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Easttopics RESIDENCY PROGRAMME booklet online.

Easttopics has launched its third Residency programme booklet for the 2019 Spring/Summer season, picking and gathering actual calls and programmes dedicated to visual and perfomative arts in the Central and Eastern European region

The booklet is available online here: www.easttopics.com/calls

Easttopics is a non-profit initiative launched in 2013, led by young art professionals based in Hungary and Serbia and dedicated to the promotion of the Eastern European contemporary art field. Working as a think tank for the Eastern European art communities, Easttopics is a genuinely interdisciplinary cooperative which goal is to draw the Eastern contemporary art field and the international art scene closer to each other.

Easttopics aims at mapping and providing more visibility to protagonists of the Eastern European art life, should they be artists, art professionals, institutions, events or publications. It also wishes to act as a dynamic platform fostering connections, exchanges, community building, and cooperation for both practice-based and research-based projects on a local, regional, and international level.

This cross-border project takes form as an expanding online website and database focusing on the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Easttopics is also accepting call, residency and programme announcements for the upcoming 2019-2020 Fall/Winter season.





Fruzsina Kigyós, Róna Kopeczky, Alexandra Nagy


Photography Residency in Riga, Latvia. Deadline: Jan. 3, 2016

Applications open for Flâneur Photography Residency in Riga, Latvia

Inspired by the idea of flâneurism – seemingly aimless wanderings around the city – the Spring 2016 one-month residency in Riga, Latvia is designed for photography artists interested in developing work in and around urban space. The influential 20th century philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote that for a flâneur “the walls are the desk against which he presses his notebooks; news-stands are his libraries and the terraces are the balconies from which he looks down on his household after his work is done”. We’re searching for photography artists with an original perspective on present day city-dwelling.

The residency period is three to four weeks in April – May 2016, and the artists-in-residence are expected to participate in a presentation or pop-up exhibition at the end of their stay, showcasing the work created during their time in Riga. The event will be part of the official Riga Photomonth 2016 (www.rigaphotomonth.com) programme and will be organised in cooperation with the Orbita creative collective of poets and artists (http://orbita.lv/about).

Applications are invited from photographers and artists working with photography with a European Union nationality. There are no limitations regarding age, background and photographic style. Two residents matching the criteria will be chosen based on the strength of their applications. The artists-in-residence will receive free of charge accommodation for the duration of the stay, a return ticket to Riga, as well as a stipend of 1000 EUR to support their practice and subsistence costs during the residency.

The Flâneur Riga residency is organised by ISSP in the framework of the “Flâneur: New urban narratives” project (http://flnr.org), and supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Application deadline: 3 January 2016

More information and applications: http://ej.uz/flaneur_riga

Flaneur_Photography_Residency, Riga

Riga Photomonth Open Call. Deadline: Feb 1, 2016

Riga Photomonth Open Call for Photo Projects in The Urban Environment

Riga Photomonth in collaboration with JCDecaux announces an open call for entries under the title Territories, Borders and Check-Points. The submitted works will be reviewed by international jury and the selected works will be exhibited throughout the city of Riga during the Photomonth in May 2016, using JCDecaux advertising stands.

In order to bring contemporary photography into the urban environment, Riga Photomonth photography festival invites emerging photographers worldwide to submit existing or create new work that deals with the subject of the exhibition. It is a chance for photographers to share their work with wider audiences in the largest city of the Baltics and participate in one of the main photography events of the region. Photographers are welcome to interpret the subject according to their personal experience. The organizers are open and interested in seeing both deeply personal and private stories as well as critical socio-political narratives about local and global events. The submitted entries will be reviewed by international jury, including, Swedish photographer and curator JH Engström; Salvatore Vitale, editor-in-chief of Swiss photography magazine YET; Andrei Liankevich, photographer and director of the Minsk Month of Photography in Belarus; Louise Clements, artistic director of the most prominent British photography festival FORMAT; Rui Prata, director of HOP Helsinki Photography Festival; Andrei Bezukladnikov, editor of Russian online journal photographer.ru; as well as Jelena Brokane, JCDecaux Latvia CEO. The submissions are open on the festival website www.rigaphotomonth.com through 1 February 2016. The selected works will be on display in the urban environment during Riga Photomonth 2016 in May.

