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ROJA ART LAB – short term residency.

Deadline: 4 Feb, 2018

Disciplines: Activism, All Disciplines, Ceramics, Collaboration, Critical studies, Dance, Design, Engineering, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Gastronomy, Installation, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Music & Sound, Other, Painting, Performance, Photography, Research, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound, Technology, Textile, Urbanism, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Roja, Kurland, Latvia

Deadline: 4 Feb, 2018

Duration: July 20th – August 5th, 2018.

Eligibility: The ROJA ART LAB residency is open to artists, researchers, and other professionals from any country. The selection process is based on the merits and quality of artistic practice.

Support: Residency provides housing, meals, studio, materials along with technical support and facilities. More

Costs: Everything but travel is included.


Program Description:

ROJA ART LAB is an artist-run, non-profit initiative, which provides a creative arena for artists who are ambitious about their work and open to the challenges of an environment that demands experimentation, cooperation and exchange. We are looking for participants who will engage with local community, investigate and reflect on materials and place and utilize innovative uses of various media (installation, land art, performance, video, sound, painting, sculpture, ceramics, time-based, photography, etc.) The residency culminates in a public celebration, performances and exhibition of individual and collaborative works that have emerged over the time of interacting together for 15 days.

Since the inception of activities in Roja, the primary objective has been to make work, get away fom the everyday and to be open to new ideas while embracing experimentation. The opportunity to exchange skills with one another while finding new ones is a major contributor to this art-camp-style-event, breaking out of the everyday routine and being with a group of individuals that essentially create the event. Be ambitious and inventive when you have limited resources, make mistakes without being judged, be more focused on the process rather the results. Our agenda is not to make our own brand but rather to help participants realize theirs.

Artists are considered residents for the duration of the 15 – 16 day workshop. Each session typically has 8 to 10 artists participating in the ROJA ART LAB. A series of visitors will be invited to attend throughout the art laboratory to encourage critical debate and dialogue – this will also include both presentations and lectures by the participant’s. Prior to the physical production of work, there will be project presentations and concept discussion meetings with the organizers in which the specifics of each artist will be contextualized and approved per the logistics of the location/s.

ROJA ART LAB has received funding from the State Culture Capital Fund of Latvia and is supported by private individuals and organizations. Residency provides housing, meals, a communal workspace and materials along with technical support and basic facilities.

We are working hard to provide all of the selected artists with fully funded stays excluding their travel to and from Roja. Artists, especially those from outside of Latvia, are encouraged to seek financial help through national or regional funding organizations, charitable trusts, etc. We will provide all of the necessary recommendations, papers and any other possible help once the artist has been selected to participate.

ROJA ART LAB has improvised outdoor studios for work, meetings, seminars and presentations. We do have basics equipment for working with wood, metal, ceramic, etc. We have broadband Internet, a sound system and video projector. More specific tools or equipment for the production of work will be the responsibility of the resident to bring with them.

ROJA ART LAB has an open-air wood-fire (high-fire) ceramic kiln as well as a raku kiln and a pizza oven.

For specific projects (performances/exhibitions/projections/shows) there is the possibility to rent out supplemental facilities or tools in town.

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