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Patterns and Shadows 2019 (New York City, NY) – Call For Artists

Patterns and Shadows 2019 (New York City, NY) – Call For Artists

The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) announces a call for artists for Patterns and Shadows 2019. The city in the early morning or late afternoon presents an intensified visual as the buildings, the cars, and even the pedestrians present long deep shadows. Look more closely at the buildings at any time of day and note the patterns in architecture, and windows. This call is all about images where the visual impact stems from shadows or repetitive shapes/patterns. Consider the patterns in rows of theater seats, late afternoon light on steps transforming it into repeated black and white stripes, your own shadow, or that of an athlete sprinting in the park in the early hours.

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Deadline: 10 Nov 2019

Patterns and Shadows 2019 Artist Benefits

The total prizes for Patterns and Shadows 2019 is $3000. There is a grand prize, three first prizes, three second prizes, three third prizes, 15 juror’s selections, and 20 honorable mentions.  Each of the first 25 winners have an opportunity to exhibit in a New York City gallery, the Jadite Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen. The exhibit runs for two weeks. In addition, all 45 winners are posted in a gallery on the New York Center for Photographic Art website and are included in an exhibition catalog. A professional photographer is the juror.

About The New York Center For Photographic Art

The New York Center for Photographic Art was conceived and developed by Patricia Gilman and Maddi Ring. It offers photographers from around the world opportunities to exhibit their work in New York.  Maddi and Patricia are experienced photographers and exhibition producers who understand the value of showcasing artists work in galleries. They have marketed their own work, both together and individually, in a variety of venues.  These exhibitions have been in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Each has her own images in various venues, including private collections.

For more information, contact nyc4pa@gmail.com.

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July – December 2020 Exhibits (Newton, MA) – Call For Artists

July – December 2020 Exhibits (Newton, MA) – Call For Artists

Applications are now being accepted by the Newton Free Library for the July – December 2020 exhibits.  Applicants must be from the New England region (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island). All work presented must be original and produced within the last three years. Giclée reproductions of original work will not be accepted. Giclée printed photographs are accepted.

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Deadline: 6 Dec 2019 at 11:59 pm

The Walker System is used for January – June 2020 Exhibits. Therefore, artwork must have a wire across the back to accommodate this system. Free-standing sculptural pieces are not shown. Artists are responsible for hanging their work using the Walker Rods. Please refrain from submitting material that is obscene, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment. One packet per artist. If you are applying for a group show, submit one combined packet. If you have shown at the library before, then you are welcome to apply again in two years.

You must be available to show for at least four out of the six months in the current round. If accepted, the library will determine when your show will take place and in which space. The assignments are fixed and cannot be changed. The jury’s selections will be posted on the Newton Free Library’s website by Friday, February 7, 2020. If selected the library will mail you a packet with further instructions.

July – December 2020 Exhibits Artist Benefits

No commission for work sold. The library does extensive amount of outreach to help promote artists’ work. Media coverage attracts attention to our galleries. There is a robust presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The library has ongoing listings in Art New England and other area publications including the local press. Art shows are featured on they library’s homepage. Price lists are made available to library patrons in the exhibit spaces.

About the Newton Free Library

The Newton Free Library mounts twenty-three exhibits per year in two exhibit spaces (Gallery and Main Hall). As one of the busiest public library buildings in Massachusetts, they are a state-of-the-art facility with over 45,000 visitors each month. The library is a community center at the heart of cultural activity in Newton, MA. In addition to art gallery openings, an extremely active programming calendar includes a wide variety of events for all ages. They have a highly-regarded concert series which often attracts a standing room only audience (150+) on Sundays that takes place in a room adjacent to the galleries.

Newton, MA is a city south west of Boston with a population of approximately 90K. Many of our residents are highly educated and include more than one Nobel Prize winner. Most are very tuned into the shows in our gallery shows and eagerly await them each month.

For more information, contact emeyers@minlib.net.

*Photo by Cristina Hajosy Photography.*

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Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

The City of Aurora Art In Public Places Program selection panel is seeking to commission an artist for the Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture. Create a sculptural environment composed of multiple components within this roundabout which is about 70’ in diameter. There is no public access to the roundabout, so the artwork should be designed to be viewed by car or from the various streets surrounding the site. Benches, interactive art, or highly detailed artwork would not be appropriate for this project.

