Baltic|States Artist’s Residency Open Call for artists from North East of England

Baltic|States Artist’s Residency Open Call for artists from North East of England

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Narva Art Residency (NART) in Estonia are pleased to announce a residency opportunity at NART as part of the Baltic|States Residency Exchange Programme which supports emerging artists and curators from the UK, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

The Baltic|States Residency Exchange Programme enables artist and curator research and professional development through a series of supported residencies, studio visits, curator study visits and commissions at Baltic, Gateshead and partner venues in the Baltic region. The programme builds relationships through cross-cultural exchange connecting artists, arts professionals and institutions. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, named after the Baltic Sea, was a former flour mill housing grain from the Baltic region, and the North East has long established trading routes with the Baltic countries.

Participants are invited to respond to the current shifting geopolitical landscape in Europe and develop work that explores borders, identity, citizenship and belonging. They are also 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 that transcends borders and geographies at a time of rapid social and political change.

Artists who have participated in residencies as part of the Baltic|States programme at Baltic and partner venues include Andrius Arutiunian, Susie Green and Maria Kapajeva.

This year, Baltic has partnered with NART to support a North East-based emerging artist to spend a month in residence in Narva, Estonia in March 2024. Narva is located on the Estonian-Russian international border and is Estonia’s third largest city.

The residency is supported with an artist’s fee of £2,000, a travel bursary of £500 and a studio live/work space at NART with a private toilet/shower. In addition to meeting other artists and curators in the NART community, artists are invited to make interactive, socially engaged, and/or community-based work which is also relevant to the locals of Narva. The engagement can be an event, a workshop, or the showing of a final work, but even better if the engagement is already intertwined into the process of art-making itself. 

The residency will take place from 1-31 March 2024.
Deadline for applications: 14 January 2024, 23:59.


  • You must be based in the North East of England (County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside or Tyne and Wear)
  • You must be available to undertake the residency at NART from 1–31 March 2024.

Please find further details of the open call on the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art website.