Verpėjos

Residency

Meet our resident Karolina Janulevičiūtė:

"The spinning sensation of sticky carded wool stays in my memory while laying asleep at night. The roughness tickling my fingertips.

I glance through the rear window, wind gusting over the uncut meadow making waves. The smell of smoke, birch leave vat, and baked sourdough absorbed deep into my skin. I feel like earth, cradling my deed in a basket."

 

Karolina Janulevičiūtė is a maker, focused on storytelling narratives and memories through textiles and clothing. For the month of July at Verpėjos residency, Karolina was exploring self-taught and learned methods of creating with the focus on materiality, locality, and time. The resident sought to expand the understanding of creativity and the sense of accomplishment in learning. Resting becomes a natural part of the day, as the processes of collecting, drying, extracting, dyeing, spinning, basket-weaving and baking take different lengths of time, allowing space for rest while simply waiting.

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Call for application!

Artists - writers - researchers residency 2020

Working period: 1-2 months during May - July and September - December.

Application deadline: 2 March, 2020.

We will inform selected applicants regarding the selection by the end of March.

Cost for residents: 

Travel, food and material costs.

Residency fee 200 Eur/month.

Residency fee covers single or double room with shared kitchen, living / working space, bathroom and generall and project specific support from Verpėjos staff. 

Residents are expected to give public presentation of their work in form of exhibition, performance or talk at our gallery.

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Application procedure

Please fill in this Residency application form for 2020 and send your supporting material (CV and portfolio) as one PDF (up to 15 mb in total) to verpejos@gmail.com before midnight, 2 March 2020.

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Verpėjos residency is situated in Čepkeliai - Dzūkija national park, Marcinkonys village, Lithuania. Čepkeliai - Dzūkija National/PAN Park, which is composed of the Čepkeliai state nature reservation as well as the Dzūkija National Park in which the natural ecosystem of the Dainava Forest is preserved, is one of 13 PAN parks in Europe. The strict nature reserve was established in 1975 with the aim of preserving one of the oldest and most unusual forest bogs in Lithuania, the forested continental dunes, the lakes, the natural hydrological regime of the bog and the rare plant and animal life.

Residency is located in the parsonage building at the edge of Marcinkonys village. Build in 1900, the house still has it’s charming authentic architecture with wood burning stoves. There are three rooms available for artists, writers and researchers of varying fields. There is no traditional studio space, instead the whole set - up is for studying, reflecting, experimenting and mediating. There is possibility to meet and collaborate with local people with old knowledges like tree beekeeping, birch tar making, wool spinning, straw garden making, basket weaving and many more. Also, residents can have assistance of nature and history scientists and ecologists. 

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Travel

Marcinkonys village is reachable by bus or train from Vilnius. 

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Verpėjos residency advisory board

Laura Garbštienė is an artist, founder and director, VšĮ “Verpėjos”.

Viktorija Damerell is an artist and curator mostly working in the areas of sound, sculpture and text. viktorijadamerell.com

Eglė Mikalajūnė is curator at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, teacher at Vilnius Academy of Arts and independent art critic.

Onutė Grigaitė is ecologist at Čepkeliai-Dzūkija PAN Park.

Art gallery

The gallery is located in the historical Marcinkonys train station building,  authentic 100 m2 space.

 

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