Sustainability an important issue at Residency Circle meeting in Riga
What is the role of residencies within the local and global ecology of arts? This was the main topic for the biannual Residency Circle meeting that was held in Riga 29-30 August. The meeting was arranged as a part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture.
Ecology of the residencies was the topic for the first panel. Art Lab Gnesta from Sweden and the Finnish residency centers Mustarinda and HIAP shared their experiences on working ecologically in their residencies. The participants discussed the role of the residency centers in today’s sustainability challenges and pointed out that also political measures are required to solve these issues and that art has a value in itself.
The topics for the second day of the meeting ranged over how the local communities benefit from residencies and who actually benefits from the residency – the organisation or the artist? The participants of the two panels represented various residency projects within different genres and had different approaches to these questions. Some residency centers highlighted the importance of guaranteeing a chance for the artists to work without disturbance whereas others expect stronger presence of their residency artists within the local community.
The purpose of the Residency Circle meeting is to create and support networks between the Nordic and Baltic residencies. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture promotes cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic countries and focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture.