ISSP Riga Residency

Applications for the time period July–December 2021 are closed. We will announce the next open call in Autumn 2021.

The ISSP Riga Residency provides an opportunity for concentrated work on a personal project informed by interaction with Riga and its residents 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.

Who can apply?
The ISSP Residency is open for photographers, artists and curators working with photography. Due to the current pandemic-related travel restrictions, the 2021 residency programme will host artists from countries within EU, EEA, Switzerland and the UK
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. 
Thanks to our cooperation partner kuš!, the residency also hosts illustrators and comics artists – if you are one or the other and want to come to Riga, get in touch with kuš! through their website

Duration and timing 
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we recommend longer stays of 2 – 3 calendar months. Stays of 1 month can still be possible, however, depending on the individual preferences and residency schedule. 
NB! The residency calendar is based on full month slots, so in case you leave earlier than the end of the month, the monthly fee will still apply. 

Participation fee
The residency participation fee is 300 EUR per calendar month; a partial advance is payable to confirm the participation.
The participants are responsible for their travel and production costs. We can provide you with an official invitation letter to apply for funding in your country. 

Nordic – Baltic Grant
One selected artist from a Nordic or Baltic country * will get to stay free of charge and receive a 500 EUR stipend and travel costs covered by the Nordic Culture Point.
* eligible countries: Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland, Estonia, Lithuania. 

What we offer:
- a private room in a comfortable residency apartment in the center of Riga (the 3-bedroom apartment is 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, fireplace, 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;
- a possibility to meet with the local community at an artist talk, and to organise extra events or pop-up exhibitions.

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;
- at the end of the residency, to send us a selection of the images produced for publicity purposes.

We will announce the next open call in Autumn 2021.

NB! Residency & Covid-19
Covid-19 will not stop our residency programme, but there are several considerations to take into account. 
- At the time being, a negative Covid test and a filled Covidpass confirmation form are required to enter Latvia. For most of the visitors, 10 days of self-isolation must be observed upon arrival. A list of countries subject to safety measures (updated every Friday evening) is here.  Official information on the current entry regulations to Latvia is here:  
- It is OK to stay in one apartment with the other residents for the self-isolation period, as long as you carefully observe the disinfection requirements. It is also ok to go outside and walk around the city or in nature during self-isolation, you just need to keep distance from other people and wear a mask in public spaces (e.g. supermarket).
- More information on current Covid-19 regulations in Latvia are here:
- If you have questions, you are welcome to contact us at

The Riga Residency is curated by ISSP – a platform for contemporary photography, based in Riga, but acting internationally – that invites the participating artists to benefit from its international network and get involved in its activities and education programme. 

The residency is run in partnership with kuš! – a comics art anthology from Latvia founded 2007 in Riga, who publish comic editions and organise exhibitions, workshops, comics jams and other comics-related events, besides travelling to international festivals to spread the Latvian comics fever. For more info contact Kuš! Comics Residency.

Host town
Riga stands at a geographical and cultural crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe and has a multicultural history. The largest city in the Baltic States, Riga offers plenty of tradition and historical charm, while its urban neighbourhoods still bear witness to post-Soviet reality. There is an active art and culture scene with plenty to discover; the countryside with beautiful forests and beaches can be easily reached by public transport. 

During 2018 – 2021 we had an opportunity to host over 40 artists from different corners of Europe and some from further away in the world. 
Read feedback from our previous residents here.

In case of questions, contact us at 

In the period July 2021 - December 2023 the Residency is supported by the Nordic Culture Point (project "United Riga Residency for photographers and illustrators").