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.


Reseach Trip of Remote Baltic Art & Residency Centres is Starting

Nida Art Colony team together with partnets is starting Reseach trip through the Baltic Art & Residency Centres in Latvia and Estonia: SERDE, Sanna Culture Manor, MoKs and TotalDobze.

Check out the blog of the network

Check the map of the route.



It´s OK, They Live Here! - an exhibition of Colony residents at the supermarket Maxima in Nida

We welcome you to the Nida Maxima* for our opening the 5th of November at 17:00 O'clock:

It is an exhibition at Maxima by the artists in residence of the Nida Art Colony.

The title of this show comes from a chance meeting between one of the colony's artists in residence and a local woman just after they had come a across two big moose in the forest - the local woman consoles the artist with the words: It´s OK, they live Here!

"They" in this sense could just as well refer to us, the moose or the locals.


Sincerely, The Residents:

Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir 1979 (Icelandic artist based in Sao Paulo)

Darius Miksys 1969 ( Lithuanian artist based in Vilnius)

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky 1980 (Swiss artist based in the Netherlands)

Liddy Scheffknecht 1980 (Austrian artist based in Vienna)

Renata Heredia 19-- (Lithuanian artist based in Vilnius)

Robertas Narkus 1983 (Lithuanian artist based in Vilnius)

Irma Stanaityte 1972 ( Lithuanian artist based in Vilnius)

Tessa Androutsopoulos 1981 (Finnish artist based in Helsinki)

*Maxima, Naglių gatvė 29A, Nida, 93123 Neringa, Lithuania

Photo: Robertas Narkus, Self-portrait, 2006

Call for proposals for events for winter- spring 2012

Nida Art Colony welcomes proposals from curators/institutions to collaborate on or to rent the spaces for events at the Colony. We also welcome travellers to overnight in the warm and cosy Colony's rooms.


The colony’s facilities:

seminar (53 sq. m) and conference/exhibition (100 sq. m) spaces;
roof terrace (100 sq. m);
63-bed guest house;
multifunctional industrial space (423 sq. m);
media lab and other equipment.

We offer a 50% discount from regular space rent prices for cultural and educational events.


Deadline for events to take place in January–May 2012 is October 31, 2011. Proposals and requests can be send all the year round but we dont guarantee your prefered timeframe for the event.




We are looking for an intern to work as an assistant curator, which includes coordination of artist-in-residency and other culture & education programmes. We offer a unique experience and reference letters for your future career, as well as free accommodation at the Colony from now to May 2012. However, you will have to cover your living expenses yourself. 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. before the end of October 2011.


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

If you have any questions, please contact Vytautas Michelkevicius, artistic director: +370 662 45216 , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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