Baltic States Residency

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Calling artists from the North East of England!

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art has partnered with Narva Art Residency (NART) to invite an emerging artist from the North East of England to undertake a month-long residency in the beautiful city of Narva, Estonia. This residency opportunity is part of the Baltic|States Residency Exchange Programme.

About the Residency

The Baltic|States Residency Exchange Programme supports emerging artists and curators from the UK, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia and enables artists and curators to research and professionally develop 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.

The residencies offer opportunities for participants to meet artists, curators and arts professionals and visit arts spaces in the host city (depending on location).  During their residency, participants are invited to share their research and experiences with the wider public through an event or workshop.

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, we have 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. For more information see here.


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