Riga Photomonth is a bi-annual festival that first took place in 2014, running a challenging programme also in the off-years. The festival aims to turn Riga into an international meeting platform ensuring networking opportunities among Nordic, Baltic and East European photographers. Riga Photomonth 2016 is organized by non-profit organizations Riga Photomonth, the ISSP and FK Magazine, as well as other partners in Latvia and internationally.



Nora Vrublevska

Riga Photomonth 2016 coordinator



SELF PUBLISH RIGA Call. Deadline: Apr. 20, 2014

Submissions open for the SELF PUBLISH RIGA international book dummy contest

Until April 20, photographers and visual artists are invited to submit their photobook dummies and self-published books for the international SELF PUBLISH RIGA competition. The winning entries will be featured in an exhibition as part of Riga Photo Month in May 2014.
Self-publishing makes it possible for artists to make and distribute their books themselves, avoiding the restrictions dictated by mass production. Bookmaking has become a more democratic process, available to everyone. The aim of SELF PUBLISH RIGA is to introduce a wider audience to the concept of self-publishing, using succesful examples to focus on its possibilities.

Entries will be judged by an international jury: Markus Schaden (founder of the Schaden.com, DE), Teun van der Heijden (photobook designer, NL), Ania Nalecka (photobook designer, PL), Matt Johnston (founder of the Photobook Club, UK), Juris Petraškēvics (artist and professor, Art Academy of Latvia) and Nico Baumgarten (photographer and bookmaker, DE). Members of the jury as well as other international partners from Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania will visit Riga in May for the SELF PUBLISH RIGA event, including a photobook exhibition, discussions, lectures and workshops.

The winner of the contest will have the chance to attend an International Summer School of Photography 2014 (http://www.issp.lv/en/summer-school/2014/about) workshop of their choice free of charge; the three best entries will receive individual porfolio reviews with the jury members. Top Ten books will receive a special online feature. More information on the competition and submission requirements: www.selfpublishriga.com

International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) 2012. Applications deadline: May 8, 2012.

Call for Applications
International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) 2012
4-12 August 2012, Kuldiga, Latvia
Deadline for applications: 8 May 2012

From 4-12 August 2012, ISSP will again host a range of advanced thematic workshops led by photography professionals of international standing in a unique setting that makes close interaction between the students and the staff an integral part of the event.The main objective of each participant during the ISSP is to create a coherent body of individual photographic work under the guidance of their workshop teacher. Each student must produce a set of prints for the gala exhibition and a complete project for digital presentation.The workshops are combined with series of evening photography talks and portfolio reviews.

ISSP 2012 workshops:

1. Arja Hyytiainen <http://www.arjahyytiainen.com>  – Personal approach in photography: From diary to fiction;
2. Phillip Toledano <http://www.mrtoledano.com>  – Yes, but what does it mean? Creating concepts, exploring ideas;
3. Jodi Bieber <http://ww.jodibieber.com>  – Finding your photographic voice: Latvia contemporary;
4. Hellen van Meene <http://www.hellenvanmeene.com>  – Portraits: A practical guide to the art of seeing;
5. Christian Caujolle <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Caujolle>  – Editing workshop: The finishing touches;
6. Bas Vroege <http://www.paradox.nl/paradox/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_name=ABOUT#STAFF> , Hans van der Meer <http://www.hansvandermeer.nl/>  – Middle Town: Picturing the Unspectacular (Part II*)

For the second year in a row, ISSP will take place in Pelči (Pelzen) castle, near the charming medieval town of Kuldiga in Western Latvia.

Photographers of all backgrounds with a keen interest in photographic practice are encouraged to apply. The working language of ISSP is English. 60 participants (10-12 per workshop) will be selected based on their applications and submitted portfolios.

The ISSP 2012 participation fee is 500 EUR, including accommodation, full board and local transport during the school. Qualified applicants from Latvia and the adjoining region can apply for a limited number of subsidized fee scholarships (260 EUR).
For complete information and applications, see: www.issp.lv

Taking place annually since 2006, ISSP has established itself as an important non-commercial education and networking platform for emerging photographers in Latvia and internationally – our students and teachers come from over 25 countries, 5 continents.