Rupert’s Residency Program is suited for local and international thinkers: artists, writers, curators, cultural managers, and academics, providing them with the opportunity to live and work in Vilnius while developing individual projects and immersing themselves in the region’s creative sphere. Run alongside Rupert’s Educational, Exhibitions and Public programs, it also enables residents to benefit from collaboration with these programs that draw participants and mentors from a wide range of complementary artistic backgrounds, as well as attend talks, lectures and workshops by prominent curators, artists and thinkers from all over the world.
Located in the picturesque area of Valakampiai in Vilnius and only a short distance from the city’s flourishing cultural center, Rupert is set by the river Neris and a small river beach, surrounded by peaceful fields and a forest. The residencies are located in a newly-constructed building designed by award-winning Lithuanian architect Audrius Ambrasas, operating as an arts incubator which houses a number of creative industries initiatives. Each resident is provided with a studio space and mezzanine (approximately 52 sq m. altogether) to be used as a production and research space during the residency. The studio is fully furnished and equipped with WiFi. The building also houses a reading room, conference room, and a kitchen, all of which are open for residents’ use. Each resident is also provided with a Mac computer and a bicycle.
The Rupert Residency Program has a participation fee of 450 euros per month (that covers studio rent, utilities, administrative support and 2 studio visits per month), excluding personal and travel expenses, which are to be covered by residents independently.
At least half of all residencies however are FREE with the residency costs covered through kind contributions by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and other grants. There is also a limited number of additional stipends towards personal and travel expenses that will be given to selected applicants.
Rupert is a center for Art and Education devoted to establishing close cooperation between artists, thinkers, researchers, and other cultural actors through interdisciplinary programs and residencies. A knowledge-based platform for innovative creative production, Rupert integrates with the social and cultural framework of the city of Vilnius while simultaneously supporting a strong international focus.
Individual residencies can last from 1 to 3 months. 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 July–December 2016.
There is a 10 € application fee towards administrative costs. It can be paid via PayPal through Rupert’s website before midnight, 5 March, 2016, either separately or together with the submission of the application.
Successful applicants will be selected for Skype interviews with residency admissions jury, which will take place shortly after the application deadline.