NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt allows artists to live and work in Kronstadt either within the frameworks of art exchange programs or on an individual basis. The town of Kronstadt is located on Kotlin island in the Finnish Gulf, 30 km from St.Petersburg. A dam connects the island with the mainland. Founded by Emperor Peter the First in 1704, Kronstadt is one of Russia’s most famous marine fortresses. Nineteen forts and redoutes in the gulf surround the town. Kronstadt has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List.
In the Soviet epoch, Kronstadt was a closed naval base. Nowadays, the town is open for all visitors but remains in a rather depressive state. Its numerous architectural and historical sites and monuments require restoration, and local cultural situation can and must be livened up by means of contemporary art. NCCA Art Residency in Kronstadt is located in the very center of the town, in a quiet picturesque location near the Naval Cathedral, in a 2-storey house (108 sq.m.). The residency structure now includes a studio, living room and two bedrooms for two-three people. In the following year an additional living space for four persons and the exhibition hall are planned to open. The latter will be used for organizing workshops and seminars. Just near the Residence there are old shipyards, a sailing workshop, leaf bridge, docks, sluices, channels. The unique historical and cultural landscape of the city makes it especially attractive for the artists, working in the sphere of public art.
From 2004 the Residence has been taking part in the exchange program of Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA). At the same time NCCA SPb invites to the Residence both foreign and Russian artists in the frames of collective and individual projects. Artists from Armenia, Great Britain, Iceland, Russia, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland and other countries worked in the Residence. Among the most important projects put into practice on the basis of the Residence during 2004 and 2005 are International audio and video festival “Interconnection” (July 2004), “Êronstadt Forever” (September 2005) – international festival of contemporary art and experimental music, in which artists from France, Switzerland, Armenia and Russia took place – etc.
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