ISSP Riga Residency

Great news, the ISSP Riga Residency programme will continue in 2019 – 2020! We will continue to host photography-based artists in our wonderful residency apartment in central Riga. This time 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.

Applications for the 1st stage of the programme (from 1 December  2019 – until 31 May 2020) are closed. 

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.

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. 

Duration and timing 
Artists can stay for either 1 or 2 full calendar months between 1 December 2019 and 31 May 2020, 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.

There is a fee of 350 EUR for one month at the residency to cover the basic costs of the flat (a partial advance 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 - photographers and illustrators/comics artists). Each room has a working table; the artists share a common living room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom; wifi; 
- the possibility to use library, printers and scanner 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;
- the possibility to meet with local artists at an artist talk organised at the end of the stay, 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 October 15 (applications now closed). 

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, 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)

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 -2019:

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