Kuldīga Photography Residency

2013 - 2017
ISSP in cooperation with Kuldīga Artists’ Residence

Photographers/ artists working with photography

The residency programme provides photography artists an opportunity for concentrated personal work 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. The residency is curated by ISSP. Currently no new open calls are planned.

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. 

Resident support and costs
The artists-in-residence will receive free of charge accommodation for the duration of the stay. The artists will be reimbursed up to 200 EUR for travel costs to Latvia, as well as receive a 100 EUR stipend to cover materials and production expenses.

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.
- There is no formal obligation to produce a complete project during the period, but the Kuldīga Artists' Residence would be happy to organise an exhibition of the resulting work.

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 around 13,000) 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 are the town’s prime attractions, along with numerous cultural events geared to the inhabitants and visitors alike. In 2008, Kuldīga's historic center became a candidate for the European Heritage Label. For more about Kuldīga, read here.

To apply 
Applications are now closed! 

For enquiries and questions, please get in touch with us - office@issp.lv

Artists in residence 2013 - 2017
2017: The Cool Couple (Italy)
2017: Antonina Gugala (Poland)
2017: Ilze Vanaga (Latvia)
2016: Nikolas Ventourakis (Greece /UK) - Paradisos 
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.