Nida Art Colony (Vilnius Academy of Arts)

General information

Brief description of organisation

Nida Art Colony or NAC is a new subdivision of the Vilnius Academy of Arts ( It is developed under the EEA and Norway Grants support.

The main forms of NAC activities are international workshops, summer schools, exhibitions, conferences, video screenings and the artistst-in-residence programme. In June, July and September NAC will house summer workshops of the Vilnius Academy of Arts (these workshops constitute a part of the curriculum and are organised by the Academy‘s departments). All other events are subject to planing.

Nida Art Colony is on the Curonian Spit, which is a peninsular dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. In the year 2000, the Curonian Spit was included into the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe. The Curonian Spit is a National park with sand dunes and pitch pine forests as characteristic features of its landscape. Nida settlement is the administrative centre of Neringa. A century ago it had a high reputation within the artistic world: there was an active Artists\\\\\\\´ Colony established by German artists-expressionists. Artists like Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, writers like the Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann, composers and actors prized its landscape and ambience.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Nida Art Colony offers residencies for professional artists, designers, architects, art critics and curators.

The objectives of the programme are:
- To provide favourable conditions for art practices and to stimulate innovations in art;
- To implement innovations in art education;
- To become an integral part of the local cultural and social scene.

The programme offers living and socialising facilities in order to ensure comfortable and harmonious coexistence of five artists-in-residence. It always has a combination of local and foreign artists, which is expected to encourage new and original partnerships and to stimulate ideas.

Artists-in-residence are encouraged and expected to engage in educational activities during their residency period.

Artists-in-residence are also invited to engage in locally based practices: to join local cultural initiatives and institutions as well as to work with local themes and visual and social contexts. Open studio days will be held towards the end of each residency period.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • artistic research, design
Type of organisation
  • Part of a University

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning

Participating in the Open Studio Days once a month.

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


OtherSmall resort town in the National Park on the Baltic Sea coast

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Digital sound, video and printing lab
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops, Presentations, films, exhibitions, conferences and seminars

How to reach

By train

From Vilnius to Klaipeda (4,5 hours), then by ferry from Klaipeda to Smiltyne (15 mins) and bus from Smiltyne to Nida (45 mins).

By plane

To Vilnius, then by train to Klaipeda (4,5 hours) or bus to Nida (6 hours).
To Kaunas, then by train to Klaipeda (1,5 hours) or bus to Nida (4,5 hours).
To Palanga, then by bus to Klaipeda.
To Riga, then by bus to Klaipeda.

By car

Reach Klaipeda, go to the 2nd Ferry Terminal (timetable at Take a ferry to Smiltyne. Nida is 49 km away from the terminal. Follow the only road on the peninsular to the west. After entering Nida go for the third turn to the town center and turn left. Look for a sign to Nida Camping site and follow it turning right. Some 300 m away you will see Nida Art Colony building on your right. Welcome!

Nearest airport

Palanga, Kaunas, Vilnius, Riga

Contact information

Nida Art Colony (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
E. A. Jonušo str. 3
93127 Neringa

Phone: +370 469 20 370
Fax: +370 469 20 371

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