Aqtushetii is located in the north east of Georgia within the Caucasus mountain range. The residency is in the village of Lower Omalo, Tusheti, which is circa 187 km from Tbilisi the capital.
Each summer, AqTushetii hosts residents from various backgrounds: visual and sound artists, musicians, dancers, philosophers, writers, anthropologists, scientists and more.
The following resources are available on site:
Four art studio spaces, outdoor (undercover) working spaces, library, photographic dark room, pottery wheel,
raku kiln, wood-fired kiln, outdoor stage, professional sound system, 2 projectors, gallery space, sound
recording studio [inc. microphones, Genelec monitors, sound card, electric piano, acoustic drum kit, mixer, organ, Georgian folk instruments, various percussion], cassette dubbing deck, CDR burner and printer.
Artists and musicians, painters and ceramicists, photographers and writers are expected to collaborate. To exchange the knowledge and experience, during their stay artists are expected to hold a workshop and/or series of lectures In addition, the musicians shall perform at least once during their residency.
The works created within the residency will be shown at the exhibition held towards the end of the season.
The residency offers:
Capsule beds in a dormitory
A light breakfast and two large meals per day
What you need to bring with you:
Warm clothes (due to high altitude the temperature drops to 10 – 15 degrees at night);
Cash for your own needs – this is a remote village with no ATMs or card machines.
Please note that Tusheti is a remote region with only a couple of shops each village with limited supplies so we recommend that you buy some necessities in Tbilisi in advance.
The road to Tusheti from Tbilisi takes around 6 hours and the last 60 km is 4WD-only. The road may seem difficult to those unfamiliar with the place but Aqtushetii provides reliable experienced drivers.