Open Call for Audiovisual Storytelling Programme “SĀKT AR MĀKSLU – START WITH ART”
For foreign nationals, representatives of national minorities and foreign students living in Latvia.

July – August 2021



The participants will have the opportunity to create their own personal interpretation of an artwork of their choice from the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE collection. As part of the programme there will be two workshops in which participants will learn art mediation and storytelling skills. The second part involves the creation of 10 video stories. 


The programme consists of several parts
- Initial meeting with the programme organisers, facilitators and participants online via Zoom
- Introduction to the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE foreign art collection
- Storytelling workshop facilitated by Ieva Cipruse, artist and storyteller (July)*
- Practical work and consultation period – participants individually work on their stories based on a collections object (July-August)
- Second workshop facilitated by Ieva Cipruse. End of the first part of the programme – personal text-based interpretation (July-August)*
- Stories filmed at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE (September)


*NB! Workshops and follow up meetings are planned on-site in Riga. However, the format depends on the provisions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia; the organisers will inform all participants. 


The main language of the programme is English, with additional support available in Latvian and Russian.

For more information: 


Who can apply

- Foreign nationals, representatives of national minorities and foreign students living in Latvia
- Minimum age – 16
- Required English language skills (the main language of the workshop)
- Opportunity to be present in all sections of the programme – in the workshops, follow-up meetings and filming.

 It is expected that 10 participants will participate in the programme.


About the museum

The Art Museum Riga Bourse is home to one of the largest collection of foreign art in the Baltic States. Tens of thousands of people visit the museum every year to enjoy the art and to spend their free time in a quality way.

The museum has six permanent exhibitions. The fourth floor of the building has the European Art Gallery with 16th–20th century painting, sculpture, porcelain and the Silverware Chamber with 17th–20th century Baltic, Russian, and German silver. The third floor of the museum is home to the Asian Art Gallery with 17th –21st century Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian art. On the same floor, there is the Ancient Egypt Chamber displaying artefacts that are thousands of years old, the Ancient Greek and Roman Art Chamber showing ancient ceramics, numismatics and sculpture, and the Roerich Painting Gallery with Nicholas Roerich’s (1874–1947) painting collection.


How to apply
Send an email to, with reference “Application -“ START WITH ART – SĀKT AR MĀKSLU” and include some information about yourself and motivation to participate in the programme.


Application deadline: 15 July 2021

The project is supported by State Culture Capital Foundation programme "KultūrELPA"