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Deadline: 21 Oct 2019

The artwork should have physical presence and be scaled appropriately for this site. Due to the size of the roundabout, multiple elements working together to create a singular composition would be ideal. It must be designed to be appreciated from all sides. The artwork could be colorful and kinetic. The artwork should not be too shiny or reflective, or in any way create a distraction for drivers.

The elements can be large and massive enough to block direct views across the roundabout. This enables drivers to focus on what is ahead of them, not across or through the roundabout. Thematically, the artwork could embrace a transportation related theme, such as people using various transportation modes literally or abstractly. Transportation modes might represent the diversity of abilities. It could include elements such as walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, canes, bicycles, cars, trains, feet, scooters, motorcycles, skis, sleds, canoes, kayaks, rafts, and airplanes as well as innovative and futuristic options.

The artwork must be constructed from materials that are sufficiently durable to withstand the Colorado climate and altitude. These conditions include extreme temperature changes (over 40 degrees) in just a few hours and subzero temperatures as well as temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sun, low humidity, and precipitation in the form of rain, hail, sleet, and snow.

Budget: $215,158 (There is a separate budget that the city will use for site preparation and minimal landscaping appropriate to the nature of the sculpture.)

About the City of Aurora

The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located in Aurora, CO. Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, and the safest large city in Colorado, spanning three counties in the eastern Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. The city embraces a highly diverse population of over 350,000 residents who enjoy access to quality education, Colorado’s natural beauty and active lifestyle, and an array of cultural amenities within the context of a vibrant and growing community. Aurora is home to top national employers in aerospace and defense, bioscience, healthcare, and alternative energy.

Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the northern tip of the Black Forest, Aurora offers a unique quality of life that blends a traditional sense of community with a range of outdoor and leisure activities. Residents enjoy a wealth of opportunities and are proud to call Aurora home.

Aurora Regional Transportation District

Aurora welcomed the light rail in early 2017 with the opening of R-Line as a branch of the public transportation network provided by the Regional Transportation District (RTD.) The R-Line is known for the strong public art at each station which resulted from a robust partnership between the city of Aurora (COA) and RTD. The New York Times magazine listed Aurora as one of the top places to see public art in 2017. Two sculptures adorn the Iliff Station environment, one located at the station, and the other located outside the Iliff Station Parking Garage. In this area, the R-Line follows the path of 1-225, a major highway providing access to Denver International Airport

Opportunities abound for transit-oriented development (TOD) along the R- line, especially around each station. The area around the Iliff Station has seen rapid transformation with the addition of contemporary high-density apartment living and mixed-use development in an area better known for single family housing on good sized lots and age-restricted retirement communities. These three and four-story apartment complexes in a pedestrian friendly environment are designed to meet the needs of the young professionals attracted to the employment opportunities and active life-style of this growing community.

In addition to the city’s 1% for Art Ordinance, Aurora has an ordinance requiring art within transit-oriented-development districts. New apartments just north of the station are already home to a highly visible ceramic mural entitled “Double Dip.” The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located just south of the parking garage. The addition of sculpture on this roundabout will help to establish this area as a new public art hub within a community where the arts are thriving.

About the Art In Public Places Program

Aurora’s Art in Public Places Program enhances the quality of life in Aurora as high-quality neighborhoods and public spaces are developed and maintained. Locally and nationally renowned artists have created 240 individual pieces to enhance the city’s public spaces with works of art ranging from outdoor sculptures and murals to functional works integrated into the architecture. The program is funded from a city ordinance requiring the dedication of 1 percent of the funds used to build city of Aurora construction and remodeling projects with budgets of $100,000 or more. Grants and fundraising efforts also fund city public art projects.

The Art in Public Places Program is governed by the nine-member Aurora City Council-appointed Art in Public Places Commission. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the city council regarding the public art program, including project budget allocation, strategic planning, development of policies and procedures,and approval of artwork to be commissioned or purchased.

For more information, contact rbloom@auroragov.org.

