REZIDENCIJA | RESIDENCY

Kaunas Comics Residency Open Call 2017

KITOKIA GRAFIKA invites comic artists to work on their projects in live/work studio in the Kaunas city center. The 4 weeks residency will be arranged 2 times: one in September and  another in November 2017.

Kaunas Comics Residency (KCR) is open to comics artists from all around the world and will focus on the creation of new comics art and stories.

Selected artist will have possibility to work on their own project and freely use equipment available in the residency. KCR offers time, space and professional support for work, reflection, research, production and experimentation. It offers a live-in work studio located in the Kaunas city center supplied with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a working space. The residence have own small comics library, good internet access and main tools needed for comics creation. Also there are several risography printing machines with 6 different color drums that can be used in production of the comics. One or several members of Kitokia Grafika collective is always at hand during the residency period.

Besides his personal project the artist will be subject to hold a comics workshop for local artists or students of Academy of Arts. Also he will have to participate in a closing event/presentation/exhibition at the end of residency stay. Other events, sightseeing or collaborations with local artists are optional, however very welcome.

There is also a multilingual comics library and comics/prints shop in the same place, however it will be closed for public during the residency month.

Note! The riso-studio (printing machines and other equipment) sometimes could be used by KITOKIA GRAFIKA team for their ongoing projects.

Residency benefits

The residency benefits include

  • accommodation at a well equipped live/work residence for 1 artist during the residency period (4 weeks)

  • travel expenses for 1 artist (max. 300 euros)

  • monthly allowance for artist (100 euros per month)

Note! If you are applying as a group or work pair, you will have to secure extra funding for your travel expenses and daily allowances from outside sources, as we can only cover traveling for one artist/residency.

Note! Unfortunately you cannot apply for a residency if you are living in Lithuania.

Application form

Fill in the application form or send the following information via email to Kitokia Grafika. (asterisk (*) indicates required fields):

  • Your Names*

  • Address*

  • Phone number

  • CV*

  • Examples of your work (small-resolution PDF and/or a link to your website)*

  • 1–3-pages personal project proposal*

Please keep in mind that the residency will be granted mainly based on the project proposals. Send the application form and attachments by 15th July, 2017. Decision about selected artist will be made not later than 1st August, 2017.

Successful applicants will be selected for Skype interviews with KITOKIA GRAFIKA team, which will take place shortly after the application deadline.

If you’re interested to take part in the program, but have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also read about past Kaunas Comics Residency program here.

If ready, click here to start filling out the KCR 2017 application form!

And below some information about city of Kaunas…

Kaunas (/ˈkaʊnəs/; Lithuanian pronunciation: [ˈkɐʊˑn̪ɐs̪]) is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, and near the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely in Lithuania.

The European Commission officially confirmed that Kaunas, famous for its unique modernist architecture of the interwar period, is awarded the European Heritage Label. In 1920 when Poland occupied Vilnius, Kaunas became the capital of the Republic of Lithuania (1920–1939) and the most important Lithuanian city. As the economy was growing, it was sought to make the capital a modern European city. Lithuanian architects started to design and build houses in the style of modernism, e.g. Bauhaus, which was avant-garde in Europe and the USA at that time. Up to the present day Kaunas is probably the only city in the world where so many buildings of this style were built and have remained intact.

During the inter-war period Kaunas had also a rich and varied Jewish culture. Jews made up much of the city’s commercial, artisan, and professional sectors. Kaunas was a centre of Jewish learning, and the yeshiva in Slobodka (Vilijampolė) was one of Europe’s most prestigious institutes of higher Jewish learning.

Here you can download the map “It`s Kaunastic” with 95 ideas for interesting leisure ant sightseeing: places to visit, parks, museums and galleries, bars and restaurants, traditional events.

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The KCR 2017 is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Ministry of Culture.

2017 metų Kauno komiksų rezidencija dalinai finansuojama Lietuvos kultūros tarybos ir Lietuvos kultūros ministerijos.