AqTushetii is an artist colony and festival that fosters the arts, culture, history, and traditions of Tusheti
while bringing together creatives from around the world to collaborate, work, and share knowledge.
Each summer, AqTushetii hosts residents from various backgrounds: visual and sound artists,
musicians, dancers, philosophers, writers, anthropologists, scientists and etc. who are encouraged to
collaborate and create interesting scenarios together. In 2020, the building will welcome residents
from August 1 to October 31.
AqTushetii is a DYI exchange platform – a flexible system that 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-organized by the co-founders of the residence, most of the happenings
of 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.
Aqtushetii is located in the northeast of Georgia within the Caucasus mountain range. The residency is in the village of Lower Omalo, Tusheti, which is circa 187 km from Tbilisi the capital.
Duration of residency
A one-month stay is prioritized, however, in some cases, two-week stays are also possible.
You can contact us for more information regarding two-week residency options.
The residents will be accommodated at our site, which offers capsule beds in dormitories, showers, dining area and several terraces.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
People working in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: visual and sound arts, music, philosophy, writing, anthropology, science, and more.
The following resources are available on site: Four art studio spaces, outdoor (undercover) working spaces, photographic darkroom, ceramic facilities, library/research resources, sound recording studio, musical instruments, welding tools, wood working tools, metalworking tools, knitting machine, sewing machine, rug weaving looms, technical assistance, networking, exhibition space, performance space.
Studio / Workspace
Four (shared) art studio spaces, outdoor (undercover) working spaces, photographic darkroom, pottery wheel, raku kiln, wood-fired kiln, outdoor stage, professional sound system, 2 projectors, gallery space, sound recording studio [inc. microphones, Genelec monitors, sound card, electric piano, acoustic drum kit, mixer, organ, Georgian folk instruments, various percussion], the vinyl library of Georgian music, cassette dubbing deck, CDR burner and printer.
Fees and support
[PERIOD 1]: August 1 to September 1, 2020 – price: 650 euros total/all-inclusive
[PERIOD 2]: September 1 to October 1, 2020 – price: 700 euros total/all-inclusive
[PERIOD 3]: October 1 to November 1, 2020 – price: 750 euros total/all-inclusive
This all-in price includes:
– transport from Tbilisi to Omalo and back to Tbilisi
– 30 nights accommodation (in capsule dormitories)
– 30 days of catering: a light breakfast and two large meals per day
– access to all facilities and spaces within the building, as well as its events, workshops and lectures.
Expectations towards the artist
During their stay, each resident should make a presentation/exhibition/workshop on what they are researching/working on. A selection of artists and musicians will also have the opportunity to exhibit and perform live in our sister-spaces in Tbilisi. Artists are encouraged to contribute to the permanent collection/archive of the residency with their work if and when possible.
The applicants should send to the following email:email@example.com
Their portfolio and/on link to their work;
A short description of what they are planning to do while in Omalo;
The dates they wish to stay at the residency.
The committee will thoroughly overview each application; the applicants will be informed about their
results by the 15 th of April.
Selected applicants will be required to pay the 30% deposit in advance.