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Open Call VYKSA AIR 2022

Located in Vyksa, Russia, the Vyksa's Artist-in-Residence focuses on executing projects by professional artists. Priority is given to applications that propose engaging with the local community and context.

Vyksa is a city in the Nizhny Novgorod region that plays a key role in the Russian industrial sector. The industrial city was founded in the 18th century by the brothers Andrey and Ivan Batashev. Vyksa maintains and develops its unique cultural heritage. First held in 2011, the Art Ovrag Festival has allowed the city to display metal objects by engineer, architect, and inventor Vladimir Shukhov, public art, and iconic street art, including Madonna and Child and Tale about the Lost present Time by Pasha 183, Vyksa 10,000 by Misha Most, Good Harvest by Slava PTRK and others.

Vyksa's Artist-in-Residence program was founded in 2017. It is a year-round platform for artists that gives residents the opportunity to carry out and research projects in the Russian city of Vyksa. The art residence is one of the few public spaces in Vyksa that unites artists and the local community under one roof. By ensuring the dynamism and diversity of the cultural landscape of Vyksa and helping to create new connections between artists and urban communities, the art residence contributes greatly to the development of the city. Introduction of the resident artists to the local community is among the residency’s main objectives as it is one the few platforms in Vyksa that holds cultural events, instrumental to forging new connections and integrating locals into the international cultural process.

The residence will be between 4–8 weeks long,depending on the length of research and project production. Any artist can become a resident, regardless of genre and country of residence. Up to 20,000 RUB (EUR 240) are allocated for the materials for the artist’s project. The application deadline is 20 December 2021. The residency starts on 1 January 2022.

More information can be found here. Read the Open Call in Russian here.