Independent Initiatives Baltics network will be meeting in Riga 


Between 3–5 August 2022 Totaldobže art center will host the second meeting of Independent Initiatives Baltics in Riga, Latvia. This event is organised together with the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association (LIAA).

Independent Initiatives Baltics (IIB) – an emergent network for fostering a mutual environment and exchange between artist- and independently-run spaces in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In 2022 it explores the Baltic scene in compact visits to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and wider, and investigates what framework could be adapted for future coexistence and cooperation and what collective tool could be built for shared future use.

The Riga meeting is organized by artist-run initiative Totaldobže art center, which has been formed in Riga during 2008-2010 and since 2019 is operating at Viskaļi, Quality of Life Design Institute, established in the outskirts of Riga near lake Ķīšezers, 36 Viskaļi Street.

The three-day event will host representatives of independent initiatives from each of the Baltic countries as well as network partners from Candyland (Sweden) who will share their valuable experience on organizing networks and operating within the artist-run scene in the Nordic region for more than a decade. Among the participating organisations in Riga are network partners Hoib gallery, Atletika gallery (LIAA) and such initiatives as Swallow, 427, Low gallery, RIXC and others. 

The network meeting programme will consist of visits to independent spaces, group discussions on most grounding questions and concepts and a workshop to continue modelling the present and the future of the IIB network. Collectively generated thoughts will be incorporated into further research and carried through to Tallinn meeting in September 2022. 

Organisers: association “Totaldobre” (Totaldobže art center) together with the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association.

The network is supported by Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. 


Image: Final presentation of the Black Hole residency at the lake Ķīšezers. Photo – Kaspars Lielgalvis