In the 25th-30th of August at Nida Art Colony hosted by Vilnius Academy of the Arts will be PhD seminar “Practice as Art and Research at Nida Art Colony“.

Tutors: participating doctoral students (12-14) and artists who are recent practice-based doctors: Dr. Darius Žiūra, Dr. Akvilė Anglickaitė, TBA (1-2)
Moderator and commissionaire: assoc. prof. dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius, Head of Doctoral Programme in Fine Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts
Guest speakers: Dr. Georgios Papadopoulos (Athens School of Art, Creator Doctus network), artist Jenny Marketou.

Application deadline: 9th  July 2020
How to apply: Please send a motivation letter (up to 1 page) and a short description of your doctoral project (with images max. 3 pages, you may include links to your portfolio or CV) as a single pdf document with subject line “application to seminar at Nida Art Colony“ to

Accommodation: Nida Art Colony will provide shared rooms for a modest price. Seminar studio as well as kitchen for collective cooking and dining will be for your use as well.

About the Seminar and Nida

Nida Art Colony has experience in hosting and co-organising Nida Doctoral School (NDS) since 2012. This year it is a smaller scale gathering with peer-to-peer exchange and sharing your practices both as art and as research. Some tutors have already participated in previous NDS and will bring learnings both from them and from their PhD trajectories, exposition and defence procedures. Around dozen participants will have 45 min dedicated time to present their practice and get collective feedback as well as get some individual consultation time from their peers. Doctoral candidates are asked to present their practice both as research and art or (art) writing. We also ask to treat your presentation not as a formal powerpoint-no-interaction slide show but to make an exposition with an artefact you have brought and use the available white or green cube spaces in Nida.

Research community is an important element in every doctoral studies and we aim to make international and unbiased working environment. Nida Art Colony as a venue and surrounding site is a perfect place for community building and in depth-exchanges at a seminar table or in the artist studio, during collective cooking and dining, discussions by the fire or in sauna, swimming or taking a walk in the forest or dunes with no goal.

One of the goals of this gathering is to share and exchange various research cultures and methodologies around Nordic-Baltic region. We have noticed over time that the differences could be crucial and one could learn a lot from each other. Moreover the duality of practice as art and research needs more discussions. When and how artist & writer practice can be treated as research and how to avoid doing a double dissertation?

Some reading list will be also provided. For the first tune in, please read for the exposition concept excerpts from and get into Nida context and Green cube concept.

Preliminary Programme

08.25 - Arrival, first get to know each other dinner
08.26-29 - Presentations (45 min of each student practice) and individual consultations
08.29 - Exhibition opening. Newly produced work by residency artists. Tour through the exhibition by curator Rado Ištok and artists.
08.30 - Departures

Host: Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts
Organizer Doctoral Department of Vilnius Academy of Arts
Level: PhD/DA doctoral students in art, design and theory
Number of available places for KUNO students: 5
Requirements: enrolment in a doctoral programme at a Nordic-Baltic art academy in KUNO network