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ISSP Gallery - new destination for culture lovers


ISSP is a platform for contemporary photography. In 2018, after 12 years in action, ISSP launched its own gallery and events space in the heart of Riga – a fantastic destination for art lovers.

With the addition of the ISSP Gallery, Riga’s Bergs Bazaar shopping and dining arcade has well and truly established itself as a cultural hotspot and an interesting addition to Riga itineraries.

ISSP Gallery programme manager Iveta Gabalina (Vaivode) talks about the aims of the gallery: “we’ll exhibit the works of local and international artists who use photography as a conceptual tool and address relevant current topics. The gallery will also serve as a platform to support Latvian artists.

On until 5th January, 2019 is Commissions - an exhibition by photographer Diana Tamane, through which she’s attempted to satisfy her family’s requests. They often ask her to take a photo for their living room wall but, so far, their tastes haven’t always been a match.

Along with the gallery’s regular exhibitons, ISSP organises education and networking programmes, as well as residencies for local and international photographers. Refer to their events schedule to see what’s on.

November highlights included ISSP’s first ever family day event, and an artist talk by Kenneth Bamberg. Past exhibitions have featured the works of Rafal Milach, Alexander Gronsky & Ksenia Babushkina, Vika Eksta, Jason Fulford and Maija Annikki Savolainen.

The ISSP Gallery is available to hire for events with seating space for up to 50 people. It’s located within easy walking distance of the Hotel Bergs, Tallink Hotel Riga, Mercure Riga Centre, Europa Royale Riga, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabete and Ibis Riga Centre hotels. Dining options nearby include Entresol, Garage, Cydonia and Andaluzijas Suns.

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