15 Nordic and Baltic artist residencies were granted support


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This year’s funding for Nordic and Baltic artist residencies has now been distributed. There were a total of 69 applications, of which 15 were granted support in order to strengthen artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic states. Nordic Culture Point has distributed a total sum of 381 947 €.

The Riga Circus Residency is, in their own words, a laboratory for the new forms of artistic concepts and art practices within the interdisciplinary field of arts. The residency works with contemporary circus and visual artists, dancers as well as architects and aims to foster exchange, experimentation and discussion. The artists’ studios and training rooms are located in one of the Europe’s oldest purpose-build circus buildings. The main objective of Riga Circus is to promote contemporary artistic practices, with a focus on circus development in Latvia and in the rest of the Baltic region. Their open call for their residency programme is made twice per year. For more information about their activities, read here.

The AIR Træna, unlike the Riga Circus, is not located in a capital but on a small arctic island in the low-populated Northern Norwegian Sea. Træna is unique, both in its location and history – it is one of the oldest settlements in Norway, with traces from the Stone Age dating back by around 9000 years. However, Træna is a modern and culturally active community that has already hosted many artists who have created more than 30 projects since 2015. The residency works with visual artists, musicians and composers, film makers, poets and others coming from all over the world. If you want to learn more about AIR Træna, you can do so here.

Funding for artist residencies is a part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The programme focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts, presence and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme comprises three forms of funding: mobility, network and funding for artist residencies. If you want to read more about the programme and upcoming deadlines, click here.

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