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ROJA ART LAB – short term residency.

Deadline: 4 Feb, 2018

Disciplines: Activism, All Disciplines, Architecture, Ceramics, Collaboration, Dance, Design, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Gastronomy, Installation, Land Art, Light and Projection, Media Arts, Other, Performance, Photography, Research, Science, Sculpture, Sound, Theater, Urbanism, Visual Arts.

Location: Roja, Latvia

Deadline: 4 Feb, 2018

Duration: 20th of July - 5th of August, 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: No application fee. 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.

ROJA ART LAB removes artists geographically and conceptually from their routine studio practice and brings them together to work in a way that is mutually beneficial–contributing to developing an international dialogue that explores our cultural and parochial differences while celebrating our commonalities. We are very interested in new forms and approaches to working that could potentially change the outcome of site-specificity related to the residency.

ROJA ART LAB is organized by NGO “Art Group ROKU” – curator Māris Grosbahs.

Roja is located along the North Kurzeme coast of the Riga Bay and is situated at the estuary of the Roja river and the Baltic Sea (120 km from Capital City of Latvia, Riga). Presently, Roja has roughly 4500 inhabitants and the area is surrounded by a virtually untouched natural environment. The sea, dunes, beaches, pine forests and the appealing coastal village serve as the perfect setting for both working and recreation.
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 the right to reproduce any/all images of the work and process, including pieces meant to be exhibited as well as those images provided by the artist for pre-selection. This also includes any images of the work included in an exhibition or used for an exhibition catalogue (should there be one), standard publicity, advertising or archival purposes in any manner connected with ROJA ART LAB, the exhibition or its sponsors.

Applicants should be interested in an interdisciplinary dialogue and open to collaboration.

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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