Vyksa AiR 2020

Vyksa AiR 2020

Vyksa Art Residence announces a call for applications open to artists for residency in 2020. Applications are open to artists of all ages and working in all techniques. Preference is given to projects that focus on the local context. The open call for the Vyksa Art Residence 2020 welcomes the lyrical name White Door in honour of the song by the legendary Russian singer Alla Pugacheva (music by Yuri Chernavsky, text by Leonid Derbenev), performed in 1984:
"At last, the residence theme carries the voice of a woman," says Alisa Bagdonaite, curator of the Vyksa Art Residence. "After a quarter of a century we know that psychedelic new wave won't take root in Alla Pugacheva's repertoire, but this composition was once a discovery for the Soviet music scene. New and experimental can threaten with failure and can inspire, change the course of history, build a foundation for new opportunities. The Residence is an experimental format in itself, which allows you to leave your comfort zone and explore new concepts and approaches. The White Door theme is open to interpretation and is designed not to limit and protect, but to invite for reflection and conversation. What is behind that door, will be ultimately determined by the artists."

Duration of the residence is 3 to 8 weeks depending on the expected time frame of research and project implementation. Vyksa Art Residence provides residents with a separate bedroom with bathroom in the mansion of the art residence which has an equipped kitchen, living room, study and everything necessary for living and working on the project. The fenced area of the residence has a garden, ideal for picnic and outdoor activities. There is also a workshop space (20 m2) for sharing in the building of the residence.

The residence offers a grant of 40 000 rubles (550 EUR) for the implementation of the project, as well as a total of 20,000 rubles (250 EUR) for materials. Residents should clarify the available equipment and discuss the purchase of necessary materials before their arrival. The residence covers travel expenses up to 5000 rubles (70 EUR). Usually, this amount is enough to cover tickets for the train and transfer to the city of Vyksa from the nearest railway station Navashino. The artist needs to cover the costs of food and their travel to Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod or St. Petersburg.

To apply, you must fill out the online application form, with deadline 19th January 2020 as well as send a biography and portfolio to the mail: [email protected]. There is no application fee.