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06 Sep 2010

Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA)

The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art is an internationally active non-governmental culture organization that offers an independent perspective on current topics and recent historical events through the looking glass of art.

Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) is a dynamic unit seeking connections between art and the current processes in the society, claiming the city and the surrounding reality as a field of creative possibilities, reacting to changes in the global art space by cooperation with artists and other art organizations, production work, information distribution, education, analysis, research, provocation, questioning, naming and frequently also trespassing the usual borderlines, as well as encouraging people to participate and be socially active.

The centre holds exhibitions, organizes the contemporary art festival SURVIVAL KIT, carries out research, collects and distributes information on contemporary art, arranges lectures, discussions, conferences, cultivates interdisciplinary and innovative culture initiatives, participates in creating culture policies.

One of the main tasks of Centre for Contemporary Art is to create an open and critically reasoning environment, thus encouraging interaction of art and society.

Range of activities:

  • Information centre

The LCCA Information Centre provides access to valuable information on contemporary art to professional target groups and wider public.

The data base of visual art

LCCA collects, complements and updates a unique collection of visual art and contextual documents dating from the 1960s. The data base consists of 30 000 informative units (images, publications, videos, etc.) about Latvian contemporary art. It comprises more than 100 detailed files about the most significant Latvian artists and processes within the local art scene, as well as 450 less detailed files about the personalities, associations, events and issues. An archive of Latvian video artists is also part of this collection.

The repository of professional literature and art press

The library of the repository comprises catalogues, art and art theory publications, as well as other publications about the current issues in the Latvian and European art scene. There is a wide spectrum of art and culture magazines available for reading.

Art news

LCCA publishes and disseminates art news informing about the activities, projects, exhibitions, opportunities, grants, competitions, residences, etc. The art news is produced by LCCA and other Latvian and foreign art and cultural institutions.

  • Educational program

The aim of the Education Program is to promote the development of critical thinking and encourage society to get involved in art and contemporary culture processes.

Within the framework of the program LCCA organizes lectures, artist portfolio presentations, discussions, thematic workshops, conferences and other discursive events.

The series of translations of the most important works of art and culture theory also provide new opportunities to society and, thus, contributes to the growth of collective intelligence.

  • Projects

LCCA initiates and leads local and international art projects and invites artists to actualize their creative ideas. The range of the projects implemented varies from ambitious and voluminous international exhibitions to the exhibitions created as a result of the carried out research projects and by less known or undeservedly forgotten authors.

LCCA also implements projects related to updating of the visual art data base and contextual documents, ensuring their preservation and public accessibility, including also publishing, creative enterprising and education programmes within the framework of different projects.


The program "Brigade" is an initiative created by the LCCA and its aims are to inspire and financially support creative, sustainable entrepreneurship, based in art and culture, which deals with social issues and contributes in raising the quality of life of local communities.

Project competition programme “Brigade” provides support to creative ‘squads’, which by the help of art and culture are able to improve urban environment in Riga and its surroundings, develop local communities, solve social problems and create financially sustainable solutions, thus facilitating the economic growth.


SURVIVAL KIT is an annual international contemporary art festival in Riga, Latvia, born in 2009 as a reaction to the changes brought about by the global economic crisis, encouraging people to find alternative lifestyles and solutions to their problems. Participants of SURVIVAL KIT are not just artists but also architects, scientists, new entrepreneurs, teachers and other enthusiastic experts, developing and implementing creative strategies to survive the times of crisis.

Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA)
In 2011 the European Commission and the Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA) consortium, comprising 25 partners from 10 EU Member States and 2 associated countries, Croatia and Iceland, launched the project Digitising Contemporary Art initiating a significant increase in the presence of contemporary art in Europeana, the single access point to Europe’s cultural heritage.