A new residency programme for emerging artists from the Baltic region 0

The award-winning international contemporary art space BALTIC has announced a new three-year residency programme for emerging artists from countries of the Baltic region. For the first residency BALTIC is collaborating with the Lithuanian Culture Institute thus giving an opportunity to spend a month at the residency to the upcoming Lithuanian composer and sound artist Andrius Arutiunian. 

The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The Cultural attaché of Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Islands Justė Kostikovaitė informed that the BALTIC | States residency programme is inviting participants from the Baltic region to work around ideas about identity, citizenship and belonging. As the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is located in Gateshead, all artists taking part at the programme will be encouraged to find connections between the Baltic region and the North East of England. The artists will also be invited to think about the transcendent geographical borders at this time of social and political change. By paying attention to these serious discourses, young artists will be stimulated to prove their ambitions, unleash intelligence and create ever more vivid visual interpretations for the above mentioned concepts. 

The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art opened in 2002 and since then has presented over 190 exhibitions of almost 400 artists from different countries. The art space contains four galleries and a performance space, 2,600 square metres altogether, which makes it the largest contemporary art institution in the United Kingdom. It also makes it a perfect place for experiments of contemporary art and a possibility for emerging artists to show their work. Besides exhibitions and workshops, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has also founded a biennial art prize - “BALTIC Artists’ Award”, within which internationally renowned judges select artists that have a possibility to realise new works displayed at a special four-month exhibition. The “BALTIC Artists’ Award 2019” is taking place from 15 February till 16 June and the participating artists are Kang Jungsuck from South Korea, Aaron Hughes from the USA and Ingrid Pollard from Guyana.

Andrius Arutiunian at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The first resident of BALTIC | States is an Armenian-Lithuanian composer and sound artist Andrius Arutiunian. The Hague based artist mainly explores diverse social and cultural aspects of specific histories through sonic artefacts – noise and sound. Arutiunian makes installation and multimedia works and composes electro-acoustic pieces and audio-visual sets. During his stay at the residency, Arutiunian will develop a new performative work and installation using biometric tracking software. 

BALTIC | States residency programme is a fantastic opportunity for participating artists to meet internationally acknowledged curators and arts professionals, as well as cooperate with them. The first residency will be supported with a £2,000 GBP artist's fee, a travel bursary, accommodation and a studio space.