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Fine Arts Festival Of Manatee County 2020 (Bradenton, FL) – Call for Artists

Fine Arts Festival Of Manatee County 2020 (Bradenton, FL) – Call for Artists

ArtCenter Manatee announces a call for artists for the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County 2020, a juried two-day outdoor festival that takes place in Downtown Bradenton at the beautiful Riverwalk Park on the Manatee River. The show features local, regional, and national award-winning artists, as well as artist demos, shopping, music, and food vendors with seating. The festival attracts art lovers of all kinds. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. The proceeds of the festival benefit ArtCenter Manatee’s Education programs.

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Deadline: 31 Dec 2019

Event dates: Feb 22 and 23, 2020

The classes of entry into the show are: Fine Craft, Jewelry, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture

Fine Arts Festival Of Manatee County 2020 artists will benefit by competing for $4,000 in prize money: Best of Show $1500, 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $850, and 3rd Place $650

Artist Amenities:

  • Friday set up
  • Saturday Meet and Greet at ArtCenter Manatee, 6-8pm, to include a tour of the ArtCenter, light appetizers, wine, beer, and music
  • Free parking for artists
  • Cash awards
  • Complimentary coffee and danish
  • Complimentary bottled water delivered daily
  • Booth sitting for breaks

About ArtCenter Manatee

Founded in 1937, ArtCenter Manatee is located in downtown Bradenton at the intersection of arts and culture. ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for art, art education, and unique gifts in Manatee County. The nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries with exhibits that change monthly, five classrooms that hold over 3,000 students every year, an Artists’ Market gift shop, and an art library featuring over 3,000 art volumes. ArtCenter Manatee has repeatedly been voted the best art gallery by the Herald Tribune and Bradenton Herald. ArtCenter Manatee has been the premier visual arts organization in Manatee County for over 80 years. They offer over 400 classes to adults and children; local, regional and national exhibits in three galleries that change monthly; and an artisan gift shop and ecommerce website.

For more information, contact christina@artcentermanatee.org.

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National Call (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

National Call (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Art Center Sarasota invites artists from across the United States to exhibit their works in all media and all subjects national exhibition, National Call, to be exhibited in all four of their galleries. The exhibition will run from December 12, 2019 – January 17, 2020. Works will be juried into the exhibition, entry fees do apply.

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Deadline: 22 Nov 2019

Over 200 works of art will be chosen for this exhibition. Have your artwork(s) on display for hundreds of visitors to view. Art Center Sarasota averages 60,000+ visitors to their galleries each year and over 300 visitors to each opening reception. All work will be for sale, with 65% commission allotted to the artist for any sale.

National Call Artist Benefits

Artists and creatives are encouraged to attend a juror critique on December 10 at 6pm. During this time, the juror will announce the place awards and describe why they were chosen. This is a great opportunity to ask your pressing questions. Ten place cash prizes will be awarded. 1st Place $1,500, 2nd Place $1,000, 3rd Place $500, Merit Awards (2) $250, Special Recognition (5) $100.

Social Equity

As the center of Sarasota’s visual arts community, Art Center Sarasota focuses on accessibility, diversity, and engagement. Artists, creatives, and visitors enjoy the Center’s education and exhibition programs. The juried exhibitions, such as this call, are open to anyone of any skill level, which leads to dynamic exhibitions of novice to professional artists in the same space. Broadening the juried exhibition to a national call helps marginalized communities in Sarasota identify with more diverse works by artists of similar backgrounds, that may not be represented by our local and regional artists.

About Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota is a member-based organization that engages the artistic community by providing educational programs and exhibitions to local and regional artists and those who simply enjoy the visual arts. The Center’s exhibitions program shows contemporary works in its three curated galleries, designed to inspire and challenge the viewer. The large atrium gallery is dedicated to showcasing the Sarasota and region’s talented artists in juried competitions. This season of exhibitions is designed to expand the art center’s reputation locally and nationally as well as engage visitors through culturally diverse art experiences.

For more information, contact danielle@artsarasota.org.

