Lithuanian artists – Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts artistic residencies participants


2016 11 11

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This October and November two Lithuanian artists - Darius Mikšys and Darius Žiūra  are participants in the artistic residencies of Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow (CCA). Both residencies come as a direct result of the research visit to Lithuania by the CCA director Francis McKee via the Visiting Experts Programme of Lithuanian Culture Institute.

Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow’s hub for the arts. CCA’s year-round programme includes cutting-edge exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and performance.

Previously home to The Third Eye Centre (1975-1991), the building is steeped in history and the organisation has played a key role in the cultural life of the city for decades. CCA Glasgow operates a unique open source programming policy where it offers organisations and individuals space in the building to programme their own events. In 2015-16, CCA worked with 244 programme partners across 1,011 events and 28 festivals.

In April 2015, CCA won the award for Best Cultural Venue in The Glasgow Awards highlighting the quality of the impressive programme presented by the venue and its partners. CCA curates six major exhibitions a year, presenting national and international contemporary artists. CCA also houses Intermedia Gallery, showcasing emerging artists.

CCA is supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Lithuanian Cultural institute is a partner of the CCA Artist Flat residency project of Darius Mikšys and Darius Žiūra.

Darius Žiūra’s (b.1968) artistic practice mainly consists of long term projects involving people and different social groups, such as filming the inhabitants of Gustoniai village for 15 years or involve participants from different cultural contexts in creating “Monument for Utopia” (2015).  Žiūra uses an element of documentary filmmaking as a tool for making inquiry in time, society and human condition. Selected shows: A Temporary Futures Institute, M HKA, the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art in 2017 (curated by Anders Kreuger and Maya Van Leemput), Contemporary Lithuanian Art from Collection of Lithuanian Art Museum, National Gallery of Art in 2015, Vilnius Scenes, A. Mončys House-Museum, Palanga  solo show SWIM, Contemporary Art Centre,Vilnius in 2015, Threads: A Fantasmagoria about Distance, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Kaunas in 2015 2015, Part of a Larger Whole. Lithuanian Contemporary Art, 12 Star Gallery, London and CAC, Vilnius.