Call for Applications: NAC Residency Programme June–November 2020

February 28, 2020
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Calls from Lithuania
NAC is seeking applications for its international residency program from artists working in a wide range of disciplines. Application deadline: 27 March, 2020.

The residency programme at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) grants selected artists the opportunity to live and work in Nida, Lithuania for a period between two and six months. NAC is located in a remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by the unique landscape of the Curonian spit: forest, sand dunes, a freshwater lagoon, and the sea. NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts and in addition to the international artist-in-residency programme, it organises educational and research projects as well as exhibitions.

The programme has the capacity to host up to five international residents at a time. NAC regularly works with visual artists and researchers who focus on history, ecology and politics, social sciences, visual culture and interdisciplinarity. The programme is also open to designers, architects, and curators, as well as practitioners working with performing arts, sound, material research/craft, and film. In addition, proposals for a residency by professionals from other fields are always welcome.

The programme’s goal is to provide time and space for residents to focus, and through exchange, gain insight, broaden, and diversify their outlook. NAC is collaborating with local cultural institutions and offers the possibility to organise presentations and engage with the educational programme of NAC by conducting artist talks or workshops at Vilnius Academy of Arts or local public schools.

Each of the five duplex residency studios have 65m2 of total space, and are equipped with basic kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and workspace infrastructure. Additionally, full access is given to the common spaces such as the library and the professional workshop (with laser cutting, wood and metal working tools, plus photo, video and sound equipment).

Two to six months; June–November 2020

Studio and living space rent is 400 Eur/month, including all taxes, use of equipment, WiFi, communal spaces, and bicycles. No grants are available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant-seeking.

(1) Filled in application form;
(2) Portfolio and/or publications with a selection of 3–5 relevant projects (PDF);
(3) Your CV (max. 2 A4 pages).

Please prepare one single PDF-document (max. 9MB) with items in the above order and use the following title: ‘Full Name_ 2020’. Submit your application (and reach out with any questions that might occur) via e-mail to the Residency Curator, Indrė Liškauskaitė:

Applications are assessed by the NAC team, a member of the NAC board, or an external practitioner with an extended knowledge of NAC, such as former resident or participant in previous artistic programme of NAC.

Applications are assessed on the basis of the submitted materials and 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 the impact of spending time at this location for one’s general practice.

Please note that due to a large number of applications, we inform only selected applicants. Two weeks after the application deadline, the selected residents are announced on the NAC website.

Selected applicants should consult the Survival Guide for planning their stay and other practical information.