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!
Open call for comic artist residencies in Riga from December 2019 – May 2020.
illustration: Mārtiņš Zutis
Organised in collaboration with ISSP, kuš! will be hosting comic artists in a wonderful residency apartment in central Riga . This is a great opportunity for artists to focus on their projects in an inspiring environment away from home. In the same time ISSP will host photographers, this will create extra opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the residency participants.
Who can apply?
Comic artists and other professionals working in the field of comics and illustrations. There are no limitations regarding age, background or style. The residents will be selected based on their applications.
Duration and timing
The applicants can choose to spend one or two months between December 2019 to May 2020 at the residency.
What we provide
- A private bedroom 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
- 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!)
- A presentation of the results of your work at the end of your residency
- The residents are expected to commit as full-time residents for the period of their stay
One month at the residency will cost 370 euros to cover the basic costs of the flat.
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. We currently also apply for funding, in case we succeed, the costs will be lowered accordingly.
Accommodation and facilities
The artists-in-residence will reside in an 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, bathroom, kitchen, wi-fi, scanner (Epson V700), black/white deskjet printer, bicycle.
Riga is the capital of Latvia, a country in the northeast of Europe next to the Baltic sea, not to be confused with Latveria, the fictional country ruled by Supreme Lord Doctor Doom. 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.
The residency is supported by the Latvian State Culture Capital Fundation (SCCF)
Please submit the electronic APPLICATION FORM by 13 October 2019, including some sentences about the project you will work on and your motivation.
Write us to komikss(at)gmail.com
Good luck! Looking forward to welcome you in Riga soon!