Neringa Municipal Council, together with NAC of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, invites professionals working in the fields of visual and applied arts, design, architecture, art history, theory, and criticism who are living and working in Lithuania and/or Lithuanian citizens to submit applications for the 10th edition of the Neringa Scholarship.
In 2021, the scholarship is linked to participation in the residency programme Neringa Forest Architecture. The applicant must submit a work proposal related to the political, social, cultural and/or ecological aspects of the Curonian Spit. The proposal should focus on the features of both the human-made and natural forest: its ecological rhythms, organic and industrial material cycles, timber-based material development, socio-political discourses, history, forestry, and policy-making as it relates to art, design, and architecture.
NAC is encouraging designers, architects, artists, historians, new material scientists, and forest researchers to propose projects featuring intersecting, interdisciplinary practices, which have the potential to rearticulate society’s relationship to this particular woodland environment. The program is also open to curators, as well as those working with performing arts, sound, material research/craft, and film. In addition, interdisciplinary proposals from professionals in other fields are welcome.
The scholarship grants a 1000€ stipend and a one month residency at NAC during the period of 1-30 November 2021. The amount of the stipend does not change in the case of a collective application. Applications are accepted until 29 May 2021. The scholarship is awarded through a competition. The selection is made by the jury of delegated members of Neringa municipality and NAC.
Living and working conditions
NAC provides a live/work studio of 65m2 equipped with basic kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and workspace facilities. Additionally, full access is given to the common spaces such as the library and the professional workshop (with weaving looms, ceramic kiln, laser cutting, wood and metalworking tools, plus digital photo, video, and sound equipment).
In addition, residents have access to naturally seasoned, Neringa-sourced timber boards cut during the 2019/2020 and 2021 logging season and stored on-site at NAC (subject to availability).
(1) Completed application form.
(2) Portfolio, sample of work, or publications (selection of 3–5 relevant projects)
(3) Current CV (max. 2 A4 pages)
(4) Submit all documents in PDF format, in a single file, in the order listed above using the following title: ‘Full Name_ Neringa.
*Submit your application and related application questions to:
Residency Coordinator, Skaistė Marčienė: email@example.com
Selection process and criteria
Applications are assessed by NAC council and a selection of 5 are proposed to the jury of delegated members of Neringa municipality. The decision is made by the director of Neringa municipality administration.
Evaluations are based on the applicants’ submitted materials according to the following criteria:
– relevant, sufficient and continuous experience or interest in working with the proposed subject matter and residency theme;
– quality and innovation of the proposed research question(s) and/or perspectives, and their relationship to the applicants’ field(s) of practice;
– specific interest in working with the project site and impact of the residency on the applicants’ practice and creative development;
– the project’s feasibility of being implemented during a month-long residency at NAC and presented at the end of the residency.
The scholarship is funded by Neringa municipality.