NEWS AND EVENTS
Riga wasn’t really how I expected it to be. I imagined something much more soviet and modern so was surprised to find it so picturesque. /David Raymond Conroy, UK
After I came home, I was still very inspired and focused on my work for a long time. /Emmi Valve, Finland
1. The residency’s goal is to provide artists with the chance to discover Riga, one of region’s most beautiful cities and its eclectic cultural life, thus inspiring them to create new works in the realm of visual arts, art criticism and literature.
2. Drawing upon the contacts and experience acquired, we hope to participate in shaping the programme for Riga as a European cultural capital from 2010 to 2014.
3. We also hope to develop the residency centre as an international meeting place where art professionals will have the chance to get to know one another, exchange ideas and create new joint art projects.
4. Leveraging Riga’s geographical advantages, it is hoped to give artists the chance to discover the other Baltic States and their cultural life (Riga is sandwiched in the middle between Tallinn in Estonia and Vilnius in Lithuania).
NOASS can accommodate up to three artists at any time with the optimal length of stay one to three month.
For the artists’ residence, we offer beautiful studio-type apartments in the city center of Riga. All studios are fully furnished and have wi-fi access.
During the Summer we can offer also apatement in second floor of our floating art center “NOASS”. This apartment is specially suitable for performance artists (dancers, choreographers). We offer premises of floating stage “NOASS”, which can be used for rehearsals and workshops.
The boathouse was what made my month so special. It was propably the best place for me to be in the whole town, and it gave me the perfect enviroment to just really concentrate on my ideas and art. /Emmi Valve, Finland
I made a new work specifically for presentation in Riga and would not have made that work had I not spent some time in the city on the residency. /David Raymond Conroy, UK
On our part, we offer exhibition premises, technical equipment, a 5x8m big LED screen for presentation of video works, projectors, technical personnel and consultations, audio equipment for lectures, presentations or musical performances. We also offer a 110 m2 exhibition space for the presentation of works on the “Betanovuss” floating arts centre, as well as two smaller exhibition spaces on the deck of NOASS and at the Naive Art Museum of Latvia. Likewise, we can also offer premises for creative workshops at the headquarters of Culture and Arts Project NOASS and Betanovuss. Last year’s experience has led us to conclude that artists begin terrific projects during their residencies which they later want to exhibit, and therefore we offer them the chance to return for a further residency some time later and to use the exhibition space to exhibit their works which have been directly inspired by Riga.
Culture and Arts Project NOASS’ team is friendly and open to new ideas and can communicate with residents fluently in either English or Russian.
The NOASS team has concluded that a resident who has just entered a new environment requires a support person – a mentor who will help the artist-in-residence to resolve daily matters and to communicate with local artists. To provide such assistance, a new employee will be recruited to join the NOASS team whose task it will be to work directly with the artists-in-residence.
Additionally, we offer the resident the chance to discover Tallinn and Vilnius. He or she would have the additional opportunity to discover alternative culture centres including: Aizpute, Liepaja, Kuldiga, Sabile, Talsis and Kandava. This will provide a more complete introduction not only to urban life in Latvia, but also to its small towns, landscapes and open spaces.
Residents have to secure their own funding for their travel, subsistence, and materials. If artist isn’t on NOASS project, then stay in residencie is definied by agreement. Artist takes full responsibility in regard of his healthcare (Health insurance must be valid). It is a precondition!
There will not be extra expenses for exhibition and presentation premises and all our team will do the best for you to make your stay in Riga as comfortable as possible.
I thought everyone at NOASS was fantastic, really helpful and just easy people to be around. My stay there was really great. /David Raymond Conroy, UK
The staff and communication was great. I was always taken care of and felt very safe. The staff made me feel at home and Riga felt like a home away from USA. /Jamie Ricardo, USA
Students are not eligible, but young artists encouraged. In order to apply for residency candidates are invited to fill the application form for NOASS residencies: Application form for NOASS Artist in Residence program. We set out the motivation of the artist as the main selection criterion, as well as the desire to engage the local public in contemporary art processes.
A residency in Riga offers a unique experience when it comes to discovering the cultural processes which are so characteristic of all ‘Post-Soviet’ era Eastern European countries. Experience has shown that the acclimatisation process which accompanies a residency in a new city full of contrasts invariably generates creative impulses which sooner or later manifest themselves in some form of artistic expression. Residents present their depiction of their sensations to the local public by giving it chance to view their city through the eyes of a stranger.
Hosting its previous residents has also proved to be a valuable experience for NOASS. Each artist possesses a unique character and interests and during their residencies, we’ve acquired a fresh view of the organisation’s operations as a whole.
An important interactive aspect of the residency project is introducing the public to the latest developments in contemporary art – introducing the artist-in-residence to Latvia and the country’s cultural and art scene.
In circumstances defined by social changes, direct personal contacts are the driving forces behind artistic process globally. We believe that the residencies we offer are a wonderful way of establishing these contacts, thus promoting cooperation between cultural practitioners and artists in the Baltic Sea region, as well as society as a whole.
These residencies will serve as a bridge for cooperation between cultural practitioners based in Latvia and their counterparts throughout the region.
Doron Polak – Israel [web]
Eitan Vitkon – Israel [web]
Felice Hapetzeder – Sweden [web]
Jay Needham – USA [web]
Ben Neufeld – USA [web]
Doris Neidl – Austria [web]
Shelley Jordon – USA [web]
Wlfried Agricola de Cologne – Germany [web]
Stephan Jacobs – USA [web]
Janin Walter – Germany
Paige Cooper – Canada
Liadain Herriot – Ireland
Valdis Thor – Iceland [web]
Lynette Morgan – Ireland
Joao Laia – Portugal
E.J. Berns – USA
Giovanni de Angelis – Italy [web]
Emma O’Kane – Ireland
Jamie Ricardo – USA
David Raymond Conroy – England 2013 [web]
Annie Davey – Ireland 2013
Emmi Valve – Finland 2013 [web]
Berliac – Argentina 2014 [web]
Pjotr Antonov – Russia 2014 [web]
Soshi Matsunobe – Japan 2014 [web]
Larissa Papamanos – Australia 2014 [web]
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