‘’The Black Hole’’ project is calling for artists of any speciality to participate in a 3-week residency in Latvia. The aim of residency is to foster creative freedom, explore local context and encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary experiments between participants.
In 3 weeks, we’ll host 6 artists, including an award-winner of Arte Laguna Prize 2024. Artists will get to know each other and the environment of residency. There will be workshops with experienced professionals from various fields (will be updated) offering participants methods and inspiration on how to approach their work and explore beyond the usual. Once a week there will be a presentation within a small group of people on what the artists have come up with so far and in conclusion of the residency – a bigger opening event to showcase their works to public.
Time period of this residency will be 3 weeks in August 2024.
The participation fee is 300 EUR + 300 EUR for accommodation if needed. Artists are responsible for their travel expenses. There will be a dedicated workspace and a common kitchen for family-style cooking of meals. It is a tradition in Black Hole residencies to share each culture through food and to get to know each other as a person.
To apply for this residency or clear up any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Applications must include CV and portfolio along with a short description of why you would like to participate.
Application deadline: November 1st, 2023
More information about the location and involved art professionals will be added till October 1st, 2023.
The residency will take place 30 min bicykle ride distance from the city center. There is also a public transport. The price for the cab ride from and to the city center is around 5-10 EUR.
The residency will take place in the cultural hub Viskaļi run by Free Riga in the former Riga Technical university site. The renting contract has signed in 2019 for the next 25 years. There are 15000 m2 and more then 200 rooms.
Totaldobže Art Centre has been active in Viskaļi from 2020 till 2023. It was organizing workshops and public events: concerts, exhibitions, performances, conferences, talks, poetry slams etc.
The Black Hole residents will be living next to more then 30 studios of artists and designers, workshops with cutting, printing, welding etc equipment. There is also a mushroom farm, sports centre and other kind of working, office and leisure spaces.
There are still more then 100 rooms waiting for the permanent residents. Room sizes are from 18m2 to more then 100m2.
Half of the yard is occupied by Viskaļi, other half is still empty. Other side of the yard is facing the abandoned building built in the1950ties for soviet military aviation school.
During summer the yard is used for meetings, sports and entertaimnent.
There is the largest lake of Riga in 5 min walking distance from Viskaļi. You can even see it from the yard.
Next to the Viskaļi there is an industrial area with large heating plant, furniture manufacture and mill. A bit further there is also the NATO military base.