Kuldīga Photography Residency

ISSP in cooperation with Kuldīga Artists’ Residence

3 photographers/ artists working with photography
3 weeks: 5 - 26 August 2016 | Kuldīga, Latvia
Application deadline: 15 April 2016

The residency programme will provide three photography artists an opportunity for concentrated personal work for three weeks in Kuldīga - one of the most charming towns in Latvia and a UNESCO National Cultural Heritage site. The artists will be hosted in a beautiful complex of restored wooden houses in the heart of the town established as Kuldīga Artists’ Residence in 2013 – a perfect location for contemplation and artistic work. The residency period overlaps with the International Summer School of Photography 2016 (6-14 August in Pelči, near Kuldīga), offering the residents a chance to take part in the ISSP programme of talks and presentations and to network with an international group of photographers.

Who can apply?
Photographers and artists working with photography - there are no limitations regarding age, nationality, background or photographic style. 
Three residents will be chosen based on the strength of their applications. 
Quality of candidates permitting, we expect to admit one artist from Latvia and two international artists.

Duration and timing
The residency offers a stay of 3 weeks during the time period 5 - 26 August 2016.

Resident support and costs
The artists-in-residence will receive free of charge accommodation for the duration of the stay. The artists are responsible for travel costs, production costs and their own expenses during the stay.

Residents’ responsibilities
- The residents will be invited to take part in a public event presenting their work in Kuldīga, in cooperation with the local photography club.
- The residents shall allow the organizers to publish some images from the resulting work for non-profit publicity purposes.

Accommodation and facilities
The Kuldīga Artists’ Residence is a beautifully restored wooden house located at walking distance from the town center. Facilities: separate bedroom, private bathroom, shared studio space and kitchen, wi-fi, spacious garden.
A photography studio is available for the residents’ use by arrangement.

Host town
Kuldīga (population 13,500) is one of the oldest and most charming towns in Latvia. The town has wonderfully preserved its medieval appearance of the 17th century Courlandian capital. The unique old town with its maze of roof-tiled buildings, and the river Venta with the widest waterfall in Europe (250 meters) are the town’s prime attractions, along with numerous cultural events geared to the inhabitants and visitors alike. In 2008, Kuldīga's historic center has been awarded the European Heritage candidate Label. Every August, Kuldīga hosts the International Summer School of Photography as well as a range of other cultural events. For more about Kuldīga, read here.

To apply 
The application deadline is 15 April 2016, 24hrs CET (02:00 Latvian time). Applications are now closed.
The applicants will be notified of the selection results by the end of April.

Artists in residence 2013 - 2016
2016: Nikolas Ventourakis (Greece /UK) 
2016: Felicia Honkasalo (Finland)
2016: Petr Pawlowski (Czech Republic)
2015: Adam Golfer (USA) 
2015: Cemil Batur Gökçeer (Turkey) 
2014: Joanna Piotrowska (Poland/UK) 
2013 - 2014: Christel Ooms (Netherlands) 
2013 - 2014: David Creedon (Ireland) 

Some of the works created:

The residency programme is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation.