INTRODUCTION.ROJA ART LAB is an artists-run, non-profit initiative, which provides a creative arena for artists who are ambitious for their work and open to challenges of an environment that demands experiment, co-operation and exchange. We are looking for participants who will engage with local community, investigate and reflect on materials and place, innovative use of various medias (installation, land art, performance, video, sound, painting, sculpture, ceramics, time-based, photography, etc.) The residency culminates in a public celebration, performances and exhibition of individual and collaborative works that have emerged over the time of being together for 15 days.We are very interested in the new forms and new approaches that could be outcome from the site specifics of the residency.
Artists are resident for the duration of the 15 – day workshop. We are planning to have 8 artists in the ROJA Art Lab. A series of visitors will be invited to attend throughout the art laboratory to encourage critical debate and dialogue. This will include presentations, lectures. Before physical production there will be project presentations and concept discussion meetings, in which the specificity of each artist will be contextualized.Applicants should be interested in interdisciplinary dialogue and open to collaboration.
ROJA ART LAB has received funding from the State Culture Capital Fund of Latvia, and is supported by private individuals and organizations. Residency provides housing , meals, studio, materials along with technical support and basic facilities.We are working hard to offer all the selected artists fully funded places excluding their travel to and from Roja. Artists, especially those from outside Latvia, are encouraged to seek financial help through national or regional funding organizations, charitable trusts, etc. We will provide all necessary recommendations, papers and any other possible help, when artist is selected.
ROJA LAB has improvised outdoor studios for work, meetings, seminars and presentations. We do have basics equipment for work with wood, metal and ceramic etc. We have broadband Internet connection, sound system and video projector. Specific tools residents have to bring with them. ROJA LAB has an open air wood-fire / high-fire ceramic and raku kiln on the bank of river Roja. For specifics projects (performances / exhibitions / projections / shows etc.) there is possibility to rent out facilities in town.
To apply please send:
- A completed application form.
- Eight digital images (JPG format) or short video (you may also provide your website address, Vimeo, or You Tube address).
Application and images must be labelled with surname (family) name, followed by an underscore in the file name. For example: John Smith will label his submitted images as Smith_(title of image or doc.)
Applications should be sent by 25 March, Latvia time.
Curator of ROJA ART LAB