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The Art Academy of Latvia and Riga Last Thursdays open the event series "ART WORKS"

The Art Academy of Latvia (LMA) and Riga Last Thursdays (RLT) gallery evening invites everyone to get to know the art process behind the scenes. Every last Thursday of the month until April, from 17:00, art lovers can begin the evening at the Art Academy of Latvia, see exhibitions, and take part in conversations, workshops and creative activities.

The first evening of the series at the Art Academy of Latvia hosted a variety of events:

  • A new exhibition with Oskars Mūrnieks' work "Torchlight Procession" was opened in the basement of the Latvian Academy of Art, at the exhibition point "NAGLA".

  • On the 2nd floor, you could see the third exhibition of the Painting Department students' project "VILCE". The exhibition brings together 12 student works each time, representing students from 1st year Bachelor to 2nd year Master. During the event there was also the opportunity to observe the painting processes and talk to the artists.

  • Alongside the “VILCE” exhibition, there was also an exhibition of works by students from the Department of Graphic Arts and an exciting workshop led by the students that taught everyone the basics of the Linocut technique.

We hope to see you again this month, on February 23d, when we take a look at the processes of the Visual and Plastic Arts Department! Continuing the series, on March 23d we will meet the Design Department and on April 27 the Audiovisual Arts Department will bring the Art Academy's garden to life.

"The profession of an artist is shrouded in myths and perceptions, as is the process of creation itself. Sometimes it seems that if these myths were true, it would be much easier, but in reality, 'art making is work'. It is as technical as it is emotional and challenging, but very beautiful. By starting this collaboration with RLT, we are moving towards awareness of this work," comments Ieva Stalšene from the LMA Student Career Support Centre.

"We want to shed light behind the scenes of art making and hope that this series of events will help to recognise the dimension of the work that goes into art. The works of art in museums speak for themselves - they are witnesses of the past, a legacy of the beliefs and values of their time. Art exists with or without us, but it is important to bear in mind our role in supporting the future and the new generation of art makers. In this series, we are foregrounding the creators of current art and highlighting their craft, which takes years of work," says RLT organiser Elena Šalina.

The main aim of the evening is to start a new dialogue between the audience and the artist, and also to expand the possibilities for visitors to express themselves creatively - both through art as a process and art as a conversation.

Find this months event here!

See you in a couple of weeks!

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