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Nida Art Colony (Vilnius Academy of Arts): Call for Residency Applications, Event Proposals and a Trainee

Deadline: October 15, 2011

Nida Art Colony invites artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers to meet the coming spring on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park. The Colony was opened in March 2011 as a new branch of the Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania).

Location: Nida Art Colony is located on the Curonian Spit, which is a 98 km long peninsula separating the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The Curonian Spit is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe.

Check the first issue of the Nida Art Colony Log at www.nidacolony.lt/images/log01.pdf for the pulse of the Colony’s life and A.I.R. portfolios in Spring 2011.

More information at www.nidacolony.lt and on Facebook


Time and inspiring solitude are becoming the most important values today, and these are plenty at Nida Art Colony. The residency in Nida will meet your expectations if: the intensity of urban life—curators, openings, presentations—consumes all of your time and leaves you without energy to concentrate on artistic practice you are working with site-specific projects involving local communities, reflecting on the natural and/or cultural environment you love coincidences and want to meet artists from all over the world in order to collaborate with them now or in the future you are looking for a big studio and space for experiments—the whole forest and the whole beach can be your studio.

Deadline for residency applications: October 15, 2011

Dates and duration of the residencies: 1 to 4 months between February 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012. There is one residency available in November 2011 and two residencies in December 2011. Apply for these as soon as possible.

Grants: one grant from the local Municipality is available to artists focusing on local social and cultural issues. Other selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant seeking.

Costs: studio and living space rent is 312 Eur/month, including all taxes, use of equipment, communal spaces, bicycles and the minivan.

Conditions: the Colony offers the necessary living and socializing facilities that ensure comfortable and unobtrusive coexistence of the five artists-in-residence. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors, has 65 sq. m of floor space, and features all the necessary facilities; a 600-metre walk down a forest path from the Colony is a beach with sand dunes. See www.nidacolony.lt for the list of available equipment.


Nida Art Colony welcomes proposals from curators/institutions to collaborate on or to rent the spaces for events at the Colony.

The colony’s facilities:

  • seminar (53 sq. m) and conference/exhibition (100 sq. m) spaces;
  • roof terrace (100 sq. m);
  • 63-bed guest house;
  • multifunctional industrial space (423 sq. m);
  • media lab and other equipment. 

We offer a 50% discount from regular space rent prices for cultural and educational events.

Deadline for events to take place in January–May 2012 is October 31, 2011.


We are looking for an intern to work as an assistant curator, which includes coordination of artist-in-residency and other culture & education programmes. We offer a unique experience and reference letters for your future career, as well as free accommodation at the Colony from now to May 2012. However, you will have to cover your living expenses yourself. Please send your CV and a short motivation letter to [email protected] before the end of October 2011.

Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Taikos str. 43, Neringa (Nida), Lithuania.

Visit www.nidacolony.lt