22–26 August 2022 

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

In 2022, Nida Doctoral School (NDS) is focusing on the role of PhD candidates as future educators. In many cases, PhD candidates occupy an ambiguous in-between role: they are both students and present/future educators. Therefore, the school this year is structured in a way that reflects on this duality with a programme based on peer-to-peer exchange. As ‘soon-to-become-professors,’ PhD candidates participate in the course in their double roles, as both senders and receivers of information, forming an autopoietic and/or self-sufficient system in the realm of education. 

Peer learning constitutes one of the most important parts of the learning process in general. In NDS’s previous iterations peer-to-peer exchange proved to be the most relevant and valuable component of the course. Horizontal communication and exchange creates a safe(r) space for being together, opening up, sharing and testing methodologies and practices at stake in one’s ongoing work.

The goal of most doctoral programmes is to facilitate ‘future tutors’ with experience and an understanding of what it means to work with diverse communities in various kinds of contexts in both formal and informal education systems. As a site for voicing ideas and experimenting with various educational models, NDS 2022 focuses on discussions around radical and alternative pedagogies  as well as other types of exchange to help doctoral candidates get informed about the future progression of academies and other educational institutions. 

Over the last decade, NAC as a site and infrastructure has established itself as a productive and hospitable venue for discussing and trying out various informal pedagogical models. Read about previous summer doctoral schools on NAC Website.

In 2022, the group work between PhD candidates forms the content programme of the school based on the multitude of their experiences and research fields. They will also exercise individual tutoring, practising listening and giving feedback to each other. Individual tutoring sessions are also supported by three tutors from partnering institutions: Ines Weizman, Mika Elo, and Vytautas Michelkevičius.

The 2022 iteration of NDS includes 19 students from eight partnering universities: Estonian Academy of Arts, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Royal College of Art in London, Stockholm University of the Arts, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), University of the Arts Helsinki, University of the Arts London, and Zurich University of the Arts.


Aistė Ambrazevičiūtė (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Miki Ambrozy (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Eliane Bertschi (Zurich University of the Arts)
Frank Brümmel (University of the Arts Helsinki)
Prerna Bishnoi (Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Savas Boyraz (Stockholm University of the Arts)
Jan Glöckner (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Greta Grinevičiūtė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Marc Johnson (Stockholm University of the Arts)
Tõnis Jürgens (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Tuomas A. Laitinen (University of the Arts Helsinki)
Yana Mikhalina (Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Ignas Pavliukevičius  (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Mari Sanden (Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Philipp Sattler (Royal College of Art, London)
Lucie Tuma (Zurich University of the Arts)
Joen Vedel (Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Jenny Warren (University of the Arts London)
Haiqi Yang  (University of the Arts London)

Tutors from partnering universities

Dr. Ines Weizman, architect and theorist, developed the method “Documentary Architecture” which studies the material history of buildings, media, and technology artefacts. Weizman is head of theMPhil/PhD Architecture Programme at the Royal College of Art and the founding director of theCentre for Documentary Architecture.

Dr. Mika Elo, curator, visual artist and researcher, is a Professor of Artistic Research at the Academy of Fine Arts (University of the Arts Helsinki).

Dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius, curator of artistic research projects in various contexts, is the author of Mapping Artistic Research. Towards Diagrammatic Knowing (2018) and head of the Photography and Media Department and PhD in Fine Art Programme at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

The curators and organisers of NDS 2022 are Egija Inzule (director of NAC of Vilnius Academy of Arts), Vytautas Michelkevičius (head of the Photography and Media Department and PhD in Fine Art Programme at Vilnius Academy of Arts), with the support of Mari Sanden (PhD candidate at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology). 


Participation in NDS is open to students who are at least in their 2nd year of study enrolled in any accredited doctoral programme. The selection process for NDS 2022 was conducted within each partnering institution. Since 2022, the possibility to participate in the programme via an open call has been lifted. 

ECTS Points

Upon successful completion of the NDS course participants will receive 5 ECTS credits from the Doctoral Department of Vilnius Academy of Arts.