[artinfo] Institute of Contemporary Art Yerevan: Open Call for Arts and Cultural Practitioners

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Institute of Contemporary Art Yerevan:

Open Call for Arts and Cultural Practitioners

Deadline May 15, 2017

The Nest is currently accepting residency applications for Summer-Fall period.

Nest artists residency and community center of ICA Yerevan is suited 
for artists, writers, curators, cultural managers, academics and 
other practitioners providing them with the opportunity to live and 
work in Yerevan while developing individual projects and immersing 
themselves in Armenia's creative sphere. Run alongside ICA Yerevan's 
Curatorial School, Theory and Project Labs, it also enables residents 
to benefit from collaboration with these departments that draw 
participants and mentors from a wide range of complementary artistic 
and critical backgrounds, as well as attend talks, lectures and 
workshops by local and international prominent curators, artists and 

Located in the picturesque area of Aygestan in Yerevan and only a 
short distance from the city's flourishing cultural center, Nest is 
set in a peaceful district, surrounded by university campuses and 
parks. Each resident is provided with a room and production and 
research space during the residency. The residency is furnished and 
equipped with WiFi. The building also houses a reading room, 
classrooms, and a kitchen, all of which are open for residents' use. 
ICA Yerevan also has a beautiful wild garden where most of our talks, 
discussions, presentations and screenings are held from Spring to 
Autumn. Soon we will also provide bicycles. :)

Applicants are responsible for covering the residency fee that 
includes the studio rent, utilities and administrative support. 
Nest's team will issue acceptance letters for successful residents 
and support their applications for external grants to cover the fee, 
travel, food, production and other costs.
Nest is a a community center and residency cluster of ICA Yerevan for 
arts and cultural workers with a special emphasis on supporting the 
combination of artistic and surviving strategies in a shaping 
community of colleagues with similar lifestyle and political 
position. It is devoted to establishing close cooperation between 
artists, thinkers, researchers, and other cultural actors through 
interdisciplinary programs and residencies. As a part of 
knowledge-based platform for innovative creative production, Nest 
integrates with the social and cultural framework of Yerevan while 
simultaneously supporting a strong international focus.

We offer a welcome dinner with presentation, study/studio visits and 
extensive networking with local art scene and the experts in specific 
cultural and/or research fields of the resident, a final showcase of 
resident's research/project results (the format is open and upon the 
resident's choice - from small presentation to exposition. 
Large-scale projects demanding wider production are to be discussed 
in advance). While in its development stage the physical domain of 
the center is itself part of the 'problematic' framework and context 
where the artist/researcher is offered to operate.

Individual residencies can last from blitz visits to 5 months, with 
longer periods strongly encouraged. 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 1 June - 15 November, 2017.

The resident is expected to share the results of one's observations. 
The decision on format (presentation, exhibition, performance, 
screening, demonstration, manifesto, dinner, etc) is up to the 
resident. Also an optional contribution for the Nest Reader, a 
publication with selected texts from long or short-term residents as 
well as colleagues and partners is greatly appreciated. We will 
further inform about the terms and conditions of the publishing upon 
the development of the project.

Please send your letter of intent or project proposal (max. 700 
words) along with your CV and portfolio (no more than 5 works) to 
<mailto:anna at ica.am>anna at ica.am. The application process is ongoing 
but we recommend applying early to ensure a place for the desired 

<mailto:anna at nest.am>anna at nest.am
Anna Kamay
Phone: 0037455227053

Institute of Contemporary Art Yerevan
Aygestan 5th street, Fizkulturnikneri 48, Yerevan

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