Aqtushetii is located in the north east of Georgia within the Caucasus Mountain range. The residency is in the village of Omalo, Tusheti, which is circa 187 km from Tbilisi the capital.
AqTushetii is an artist colony and festival that fosters the arts, culture, history, and traditions of Tusheti while bringing together creatives from around the world to collaborate, work, and share knowledge. Individuals working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Each year, AqTushetii hosts residents from various backgrounds: visual and sound artists, musicians, dancers, philosophers, writers, anthropologists, scientists, and more.
Duration of residency:
Please note that a minimum 15 day-stay is prioritized, although we recommend one month.
Capsule dormitories with shared bathroom and toilet, double rooms with private bathroom and toilet.
A light breakfast and two large meals per day.
The residency includes the following spaces:
Four art studios, library, outdoor (undercover) working areas, photographic darkroom, professional astrophotography equipment, pottery wheel, raku kiln, wood-fired kiln, electric 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], a vinyl library of Georgian music, cassette dubbing deck, CDR burner, welding tools, woodworking tools, metal working tools, knitting machine, sewing machine, rug weaving looms.
Fees and support:
15 September - 31 October
Capsule dormitories – 35 Euros per day
Double room – 40 Euros per person per day
Please also note that artist collectives and couples get a small discount – for more information inquire via e-mail.
Selected applicants will be required to pay the 30% deposit in advance.
Expectations towards the artist:
During their stay, each resident should make a presentation/exhibition/workshop on what they are researching/working on. A selection of artists and musicians will also have the opportunity to exhibit and perform live in our sister spaces in Tbilisi. Artists are encouraged to contribute to the permanent collection/archive of the residency with their work if and where possible.
The applicants should send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Their portfolio and/or link to their work;
A short description of what they are planning to do while in Omalo;
The dates they wish to stay at the residency;
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or queries about our residency and its programs.
What you need to bring with you:
- Warm clothes (due to high altitude the temperature drops to 10 – 15 degrees at night);
- Comfortable footwear;
- 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.
Getting To AqTushetii
There is no public transport to Tusheti. To get to Omalo, you will need to hire a driver with 4WD. Aqtushetii can help to organize this for you either from Tbilisi or Kvemo Alvani village.
If you decide to make your own way there: first get to Kvemo Alvani village - this can be done by marshrutka(minibus) or a taxi. Marshrutka departs from Ortachala bus station in Tbilisi at 9.am and two hours later arrives at Kvemo Alvani. Shared taxi departs from Isani metro station. Local drivers usually approach the tourists and offer them to arrange the transport to Tusheti. If your driver doesn't, you will need to ask around for a driver in Kvemo Alvani - it shouldn't be too hard. The trip usually takes 4 hours from Kvemo Alvani to Omalo.