Open call for comic artist residencies in Riga from June 2020 – December 2020.
Organised in collaboration with ISSP, kuš! will continue to host comic artists in our residency apartment in the centre of Riga. This is a wonderful opportunity for artists to focus on their projects in an inspiring environment away from home. In the same time ISSP will host photographers, this creates extra opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the residency participants.
Who can apply?
Comic artists and other professionals working in the field of comics from around the world. The residents will be selected based on their applications.
Duration and timing
The applicants can choose to spend one or two months between June 2020 to December 2020 at the residency. Stays shorter than a full month are possible but the residency calendar is based on month-long slots, so the monthly fee will apply.
What we provide
- A private bedroom with a work table in the residency flat
- Participation at drink and draw to meet local comic artists
- Promotion of your project on our social media
- Individually we can agree with the residents to make an exhibition or hold a public talk or workshop
- A part-time staff member to provide local support
- The possibility to use the library and extra equipment at the kuš! office
- Invitation letter so you can apply for public funding
What we expect from you
- You work on your own comics project (no relation to kuš! needed!)
- To be open to present your work to the local audience in the form of an artist talk or other public event
One month at the residency costs 370 euros. A partial advance will be payable to confirm the participation. Applying for the residency is free of charge.
The selected participants will need to cover their travel and production cost by themselves. You'll get an official invitation letter from us, which you may use to apply for funding in your own country.
Accommodation and facilities
The artists-in-residence will reside in an spacious apartment located in the city centre, which will be shared with two other residents in the field of comics and photography. Facilities: private bedroom, table, shared living room, fireplace, bathroom, kitchen, wi-fi, scanner, black/white deskjet printer, bicycle.
Riga is the capital of Latvia, a country in the northeast of Europe next to the Baltic Sea. The city hosts an active cultural scene with plenty to discover. The countryside with beautiful forests and beaches can be reached easily by public transport.
Project Partner ISSP
ISSP is an international platform for contemporary photography, based in Latvia. ISSP offers highest-quality education and networking programmes for photographers, organises residencies, exhibitions and events, and creates new ways to promote the cross-border exchange of ideas in the art of photography. Photographers can apply for their residency here.
The residency is supported by the Latvian State Culture Capital Fundation (SCCF)
"I had a great time at the Kuš! Comics Residency and was sad to leave. It was a trusting and open-ended working arrangement, very much self-directed, that allowed me the space to work while providing me with chances to see and connect with the arts scene in Riga. Having not done a residency before I really appreciated that freedom. Almost every night of my stay something genuinely interesting was happening at spaces in the city ranging from underground bars to the more cutting edge gallery spaces. The work I made there was definitely inflected by what I saw and who I met in a way that there really is no substitute for.
The accommodation itself was generous, I had plenty of working space and the apartment was well looked after. Grocery stores, art supplies, cafes and cheap food spots were just a few minutes walk away, as was the tram into the city (though I usually found it possible to walk everywhere I wanted to go). It was the ideal place to be shacked up, even in the notoriously cold Latvian winter.
Overall I loved it, 10/10! Go if you can."
- Bailey Sharp, cartoonist from Georgia, living in Melbourne. Co-art editor of The Lifted Brow and part of GLOM PRESS, kuš! resident in December 2019.
Please submit the APPLICATION FORM by 15 February 2020. The results will be announced in the beginning of March.
Write us to komikss(at)gmail.com
Good luck! Looking forward to welcome you in Riga soon!
For our first residency open call we received 85 applications from talented artists from 27 countries. Due to the limited residency space the selection was very competitive and we have carefully chosen 10 artists who will be able to spend one month each at the kuš! Comics Residency.
The selected artists for the kuš! Comics Residency from November 2019 - May 2020 are:
Amanda Vähämäki (FI), Bailey Sharp (USA/AU), Chika Annen (JP/UK), Goda Trakumaite (LT/USA), Kawai Katsuo (JP), Michael Fikaris (AU), Nathan Cowdry (UK), Scott Travis (USA/UK), Ward Zwart (BE), Weng Pixin (SG)
We are very thankful for all the wonderful residency applications and we wish great success to all the artists who applied for the residency! Looking forward to welcome the residents in Riga soon!
Illustration: Mārtiņš Zutis