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Seeds Of Peace (Norwalk, CT) – Call For Artists

Seeds Of Peace (Norwalk, CT) – Call For Artists

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions of art from artists 18 and over for its winter exhibit, Seeds Of Peace, that will run from December 10, 2019 through February 29, 2020. The Maritime Garage Gallery’s Seeds of Peace exhibit is seeking works of art that embrace the idea of harmony, tranquility, generosity, calmness, and peaceful feelings. Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture, are welcome. Nadia Martinez will be curating the exhibit.

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Deadline: 2 Nov 2019

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s Art in Parking Places placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is located in the historic SoNo district of Norwalk. It is free and open to the public.

Seeds Of Peace Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will benefit from having their art exhibited in a gallery that is located in a highly trafficked public space, the Maritime Garage located in historic South Norwalk. The Garage has between 500 and 700 cars going in and out daily, with an average of three passengers. This brings an estimated 1,500 – 2,100 daily impressions to the space. In addition, there will be an opening reception that will be attended by artists, Parking Authority representatives, area politicians, notables, and the public. The Gallery promotes the opening reception and exhibit in all local media outlets.

About Maritime Garage Gallery

The Maritime Garage Gallery was founded by the Norwalk Parking Authority as part of its Art in Parking Places initiative. This effort to support art in public spaces, includes several permanent public art exhibits in the South Norwalk Railroad Station that highlight the city’s maritime tradition and other historical facts about town. These installations were made possible by a grant provided by the Federal transportation Enhancement Public Art Program. These initiatives are a collaboration of the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission. The Maritime Garage Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday. The Norwalk parking Authority oversees the management, operation, facilities, and maintenance of over 4,000 on and off-street parking spaces.

For more information, contact maritimegallery@norwalkpark.org.

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Button Sculpture Installations (Doraville, GA) – Call For Artists

Button Sculpture Installations (Doraville, GA) – Call For Artists

Button Art is seeking artist submissions for button sculpture installations following Gwinnett’s Bicentennial Anniversary. To further the love of art in Gwinnett, Button Art – in collaboration with artists across all mediums and boundaries – will manage, create, and install 200 original button sculpture installations throughout Gwinnett inspired by the County’s 200th birthday and celebrating the future of Gwinnett. Each button sculpture will have a plaque bearing names of sponsors and the artist.

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Deadline: 30 Nov 2019

Open to all artists. Only digital images can be submitted as JPEG, PNG or PDF files with minimum 300 DPI resolution suitable to print 47.5” x 47.5“.

Button Sculpture Installations Award Categories

Most Liked Art on Button Art Instagram

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $7,500
  • Third Place: $5,000

Most Liked Art on Button Art Facebook

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $7,500
  • Third Place: $5,000

Additional Awards

  • Most Innovative Artist: $7,500
  • Best Original Artist: $5,000
  • Best Digital Artist: $5,000
  • Best Photographer: $5,000
  • Most Reflective Art of Gwinnett’s History: $5,000
  • Best Art by Team Collaboration: $5,000
  • Oldest Artist: $5,000
  • Youngest Artist: $5,000
  • Five Honorable Mentions ($1,000 each): $5,000

All art will be on display for the public to engage with and enjoy, while paying tribute to the history of Gwinnett County, GA.

About Button Art

Button Art provides an art presence for the local community by collecting and curating a wide range of art submitted by local and national artists.

Button Art works with the County to provide access to public areas for the display of the art; collaborate with local and national artists; select artwork to be applied on sculptures; identify the causes and create the themes for the sculptures; and manage production, delivery, and installation of the sculptures. Additionally, Button Art organizes community events to publicize and showcase the art and artists behind the art and raise funds to further develop the culture of art across the County.

For more information, contact info@buttonart.org.

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Bus Stop Installations 2019 (Dallas, TX) – Call For Artists

Bus Stop Installations 2019 (Dallas, TX) – Call For Artists

The Mayor’s Star Council (MSC) is issuing a call to artists/artist teams interested in creating unique durable artwork to serve as bus stop installations 2019 at specific locations in Southern Dallas. Each installation is sponsored by private donors and maintained by DART as part of a network of art installations in Dallas bus stops. The MSC has teamed up with DART, DISD, and local Dallas artists on this new initiative. Together with partners, the MSC is creating the opportunity for artwork designed by local artists, and co-envisioned by Dallas high school students, to be showcased at select DART bus stops throughout the City of Dallas.

