Visual artists-in-residence program
Visual artists-in-residence program
«Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture» is a major project aimed at promoting collaborative work of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian institutions involved in contemporary arts and culture, and facilitating a greater understanding between the population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through cultural participation.
The project is run by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania). It is designed for a two-year period, from January 2013 to December 2014.
The project is to launch a wide range of activities targeted at both the local communities and a large trans-border network of professionals such as contemporary artists, photographers, musicians, curators, art and cultural managers etc. A total of 11 exchange exhibitions to display the most interesting contemporary art practices are planned to be held in Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda throughout the duration of the project.
Alongside this widely used approach to cultural exchange, the project will employ a number of other mechanisms for enhancing large-scale production- and process-based cooperation in the region.
The project consists nor only of exhibitions, but also artists-in-residence exchange programme. In the year of 2013 three Lithuanian artists: Marta Vosyliute, Laura Zala, Nerijus Jankauskas will have residence in the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia»; other tree: Remigijus Treigys, Laura Garbštiene and Jurga Barilaite – the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts. During 10 days (May, 2013) stay artists will explore “closer neighbours” (people, space, cities, landscape etc). and create works for coming exhibition “Closer stranger”. In 2014 this exhibition will be open in Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda.
Participants of artists-in-residence exchange programme 2013:
Oleg Bliablias / 2013.09.01 – 09.11 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda
Julita Wójcik / 2013.09.02 – 09.11 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda
Jacek Niegoda / 2013.09.02 – 09.11 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda
Artur Gogołkiewicz / 2013.09.02 – 09.11 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda
Alexey Chebykin / 2013.11.05 – 11.15 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda
Yury Vassiliev / 2013.11.05 – 11.15 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda
The project is implemented within the framework of Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The programme is co-financed with funds from the European Union and the Russian Federation, the purpose of the project – to promote cooperation among Lithuania, Poland and Russia through development of bilateral and trilateral relations.
The total cost of the project “Close Stranger” is 873,620.59 EUR. The EU co-financing to the project amounts to 768,786.12 EUR (88%), i.e. 2648468.1 LTL. Co-financing from participating institutions – 104,834.47 EUR (12%).
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Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The aim of the Programme – to promote economic and social development on both sides of the EU-Russian border, addressing common challenges and problems, and promoting people to people cooperation among neighbouring countries. Under the Programme, legal non-profit organizations from the Lithuanian and Polish border regions and the entire Kaliningrad oblast implement joint projects co-financed by the EU.
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