Open call for Verpėjos residency in Čepkeliai, Dzūkija national park, Lithuania

February 12, 2020
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Calls from Lithuania

Call for application: artists – writers – researchers residency 2020.

Working period: 1-2 months during May- July, September – December.

Application deadline: 2 March, 2020.

We will inform selected applicants regarding the selection by the end of March.

Cost for residents:

Travel, food and material costs.

Residency fee 200 Eur/month.

Residency fee covers single or double room with shared kitchen, living / working space, bathroom and general and project specific support from Verpėjos staff.

Residents are expected to give public presentation of their work in form of exhibition, performance or talk at our gallery.

Verpėjos residency is situated in Čepkeliai – Dzūkija national park, Marcinkonys village, Lithuania. Čepkeliai – Dzūkija National/PAN Park, which is composed of the Čepkeliai state nature reservation as well as the Dzūkija National Park in which the natural ecosystem of the Dainava Forest is preserved, is one of 13 PAN parks in Europe. The strict nature reserve was established in 1975 with the aim of preserving one of the oldest and most unusual forest bogs in Lithuania, the forested continental dunes, the lakes, the natural hydrological regime of the bog and the rare plant and animal life.

Residency is located in the parsonage house at the edge of Marcinkonys village. Build in 1900, the house still has it’s charming authentic architecture with wood burning stoves. There are three rooms available for artists, writers and researchers of varying fields. There is no traditional studio space, instead the whole set – up is for studying, reflecting, experimenting and mediating. There is possibility to meet and collaborate with local people with old knowledges like tree beekeeping, birch tar making, wool spinning, straw garden making, basket weaving and many more. Also, residents can have assistance of nature and history scientists and ecologists.

Verpėjos (The Spinners) is artist run initiative founded in 2017 by artist Laura Garbštienė to research and discuss rural traditional lifestyle and nature preservation, activate discourse on changes and processes, both local and global. Working with contemporary artists, curators, craftspeople and nature scientists we organise interdisciplinary workshops, symposiums and exhibitions.

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