AqTushetii Residence

Name of Residency: AqTushetii

AqTushetii residency is based in Omalo, Tusheti (One of the most remote places in Georgia, in the northern slopes of the mountains of the Caucasus) and was created to initiate cultural and artistic exchange between the residents who will establish personal contacts and develop on-going networks and further projects.

The artists will have access to the recording studio, a dark room for photography, a ceramic kiln and tools, painting studios, printing press and many more. For the amount of money paid by the artist the residency will provide the music equipment for musicians, the clay for ceramicists, painting/art supplies for painters and so on.
The residency has a library/working space big enough for number of artists to work separately or else together.

Artists and musicians, painters and ceramicists, photographers and writers are expected to collaborate. To exchange the knowledge and experience, during their stay artists are expected to hold a workshop and/or series of lectures In addition, the musicians shall perform at least once during their residency.

The works created within the residency will be shown at the exhibition held towards the end of the season.

Residency Programme since: 2017
Description of Organisation: AqTushetii is a festival/residency program that fosters the arts, culture, history, and traditions of Tusheti while bringing together creatives from around the world to collaborate, create, and share knowledge

Mission Statement:

AqTushetii is a DIY ‘self-organised’ exchange platform. This flexible system tries to resist hierarchy and incite experimentation, in a hospitable environment that fosters autonomy towards each person that takes part. While some events are pre-organised by the co-founders of the residence, most of the happenings of the space/s are decided upon and produced by the residents themselves. Each person who steps into AqTushetii is encouraged to contribute back to the building somehow – the form and shape this takes is entirely up to the resident. This is made possible by the material and human resources available on site. If you want to see something happen: make it happen, and make it possible for others to do so too: e.g. if you need help setting up a projector or the sound for a talk you want to put on that evening; or could use a hand moving a table or installing something, etc. – ask around and do it. The residents of the building are there to help you just as you are there to help them. It is through this ethos that the building functions and produces interesting scenarios and content.

Organisation founded in: 2017
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Georgian
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Cleaning
  • Car
  • Computer
  • Other
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Sound recording studio
  • Musical-instruments
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 650-750 Euro
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Other
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Tbilisi International Airport, Kutaisi International Airport
    How to reach by plane: In case you need the guidance about the cheapest and easiest ways to get to Georgia through Wizzair, Raynair or Skyup flights, contact us on our email:
    Street & Number: Kvemo Omalo
    Postal Code: 0905
    City: Omalo
    Country long: Georgia