Rucka Art Foundation

Name of Residency: Rucka Artist Residency

The year at Rucka Artist Residency is divided into two main working periods – from September to May artist residency is open to individual residents working on their art projects, while from June to August the building serves as a venue for different summer events.

Rucka Artist Residency organises open calls residency programmes for artists involved with socially important topics to work on production and post-production of their projects. Calls for applications are open in May-June with application deadline in July, providing results to applicants within 2-4 weeks following the application deadline. The residency period is 1 month and residents receive stipends to cover their accommodation. Some grants for production costs may be provided.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

Rucka Artist Residency in Cesis, Latvia is a space created by artists for artists. Its founders are Latvian documentary filmmaker and photographer Kaspars Goba and producer Ieva Goba.
The residency centre houses analogue photography lab, video editing room,  lecture hall and several smaller workshop rooms, a library, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and sauna. There are 10 rooms with shared showers and WC available for individual residents. Fast Wi-Fi internet is available in the whole building. The residency founders work in the same building and can provide support to the residents. The residency centre is located in the middle of an old park providing inspiring atmosphere for work, while the historic town centre is within a walking distance. Cesis has a recently built modern concert hall where high quality music events, film screenings and exhibitions take place on a regular basis. The town is located in the middle of Gauja National Park with plenty of opportunities for active recreation depending on the season (hiking, canoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing), a sports complex with a pool and gym is located within 10 minutes’ drive.
Cesis is a small medieval town, an hour’s drive from Riga, with a rich cultural heritage and numerous new creative initiatives. Cesis region has historically been known for its intellectual capacity as many writers, artists and politically and socially active people come from this area. Therefore, the aim of the Rucka Artist Residency is to continue the well-established intellectual traditions and to create a space that serves as a meeting point for artists coming from various disciplines to create cross-disciplinary projects dealing with social and environmental issues and a place where new ideas and initiatives are born.
The activities of Rucka Artist Residency are also firmly based on ideas of green living, community involvement and downshifting as a way of life. The food served during the summer events is prepared using the locally grown produce, the residency is cooperating with the State Probation Service to involve their clients in maintaining the residency, residency centre is providing open lectures during the summer events and organising documentary film screenings, residents and summer school participants are working on projects that ensure interaction with local community.

Organisation founded in: 2013
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
  • Photography-Darkroom
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Film-studio
  • Woodworking tools
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
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
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): In open call programmes we provide grants and some production costs.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Films
    • Gardening
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Riga International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Cesis
    How to reach by plane: The closest airport is Riga International Airport that has regular connections with most of the European cities.
    How to reach by train: There is a regular train connection between Riga and Cesis, the ride takes 2 hours (or 1.5 hours with express train) and costs 3.50 euro. Check for train schedules. If you prefer to go by bus, buses travel between Riga and Cesis on an hourly basis. The ride take 1 hour 40 minutes and costs 4.15 euro.
    How to reach by car: A drive from Riga, the capital of Latvia takes 1.5 hour or a bit less depending on the traffic. From Riga you should follow A2 towards Pskov and turn to Cesis near Melturi. Arriving in Cesis drive on Piebalgas iela and turn right on the corner of Lapsu iela, then take the next turn left at Rucka sign.
    Street & Number: Piebalgas iela 19
    Postal Code: LV4101
    City: Cesis
    Country long: Latvia