Open Call: FUTURES Baltic Talents 2024

Are you seeking new input for professional development and international exposure for your photographic work? Do you crave inspiration and an opportunity to connect with peers from around the world? 
ISSP invites artists working within the medium of photography to apply to become a part of FUTURES, the prestigious European-based photography platform dedicated to supporting emerging talents in photography. 
5 artists will be selected to join the platform in 2024. 

What kind of artists are we looking for?
The submission is open to photographers and contemporary artists working with photography, who 
- are coming from or currently based in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Ukraine (one artist from Ukraine may be included in the selection);
- can demonstrate dedication and continuity in their artistic practice; 
- are eager and ready to benefit from the international network, tutoring and exposure opportunities offered by the platform;  
- have had an artistic practice lasting for a duration from 3 to 10 years, including at least one solo exhibition;
- can submit a strong photographic work developed during the last three years. 

We recommend the candidates to check out the profiles of 10 artists nominated  by ISSP in the previous years. 

What does participation in the FUTURES platform offer?
- Participation grant of €500 per artist.
- Conversations with international professionals, online and in-person.
- Invitation to take part in the programme of networking events, workshops and talks at the Futures Annual Event during 13th ORGAN VIDA International Photography Festival in Croatia (travel costs and accommodation covered).
- Access to exclusive Magnum online education platform of talks and workshops especially developed for FUTURES artists.
- Opportunity to apply to the internal open call for the annual traveling exhibition.
- Opportunity to apply for a tutoring session with one of the platform members' curators.
- All FUTURES artists are featured at futures-photography.com website and promoted via the FUTURES social media channels and the annual publication. 
- Beyond 2024 - participation in the online education platform, internal open calls and other education and networking opportunities.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 21 January, 2024 (midnight) EET time.

APPLICATION FORM

The selected candidates will be notified by 26 January and must be ready to submit additional materials (full CV, portrait, 15 low and high resolution images) by 1 February. 

About FUTURES:
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union from 2017, the FUTURES Photography Platform pools together the experience of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists. By bringing together a wealth of resources and curatorial expertise, each talent selected by the Futures members gains access to unprecedented international network of professionals as well as new markets and audiences. Currently the platform has 20 member institutions across Europe, who are invited to nominate artists to join the platform each year. ISSP is the platform member since 2022.

Open call: ISSP Riga Residency 2024

A new open call for residencies between March and August 2024 is now open! The ISSP Riga Residency provides an opportunity for concentrated work on a personal research or art project or much needed time to rethink and complete ongoing work. We welcome photographers and artists interested in exploring the local social and cultural context and connecting to ISSP platform of activities.
Application deadline: February 15! 

Artist talk un izstādes tūre ar Santu Franci

Trešdien, 14. februārī, plkst. 18.30 notiks tikšanās ar izstādes "Esmu redzams šajā attēlā, un man tas nepatīk" mākslinieci Santu Franci. Māksliniece iepazīstinās ar savu radošo darbību, iedvesmas avotiem un pieredzi Latvijas mākslas telpā. Savukārt 15. februārī plkst. 18.00 aicinām uz izstādes tūri, kurā būs iespēja mākslinieces vadībā apmeklēt izstādi un uzzināt par tās tapšanas procesu. Ieeja abos pasākumos bez maksas.

Meklējam komunikācijas speciālistu

Meklējam kolēģi! No 1. marta aicinām pievienoties ISSP komandai KOMUNIKĀCIJAS SPECIĀLISTU/-I (pilna slodze). Komunikācijas speciālists plāno un īsteno aktuālās ISSP pasākumu un projektu komunikācijas, ieskaitot ISSP Galerijas, ISSP Skolas izglītības programmas (isspskola.lv), ISSP Rezidenču programmas un citu ISSP vietējo un starptautisko projektu un aktivitāšu komunikācijas. Pieteikumus gaidīsim līdz 3. februārim.

Jaunums: Santas Frances izstādei tapis mācību materiāls skolēniem

Santas Frances izstādei "Esmu redzams šajā attēlā, un man tas nepatīk" veidotā darba lapa palīdzēs sākumskolas un pamatskolas skolēniem izzināt izstādi un izprast tās konceptus, analizējot mākslas darbus un veidojot savu vāzes interpretāciju. Darba lapu var aizpildīt jebkurā izstādes apmeklējuma laikā! Visi nepieciešamie materiāli ir nodrošināti.

