Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013
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On February, 12 a short list of nominees for the Innovation Prize, an all-Russian competition in contemporary visual art, was announced in Moscow. Among the selected in the nomination “Regional Contemporary Art  Project” is the "Close Stranger" project that is implemented by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania) from 2013 to 2015.

«Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture» is a major project aimed at promoting collaborative work of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian institutions involved in contemporary arts and culture, and facilitating a greater understanding between the population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through cultural participation. The “Close Stranger” project is implemented in the framework of the Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013. The main objective of the Programme financed from the funds of the European Union and the Russian Federation is to strengthen cooperation between Lithuania, Poland and Russia through enhanced bilateral and trilateral relations.

The project launched a wide range of activities targeted at both local communities and a large trans-border network of professionals. By the end of 2014, 14 exchange exhibitions, an experimental music festival «Sound Around Kaliningrad-Gdansk-Klaipeda» and 15 public art events had taken place within the project. Also, 11 educational programmes were developed and offered to visitors of the exhibitions. The events were accompanied by the production of 7 catalogues and a CD of the “Sound Around” festival. An online database, with over 150 entries on contemporary art in 4 languages, was launched. The final exhibition “Close Stranger” in Kaliningrad, Gdansk and Klaipeda presented the new artworks which had been created during the artists-in-residence exchange programme in 2013-2014. In 2013, an exploratory expedition took place running through the participant cities; it resulted in developing new travel routes across the project territory that will be presented in “Art-Guide: Gdańsk – Kaliningrad – Klaipeda” to be published soon.

The Innovation Prize – the first and most important award for contemporary visual art in Russia – was founded in 2005. The competition is organized by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. This year, 300 projects were submitted for competition, including 43 projects in the nomination “Regional Contemporary Art Project”. The expert committee has chosen 5 projects for a short list in each nomination. Final winners will be chosen by the jury including Viktor Misiano, a well-known Russian curator, Fabio Cavalucci, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci (Prato, Italy), Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, UK), and other art professionals. An exhibition of the Innovation Prize 2014 nominees will take place at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, Russia) from March 27 to May 3, 2015. The winners will be announced on April 21, 2015 at a gala awards ceremony at Gostiny Dvor, Moscow.

BB NCCA has received the Innovation Prize three times: in 2009, for a project called “Evolution Haute Couture. Art and Science in the Post-biological Age” in the category “Regional Contemporary Art Project”; in 2011, for a project “Enclave” implemented with CCA “Ujazdowski Castle” (Warsaw, Poland) in the same category; in 2014, for a second part of the anthology “Evolution Haute Couture. Art and Science in the Post-biological Age” in the category “Art Theory and Criticism”.

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