Vyksa Art Residence announces a call for applications open to artists for residency in 2020. The open call launches December 12, 2019, and will last through January 12, 2020. Applications are open to artists of all ages and working in all techniques. Preference is given to projects that focus on the local context.

VYKSA art residence

Residents are provided with comfortable accommodation in a mansion, a grant for the project, as well as travel from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod or St. Peters- burg* and expenses for materials. The duration of the residency ranges from 3 to 8 weeks.

Irina Sedykh, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the OMK-Uchastie (OMK-Participation) Charity Foundation: “It is a great achievement for us that in the last two years artists from all over the world learned about our residence and are showing great interest in it today. Vyksa is not just a new exciting destination on the cultural map of Russia but is also a prominent place for the global art community. This year, the choice was not easy due to a large number of participants and the diversity of their creative approaches, so we had to select the 10 most relevant proposals. With each year we hope more artists from around the world are inspired by our city and our new vision of Russia.”

The open call for 2018 was called Lenin Street based on the song by the band Nol (Zero), last year’s call for applications was entitled Russian Field of Experiments referring to the album of the same name by the band Grazhdanskaya Oborona (Civil Defense). The open call for the Vyksa Art Residence 2020 welcomes the lyrical name White Door in honour of the song by the legendary Russian singer Alla Pugacheva (music by Yuri Chernavsky, text by Leonid Derbenev), performed in 1984.

“At last, the residence theme carries the voice of a woman,” says Ali- sa Bagdonaite, curator of the Vyksa Art Residence. “After a quarter of a century we know that psychedelic new wave won’t take root in Alla Pugacheva’s repertoire, but this composition was once a discovery for the Soviet music scene. New and experimental can threaten with failure and can inspire, change the course of history, build a founda- tion for new opportunities. The Residence is an experimental format in itself, which allows you to leave your comfort zone and explore new concepts and approaches. The White Door theme is open to interpre- tation and is designed not to limit and protect, but to invite for re- flection and conversation. What is behind that door, will be ultimately determined by the artists.”

The Vyksa Art Residence was founded by the OMK-Uchastie (OMK-Participa- tion) Charity Foundation in 2017 as part of the Art-Ovrag festival and works all year round. It has since been visited by more than 30 artists, including Haim Sokol, SASHAPASHA, Tatiana Ephrussi, Dmitry Morozov Vtol, Ikuru Kuwadjima, Kirill Makarov, Ustina Yakovleva, Ivan Gorshkov, Dmitry Bulnygin, Elena Kovylina, Victoria Begalskaya and many others.

The curator of the Vyksa Art Residence is Alisa Bagdonaite, art manager, culture specialist and art dealer. She is the head of Zarya Center for Contemporary Art in Vladivostok with an international art residence of its own, which has been suc- cessfully running since the end of 2014.


Duration of residence: 3 to 8 weeks depending on the expected time frame of research and project implementation.

Grant: 40 000 rubles (550 EUR) for the implementation of the project.

Accommodation: Vyksa Art Residence provides residents with a separate bed- room with bathroom in the mansion of the art residence which has an equipped kitchen, living room, study and everything necessary for living and working on the project. The fenced area of the residence has a garden, ideal for picnic and outdoor activities. There is also a workshop space (20 m2) for sharing in the building of the residence.

Materials and equipment: residents should clarify the available equipment and discuss the purchase of necessary materials before their arrival. A total of 20,000 rubles (250 EUR) is allocated for materials.

* Other conditions: the residence covers travel expenses up to 5000 rubles (70 EUR). Usually, this amount is enough to cover tickets for the train and transfer to the city of Vyksa from the nearest railway station Navashino.

Deadline for application: until and including January 12, 2020.