Tomas S. Butkus has carried out an urbanistic cultural study while on residency in Doneck (Ukraine)

Tomas S.Butkus artistic residency in Doneck, that took place in March 2014, is a result of an exchange between the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and the platform of cultural initiatives "Izolyatsia". Industrial region of Donbas and its capital are well-known for their mines, the culture of steppes, classical music and monuments for various revolutionists. Lithuanian architect T.S.Butkus while on his residency in the institution whose one of the missions is the popularization of contemporary art, has proposed to systemize all of these points of interest.


Nida Art Colony is starting to expand!

A building company (or rather a demolishing one so far) arrived to the Colony premises last week. They are now deconstructing the shed bit by bit. This is actually the start of the reconstruction of the second block of the Colony building. The works should last until the end of summer 2015. The reconstruction is funded by the EU Structural Funds


King of the Castle: Justin Tyler Tate

Justin Tyler Tate (CA) is THE returning resident of Nida Art Colony: we've lost count, but it might be his third residency period in NAC, though he's also been here during the Symposiums 2013 and 2012, and will be coming to the Symposium 2014. The locals seem to appreciate Justin's social approach to art and still recall both "Lemonade Stand" project in the dunes and last winter's "Tiki-Hut", serving mohito in February to keep you warm when it's -20 outside.


Open Studios March 2014


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Dune Oblong 2014 © Laurie Lax

On Friday afternoon we had Open Studios with our residents: Laura Skocek (AU), Ernest Truely (USA), Justin Tyler Tate (CA), Laurie Lax (GB), Bas Ketelaars (NL), Gwendolyn Lootens and Gawan Fagard (BE).


Nida's been refreshed: workshop by Ernest Truely

It is difficult to define the time in Nida, we can state only one thing for sure - it flows differently here. Thus we didn't really notice as a whole week passed by after a great event that took place in Nida art colony - "Nida Refresh" cross media art workshop led by Ernest Truely, an artist from U.S. who lectures at Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn Estonia.


NAC celebrates its b-day no.3 in Berlin!

Artist-in-residency centre Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts for its 3rd birthday party goes to Berlin!

During three years we hosted more than 150 artists from all over the globe, but Berlin still seems to be the capital city where the most artist are coming from.

Thus we decided it to be the perfect location for our menagerie*: a gathering of our friends, former residents, new fans, old gangs. They can't come over to where we are, thus we bring the party over to them. We bring one of our favourite bands THE BUS (Paulius Kilbauskas & Domas Strupinskas project) with us to share some good emotions inspired by Nida ambience. liNas (Neringa FM) and former Nida Art Colony resident Kalin will share some good vibes on the DJ decks after the show.

Let's get this party started!

Free entrance (birthday presents are welcome)

C u at Panke (Gerichtstraße 23, 13347 Berlin, Germany) 26th March 20.00

*menagiere (məˈnædʒ ə ri, -ˈnæʒ-)
n. 1. a collection of wild or unusual animals or people, esp. for exhibition.

Spring Starting: New Residents in March in NAC

This is the beginning of March and freshness of spring is blowing in the air, snow disappeared and the ice is melting to the deepness of the lagoon. This early spring brought us four more new residents: Laura Skocek (AT) from Vienna, Gwendolyn Lootens and Gawan Fagard (BE) from Bruxells and Bas Katelaars (NL) from Rotterdam. Laurie Lax and Justin Tate Tyler will stay until the end of March.


Image: Laura Skocek


KOMMST DU? German cinema in NAC

Nida Art Colony is glad to invite you once again for German film days events, brought to us by Goethe Institut Vilnius. This year we'll have the possibility to see two films from the German film days programme, which are "Kaddisch für einen Freund", directed by Leo Khasid (Thursday, the 20th of March, 19.00) and "Die Vermessung der Welt", dir. by Detlev Buck (Saturday, the 22nd of March, 19.00).