The Zarya Center for Contemporary Art together with the Golubitskoe Art Foundation are pleased to announce the open call for applications to the year-round Zarya Artist Residency programme. Submissions run from 10 November 2022 to 8 January 2023. The winners will be announced on 15 January, with the residency starting in February 2023.

Zarya Artist Residency looks forward to applications from artists, curators, writers, historians, archaeologists, musicians, interdisciplinary researchers, and other humanities and social sciences specialists. When shortlisting applications, we prioritise projects and research that draw from the local context.

The new season will launch with the residencies of the artists from Primorye that have been selected by the curatorial teams of Zarya CCA and the Golubitskoe Art Foundation: Mikhail Chuvakin and Milana Pestereva – in November 2022; Viktor Khizhniak and Elizaveta Kozlovskaya – in December 2022; Yulia Utyugova and Sasha Bukharina – in January 2023.

Zarya CCA’s artist-in-residence programme in Vladivostok works towards supporting and nurturing contemporary art professionals. One of the residency’s purposes is to initiate a dialogue between the close-knit professional community and a wider audience. Since its establishment in December 2014, Zarya Artist Residency has been a touchpoint between representatives of different countries and cultures and has contributed to the development of the art scene in the Russian Far East. More than 90 artists from Russia and abroad, including Ivan Gorshkov, the EliKuka group, Irina Korina, Olya Kroytor, Fabian Knecht, Anastasia Potemkina, Tima Radya, Sergei Sapozhnikov, and Valery Chtak, have participated in the residency. In the summer of 2020, the Golubitskoe Art Foundation’s residency programme succeeded to Zarya Artist Residency, hosting researchers, curators and artists, including Varvara Busova, Lyokha G., Alisa Yoffe, and Nikolay Smirnov at its quarters on the Taman Peninsula.

‘The Golubitskoe Art Foundation’s residency programme that sprang from the Zarya Artist Residency in 2020, is returning to Primorye to continue its work in the upcoming season. We are delighted that the members of Zarya’s old team have returned to take charge of the project, including Yana Gaponenko, curator, researcher and the residency’s first coordinator at the time of its launch in 2014. These days, artists and other representatives of creative disciplines and humanities need institutional support more than ever, and we hope that we will be able to provide it,’ comments Alisa Bagdonaite, chief curator of the Golubitskoe Art Foundation.

The residency will provide accommodation, access to artist studios, funding for the project as well as art materials, reimbursement of travel expenses, and full-time support from the residency’s manager. Additionally, to familiarise the residents with the local context and art environment, Zarya will organise day trips and excursions. The residents will be expected to stay in Vladivostok for 6 to 12 weeks, participate in Zarya CCA’s in-house events, and host public events (lectures, performances, presentations, master classes, etc.).

The curator and researcher Yana Gaponenko will become the mentor of the new residency programme.

Golubitskoe Art Foundation and Zarya Center for Contemporary Art

  • The Golubitskoe Art Foundation commenced work in July 2020 on the premises of the Golubitskoe Estate winery on the Taman peninsula. The Foundation is a new project conceived by the team of the Vladivostok-based Zarya Center for Contemporary Art with a view to support Russian artists and facilitate international collaboration in the realm of contemporary art. Golubitskoe Art Foundation’s Chief Curator is Alisa Bagdonaite, who previously headed the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art. Golubitskoe opened with an exhibition by Alisa Yoffe, the first participant of the Foundation’s residency programme. For the first two years of its existence, artists, curators, and researchers have lived at the residency and produced several exhibitions and publications. In 2022, Golubitskoe Art Foundation presented a show by Mikhail Maksimov, opened a new permanent residency building, and issued a guide to the Taman Peninsula. The Foundation’s activities have been suspended for the time being, you can check for updates by subscribing to our social media accounts or by signing up for our mailing list.

The Golubitskoe Art Foundation and Zarya CCA were established at the initiative of philanthropist and art collector Alexander Mechetin, the founder and co-owner of BELUGA GROUP, the largest alcohol manufacturer in Russia.

  • Alisa Bagdonaite is an art manager, curator, gallerist Chief Curator of the Golubitskoe Art Foundation (Krasnodar Region), curator of the Vyksa Artist-in-Residence (Nizhny Novgorod Region), founder of the Alisa Gallery (Moscow). She has been working in contemporary art and heading institutions related to contemporary culture since 2007, – including Solyanka State Gallery (Moscow; executive director, 2013–2014), the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture (Moscow; head of the development department, 2010–2012), the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art (Vladivostok; chief curator, 2014–2019). In 2021, she founded the Alisa Gallery of Contemporary Art, which fosters emerging talent. Bagdonaite became the recipient of the Innovation Prize (2019) in the ‘Regional Project’ category.
  • Yana Gaponenko is a curator and researcher. In 2014–2015, she was the residency coordinator at the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art (Vladivostok), where she has returned as the programme’s mentor in 2022. In 2015 she founded the Vladivostok School of Contemporary Art; in 2019–2022 she was a representative of the Goethe Institute and a branch manager of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Vladivostok. In 2022–2023 she worked as a researcher at the documenta archive in Kassel.