ISSP Riga Residency

Current news: OPEN CALL for Baltic photography and comic artists for summer 2020! 

The ISSP and kuš! komikss Riga Residency has been disrupted by the virus and is now on a standby mode. Meanwhile, our beautiful residency apartment in Riga centre yearns for creative minds to occupy it. As the Baltic countries have formed their own “little Schengen", we invite artists from Estonia and Lithuania to stay at the Residency this summer! 

• Duration of stay: 1 or 2 months, from June to August 2020.
• Costs: special price of 200 EUR per month (thanks to support from Very Berry <3)
• Who can apply: photographers and artists working with photography, comic artists and illustrators from Lithuania and Estonia.
• How to apply: write us to – please include your website, a short description of what you would like to do here and desired month of stay in Riga (we are scheduling for full months from 1st to last date, but you can also stay shorter if you need).
• Application deadline: June 10 – if you’d like to stay in June, please contact us ASAP!

We offer:
✓ a spacious private room in a beautiful 3-bedroom residency apartment in the centre of Riga;
✓ local support and contacts by ISSP and Kuš! teams;
✓ possibility to use facilities at the ISSP and Kuš! offices;
✓ possibility to host an online artist talk or extra events according to the wishes of the residents;
✓ promotion of your work on social media;
✓ if necessary – a letter of invitation to apply for public funding;
✓ an opportunity to spend these turbulent times in an undisturbed environment to focus on a personal project in Riga and surroundings.

NB! For the artists previously selected to take part in the Residency 2020, we are updating individually on the development of the coronavirus situation and the release of travel restrictions - we hope to have more clarity by the end of the summer months! 

Launched in 2018, the ISSP Riga Residency is aimed at photographers and a diverse range of artists working with photography. The residency provides an opportunity for concentrated work on a personal project informed by interaction with the city and its residents. We welcome those interested in creating work referring to the social, cultural and historical context of Riga, as well as those who need to take their time to rethink and complete their ongoing work. The usual duration of the residency is 1-2 months. Collaboration with local artists, community groups and cultural organisations is welcomed. The visiting artists will be offered an opportunity to interact with the local audience in a public artist talk and/or possible other events or pop-up exhibitions.  

In 2020 the Residency is organised in cooperation with kuš! – a Latvian/international platform for comics artists and illustrators - which will create extra opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the Residency participants.

The residents are housed in a comfortable and spacious apartment in the center of Riga. 3 artists - photographers and illustrators/comics artists - will be hosted at any given time. Each resident will have a private bedroom equipped with a working table and will share a living room and a fully equipped kitchen.  

Who can apply?
Photographers and artists working with photography, from anywhere in the world. 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. 
If you are an illustrator or comics artist, check out kuš! call for applications here.

Duration and timing 
Artists can stay for either 1 or 2 full calendar months, indicating their preference in the application. Stays shorter than a full month are possible but the residency calendar is based on month-long slots, so the monthly fee will apply.

The residency participation fee is 350 EUR per calendar month, that covers the basic costs of the flat; a partial advance is payable to confirm the participation. The participants will be 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;
- a part-time staff member to provide local support and contacts and introduce the residents to the arts and culture scene;
- a possibility to meet with 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.

To apply 
Submit an APPLICATION FORM by 15 February 2020. 

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. 

Our residency partner - kuš! is a comics art anthology from Latvia founded 2007 in Riga. Every issue contains comics from international and Latvian artists to a certain theme which changes every issue. kuš! also organizes exhibitions, workshops, comics jams and other comics related events besides traveling to international festivals to spread the Latvian comics fever. 

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. 

For enquiries and questions, write to us at 

In 2018 - 2019 we were glad to host and get to know the work of almost 30 artists. 

Artists-in-residence, 2020 (January - May)
Stewart Hardie (UK)
Alan Huck (US)
Tytus Szabelski (Poland) 
Ronit Porat (Israel)
Martin T Raggio (Germany/USA)
Julia Borissova (Russia)

Artists-in-residence, 2019
Demelza Watts (UK)
Franek Ammer (Poland)
Filippo Zambon (Italy/Finland)
Anna Hornik (Poland)
Sara Palmieri (Italy)
Julia Borissova (Russia)
Ekaterina Anokhina (Russia)
Jaana Kokko (Finland) 
Shoji Kato (Japan/Finland)
Céline Gobillard (France)
Emma Sandström (Sweden)
Cleo Wächter (Netherlands)
Sergey Novikov (Russia)
Stefanie Kulisch (Germany)
Fernando Criollo (Peru)
Néha Hirve (Sweden)
Mako Ishizuka (Japan/Sweden)

Artists-in-residence, 2018
Theo Elias (Sweden)
Maija Annikki Savolainen (Finland)
Hiro Tanaka (Japan)
Josefina Malmegård (Sweden)
Ameena Rojee (UK)
Diāna Tamane (Estonia/LV)
Arimasa Fukukawa (Japan/France)
Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (Iceland)
Henna Tyrväinen (Finland)
Kenneth Bamberg (Finland/Åland Islands)
Michael Holland (UK) 
Tekla Inari (Finland) 
Anastasia Starikova (UK/LV) 

Read feedback from previous residents here (2018 - 2019)

Some of the works created during the residencies 2018–2020:

In 2018 - 2019 the ISSP Riga Residency received support from the Nordic Culture Point, Nordic - Baltic Mobility Programme.