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28 Jan 2016

Nida Art Colony (Vilnius Academy of Arts): Call for 2016–17 residency applications

NAC residency studios, 2015. Photo: Andrej Vasilenko.

Call for 2016–17 residency applications
Nida Art Colony (Vilnius Academy of Arts)


Application deadline:
February 15, 2016
Residency period:
August 2016–May 2017
Extra call due to cancellation:
for two months residency in March-April 2016 (please apply as soon a


Nida Art Colony
Vilnius Academy of Arts
Taikos str. 43
Nida (Neringa), LT-93121

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The residency programme at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) is open for emerging and experienced artists, designers, architects, curators and art researchers, and philosophers. NAC is the academic and artistic venue in the Baltic region that provides the opportunity to live and work in the Curonian Spit National Park. Since 2011, when the A-I-R programme was launched, about 250 artists and other culture professionals have stayed at the Colony. NAC aims to facilitate hybrid art, architecture and design practices.

The reconstruction of the second NAC building is completed. Artists and scholars who seek a quiet and spacious environment are welcome to experience a distinctive remote location and use the Colony's new spaces. Production of art or design works is facilitated by new professional equipment for working with different materials, including wood and metal in the specialised studios. Residents can now use a 4K-quality video camera, professional photography equipment, A0 inkjet printer, sound and other tools. There is a 200-square-meter room (white cube/black box) for exhibitions, concerts, screenings and live performances. You can also use the facilities of more than ten different workshops of Vilnius Academy of Arts in Vilnius.

The atmosphere and intensity of residencies depends on the season and programme of the Colony. There are between 5 and 55 people staying at NAC at all times. In the summer, Nida becomes a busy (albeit not overcrowded) resort. Throughout September and partly May you will share the space with art, architecture and design students. From October to April you will enjoy solitude, occasionally accented by art professionals or students arriving to the Colony for workshops.

NAC call for individual residency applications
Residencies between August 2016 and May 2017
Recommended duration: two months
Possible duration: one to four months

Living and social conditions are provided to ensure a comfortable environment. Each of the five residencies occupies two floors with 65 square meters of floor space and is equipped with all the necessary facilities.

Grants and costs: No grants are currently available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant seeking. Studio and living space rent for selected residents costs 400 EUR per month, including all taxes, use of equipment, Wi-Fi, communal spaces and bicycles.

Nida Doctoral School residencies for doctoral students from Nordic-Baltic countries

Nida Doctoral School (NDS) is a non-degree doctoral program. The school was launched together with Aalto University (Helsinki). We look forward for residency proposals from artists and researchers (residents of Nordic-Baltic countries) enrolled in doctoral programmes worldwide.

NDS summer session. We expect that applicants will take part in the summer school CO-ACTION – Artist placements in non-cultural spheres in late August.

Dates and duration of the residency: two months, August–September 2016

Grants: We offer two grants of 1,000 EUR each, and cover studio rent expenses and travel costs up to 300 EUR. These grants are made possible with the support from Nordic Culture Point.

Call for a trainee
We are looking for a trainee to work as a curatorial or visual communication assistant of the NAC A-I-R programme.
Duration of the internship is at least four months.
Visit our internships section for more information.
Please send all the applications to, indicating in the subject the activity you are applying for: residency or internship. Please follow the application guidelines when applying.
Check our projects and exhibitions sections at for more information on NAC activities. To get a sense of the Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios please take a look at the Nida Art Colony Log.
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