ISSP Riga Residency

The applications for the residency period January – June 2021 are open till 20 November 2020!

NB! Although the Residency calendar is complete until the end of 2020, we are constantly facing changes due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in different countries. If you are interested in staying at the Residency already this year, feel free to write to us at! Currently, we have 1 open slot in November 2020.

Who can apply?
Photographers and artists working with photography, coming from any country from which travelling to Latvia is allowed under current regulations. There are no limitations regarding age, background or photographic style. The residents will be chosen based on 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 
While in normal circumstances, residency stays vary from 1 to 2 calendar months, due to the current Covid-19 self-isolation requirements, we highly recommend a stay of 2, possibly 3 calendar months, in order to be able to produce some proper work.
Stays of 1 month can still be possible, depending on individual preferences and residency schedule. 
NB! The residency calendar is based on full month slots, so in case you leave earlier than end of the month, the monthly fee will still apply. 

The residency participation fee is 350 EUR per calendar month, that covers the basic costs of the flat; a partial advance is payable to confirm the participation. The participants will be responsible for their travel and production costs. We can provide you with an official invitation letter to apply for funding in your country. 

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;
- a part-time staff member to provide local support and contacts and introduce the residents to the arts and culture scene;
- 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.

To apply 

Submit an APPLICATION FORM by 20 November 2020. 

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 together 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. 

For enquiries and questions, write to us at 

In 2018 – 2020 we were glad to host and get to know the work of almost 45 artists. 

Artists-in-residence, 2020 (January – September)
Stewart Hardie (UK)
Alan Huck (US)
Tytus Szabelski (Poland) 
Klaus Richter (Lithuania/Austria)
Kertu Rannula & Sidney Lepp (Estonia)
Viktorija Bernotaitė (Lithuania/UK)
Valentyn Odnoviun (Lithuania/Ukraine)
Martin T Raggio (Germany/USA)
Tim Sullivan (UK) 
David Ashley Kerr (Germany)
Thibaut Henz (Germany)
Tamara Aalto (Finland)

Artists-in-residence, 2019
Demelza Watts (UK)
Franek Ammer (Poland)
Filippo Zambon (Italy/Finland)
Anna Hornik (Poland)
Sara Palmieri (Italy)
Julia Borissova (Russia)
Ekaterina Anokhina (Russia)
Jaana Kokko (Finland) 
Shoji Kato (Japan/Finland)
Céline Gobillard (France)
Emma Sandström (Sweden)
Cleo Wächter (Netherlands)
Sergey Novikov (Russia)
Stefanie Kulisch (Germany)
Fernando Criollo (Peru)
Néha Hirve (Sweden)
Mako Ishizuka (Japan/Sweden)

Artists-in-residence, 2018
Theo Elias (Sweden)
Maija Annikki Savolainen (Finland)
Hiro Tanaka (Japan)
Josefina Malmegård (Sweden)
Ameena Rojee (UK)
Diāna Tamane (Estonia/LV)
Arimasa Fukukawa (Japan/France)
Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (Iceland)
Henna Tyrväinen (Finland)
Kenneth Bamberg (Finland/Åland Islands)
Michael Holland (UK) 
Tekla Inari (Finland) 
Anastasia Starikova (UK/LV) 

Read feedback from previous residents here (2018 - 2019)

Some of the works created during the residencies 2018–2020: