ISSP Riga Residency

The Residency provides an opportunity for concentrated work on a personal project informed by interaction with Riga and its residents or much needed time to rethink and complete an ongoing work. We welcome photographers, artists and curators interested in exploring the local social and cultural context.

Who can apply?
Photographers, artists and curators working with photography, coming from any country from which travelling to Latvia is allowed under current regulations (i.e. where the Covid-29 incidence rate does not twice exceed the average rate in the EU, EEA, Switzerland and the UK). There are no limitations regarding age, background or photographic style. The residents will be chosen based on their applications and fit to the residency calendar. 
Thanks to our cooperation partner kuš!, the residency also hosts illustrators and comics artists – if you are one or the other and want to come to Riga, get in touch with kuš! through their website

Duration and timing 
While in normal circumstances, the residency stays vary from 1 to 2 calendar months, due to the current Covid-19 self-isolation requirements, we highly recommend longer stays of 2 - 3 calendar months. Stays of 1 month can still be possible, depending on individual preferences and residency schedule. 
NB! The residency calendar is based on full month slots, so in case you leave earlier than end of the month, the monthly fee will still apply. 

The residency participation fee is 350 EUR per calendar month, that covers basic costs of the flat; a partial advance is payable to confirm the participation. The participants are responsible for their travel and production costs.
We can provide you with an official invitation letter to apply for funding in your country. 

What we offer:
- a private room in a comfortable residency apartment in the center of Riga (the 3-bedroom apartment is shared with 2 other artists). The rooms are spacious and equipped with working tables; the artists share a common living room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, wifi, scanner, printer.
- a possibility to use the library and extra equipment at the ISSP premises;
- contact with a part-time staff member and other members of ISSP team who will provide local support and contacts and introduce the residents to the arts and culture scene;
- a possibility to meet with the local community at an artist talk, and to organise extra events or pop-up exhibitions.

What we expect from the residents:
- to work on their artistic project in Riga / Latvia for the period of the residency;
- to be open to present their work to the local audience in the form of an artist talk or other public event;
- at the end of the residency, to send us a selection of the images produced for publicity purposes.

Applications are closed at the moment. You are welcome to subscribe to our newsletter to receive a message once the next Open Call for the period July–December 2021 will be announced.

NB! Residency & Covid-19
Covid-19 will not stop our residency programme, but there are several simple precautions we should follow:
- Visitors from countries where 14-day cumulative rate twice exceeds the EU/EEA average value are not allowed to Latvia. Visitors from countries with higher cumulative number of cases than in Latvia must observe 10 days of self-isolation upon arrival. 
- A list of countries subject to safety measures (updated every Friday evening) is here
- It is ok to stay in one apartment with the other residents for the self-isolation period, as long as you carefully observe the disinfection requirements. It is also ok to go outside and walk around the city or in nature during self-isolation, you just need to keep distance to other people and wear a mask in public spaces (e.g. supermarket).
- For the sake of everyone’s safety and peace of mind, we recommend that you get a Covid-19 test in your country shortly before arrival to Latvia.
- More information on current Covid-19 regulations in Latvia are here:
- If you have questions, you are welcome to contact us at

The Riga Residency is curated by ISSP – a platform for contemporary photography, based in Riga, but acting internationally – that invites the participating artists to benefit from its international network and get involved in its activities and education programme. 

The residency is run together with kuš! – a comics art anthology from Latvia founded 2007 in Riga, who publish comic editions and organise exhibitions, workshops, comics jams and other comics-related events, besides travelling to international festivals to spread the Latvian comics fever. For more info contact Kuš! Comics Residency.

Host town
Riga stands at a geographical and cultural crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe and has a multicultural history. The largest city in the Baltic States, Riga offers plenty of tradition and historical charm, while its urban neighbourhoods still bear witness to post-Soviet reality. There is an active art and culture scene with plenty to discover; the countryside with beautiful forests and beaches can be easily reached by public transport. 

During 2018 – 2020 we had an opportunity to host over 40 artists from different corners of Europe and some from further away in the world. 
Read feedback from our previous residents here.

In case of questions, contact us at