NAC is seeking applications for its international residency programme in 2024 from participants working in a wide range of disciplines.

Application deadline: 10 May 2023 Midnight EET (Helsinki)

The individual residency programme at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) grants selected participants the opportunity to live and work in Nida, Lithuania for a period of between two and five months.   The goal of the artist residency programme at NAC is to provide participants with time, space and focus, and the opportunity to gain insight into other practices and diversify their own outlook through exchange with others. NAC regularly works with artists and researchers working within the fields of history, ecology and politics, social sciences, visual culture and interdisciplinarity.

The programme is also open to designers, architects, researchers, theoreticians and curators, as well as practitioners working with performing arts, sound, material research/craft, and film. This list is not exhaustive and proposals for a residency by professionals from other fields are always welcome. While the residency does not offer or facilitate exhibitions or studio visits on a regular basis, participants are welcome to propose and develop activities that are beneficial for sharing and presenting their work to the public, while acknowledging the specific context of NAC.

The programme has the capacity to host up to five participants at a time. The NAC residency programme is not open to BA or MA students. The residency does not offer or facilitate exhibitions or studio visits on a regular basis, but participants are welcome to propose formats and activities beneficial for their work acknowledging the specific context of NAC.

NAC is situated within the particular and distinct landscape of the Curonian Spit, a 98 km-long sand dune shared by Lithuania and Russia, overgrown with forests, separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where forests planted over the last 200 years have formed an environment dedicated to managing natural eolian processes.

NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts and and in addition to the international residency programme NAC organises and commissions art and research projects, events and exhibitions,and hosts students’ seminars. NAC is a hybrid organisation: a site for art education, production, gatherings, leisure and focussed individual and group work open to everyone but specifically aimed at the culture community.

Living and working conditions
NAC can host up to five residents at any time. Each resident is provided with a 65m2 live/work space equipped with basic kitchen facilities, a bathroom, and work space. Residents have full access to communal spaces such as the reading room and workshops with weaving looms, laser cutting, basic wood and metalworking tools, basic photo, video and sound equipment, silkscreen, and a hand printing press. In addition, residents are invited to work with naturally-seasoned, Neringa-sourced timber logged over the past three winters and stored on-site at NAC. 

Children / Partners / Guests / Pets
All are welcome to stay at NAC during the residency period. Guests and partners pay a pillow fee of 8€/day. 

Two to five months: December 2023 – February 2025.Residency begins on the 1st of the month and is complete in full duration. Absence from residency is no longer than 5 days.   

Accommodation costs are 544 Eur/month, including all taxes, use of equipment, WiFi, communal spaces, and bicycles. If necessary, selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant-seeking.

Application requirements
(1) Completed application form;
(2) Portfolio, sample of work, or publications (selection of 3–5 relevant projects); 
(3) Current CV (max. 2A4 pages);
(4) Submit all documents in a single file PDF (max. size 5MB), in the order listed above using the following title: ‘Full Name_ R2024’.  
Submit all documents to

Selection criteria and process
Applications are assessed by the NAC team, and an external practitioner with an extended knowledge of NAC, such as former resident or participant in previous artistic programmes of NAC. Selected applicants will be informed at the end of June 2023. 

Evaluations are based on the applicants’ submitted materials according to the following criteria:- professional artistic practice, relevant experience in showing and discussing work in public;- necessity of conducting work at a solitary space such as Nida and understanding of NAC as institution and organisation; – impact of spending time in Nida for one’s general practice.

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