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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is pleased to announce a new residency programme working with emerging artists from the Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and the wider Baltic region.

The BALTIC | States residency programme will enable artists’ research and professional development through a series of supported residencies at BALTIC, Gateshead. The participants will be invited to respond to the current shifting geopolitical landscape in Europe and develop work which explores ideas around identity, citizenship and belonging. Participants will be encouraged to find points of connection between the Baltic region and the North East of England, building networks with the artistic communities and creating dialogue which transcends borders and geographies at a time of rapid social and political change.

The residencies will provide opportunities for participating artists to meet curators and arts professionals based in the North East and visit arts spaces in the region. During their residency, participants will be invited to share their research and experiences with the wider public through hosting an open studio event, screening, artist’s talk, performance or workshop.

For the first residency, BALTIC will collaborate with the Lithuanian Culture Institute to support an emerging Lithuanian artist to spend a month in residence at BALTIC. The residency is supported with a £2,000 GBP artist's fee, a travel bursary, accommodation and a studio space.

The first residency takes place from 4-28 February 2019 with Composer and sound artist Andrius Arutiunian.

About the Artist
Andrius Arutiunian (born 1991, Vilnius, Lithuania) is an Armenian-Lithuanian composer and sound artist based in The Hague and Vilnius. His work explores the socio-cultural aspects of specific histories through their sonic artefacts, often dealing with identity, sonic appropriation and thresholds of noise and sound. He composes electro-acoustic pieces for various ensembles, and makes installations and multimedia works, as well as solo electronic and audio-visual sets. During his BALTIC|States residency, Arutiunian will develop a new performative work and installation using biometric tracking software. The work will explore how identities are regulated based on physical appearances and through state controlled mechanisms. Arutiunian studied a BA (2010-14) and MA (2014-16) in composition at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He has recently presented work at Centraal Museum Utrecht (2018), Documenta 14 – The Parliament of Bodies (2017) and at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2017).

About the Partner Institutions

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is an award-winning international art space situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead that has attracted over seven million visitors since opening in 2002. BALTIC’s vision is to create exceptional access to contemporary art in a unique setting that encourages and enables learning and transformational thinking. BALTIC presents a constantly changing, distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation, commissioning and communication of contemporary art.

Lithuanian Culture Institute (LCI) works towards a continuous representation of Lithuanian culture abroad. It is achieved by organising cultural exchanges and incoming mobility for arts experts. In addition, LCI produces cultural seasons and many arts events, such as the Lithuanian arts festival in Rome, Lithuanian presentation at the London Book Fair and the eponymous yearly Vilnius Book Fair. Together with the Lithuanian Culture Attaché in the United Kingdom, the Lithuanian Culture Institute supports contemporary artists’ mobility and development in the UK.