Kaunas Comics Residency

KITOKIA GRAFIKA invites comic artists to work on their projects in live/work studio in the Kaunas city center. The 4 week residency will be arranged 2-4 times per year.

Kaunas Comics Residency (KCR) is open to comics artists and will focus on the creation of new comics art and stories. Beside the personal projects the residency artist will have to create a story connected to local phenomena, events and problems.

He/she would also participate in the meeting with local comic artists and students from Academy of Arts, as well in the closing event/presentation/exhibition at the end of residency stay. Other events, sightseeing or collaborations with local artists are optional, however very welcome.

KCR studio is equipped with one bed, shower and WC, drawing table, PC/Mac working place, few risographs able to print 5 colors, some equipment for post-printing works (e.g. binding and cutting of self published zines or other publications). There is also small kitchen in the apartment, however Kaunas is relative inexpensive city with lot of opportunities to have good meals during the stay.

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 good equipped live/work residence for 1 artist during 1 month

  • travel expenses for 1 artist (max. 500 euros, daily allowance not included)

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 this time you cannot apply for a residency if you are living in Lithuania.


Some information about 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 residency of November 2016 was supported by Kaunas city municipality.

2016 metų lapkričio mėnesio rezidencija finansuojama Kauno miesto savivaldybės programa „Iniciatyvos Kaunui”