AqTushetii is a residency program that fosters the arts, culture, history, and traditions of Tusheti while bringing together creatives from around the world to collaborate, create, and share knowledge.
AqTushetii is a DIY ‘self-organised’ exchange platform. This flexible system 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-organised by the co-founders of the residence, most of the happenings of the 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. If you want to see something happen: make it happen, and make it possible for others to do so too. The residents of the building are there to help you just as you are there to help them. It is through this ethos that the building functions and produces interesting scenarios and content.
AqTushetii residency and was created to initiate cultural and artistic exchange between the residents who will establish personal contacts and develop on-going networks and further projects. Artists and musicians, painters and ceramicists, photographers and writers are expected to collaborate. To exchange the knowledge and experience, during their stay artists are expected to hold a workshop and/or series of lectures. In addition, the musicians shall perform at least once during their residency.
AqTushetii is extending its residency season this year. For the first time, artist residencies will be available in the autumn and winter. Potential residents will have the unique opportunity to travel to Tusheti by helicopter to experience and work in the wild, remote and stunning highland region while the road is closed.
There are currently two open calls:
Round 1: 25 October — 8 November. 12 spots available. Residents will travel to Omalo by car and return by helicopter. Deadline for this round: 30 September, however, applications will close if spots are filled before this date.
Round 2: 8 November — 22 November.12 spots available. Residents will arrive and depart Omalo via helicopter. Deadline for this round: 10 October, however, applications will close if spots are filled before this date.
The works created within the residency will be shown at the exhibition that is held towards the end of the season. Some works will also be shown with our partner organisations in Tbilisi. Concerts, workshops and future projects are usually established within the residency. Every year, during the annual festival, together with mutant radio live performances are streamed on mutant radio from the residency.
The artists will have access to the recording studio, a dark room for photography, a ceramic kiln and tools, painting studios, printing press and many more. For the amount of money paid by the artist the residency will provide the music equipment for musicians, the clay for ceramicists, painting/art supplies for painters and so on. The residency has a library/working space big enough for number of artists to work separately or else together.
Art studio spaces, music studio, library, outdoor (undercover) working spaces, photographic dark room, 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], vinyl library of Georgian music, cassette dubbing deck, CDR burner, welding tools, woodworking tools, metal working tools, knitting machine, sewing machine, rug weaving looms.
AqTushetii residency is based in Omalo, Tusheti (one of the most remote places in Georgia, in the northern slopes of the mountains of the Caucasus).