[oberlist] Open Call - Nest Residency(Yerevan, Armenia)

Anna Kamay anna.avetisyan at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 13:58:07 CET 2019

“Nest” Artist Residency and Community Center
<https://www.nestresidency.am/en>is now accepting residency applications
for Spring-Fall 2019 period.

“Nest” is a a community center and residency cluster of ICA Yerevan
<https://www.ica.am/en/news> 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.

“Nest” Artists Residency and Community Center of ICA Yerevan is suited for
artists, writers, curators, cultural managers, academics and other
practitioners providing,  the opportunity to live and work in the very
heart of Yerevan while developing individual projects and immersing
themselves in Armenia's creative sphere. Run alongside ICA Yerevan's
Curatorial School, 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.

Our residency program provides TIME, SPACE and GUIDANCE to explore expanded
as well as traditional print media, new media, video-art, installation,
performance, photography, research, painting, drawing, etc. while it
connects the artists with the art scene of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

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 fully furnished and equipped with WiFi. The
building also houses a reading room, library, classrooms, and a fully
equipped 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.


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 21 March -
15 November, 2019.


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.


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


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

Anna Kamay

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