‘The Black Hole’ art residency

Consider joining the Black Hole art residency in Riga, where one of the themes will be emptiness. Fore more information, please see here.

‘The Black Hole’ project is calling for artists of any speciality to participate in a 3-week residency in Riga, Latvia. The aim of residency is to foster creative freedom, explore local context and encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary experiments between participants.

The chosen building for this residency was constructed in 1974, originally as the Central Committee’s headquarters of Communist Party of Soviet Latvia, later becoming a World Trade Centre. In the upcoming months it will come to life for an event of gathering bright minds in a celebration festival for ‘Rīgas Laiks’ – a magazine for free thinkers and intellectuals. There will be exhibitions, discussions, concerts, raves and other events.

Over 3 weeks, there will be 6 artists getting to know each other and familiarising themselves with the environment and happenings around them. There will be workshops with experienced professionals from various fields (see below) offering participants methods and inspiration on how to approach their work and explore beyond the usual. Once a week there will be a presentation within a small group of people on what the artists have come up with so far and in conclusion of the residency – a bigger opening event to showcase the finished works to public.

Time period of this residency is from 23 Oct to 12 Nov 2023.

The participation fee is 200 EUR. For international participants, the accommodation cost would be 300 EUR, if needed. Artists are responsible for their travel and food expenses. There will be a dedicated workspace and a common kitchen for family-style cooking of meals. It is a tradition in Black Hole residencies to share each culture through food and to get to know each other as a person. Participants will also have a free pass to other events in the house.

To apply for this residency or clear up any questions, please contact info@blackholes.lv

Applications must include CV and portfolio along with a short description of why you would like to participate.

Application deadline: 1 Oct 2023

Selected participants will be announced on 5 Oct 2023

Collaborate with us

If you would like to find out more about the project or contribute a blog on a resonant aspect of your own research to the Field Reports section of our website, please get in touch by writing to emptiness@anthro.ox.ac.uk.