CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 21 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

new CIRRUS express course at Art Academy of Latvia / Ritual 26 August – 4 September, 2021

RITUAL (ceramics wood firing workshop)

Teaching period:  26.08 – 04.09.2021(26th Aug. – Arrival, 4th Sept. – Departure)

Teacher(s): LAA Prof. Dainis Lesins, Pundurs, Ainars Rimicans, Liga Skarina, Eugenia Loginova, lect. Kaspars Geiduks

ECTS:  1,5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 2

Level: BA / MA 

Requirements: to prepare two project drawings for your art objects upon the arrival. 

Your individual working tools and work clothes shall be taken along with you.

Application deadline: 02.08.2021. The results will be announced on 04.08.2021.

How to apply: 

Please send a short motivation letter (mention also your full name, home university, study level, contacts) and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronic version or web link) to the e-mail address:

Grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) + 70 EUR weekly allowance

Course description: 

The course is envisaged as an international ceramic symposium, during which an intensive programme will be carried out. Programme includes lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firing – high temperature wood firing, attendance of museums, galleries and the participation at the POP-UP exhibition on the end of the symposium. 

Assignment: This year’s theme of the symposium “Ritual” invites artists to create sculptural works (H about 30-50 cm) using ceramic material, but find new, non-traditional shape, thus paying attention to the multifunctionality of the material as well as the artistic expressions. 

Envisaged results: students will obtain the knowledge in the field of ceramics materials and woodfiring technologies by practically developing the project in ceramics. The project works will be displayed at the Pop-Up exhibition.

Additional information:

Venue of the symposium  –  “KG Wood Firing Research Centre” in a splendid and picturesque Latvian countryside – Koknese (100km from Riga). 

Accommodations and catering are on your own expenses. Additional information about our schedule and hostel in Koknese will be provided later for accepted participants. Participation fee 30 Euro is compulsory for all the participants. It covers costs of working materials and firing.