13 February 2020

Myths of Riga

Comic-Workshop with Marlene Krause

Application deadline: 06 March 2020

Marlene Krause is coming to Riga to lead a comic workshop with the theme "Myths of Riga". Together we'll explore diverse stories of the city and then illustrate them as comics, or invent even new myths. Marlene will give a short introduction to the basics of comics and will show alternatives to the classical page layout, in order to experiment with the form of comics. The best results will after the workshop be printed as riso posters and exhibited at the Goethe-Institut Riga in May.

Workshop Details
Three day workshop: 
20.03.2020 (18.00- 20.00), 21.03.2020 (11.00-18.00), 22.03.2020 (11.00-17.00)
Place: Goethe-Institut Riga, Torna iela 1, Riga, Latvia (Enter from Klostera iela)
The workshop is open for adult participants from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Language: English
Participation is free

The spaces are limited, so you need to apply with the following information to kushmens@gmail.com:  
- Name, age, city
- Link to your blog/portfolio (alternatively three drawings, or comics pages)
- Brief motivation letter

Application deadline: 06 March 2020

Workshop Leader 
Marlene Krause is an illustrator, comic artist and tatooist. She lives in Barcelona and is currently undertaking a Master's program in Berlin. She has published two graphic novels (À un autre endroit, L'Association, France, 2013 and Momento Móvil, Apa Apa Comics, Spain 2019) and many smaller zines with comics and drawings, such as mini kuš! Maud in 2018. Her comics are often autobiographic and inspired by daily life.

Travel Grants
The Goethe Institute Riga offers four travel grants of 50.00 euros for participants from Estonia and Lithuania. The application procedure is the same as above, just mention you are interested in a travel grant.

The workshop is organized by Goethe-Institut Riga in collaboration with kuš!

Write to kushmens@gmail.com 

20 January 2020

Kuš! comics Residency - Open Call II

                                                                                                Illustration: Oskars Pavlovskis

Open call for comic artist residencies in Riga from June 2020 – December 2020.
Organised in collaboration with ISSP, kuš! will continue to host comic artists in our residency apartment in the centre of Riga. This is a wonderful opportunity for artists to focus on their projects in an inspiring environment away from home. In the same time ISSP will host photographers, this creates extra opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the residency participants.

Who can apply?
Comic artists and other professionals working in the field of comics from around the world. The residents will be selected based on their applications.

Duration and timing
The applicants can choose to spend one or two months between June 2020 to December 2020 at the residency. Stays shorter than a full month are possible but the residency calendar is based on month-long slots, so the monthly fee will apply.

What we provide
- A private bedroom with a work table in the residency flat
- Participation at drink and draw to meet local comic artists
- Promotion of your project on our social media
- Individually we can agree with the residents to make an exhibition or hold a public talk or workshop
- A part-time staff member to provide local support
- The possibility to use the library and extra equipment at the kuš! office
- Invitation letter so you can apply for public funding

What we expect from you
- You work on your own comics project (no relation to kuš! needed!)
- To be open to present your work to the local audience in the form of an artist talk or other public event

One month at the residency costs 370 euros. A partial advance will be payable to confirm the participation. Applying for the residency is free of charge.
The selected participants will need to cover their travel and production cost by themselves. You'll get an official invitation letter from us, which you may use to apply for funding in your own country.

Accommodation and facilities
The artists-in-residence will reside in an spacious apartment located in the city centre, which will be shared with two other residents in the field of comics and photography. Facilities: private bedroom, table, shared living room, fireplace, bathroom, kitchen, wi-fi, scanner, black/white deskjet printer, bicycle.

Host town
Riga is the capital of Latvia, a country in the northeast of Europe next to the Baltic Sea. The city hosts an active cultural scene with plenty to discover. The countryside with beautiful forests and beaches can be reached easily by public transport.

Project Partner ISSP
ISSP is an international platform for contemporary photography, based in Latvia. ISSP offers highest-quality education and networking programmes for photographers, organises residencies, exhibitions and events, and creates new ways to promote the cross-border exchange of ideas in the art of photography. Photographers can apply for their residency here.

The residency is supported by the Latvian State Culture Capital Fundation (SCCF)

"I had a great time at the Kuš! Comics Residency and was sad to leave. It was a trusting and open-ended working arrangement, very much self-directed, that allowed me the space to work while providing me with chances to see and connect with the arts scene in Riga. Having not done a residency before I really appreciated that freedom. Almost every night of my stay something genuinely interesting was happening at spaces in the city ranging from underground bars to the more cutting edge gallery spaces. The work I made there was definitely inflected by what I saw and who I met in a way that there really is no substitute for.

The accommodation itself was generous, I had plenty of working space and the apartment was well looked after. Grocery stores, art supplies, cafes and cheap food spots were just a few minutes walk away, as was the tram into the city (though I usually found it possible to walk everywhere I wanted to go). It was the ideal place to be shacked up, even in the notoriously cold Latvian winter.

Overall I loved it, 10/10! Go if you can."
- Bailey Sharp, cartoonist from Georgia, living in Melbourne. Co-art editor of The Lifted Brow and part of GLOM PRESS, kuš! resident in December 2019.

Apply! (update: DEADLINE IS OVER!)
Please submit the APPLICATION FORM by 15 February 2020. The results will be announced in the beginning of March.

Write us to komikss(at)gmail.com
Good luck! Looking forward to welcome you in Riga soon!