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Open Call RIBOCA

RIBOCA (Rīga International Biennial of Contemporary Art), HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), and NAC (Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts) are looking for applicants to participate in residency programmes in Helsinki, Finland and Nida, Lithuania between January–March 2022.

The programmes aim to develop a set of learning kits for an online platform that can be freely used by teachers, pupils, young adults, students and parents to uncover a wide variety of topics through research-based practices of contemporary art. Each kit will be based on the practice of the participants in the residency, or a specific aspect of it, and formed to bring their views into the study process. Developed in a dialogue with practicing educators, the kits will be aimed at pupils between the ages of 6–19 years old and will be applied as part of the curriculum in a broad range of subjects: nature sciences, physics, maths, music, art, etc.

The kits should empower the curiosity to know and act, to empower an intention to fight for social justice, to empower innovation in fighting for environmental justice, and to empower an educational context that supports young people. They will be made available in Latvian, Lithuanian, Finnish, Russian, and English.

Artists, architects, designers, musicians, educators, and practitioners from other disciplines interested in engaging in the fields of art education and mediation and who are based within the European Union and/or EU citizens are welcome to apply. Participants will receive a monthly individual support of €2200 and will be reimbursed for travel costs (based on ERASMUS+ programme guidelines). There is a dedicated additional production budget of €750 per kit that can be used for material costs, equipment rental, and other similar costs. In the case of group participants, the financial support will have to be shared among the members of the group.

Applications should be submitted before the deadline of 30 September. More information about the open call and the living conditions can be found here.

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) was founded in 2016 as a major initiative of the Riga Biennial Foundation, its commissioning body. RIBOCA was set up as a new global platform for international and Baltic artists, to promote contemporary art and provide educational and community support within the region, as well as to increase artistic engagement between the Baltic region and the rest of the world.

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme is an international artist residency organisation which was established in 1998. The HIAP residency programme offers time and space for developing new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The goal is to support experimental, cross-disciplinary art practices and to actively contribute to topical debates within and around the context of art.

Nida Art Colony is an art and meeting space, surrounded by sand dunes and seas. As a resourceful platform, it runs a Residency Programme, Nida Doctoral School, and initiates art, education and research projects. We aim at a creative confluence of academic and non-academic education, artistic and scientific practice, hard work and leisure. NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and opened in 2011.