Peer-to-Peer Gathering:
Practice as Art and Research

25–30 August

Nida Art Colony (NAC) of Vilnius Academy of Arts
E. A. Jonušo str. 3
LT-93127 Nida

Instead of the usual Nida Doctoral School format which this year has been postponed due to COVID-19 complications in planning and organising, this is a smaller scale gathering with peer-to-peer exchange focus and sharing of practices both as art and as research. Some tutors have already participated in previous NDS iterations and bring learnings both from them and from their PhD trajectories, exposition and defence procedures. Around dozen participants have 45 min dedicated time to present their practice and get collective feedback as well as receive individual consultation time from their peers. Doctoral candidates are asked to present their practice both as research and art or (art) writing. We also ask to treat presentations not as a formal powerpoint-no-interaction slide shows but to make a presentation with an artefact brought to Nida and use the available inside or outside spaces at NAC.

Research community is an important element in every doctoral studies. The aim of this gathering is to ensure an international and unbiased working environment. NAC as a venue and surrounding site is a great place for community building and in depth-exchanges at the study course table or in the studio, during collective cooking and dining, discussions by the fire or in the sauna, swimming or taking a walk in the forest or dunes with no particular goal.

One of the goals of this gathering is to share and exchange various research cultures and methodologies around the Nordic-Baltic region noticing over time that the differences could be crucial and one could learn a lot from each other. Moreover the duality of practice as art and research needs more discussions. When and how artist & writer practice can be treated as research and how to avoid doing a double dissertation?


The Peer-to-Peer Gathering is organised within the framework of KUNO PhD programme with the participation of 13 PhD candidates in art, design and art history from five academies from the Baltic States:
Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy
Latvian Art Academy
Liepaja University
Estonian Academy of Arts
Vilnius Academy of Arts


Dr. Akvilė Anglickaitė
Dr. Varvara Guljajeva
Dr. Lina Michelkevičė
Dr. Darius Žiūra


Ieva Baltrėnaitė Vilnius Academy of Arts
Miglė Bereikaitė Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy
Rita-Legcilina- Broka Latvian Art Academy
Sirja-Liisa Eelma Estonian Academy of Arts
Marta Frejūtė Vilnius Academy of Arts
Barbora Gediminaitė Vilnius Academy of Arts
Evelina Januškaitė Vilnius Academy of Arts
Karolina Jašinskaitė Vilnius Academy of Arts
Valentinas Klimašauskas Vilnius Academy of Arts
Darja Popolitova Estonian Academy of Arts
Milda Sokolovaitė Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy
Gundega Strautmane Liepaja University
Simona Žemaitytė Vilnius Academy of Arts