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ISSP Riga Residency 2019

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The ISSP Residency Programme was started in 2018 and welcomed 8 artists to develop new work in Riga. The selected artists-in-residence were Kenneth Bamberg (Åland Islands/Finland), Theo Elias (Sweden), Tekla Inari (Finland), Josefina Malmegård (Sweden), Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (Iceland), Maija Annikki Savolainen (Finland), Diāna Tamane (Estonia) and Hiro Tanaka (Japan).

The ISSP Riga Residency programme is aimed at a diverse range of photographers and artists using the medium of photography, primarily based in the Nordic - Baltic region. We welcome those interested in exploring the social, cultural and historical context of Riga in the framework of their artistic practice. During stays of up to two months, the residency programme provides the opportunity for concentrated work on a project informed by interaction with the city and its residents. The visiting artists will be introduced to the local audience in a public artist talk, and we encourage collaboration with local artists, community groups and cultural organisations. Based in Riga, the capital of Latvia and the largest city in Baltics, the residency also offers a culturally intense experience and opportunity to explore the region.

Applications for the ISSP Riga Residency are open until November 23rd 2018.

The ISSP Riga Residency is supported by Nordic Culture Point.

Photographers and artists working with photography, primarily from the Nordic – Baltic region: Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland, Estonia, Lithuania. Artists from other countries and regions may also apply.
There are no limitations regarding age, background or photographic style. The residents will be chosen based on the strength of their applications.

The residency period for each artist is up to 2 months between January 2019 and November 2019, dates to be agreed upon individually.

The artists-in-residence will receive free of charge accommodation in a comfortable apartment for the duration of their stay.
The Nordic Culture Point supports the following expenses for artists living in the Nordic - Baltic region only (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland, Estonia, Lithuania):
    - travel costs (up to 200 EUR per artist)
    - 500 EUR (gross) stipend for the development of work
Artists from other countries are not eligible for this support, but may apply if they can secure means to support their residency from own sources. ​

The residency will also cover exhibition production costs in case the resulting work is chosen to feature in an exhibition concluding the ISSP Riga Residency programme in the end of 2019.

The artists-in-residence will reside in an apartment located near the city center, which may, depending on the match in the schedules, be shared with other residents. Facilities: private bedroom, shared working space, bathroom and kitchen, wi-fi.
The artists-in-residence will have access to printers and a scanner at the ISSP premises. ISSP staff will provide local support and contacts, and work with the residents to accommodate any request regarding their creative work.

To apply, submit an electronic APPLICATION FORM by November 23rd 2018, including an initial idea of the project you would like to implement together with a selection of up to 12 images.

Residents will be chosen based on the strength of their applications.

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