Atvērta pieteikšanās ziemas-pavasara ievadkursiem

Ziemas-pavasara semestrī ISSP Skola aicina apgūt fotogrāfiskās domāšanas pamatus un kameras tehniskās iespējas intensīvā divu mēnešu kursā “Ievads fotogrāfijā” – šobrīd atvērta pieteikšanās gan tiešsaistes, gan klātienes grupām. Kurss notiek jau ceturto gadu un to vada pieredzējuši pasniedzēji un fotogrāfi Kristīne Krauze-Slucka, Kristīne Madjare un Ingus Bajārs. Tiešsaistes kursa sākums jau 29. janvārī, bet klātienes kurss sāksies 4. aprīlī.

SALE: ISSP Agenda 2024 / ISSP Plānotājs 2024

ISSP Plānotājs 2024. gadam tagad pieejams ar atlaidi – 16 EUR! Izdevumā estētiskā un praktiskā dizainā ir apvienots nedēļas plānotājs ar pierakstu kladi, tas satur 34 īpaši atlasītus attēlus. Gada tēma – "Rituāls". Meklē plānotāju tiešsaistē un ISSP Galerijā Berga Bazārā.

The ISSP Agenda 2024 now available with a discount price of 16 EUR! The edition combines a weekly planner and a notebook in an aesthetic and practical design, featuring 34 carefully selected images. Theme of the year – Ritual. Order online or pick up a copy at the ISSP Gallery in Berga Bazārs.

ISSP Ziemassvētku dāvanu TOP 10 / ISSP Christmas gift TOP 10

Tuvojas Ziemassvētku laiks, un arī mēs esam padomājuši par skaistām un oriģinālām dāvanām. Ja meklē ko īpašu saviem tuvajiem, ieskaties ISSP Ziemassvētku dāvanu TOP 10! Iegādājoties dāvanas pie mums, tu atbalsti ISSP galerijas darbību, publiskās programmas un pašus māksliniekus. ISSP komanda novēl priecīgus un gaišus Ziemassvētkus!

Christmas time is approaching and we've got some beautiful and original gift ideas. If you are looking for something special for your loved ones, take a look at the ISSP Christmas Gift TOP 10! By buying gifts from us, you support the ISSP Gallery, our public programmes and the artists themselves. The ISSP team wishes you a Merry Christmas!

FUTURES annual publication

FUTURES' newest Annual Publication, Trigger #5: Energy, is an exploration of that question – and broadly thematizes alternative approaches to energy through photography, the issue of society’s decarbonisation, the call for repair and collective values. The publication is available at the ISSP library. 

Rakstu krājuma “WunderKombināts" otrā izdevuma atklāšana

15. decembrī plkst. 18.00 ISSP Galerijā notiks rakstu krājuma “WunderKombināts” otrā izdevuma “WunderKombināts II. Latvijas mākslas gadagrāmata 2023” atklāšana, aicinot pirmssvētku noskaņā klātienē iepazīties ar izdevumu, sastapt tā veidotājus un daļu autoru. No 24. novembra līdz 7. martam ISSP Galerijā ir skatāma Santas Frances izstāde "Esmu redzams šajā attēlā, un man tas nepatīk", kas ir izdevumā ietvertās vizuālās esejas izvērsums telpā. 

“A Queue, Naked Women and Politics": lecture by Indrek Grigor

Wednesday, December 13, at 6 PM, Estonian curator and art critic Indrek Grigor will give a lecture titled "A Queue, Naked Women and Politics. The Story of Woman in Photographic Art, the Most Popular Photo Exhibition in Soviet Estonia". In the lecture Indrek Grigor will share the anecdotal stories about the exhibition and the queues and present the current research that tries to bring attention to the international reach of photography in the 1980s and to the peculiar role that photo clubs. Free entrance.

PRE-SALE: ISSP Agenda / ISSP Plānotājs 2024

The PRE-SALE of the ISSP Agenda 2024 - "Ritual" - has begun! The edition combines a weekly planner and a notebook in an aesthetic and practical design, featuring 34 carefully selected images. Order your copy for a special Pre-Sale price until 1 December!

ISSP Plānotāja 2024 iepriekšpārdošana ir sākusies! Izdevumā estētiskā un praktiskā dizainā ir apvienots nedēļas plānotājs ar pierakstu kladi, tas satur 34 īpaši atlasītus attēlus. Pasūti to par īpašu iepriekšpārdošanas cenu līdz 1. decembrim!

FUTURES meeting in Budapest

This year, from 13 to 15 October, the FUTURES Photography platform's annual event was hosted by the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest. Joining more than 100 artists, 23 curators, and heads of major international contemporary photography institutions were ISSP nominated artists Reinis Hofmanis, Zane Priede, and Jurģis Peters from Latvia, Cloe Jancis from Estonia, and Ieva Baltaduonytė from Lithuania, as well as curator Iveta Gabaliņa and Jūlija Berkoviča from ISSP.