The ISSP Residency

The ISSP Riga Residency provides an opportunity for concentrated work on a personal research or art project informed by interaction with Riga and its residents (or elsewhere in Latvia), or much needed time to rethink and complete ongoing work. We welcome photographers, artists and curators interested in exploring the local social and cultural context and connecting to ISSP platform of activities and other contemporary art and culture actors in Latvia. 

New open call for residencies between March and August 2024 is now open. 

Who can apply?
Our residency programme is open for photographers and artists working with photography. There are no limitations regarding age, background or photographic style of the participants. The residents will be chosen based on the strength of their applications and fit to the residency calendar. Collaborative projects engaging local residents are welcome. 
Thanks to our cooperation partner kuš!, the residency also hosts illustrators and comics artists. 

Duration and timing 
One or two months. The residency calendar is based on full month slots, from 1 to last day of the month.
2 month stays are recommended in order to get to know the new location and make some proper work. 
We will reply asap for those who apply for the month of March! 

Participation fee
The residency participation fee is 500 EUR per calendar month; a partial advance is payable to confirm the participation. Applying for the residency is free of charge.
The participants are responsible for their travel and production costs. We will provide an official invitation letter that you can use to apply for public funding.

What we offer:
– a private room in a comfortable residency apartment in the center of Riga (3-bedroom apartment), shared with 2 other artists. The rooms are spacious and equipped with working tables; the artists share a common living room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, wifi, scanner, printer.
– a possibility to use the library and extra equipment at the ISSP premises;
– contact with a part-time staff member to provide local support, and access to the ISSP local network;
– a possibility to meet with the local community at an artist talk, and to organise a pop-up exhibition or a small workshop.

What we expect from the residents:
– to work on their artistic project in Riga / Latvia for the period of the residency;
– to be open to present their work to the local audience in the form of an artist talk or other public event;
– within one month upon the completion of the residency, to send us a selection of the images produced for publicity purposes.

Please fill in APPLICATION FORM with short information about yourself & why would you like to come to Riga (your project idea).
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