[oberlist] Open Call for Arts and Cultural Practitioners, Nest Artists Residency and Community Center in Yerevan, Armenia

Anna Kamay anna.avetisyan at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 14:21:13 CEST 2017

Open Call for Arts and Cultural Practitioners, Nest Artists Residency and
Community Center in Yerevan, Armenia

​Application deadline: May 15, 2017

The Nest <https://www.facebook.com/nestevn/>is currently accepting
residency applications for Summer-Fall period.

Nest artists residency and community center of ICA Yerevan
<http://www.ica.am> is suited for artists, writers, curators, cultural
managers, academics and other practitioners providing them with the
opportunity to live and work in Yerevan while developing individual  projects
and immersing themselves in Armenia’s creative sphere. Run alongside ICA
Yerevan’s Curatorial School <https://www.facebook.com/acctsaa/>, Theory and
Project Labs, it also enables residents to benefit from collaboration with
these departments that draw participants and mentors from a wide range of
complementary artistic and critical backgrounds, as well as attend talks,
lectures and workshops by local and international prominent curators,
artists and thinkers.

Located in the picturesque area of Aygestan in Yerevan and only a short
distance from the city’s flourishing cultural center, Nest is set in a
peaceful district, surrounded by university campuses and parks. Each
resident is provided with a room and production and research space during
the residency. The residency is furnished and equipped with WiFi. The
building also houses a reading room, classrooms, and a kitchen, all of
which are open for residents’ use. ICA Yerevan also has a beautiful wild
garden where most of our talks, discussions, presentations and screenings
are held from Spring to Autumn. Soon we will also provide bicycles. :)


Applicants are responsible for covering the residency fee that includes the
studio rent, utilities and administrative support. Nest’s team will issue
acceptance letters for successful residents and support their applications
for external grants to cover the fee, travel, food, production and other
Nest is a a community center and residency cluster of ICA Yerevan for arts
and cultural workers with a special emphasis on supporting the combination
of artistic and surviving strategies in a shaping community of colleagues
with similar lifestyle and political position. It is devoted to
establishing close cooperation between artists, thinkers, researchers, and
other cultural actors through interdisciplinary programs and residencies.
As a part of knowledge-based platform for innovative creative production,
Nest integrates with the social and cultural framework of Yerevan while
simultaneously supporting a strong international focus.


We offer a welcome dinner with presentation, study/studio visits and
extensive networking with local art scene and the experts in specific
cultural and/or research fields of the resident, a final showcase of
resident’s research/project results (the format is open and upon the
resident’s choice – from small presentation to exposition. Large-scale
projects demanding wider production are to be discussed in advance). While
in its development stage the physical domain of the center is itself part
of the ‘problematic’ framework and context where the artist/researcher is
offered to operate.


Individual residencies can last from blitz visits to 5 months, with longer
periods strongly encouraged. Residents are asked to propose their preferred
duration of stay and if accepted this can be negotiated according to studio
availability and schedule. Residencies will take place between 1 June — 15
November, 2017.


The resident is expected to share the results of one’s observations. The
decision on format (presentation, exhibition, performance, screening,
demonstration, manifesto, dinner, etc) is up to the resident. Also an
optional contribution for the Nest Reader, a publication with selected
texts from long or short-term residents as well as colleagues and partners
is greatly appreciated. We will further inform about the terms and
conditions of the publishing upon the development of the project.


Please send your letter of intent or project proposal (max. 700 words)
along with your CV and portfolio (no more than 5 works) to anna at ica.am
<nest at ica.am>. The application process is ongoing but we recommend applying
early to ensure a place for the desired period.

Best regards,


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Anna Kamay

Nest AiR coordinator

Website: www.ica.am

Email: anna at ica.am

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icayerevan/

Mobile: 00374 55 22 70 53

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