriakov is writing for artnews.lt on Nida Art Colony and T.R.A.C.E.S. (02 01 2011, in Lithuanian). Try Google Translator (rather readable translation into English)

Reconstruction is about to be finished

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The reconstruction of Nida Art Colony is about to be finished. Please take a look at the gallery. The opening is planned in March 2011. Very soon we will announce application deadlines for art & education events organised at the Colony in 2011.

NAC is participating in TRACES/EARZOOM in Ljubljana

Nida Art Colony is starting a collaboration project called T.R.A.C.E.S. together with IRZU (SLO) and Transcultures (BE). Curator Vytautas Michelkevicius and invited curator/critic Jurij Dobriakov are making presentations in the festival EARZOOM.

Artist-in-Residence Programme grants

NAC hosts about 50 artists-in-residency per year and about one third is supported by grants. NAC has two recurrent grants: a yearly Goethe Institute Grant for young German artists (by invitation only) and a yearly Neringa Municipality Grant for Lithuanian artists dealing with local issues (by open call). Other grants are project-based and vary year to year. Please, check the actual call for details.