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  1. Comic Workshop with Mia Oberländer

    Comic workshop with Mia Oberländer, 03.-05 March 2023, Goethe-Institut Riga, Riga, Application deadline 21.02.2023

    We are very happy to welcome Mia Oberländer to Riga. From March 3 - 5, 2023 she will give a workshop about "Postcards from the Future" at the Goethe-Institut.  

    We've all wondered what we might look like in 20 years. But how do you think the places we live in age? The gas station that we pass every day or the monument in front of the town hall? How could the choices we make today change the way we live in the future? The participants imagine a Riga in the year 2043 and write postcards to each other. Based on these postcards, they draw one-sided comics under the guidance of Mia Oberländer and talk about innovative, funny or tragic visions of the future. After the workshop, the best results will be printed as A3 Riso posters and will tour Latvia as an exhibition.

    Mia Oberländer (*1995) studied illustration and graphic storytelling in Hamburg. With her comic debut «Anna» (Edition Moderne) she won the main prize of the Berthold Leibinger Foundation in 2021 and in 2022 the German youth literature prize «New Talents». After its publication, the autofictional story was recognized by numerous feuilletons and culture editors, as well as published abroad. Oberländer has already illustrated for the German edition of LE MONDE diplomatique, the Kiblind magazine, the French daily Libération, and Strapazin, among others.

    Take Part:
    Participation is free! Places for the workshop are allocated through a selection process. Please apply to kuš! by email to kushmens(at)gmail(dot)com with the following info:

     - Name, surname, age (18+), place of residence
     - Link to your own portfolio/blog/insta (alternatively three comic pages or drawings in low resolution)
     - Short letter of motivation (2-3 sentences)

    Application deadline: 21.02.2023

    Baltic Travel Grants:
    Two participants each from Lithuania and Estonia can apply for a travel grant of 50 euros to take part in the workshop in Riga. The same selection procedure applies as above.  

    Dates and Place:
    03.03.2023 (18.00-20.00), 04.03.2023 (11.00-18.00), 05.03.2023 (11.00-17.00). Place: Goethe-Institut Riga, Berga bazars, Marijas iela 13 k-1, Riga, Latvia

    The workshop is organized by kuš! in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Riga.

  2. Kuš! Radio

    Radio, Online Stream, Riga and around the world, 14-28.02.2023

    Shut up, let's listen to Kuš! Radio! During the second half of February we'll stream shows from kuš! artist from around the world and have daily live guests at the kuš! office. The radio is powered by Tīrkulturā and hosted by Michael Ono Holland. The radio's mascot is DJ Cat's new best friend and kuš! PR manager Auseklis.

    Illustration by Zane Zlemeša


  3. Comics talks - Anu Ambasna, María Victoria, Mary Bluestocking

    Presentation, Bolderāja, Avotu iela 29, Riga, 16.02.2023, 19:00-21:00

    Artist talk with kuš! residents Anu Ambasna and María Victoria, and special guest Mary Bluestocking. They'll present their work in comics, illustration, animation, music and contemporary art!

    Anu Ambasna is a British Indian illustrator, broadcaster, and DJ from London. Her illustration work acts as a diary, drawing from personal experiences, conversations, and the depths of her imagination. Throughout Anu’s work, she uses colorful bodies to illustrate her view of the world.

    María Victoria Rodriguez is an Argentinian freelance illustrator and animator based in Berlin. She has a degree in Fine Arts and also studied traditional 2D animation. You can find her work in books and magazines in Argentina, Perú, United States, Colombia, China, Germany and Spain.

    Mary Bluestocking is a multi-media contemporary artist based both in New York City and Riga. Perpetually exploring multiple, and distinct lines of creative inquiry, Mary makes comix and narrative drawings characterized by philosophical queries concerning mortality and human relationships.

    Illustration by Anu Ambasna
  4. Past Events

  5. Comics Basics with Joonas Sildre

    Workshops, different venues, Riga, January 2023

    Our January resident Joonas Sildre from Tallinn holds a series of workshops teaching comics and telling about his work as cartoonist and illustrator. The first workshop is for the pupils at Jānis Rozentāls Art High School Riga (13 January), the second one for students of the Graphics department at the Latvian Academy of Art (17 January) and the third one for Ukrainian refugees at Common Ground (18 January).

    Joonas Sildre is an Estonian comic artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. He has illustrated over 30 children's books. In 2018 he published the graphic novel "Kahe heli vahel" (Between Two Sounds), an acclaimed biography of composer Arvo Pärt.

  6. Comics Talks - Joonas Sildre, Jurijs Tatarkins

    Presentation, Bolderāja, Avotu iela 29, Riga, 11.01.2023, 19:00-21:00

    Meet our January resident Joonas Sildre from Tallinn and local artist Jurijs Tatarkins. They tell about their experiments in comics and illustration.

    Joonas Sildre is an Estonian comic artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. He has illustrated over 30 children's books. In 2018 he published the graphic novel "Kahe heli vahel" (Between Two Sounds), an acclaimed biography of composer Arvo Pärt. In January he is staying at the comics residency in Riga.

    Jurijs Tatarkins is a freelance artist/illustrator/animator based in Riga. For the last few months he started to self publish a comic zine every month.

    Illustration by Joonas Sildre

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