Vyksa artist-in-residency



OPEN-CALL №1 2018


VYKSA art-residence launches the first open-call for artists to stay in a residence for a period of January 10 – December 25, 2018.

VYKSA art-residence was opened in April 2017. In the first season of its work VYKSA residents were Ivan Gorshkov, Victoria Begalskaya, Alexander Vilkin, Dmitriy Bulnygin, Elena Kovylina, Georgiy Ostretcov, Lyudmila Konstantinova, Petr Bystrov, Natalia Struchkova. First VYKSA residents realized their projects in the fields of pictorial art, new media and performance.

Beginning with 2018 the art-residence is ready to welcome everyone interested. And now it announces the first open-call for artists, regardless of age, country and genre of work. Preference is given to professional art projects that:

– Focus on work with the local context;

– Imply interaction with the local community;

– Are based on local studies;

– Can be implemented in the proposed conditions.

Chosen projects can be included in ART-OVRAG festival program held in June 2018.



Artists are offered with single-room accommodation at the territory of the art-residence, with the grant in the amount of 40 000 RUB, refund of a transfer from Moscow and provision of materials for project realization for an amount of 20 000 RUB.

Residency can vary from 3 to 8 weeks, depending on the expected time for the study and project realization.

During their stay in Vyksa, residents are invited to conduct their own lecture for broad audience and a master-class for qualified audience.

As a result of a whole working period at the art-residence, a report exhibition (or any presentation in any other form) will be welcomed in the mansion of the residence, in the Batashevs’ Museum or in open spaces of the OMK (United Metallurgic Company) factory. Individual works created by residents in Vyksa will be accepted into the fund. The number and composition of works are determined individually.



The subject for 2018 open-call is “Lenin Street” called so by the name of the song written by “Nol'” (Zero) band in 1991.

Alisa Bagdonaite, curator of the art-residence, explains the choice of the subject: “The decision to organize an art-residence in Vyksa was originally dictated by the need to develop the urban environment. But what is Vyksa environment like?

Any development should begin with mutual acquaintance, and therefore I proposed a theme that unites more or less all of the Russian cities and tells the story of just one citizen. However, a lot of time has passed since the song had been written: the environment in which persona stays has changed in the social, spatial and historical dimensions; the character is now also different. Speaking of ‘Lenin Street’ today, which narratives will be shown? Who lives on it and what does he (she) see there? And how will Vyksa be displayed in this story: whether it will be shown as one of the faceless universal post-Soviet cities, or a place with its own history and its own future?”



Applications are accepted from November 1 to November 30, 2017 at vyksaair@gmail.com

To apply, please, fill up the form, following this link,

and send these files attached to an e-mail:

  • Updated portfolio (Max: 10 MB)
  • Up-to-date CV

All of the files must be sent in one e-mail. Subject of an e-mail must contain «VYKSA2018_ApplicantName».