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Land-art and archaeology: new synergy through the boundaries


Deadline 01.03.2022



Tyagin, Kherson. South of Ukraine

Vegeriai, Akmenė. North of Lithuania

Art-residence organised by

Centre of Cultural Development “Totem” (Ukraine)

in cooperation with

Culture Centre Ukraine-Lithuania

Akmenė History Museum (Lithuania)



3 Locations in focus:


Watching Tower (Vytautas the Great Tower, XV-XIX centuries)


Archaeological site of Tyagin fortress

(XIV – XVII centuries, connected to history of Ukrainian Cossacks, Grand Duchy of Lithuania and times of Crimean Khanate)


The town of Akmenė and the village of Vegeriai. Vegeriai is an almost abandoned place near the border of Latvia that archaeologists have been exploring in recent years.

3 cultures: Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Crimean Tatar

3 hashtags: #multiculturalism  #heritage  #nature

3 points = 3 dots: ellipsis, unfinished sentence, possibility of continuation,

an open option for the future

What’s the idea of the project?

The project develops open-air site-specific art and digital tools for strengthening international cooperation. The innovative component is synergy of land-art and archaeology. 10 artists from Ukraine and Lithuania will create landarts in Tyagin (Ukraine) and Akmenė (Lithuania) at locations where archaeologists will works at the same time.


We want to bring new artistic vision for the common historical and culture heritage of Lithuania and Ukraine and to fill heritage with life of modern arts.

The residence is based on our strong wish to enhance dialog between local and international artists, to build new cultural connections between Ukraine and Europe.


What important to know about the region/


In recent years, significant for Lithuania and Ukraine historical and archaeological discoveries have been made in the Kherson region: artifacts of the 14-15th century were found in the Tyagin fortress. Some of artefacts belong to the times of Grand Duchy of Lithuania and some to the middle-age Tatar culture. These discoveries refute the myth of civilizational role of Russia in the Northern Black Sea region in the 18th century and prove that centers of well-developed civilization existed on this territory in Middle Ages already.

What important to know about the locations in Lithuania?

Akmenė is the town known since 1511. Its name comes from the river Akmenupis, which flows north of the town; the approximate meaning is "a river with lots of stones”. Akmuo in Lithuanian means "stone".

Vegeriai is almost abandoned village now, but in the 1st century this place was a crossroads of military and trade routes. Then a multinational city emerged, where Russian Old Believers, Catholics, Latvian Lutherans, and Jews lived together. Even pagan witch lived here, and no one burned her because people of all nationalities and beliefs lived here in mutual understanding and peace.


When and how long?

Vegeria and Akmane, Lithuania – May 2022, art residence for 10 days.

Tyagin, Ukraine – August 2022, art residence for 10 days.

Archaeological expeditions will also work on these dates, so it is possible to meet archaeologists and witness new discoveries.


What kind of arts are welcome?

We invite artists who work in the fields of land-art and environment art (installations with strong preference to use local/natural/eco-materials).

We provide

  • Travel expenses (flights and train/bus trip)

  • Local transportation

  • Discovering of the South of Ukraine and the North of Lithuania

  • Guided tours

  • Living space – archaeological camp or private house

  • Catering

  • Support of artwork production and presentation

  • Design & PR services

  • Meeting with local art community

  • Translation service

  • Materials for work (with strong preference to use local/natural/eco-materials).

  • The residence do not need payment from your side.

  • The residence will pay honorary for artworks (equivalent of 200 Euro in local currency including taxes).

How to apply?

Please contact curator of the residence

Olena Afanasieva 


Please write short motivation, attach your CV and some examples of your previous projects.

For the 2022 year the project will support involvement of 10 artists (5 from Ukraine and 5 from Lithuania).

Our partners

The project “Land-art and archaeology: new synergy through the boundaries”  is supported by the European Union under the House of Europe programme

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