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Vladas Suncovas

Stage designer and sculptor
Urban renewal and the reinvention of the city

This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists. Each UEO city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.

Vladas Suncovas travelled to Athens

Vilnius’ second artist, Morta Jonynaité, will travel to Lisbon

Artists’ Statement

Vladas Suncovas is an artist who creates spaces using methods of architecture, design, technology and art. He develops his creative practice by creating art in public space, scenography, exhibition design, small scale architecture, installations, experimental furniture and educational projects. The distinctive features of Suncovas’ work include modular constructions, elements of mechanical engineering, deployable structures, parametric design, as well as space transformations using conceptually sound, often critical solutions.

Artists’ Biography

Vladas Suncovas. In 2010 Vladas Suncovas got his BA degree at Vilnius Academy of Arts and in 2013 – his MFA at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Walls & Space Department. 2015-2017 Suncovas lectured at Vilnius Academy of Arts where he led a course about site-specific and context based art practice. As a lecturer he initiated educational projects and workshops collaborating with Baltic Art Center (Gotland, Sweden), Lukiškės Prison, Vilnius Puppet Theatre to name a few. His teaching methodology was based on the notion that art students should learn to be involved in collaborations inside and outside educational institution in order to create site-specific, context based art.

During the recent ten years he worked as stage designer at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre and other venues across Lithuania. He has also created multiple exhibition designs for National Gallery of Art, Contemporary Art Center and MO Museum among other venues. In 2018 his own performance In Love with a Sea Troll was presented at Homo Novus International Festival of Contemporary Theatre and Versmė Lithuanian National Drama Theatre’s Contemporary Dramaturgy Festival.

Suncovas has created multiple interactive and functional public art sculptures in Lithuania and abroad. His works in public space were part of exhibitions organized by Lewben Art Foundation, Rupert and other institutions. In 2018 Suncovas designed the deployable exhibition space Scissors – a mobile pavilion that appeared in different locations across Copenhagen hosting exhibitions, performances and readings, which he himself curated. He was part of the Lithuanian Space Agency pavilion, representing Lithuania at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021. Suncovas has benefited from grants offered by the Lithuanian Culture Institute, Danish Arts Foundation, the Nordic Culture Fund and others. In 2020 Lithuanian Good Design award nominated Suncovas’ exhibition design for the 1st place in the category of interior design.

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