OPEN CALL for Rucka Artist Residency programme Winter/Spring 2018
Description of artist residency programme
The aim of residency programme is to bring together artists from different spheres (film and photography, multimedia, dance, theatre, design, drawing, etc.) to create artworks that address important social and environmental issues and preferably involve local community in development of artwork. The programme is offered to artists both from Latvia and abroad.
Cesis is a small medieval town, an hour’s drive from Riga, the capital of Latvia, with a rich cultural heritage and numerous new creative initiatives. Cesis region has historically been known for its intellectual capacity as many writers, artists and politically and socially active people come from this area. The aim of the Rucka Artist Residency is to continue the well-established intellectual traditions and to create a space that serves as a meeting point for artists coming from various disciplines to create cross-disciplinary projects dealing with social and environmental issues and a place where new ideas and initiatives are born.
The residency centre is located in the middle of an old park providing inspiring atmosphere for work, while the historic town centre is within a walking distance. Cesis has a recently built modern concert hall where high quality music events, film screenings and exhibitions take place on a regular basis. The town is located in the middle of Gauja National Park with plenty of opportunities for active recreation depending on the season, a sports complex with a pool and gym is located within 10-minute drive
From September to May Rucka Artist Residency is open to individual residents, while from June to August the building serves as a venue for different summer events. The activities of Rucka Artist Residency are also firmly based on ideas of green living, community involvement and downshifting as a way of life. The food served at the residency is prepared using the locally grown produce, the residency is cooperating with the municipal Social Service to involve socially disadvantaged people as workers, residency centre is providing open lectures during the summer events and organising documentary film screenings, residents and summer school participants are working on projects that ensure interaction with local community.
Duration of residency Residencies last 1 (one) month. Residencies will take place between 1st February 2018 and 31th May 2018
Rucka Artist Residency programme is open to arts professionals from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to film, photography, multimedia, dance, theatre, design.
Artists live in private bedrooms with shared bathroom. A fully-equipped kitchen and dining area is also available to the residents on a self-serve basis.
The residents have access to video editing room, analogue photography laboratory, shared open space studios and library. Fast internet is available in the whole building. The residency founders work in the same building and can provide support to the residents.
Fees and support
The programme covers accommodation and shared open studio space costs for one month. Applicants are responsible for covering travel and food expenses, materials etc. Applicants have access to analogue photo laboratory and video editing room. Some production grants will be provided. Rucka Artist Residency will issue acceptance letter for successful residents in order to help him/her obtain grants to cover travel, insurance, food costs, materials etc.
Expectations towards the artist
At the end of the residency period, artists are expected to share the results of the work created with the local community in the form of artist talk, screening, exhibition, other performance or to give a workshop.
Please send us application form with hyperlink for downloading samples of previous work to email firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for applications is 10th August 2017. The results will be available after 25th September 2017 on our website. Selected applicants will also receive a letter of notification by email. Please note that only selected applicants are informed. For any inquiries concerning the residency program, please email us at email@example.com
The application criteria will include importance of the topic proposed and its relevance to the aims of residency programme and Rucka Artist Residency, previous experience and artistic merit of the applicant, and interest/ability of the applicant to involve local community in development of his/her work. The applications for residencies will be evaluated by the committee of experts including representatives of Rucka Artist Residency, Latvian Centre of Contemporary Art, New Theatre Institute as well as academic staff of Latvian Academy of Culture and Riga Stradina University.
To apply for residency please download the application form HERE.