Black Holes: Open Call

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Totaldobže Art Centre in Latvia is offering a residency opportunity for artists as part of our Creative Europe project, Artist-Run Network Europe.

The Black Holes residency is aimed at artists working with, or interested in working with, artist-run initiatives. In August 2022, six artists from around Europe will be invited for a three-week-long, process-based residency in Riga. An Ireland-based artist from the Ormston House Membership Scheme will be invited to participate.

The focus of the residency is sharing and collaboration. The participants will take part in interdisciplinary workshops, and exchange knowledge and skills from their own experiences. The workshops will be facilitated by invited experts, and the overall residency will be moderated by two local artists. This opportunity would suit an artist interested in getting to know different European contexts and artist-run initiatives.

Totaldobže will offer each artist up to €250 travel expenses, €300 subsistence, free accommodation at Totaldobže Art Centre, and a shared budget for communal meals. Ormston House will support the successful applicant in seeking additional funding, if required.

Please submit the following in an email no greater than 20MB to with the subject “Black Holes”:

  • An outline of how you think you could benefit from and contribute to the residency (max. 500 words or link to 3-minute video/audio file with password)
  • Examples of previous work (max. 3 examples)
  • Artist’s biography (max. 250 words)
  • Artist’s CV (max. 3 pages)

The deadline is Wednesday 20 April at 12pm. Applicants must be a member of the Ormston House Membership Scheme. Please note: if your email is late or greater than 20MB, your application will not be processed. If you have questions or queries about accessibility, please email them to

About Totaldobže

Totaldobže Art Centre is a platform for contemporary art creation established in 2008 in Latvia. Totaldobže invites people from various fields to collaborate, connect and communicate human values through art. Residencies, workshops, lectures and discussions are organised in an unused cinema and various rooms in the former Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics at Riga Technical University, as well as in other locations around the city provided by the organisation Free Riga. Totaldobže organises the Black Holes workshops – process-driven collaborations that facilitate artists from various disciplines with a focused residency period within which they engage in an intensive creative exchange supported by a moderator. Black Holes is about experimenting, taking risks, and allowing for failure.

Image: Black Holes field workshop in Estonia, courtesy of Kaspars Lielgalvis.

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