We welcome all artists from across the globe, regardless of age, nationality or techniques and mediums they work in. The duration of the residency is 4–8 weeks
Duration of stay
From 4 weeks, depending on the length of the study and project production.

Grant for production
From 50,000 RUB.

  • Accommodation: a bedroom with an en-suite in the Vyksa AiR building.
  • Equipped kitchen, dining room, two workshops;
  • Materials and equipment: please contact us to check the available equipment and discuss the purchase of necessary materials in advance of your residency.

We allocate up to 30,000 RUB for the materials.

Additional expenses: Vyksa AiR reimburses travel costs of up to 5,000 RUB. This usually covers train tickets and a taxi from the nearest train station (Navashino).
The next step of the programme is conducting a masterclass/workshop or a lecture on any subject of choice. It is crucial that we do not merely introduce the resident to the audience, but foster a dialogue that would engage the community in the creative process. We want Vyksa natives to get the ins and outs of the artist's work and, when possible, participate in putting together a new project.
Final Project
At the end of their stay, Vyksa AiR residents should sum up the results of their research and work for the final exhibition (or any other form of presentation). We encourage the artists to analyze their experience at the residency and share the outcome with the local community.
Introduction of our resident artists to the local community is among the residency's main objectives as it is one the few platforms in Vyksa that holds cultural events, instrumental to forging new connections and integrating locals into the international cultural process.
Welcome Lecture
The OMK Foundation may acquire or purchase selected works, created in residency. Works will be considered for our collection on a case-by-case basis.
Tatiana Efrussi, from the People's House of the Iron Rose series, 2019
Applications deadline:
November 15 through December 15, 2023

Dates of the residency:
March – December 2023

The Vyksa Artist-in-Residence announces an open call for applications to our funded residency programme in 2023.

Residents will get support with production of their projects and research based in the city of Vyksa (Nizhny Novgorod region). Preference will be given to artists whose ideas involve interaction with the urban environment and local communities. Any artist can become a resident, regardless of age, art genre, or country of residence. The duration of the residency is 4–8 weeks. Following the results of the selection process, 10 artists will visit the residency in the course of 2023. Artists will be provided temporary accommodation in Vyksa and paid a grant of 50,000 rubles. Travel expenses and production costs will be covered as well.

In 2023, for the first time, the artists will be hosted at the Volna Cultural Center, opened at the initiative of the OMK-Uchastie (OMK-Participation) Charity Foundation with the support of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK). The Novoye Bureau from Nizhny Novgorod reconstructed the former cafe building, which was designed by architect Sergei Medvedev in 1985. In addition to the residential area, the renovated Center houses a large exhibition hall with a view of the pond, and spacious workshops. The goal of the Cultural Center is, in addition to engaging with the professional community, to expand the audience and develop the local community by drawing attention to cultural practices in contemporary art. A public programme of meetings, discussions, and lectures for participants of all ages is planned at the Volna Cultural Center, and as part of the residency, the participating artists will prepare welcome lectures and master classes for Vyksa residents. Furthermore, a barrier-free environment is being created in the building to make the Volna accessible to all people without exception.

At the end of the residency, the artists will have to present a final project or a presentation of their work at the Volna Cultural Center or in the open spaces of the OMK Vyksa plant. Selected works created by the authors in Vyksa will be accepted for the OMK fund.

Irina Sedykh, the Chairman of the OMK-Uchastie (OMK-Participation) Charity Foundation:
'We look forward to meeting the artists of the 2023 season, and even more so since the participants of the new edition of the residency programme will live and work at a new address. The Volna Cultural Center is a renovated building perfectly suited for artists and visitors, a remarkable example of original Soviet modernism architecture. We hope that the art residency will become a meeting hub for different generations, where people can come up with bold, fresh ideas, and creative practices to bring them to life.'

Alisa Bagdonaite, curator of The Vyksa Artist-in-Residence:

'Last season was very intense for the art residency, its team and the OMK-Uchastie Charity Foundation. In addition to dealing with routine work, we took part in the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair as an Institution of the Year, held The Art and Practice of Hospitality international conference and published the "Extraordinary Hospitality" book based on its outcomes, as well as opened a new building. For us, the upcoming season means a switch from expansive mode to internal work: we need to get accustomed to a new space, to reflect on the activity of the residency for the past 6 years, to reflect on additional ways of building up our expertise. We are eternally grateful for being able to continue the conversation about hospitality in the arts in practice, and most importantly, to be consistent in providing the assistance and support to artists that is desperately required today.'

Application form for resident 2023
Please fill the gaps below
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Period of residency
Description of the project, idea, concept
For example: stamp paper, printing facilities - printer
Please describe below the potential topics for personal lecture as well as another forms of meeting with audience (open studio, workshop, seminar, educational course etc.)
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