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Deadline: 27 Sept 2019

Each unique bus stop installation:

  • Encourages local students to envision and take ownership for the future of their communities. Working with a team of artists, students envision the future of their neighborhoods while connecting that vision to the recognition and honor of the community’s past.
  • Highlights the history and culture of the neighborhood in Dallas it is located in. This project promotes the strong heritage of communities in Southern Dallas. It highlights the stories and history that aren’t always visible in locations visited by hundreds to thousands daily.
  • Connects Northern and Southern Dallas. By offering a uniquely creative opportunity for investment, the Bus Stop installations facilitate the economic and cultural linkage of south and north. They enable Dallas-based donors and corporations from across the region to consider and invest in Southern Dallas. Sister stops offer the additional opportunity for students and all interested Dallas residents to follow the trail or bus route connecting two Dallas communities.
  • Incorporates the brand or logo of the sponsor. The Bus Stop installations offer a unique way to highlight organizations making an impact in our city.

Bus Stop Installations 2019 Artist Benefits

Artists will be paid $1000 for their participation. They will be part of a unique collaboration between Mayor’s Star Council, DISD high school students, a local business, DART, and a local Dallas community. Artists learn about the history of the neighborhood. They will be inspired by the kids who will provide their vision for the future of the neighborhood. The art piece will be installed in a DART bus stop shelter. It will be visible for the community for years to come. Thousands of people will be exposed to this art piece. The artist becomes part of the MSC community, continuing to work alongside our group in new capacities.

About Mayor’s  Star Council

The Mayor’s Star Council’s mission is to empower leaders to impact Dallas through three pillars: Learn, Connect, and Serve. MSC members engage with peers who share the same passion for improving Dallas. They gain valuable experience that serves as a catalyst for becoming a committed leader.

The MSC is made up of a group of diverse leaders from the ages of 25-40 that come from eight different areas of cultural and professional influence: Arts ahd Entertainment, Business, Education, Government, Hospitality & Tourism, Media, Religion, and the Social Sector. This group has accepted the challenge from the Mayor to be civically engaged in the challenges the city faces rather than inheriting them in the future. While not officially affiliated with the city, MSC works alongside the Mayor of Dallas. The MSC projects reflect the priorities set forth by the Mayor. MSC works collaboratively with the Mayor to assist with key initiatives, including GrowSouth.

For more information, contact busstopproject@mayorstarcouncil.org.

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Small Works (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Small Works (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Deja 42 Art Gallery is seeking artists who would like to present their work in the upcoming November exhibition, Small Works. Creators working in all media are welcome. Open to all themes. Pieces must be no larger than 9” x 12” and must be priced to sell at under $150.

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Deadline: 18 Oct 2019

A non-refundable entry fee of $20 is required for up to three different artworks.  
Detailed images of submitted works may be included at no additional cost. It is preferable that artworks are for sale. Accepted artists will be notified by Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019.
 
 Gallery-ready pieces should be delivered to the gallery no later than Wednesday, October 30th, 2019.
 Opening reception is Saturday, November 9th, 2019. Deja 42 Art Gallery retains a 40% commission on all sold artwork.

Small Works Artist Benefits

Chosen artists for Small Works will be showcased in a gallery space located in the vibrant and eclectic East Passyunk Square area of South Philadelphia. Artists will have the opportunity to not only sell their work at a commission, but also sell prints and smaller pieces in a storefront retail space. Deja 42 Art Gallery promotes featured artists through social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well as the gallery’s website. Showing artists receive 60% of their retail ask. Openings are every second Saturday of the month. Openings draw a big crowd in an intimate space. This offers promotion, exposure, and open discussion among artists and potential buyers.

About Deja 42 Art Gallery

Deja 42 Art Gallery is a unique fine arts gallery and store of amazing objects. The gallery opened their doors at the beginning of April in the beautiful and lively area of East Passyunk in South Philadelphia. They have garnered much interest from both locals and visitors. Deja 42 goes beyond the traditional gallery space. The gallery offers artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work without the exclusivity of representation. They are open to all forms of media and sincerely welcome both emerging and established artists. Deja 42 is a proud member of the East Passyunk Business Improvement District. The district provides exposure and promotion for businesses in the East Passyunk Avenue area of metropolitan Philadelphia.

