Founder: Non-Profit Organization "Serdyukov Local History Community of Vyshnevolotsky District" (public organization for studying history and culture of Vyshnevolotsky District of Tver Oblast)
Duration: 14 days
Selection Method: Open Call
The summer art residence Dacha Ryabushinskikh is held in Vyshny Volochyok, a city in Tver Oblast. Vyshny Volochyok is a small town with a population of just over 40 thousand people; there, a visit of artists is a real, resonating cultural festival.
What motivated us to found a residence is a problem typical of most regions: citizens disregard local culture and architectural legacy. A unique item of Russian Art Nouveau, the esthetic dominant of the architectural ensemble of the Vyshny Volochyok weaving factory, was prepared for destruction in 2018, which the group headed by local history expert Denis Ivlev managed to prevent. Shortly after, we started restoring the place memory; the first summer residence was held, curated by Tatyana Korchagina and Anastasia Zhegal.
The residence implies carrying out an open contest during which 10 authors are selected. As for accommodation, participants find themselves in field-like conditions – in the space of the Ryabushkinskikh Estate's main house. However, what makes the location truly remarkable is a chance to live in a historic place and open access to studying the material culture, which can be very appealing to the artists specializing in legacy and traditions.
During the residence, every artist has to host a public event for the locals (master classes, lectures, tours, interviews, artist talks, etc). The final event is an exhibition of projects created in the estate, with a ceremonial presentation as a way to communicate with the citizens.
Number of participants in the group
Animation; Video Art; Visual Arts; Research; Ceramics; Literature; Music and Sound Art; Science Art; Media Art; Performance; Street Art; Textile Art; Photography
Being ready to stay in field conditions, in a remote place. The building is a cultural legacy item (a hundred years' old) and offers scarce facilities for comfortable accommodation
Meal; Materials; Tools; Assistance; Final Exhibition; Curatorial Texts
Exhibition; Final Presentation; Public Events; Donating works (negotiable; not an obligation)
Application or stay cost
Free of charge
Possibility to stay with family
The residence is environment-concerned, which is reflected not only in production and project presentation methods, but also in the way how the estate, free of any technological advancements, is used. Traditionally, the projects created in the estate are site-specific: the artists use local materials