Nida Art Colony (Vilnius Academy of Arts)

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Nida Art Colony offers residencies for professional artists, designers, architects, art critics and curators.

The objectives of the programme are:
– To provide favourable conditions for art practices and to stimulate innovations in art
– To implement innovations in art education
– To become an integral part of the local cultural and social scene.

The programme offers living and socialising facilities in order to ensure comfortable and harmonious coexistence of five artists-in-residence. It always has a combination of local and foreign artists, which is expected to encourage new and original partnerships and to stimulate ideas.

Artists-in-residence are encouraged and expected to engage in educational activities during their residency period.

Artists-in-residence are also invited to engage in locally based practices: to join local cultural initiatives and institutions as well as to work with local themes and visual and social contexts. Open studio days will be held towards the end of each residency period.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

Nida Art Colony (or NAC) is a subdivision of the Vilnius Academy of Arts ( It is developed under the EEA and Norway Grants support. The main forms of NAC activities are international workshops, summer schools, exhibitions, conferences, video screenings, and the artistst-in-residence programme.

Nida Art Colony is on the Curonian Spit, which is a peninsular dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. In the year 2000, the Curonian Spit was included into the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe. The Curonian Spit is a National park with sand dunes and pitch pine forests as characteristic features of its landscape. Artists like Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, writers like the Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann, composers and actors prized its landscape and ambience.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • University
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Palanga, Kaunas, Vilnius, Riga
    Nearest Train Station: Klaipeda
    How to reach by plane: To Vilnius, then by train to Klaipeda (4,5 hours) or bus to Nida (6 hours).To Kaunas, then by train to Klaipeda (1,5 hours) or bus to Nida (4,5 hours).To Palanga, then by bus to Klaipeda.To Riga, then by bus to Klaipeda.
    How to reach by train: From Vilnius to Klaipeda (4,5 hours), then by ferry from Klaipeda to Smiltyne (15 mins) and bus from Smiltyne to Nida (45 mins).
    How to reach by car: Reach Klaipeda, go to the 2nd Ferry Terminal (timetable at Take a ferry to Smiltyne. Nida is 49 km away from the terminal. Follow the only road on the peninsular to the west. After entering Nida go for the third turn to the town center and turn left. Look for a sign to Nida Camping site and follow it turning right. Some 300 m away you will see Nida Art Colony building on your right. Welcome!
    Street & Number: E. A. Jonušo str. 3
    Postal Code: 93127
    City: Neringa
    Country long: Lithuania
    E. A. Jonušo str. 3
    Neringa 93127 LTU
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