For more information, contact deja42artgallery@gmail.com.

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Ilhabela Island Art Residence (Brazil) – Call For Artists

Ilhabela Island Art Residence (Brazil) – Call For Artists

Casa na Ilha announces a call for artists for the 2019/2020 Ilhabela Island Art Residence, a retreat space to devote time and focus to your creative pursuits in an ecological paradise. Artists can dedicate intense time on their work in progress or develop new projects. Focus on ideas and projects, enhance creativity and inspiration, and connect with local community and nature. Casa na Ilha welcomes artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent. The Program is 2 to 4 weeks long with between 5 – 8 artists at a time. In case projects requires it, participants may apply for a longer period.

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Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

Artists work on a self-directed residency and have uninterrupted, self-directed work time. Casa na Ilha will not pressure you to deliver finished work. Focus solely on research and development of ideas. However, there will be a tutor to discuss ideas, projects, and progress of work during their stay.

Each sessions hosts artists of different disciplines, giving the opportunity for artists in residency to gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work through peer interaction and discussion groups. Common spaces will be conceived to promote not only collaboration between the artists, but also to empower ideas between different participants and interdisciplinary learning. Casa na Ilha embraces the role of being an active platform of thinking, discussion, production, and sharing trough daily interactions open to share and exchange ideas and perspectives among participants.

Ilhabela Island Art Residence Artist Benefits

Casa na Ilha is a space where to develop, improve, and curate personal and group projects in an interdisciplinary ambiance, nurturing for different views, opinions, and expertise. The residency program promotes the development of projects in all stages, from conception to presentation of ideas.

Casa na Ilha does not provide a set program or itinerary for artists to follow. Sessions, tutor advice, and support will be approached personally by request of the artists around their self directed practices. Formal appointments for project and work discussion can be made as many time as needed by the artist. Casa na Ilha will give guidance as well as help make the necessary contacts, approache,s and arrangements with different parties the project requires.

About Casa na Ilha

Casa na Ilha Art Residency Program takes place in the island of Ilhabela, at the north coast of the state of Sao Pablo, Brazil. Located at 200 km from the city of Sao Pablo, it is the largest island of an archipelago. Ilhabela is an ecological paradise, covered by Mata Atlantica (Atlantic rainforest) home of unique fauna and flora, with more than 73 beaches and 27 waterfalls of crystalline pure water, and the highest mountains. Being a unique ecological ambiance, and harboring various endangered species, 84% of the island is a preservation area protected by the Parque Estadual Ilhabela.

The preservation area is home of the Caicaras, the native community of the region. Caicaras are a sustainable community still keeping their own tradition and ancient skills. The community faces the danger of losing their land because of economic growth. Local and national organizations are helping them keeping their land and way of life. Fishing is their main economic income. They fish with their own nets and harpoons to feed their families. The traditional know-how of is one of the main intangible assets of Ilhabela.

The island has a rich historical background, from the original indigenous people, Portuguese colonization and settlers, sugar cane fazendas, African influences, and English pirates. There is a variety of legends and stories from each place in the island originated in the history of the island and confluence of cultures.

Being the largest island in Brazil, it is only populated on one coast, the one facing mainland. It has 45.000 inhabitants that live their permanently. The rest of the island is a national park and protected. There are no high constructions. There is one main road that goes from the south to the north. It has two main centers: Pereque, the commercial center where you can find several banks, big supermarkets, paint shops, a small art shop, and other stores; and Vila, the historical center, which was the first center when the island was colonized and still has historical buildings. There is a museum, small art gallery, local crafts shops, restaurants, cafes, and convenient stores.

Beaches are all around the island, urbanized and deserted. Some of them are only reachable by trails, boat, or 4×4 vehicles.

There are many trails in the island. Walks put you in direct contact with nature. Waterfalls can be reached by different trails of all levels of difficulty. In many of the waterfalls you can swim in the natural pools formed by the rocks. It is also possible to hike up to the highest peak of the island, called Baepi, with a guide. The coast has several shipwrecks that can be explored.

For more information, contact info@casanailha.org.

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