Lithuanian Photographers Association in collaboration with Nida Art Colony invite lens-based artists and photographers to apply for an artist residency program in Nida. This residency is also a part of the international photography symposium NIDA. Meeting photography. The aim of it is to reflect on the site-specific ecosystems and the changing boundaries of photography, to actualize photography both as a medium and as a means of expression. The program seeks to attract artists with critical mindset towards using their production tools, questioning the cultural discourse of their practice as well as having strong socio-political mindset. The residency participant is expected to create site specific work, but also, he/she will be able to continue their work in progress if it is somehow can relate to the place. Photography can be used in a very broad sense from its usual use to a material as a matter of creation.
This year we plan to choose two participants for two residency slots in 2024 and 2025.
The authors freely choose the topic, work technique and subject after discussing technical issues with residency providers. Submissions must be photographic or lens-based but can include incorporations of other art forms with the photographic medium (i.e. performance, painting, sculpture etc).
The results of the residency will be presented at the International Photography Symposium NIDA. Meeting Photography in the main program live or remotely. Works created during the residency will be published in the form of a printed publication.
The duration of the residency is one month – May 1 – 31, 2024; May 1 – 31, 2025.
The selected author will be paid a one-time grant of EUR 600, the travel cost will be covered (up to EUR 300) as will be the housing costs. In addition, technical measures, printing of works, digitization, etc. up to EUR 300 subject to agreement.
Place of residence and work equipment – the resident will be accommodated at Nida Art Colony. According to the needs and agreement, the resident will have access to local studios, workshops, library, and other technical facilities.
Additionally, there will be selected a shortlist of 20 artists, whose work will be screened as a slide show during projection night at the international photography symposium NIDA. Meeting Photography.
One month residency in Nida (May 1-31)
A one-time grant of EUR 600, the travel cost will be covered (up to EUR 300) as will be the housing costs. In addition, technical measures, printing of works, digitization, etc. up to EUR 300 subject to agreement.
Invitation to attend the symposium in Nida, Lithuania, September 2024.
The winner will be given an opportunity to give an artist talk about his or her practice and become part of the official program of the symposium.
Works created during the residency will be published in the form of a printed publication.
20 shortlisted artists' works will be screened during the symposium NIDA. Meeting photography. Artists will receive a free pass to the event. Travel or accommodation costs are not covered.
Previous editions have invited lecturers and participants from around the world including Adam Broomberg, Elina Brotherus, Mathieu Asselin, Michel Campeau, Thomas Sauvin, Sharon Yaari, Joachim Schmid, Martin Parr, Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti, Clare Laude, Liz Wells, Calin Kruse, Alnis Stakle, collective Sputnik and more.
The symposium, happening since 1973, has become a well-known event in the region and internationally. Famous for combining high standard lectures, artist talks, workshops, and exhibitions with the relaxed atmosphere in a unique setting on the Baltic Sea, the symposium aims to open up to new international connections whilst maintaining the charm of the resort town (previously fishing village).
The program of the symposium allows to both enjoy the lectures and panel discussions, join in the workshops, attend screenings as well as have enough time to swim in the sea, explore the biggest sand dunes in Europe and go wildlife spotting.
Nida is a unique resort town in a Curonian Spit National Park in Lithuania, surrounded by the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. Busy with tourists over the summer, it returns to its usual calm in September. Nida, the surrounding pine forests and sand dunes are home to white- tailed eagles, foxes, hares, moose and wild boar. Cycling, Nordic Walking, sailing and fishing are among the tourist attractions, not to mention the local fish smokeries.
The closest airports are Palanga (86 km, 1,5 hours), Kaunas (270 km, 3 hours), Vilnius (357 km, 4,5 hours) and Riga (Latvia, 357 km, 5 hours).
Send us a project proposal and motivation.
Up to 3 projects (finished or in progress) per person (if work consists of both video and stills it can be submitted as one).
10- 20 images in each in jpeg format (at least 2500px and no more than 4000px on the long side).
Please number the images in the order you want them shown in.
The evaluation criteria include the importance and relevance of the proposed topic, the applicant's previous experience and the applicant's interest/ability to actualize by combining local specifics, an expanded field of photography and his/her creative activity.
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