The International Artist Residency Pedvale is now officially accepting applicants for our 2023 winter Residency programme. We are inviting artists to apply for a 4 weeks long residency in January and February dedicated to the winter landscape theme. Applications will be selected and 18 artists in total (9 in one month) will have the opportunity to work creatively. The groups will be formed according to a principle so that representatives of different areas would be included – visual artists, writers, dancers, performance artists. Most welcome are the artists from countries that do not have a typical winter – with snow, cold, ice, frost, winter sunrises and sunsets, snowstorms – to get inspiration and get to know this beautiful season.
Pedvale Art Park & Artist Residency is located two hours northwest of Riga. The spacious territory of almost 100 hectares at Pedvale Art Park is suitable for leisurely walks, during which you can enjoy both the landscape and the art exhibited in the park.
The concept of the Art Park is the integration of natural landscape, cultural heritage and art into a single environment. It is a place where a creative idea can both be developed and realized in accordance with the scenic environment and as a result can become an integral part of this environment. The artists participating in the Pedvale creative projects are encouraged to get inspiration from the surrounding area and to use the natural materials available there.
The Residency offers a studio/exhibition and outdoor space to artists, activists, and progressive thinkers, as well as fully-equipped lodging and gathering spaces for collaborators and guests.
Duration of residency
We offer 4 weeks residency from 4 January to 31 January and from 2 February to 28 February. We can accommodate up to 9 artists at the same time.
Artists stay in our refurbished manor house – built at the beginning of the 19th century – in fully-furnished private bedrooms and they have access to the kitchen, common areas, laundry, Pedvale Art Park grounds, car parking etc.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
The Residency is open to visual artists, writers, performers and myriad creative individuals. The artists’ workshops are equipped with professional lighting for the needs of artists and have basic equipment. The workshop room is equipped according to the wishes and needs of each individual artist. Artists must self-fund the travel and specific materials or equipment but we can provide assistance for the necessary arrangements. There are shops in the vicinity where you can buy materials necessary for the work.
Studio / Workspace
Studios can be used as private or shared. We offer 4 studious on the ground floor of the manor house ~30 square meters each and 3 smaller ones in the basement. Artists have 24 hour access to the workspace. It is possible to work outside in the sculpture park as well. Artists are responsible for supplying their own materials. The residency fee varies depending on the workspace – private or shared.
Fees and support
The artist’s fee is €480 per month. The payment must be done no later than one month before the sojourning begins. Every participant can bring along one family member or partner that will cost 50% of the price. The residency fee is intended to cover the general cost of running the programme and the maintenance of historic building that is under the protection of the National Heritage Board. We do not offer grants, stipends or other economical support. We are happy to assist artists seeking grants or other forms of funding in their home country/institution, by providing letters of recommendation when the candidature is accepted.
Expectations towards the artist
During the last week of the residency from 23 to 29 January and from 20 to 26 February, we invite artists to exhibit winter landscape-inspired works created during the residency in the exhibition hall of the Residency.
Applicants shall apply by email with an open application. Applicants shall submit:
an artist CV and a resume
a proposal letter
the preferred time for the residency
samples of their work.
Residents are selected by our committee. All the applicants will be informed personally. The applications can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org