RIBOCA (Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art), HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), and NAC (Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts) call for applications to participate in residency programmes in Helsinki, Finland and Nida, Lithuania between January–March 2022.
The residency is aimed at artists, architects, designers, musicians, educators, and practitioners from other disciplines interested in engaging in the fields of art education and mediation. The purpose of this residency is 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. They will be made available in Latvian, Lithuanian, Finnish, Russian, and English.
The organisers are keen to work with practitioners who see their practice as having the potential to develop ‘tools to empower’: to 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 – trusting their views and ideas as well as supporting them by providing the tools, context, and knowledge required for reaching those goals. The project aims to support the educational field in these attempts by working on tools developed within the context and methodologies of the art world.
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.
The HIAP residency is two months long and will take place from February–March 2022. The NAC residency will take place in January 2022.
Practitioners from all disciplines are welcome to apply. Their practice should have an artistic, scientific, and/or socio-political outreach with formal and informal experience in art education and a strong interest in it. Following the ERASMUS+ guidelines, only practitioners based within the European Union and/or EU citizens are eligible to apply. Via this open call, four practitioners or groups will be selected to take part in residencies contributing to this project (three for HIAP and one for NAC).