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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.

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Desert 23’S (Atacama, Chile) – Call For Artists

Desert 23’S (Atacama, Chile) – Call For Artists

La Wayaka Current announces a call for artists for Desert 23’S.  Open to interdisciplinary artists, musicians, writers, scientists, activists, and others. Join an artist led expedition and residency program. Reconnect with wild and remote natural environments and learn from ecology and indigenous culture. Participants are encouraged to be resourceful and work with local methods, materials, basic tools, and equipment within the community and isolated natural environment.

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Deadline: 20 Jun 2019

Desert 23°S presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic and creative practices in one of the driest environments on our planet. It is within an indigenous community inside a national nature reserve of diverse flora and fauna. This otherworldly region closer resembles the surface of Mars than Earth. It offers optimal conditions for astronomical observations and preserves ancient archaeology beneath the sands. Within the dry landscape lives an unbelievably diverse and rich ecosystem that remains due to the knowledge of indigenous groups who fight to protect the area from exploitative, water-intensive extraction and mining.

Artists will be able to work more independently on their self directed practice alongside the program. Artists come with an open and willing attitude, assist in the responsibilities of the resident community. and are respectful towards the local nature and communities wishes.

Reduced Program Fee from: *£399 a week
Full Program Fee from: *£567 p week

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation: *£17 p day
  • Food / 3 meals and potable water: *£14 p day
  • Artist support, location guides, and creative and technical support: *£18 p day
  • Guided visits to archaeology / meteorite museums and observatory: *£27 p visit (full program only)
  • Local transfer from nearest airport: *£21 each way
  • Program w/ local indigenous collaborators: *£28 p session
  • Research excursions in surrounding area: from *£35 p excursion (full program only)
  • Logistics support: bike rental / laundry / local town transport supplies service (weekly): *£7 p day

*Price with LWC Financial Aid.

Desert 23’S Artist Benefits

Desert 23’S is a fluid, site-responsive program which introduces creatives to the local ecology and culture as well as contemporary socio-political issues and historical contexts of the area, whilst presenting reciprocal benefits for local communities both socially and economically through the program’s presence and exchange.

In the fifth year of operation, the program cultivate spaces in remote environments that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth. Learn and experiment creatively. Gather and find new inspiration in a remote, vast place far from structural or institutional frameworks and limitations.

Though this program, engage with new ecological and cultural perspectives of our time in a multitude of ways. Promote necessary dialogues and understanding between remote areas of this planet to others worldwide.

La Wayaka Current is an artist-led initiative responding to an increased loss of connection to the natural world. We have led over 30 expeditions for artists to work remotely in remote natural environments in a nurturing and experimental space. We have hosted intl. exhibitions and talks about this work.

Duration of Residency

Take part in Desert 23’S between 3-6 weeks (enquire for longer or shorter stays) during the following time periods:

  • June 3 – June 24, 2019
  • Aug 30 – Sept 20, 2019
  • Sept 27 – Oct 18, 2019
  • Oct 25 – Nov 15, 2019 (full capacity / waiting list only)

Participants will live together in a shared house in a small Desert Oasis, sheltered from the vast desert, within an Indigenous Community, inside the National Reserve of Flamingos. Rooms will be shared between 2-3 (private rooms may also be available on request prior to arrival). Bedding will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to use the outdoor vast desert environment as their studio and daily interactions with local culture and ecology as their source of learning and inspiration.

About La Wayaka Current

La Wayaka Current is a non-profit artist-led organisation without the means to support artists fully financially. They offer financial aid on all programs and support and guidance when applying for funding from other institutions or crowdfunding. Over 80+ artists have been able to fund their residency and travel with international arts funding through support, many for the first time. La Wayaka Current is happy to talk to artists and guide them on this process. Funds generated from our on the ground expeditions go to sustain the project, the workers involved, and into the remote communities shared with, supporting infrastructure, community, outreach, and conservation of remote places.

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Previous call for artists from La Wayaka Current


Production Residencies Buenos Aires 2018-19 – Call For Artists

Production Residencies Buenos Aires 2018-19 – Call For Artists

Fundación ‘ace announces a call for artists for the Production Residencies Buenos Aires 2018-19, supporting contemporary artistic practices through promoting the exchange, debate, experimentation, and collaboration of work. The program provides time, space, and guidance to explore expanded and traditional print media. It connects the artists with the art scene of Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of the Latin America cultural capitals.

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Deadline: 30 Apr 2018

Production Residencies Buenos Aires 2018-19 are intended to produce new work, a project, or a site-specific installation with the possibility to show the finished work at the end of the stay. Fundación ‘ace encourages submitting those projects that question the singularity of the art object by using new media, design, and/or their interfaces, blurring their boundaries.

The program encompasses a period of  four weeks. Artists can apply for any slot for next year and 2019. Residency working time starts on first Monday at 10 am and ends on last Friday at 6 pm.

Candidates For The Production Residency

  • Artists who want to produce a body of work or start a project that involves production which may include an exhibition/installation
  • Artists who need technical assistance to develop new work with traditional or experimental techniques of printmaking or want to explore new techniques that require technical and conceptual advice
  • Printmakers that would like access to specific equipment to produce their work, editions, or large size prints with or without assistance from the master printer

Artists have two different possibilities of lodging. A) Aloj´ace is the guesthouse located twenty minutes from the ‘ace studio. It is the perfect opportunity to be hosted in city center around many cultural attractions. Get immersed in the city while spending the working day in the quiet Colegiales neighbourhood where the ‘ace studio is located. The apartment is equipped to accommodate artists and curators, fully furnished with a full kitchen and bath and all costs (Internet WI-FI, cable television, local phone usage, cleaning, linen, and utilities) are included. This apartment can receive up to two artists or a single artist with accompaniment. B) The artist may arrange his/her own lodging by renting an apartment or staying with friends or in hostels, hotels, or B&Bs. Buenos Aires is a city that offers many lodging options.

No application fees for Production Residencies Buenos Aires 2018-19. The production residency has a basic fee and the artist can select other options including lodging, materials, or technical assistance. Basic fee covers studio space and access to equipment. The residency fee does not include travel, health insurance, and shipping expenses.

After receiving all the information for the specific type of residency, artists complete an application form which the ‘ace team will provide.

Production Residencies Buenos Aires 2018-19 Artist Benefits

Artists that choose the Production Residencies Buenos Aires 2018-19 use the ‘ace workshop – a large, quiet space with lots of light coming from several large windows and two skylights. The shop includes equipment to facilitate a variety of traditional and new print processes including intaglio, monotype/monoprint, woodblock, waterless lithography, silk-aquatint, photpolymer intaglio, and artists’ books and drawing.

In ‘ace, residencies are not only opportunities to have time and space, but also support in a collaborative way of thinking. One of the ‘ace strengths is to have an accomplished professional team. The director, master-printers, assistants, and volunteers are a unique group of people specially trained to do residences and generate projects. They will help conceptualize and produce all kinds of projects. If assistance is needed to expand the project, produce work, identify and contact a specific community with which to work, look for locations for photography, or sound or film or incorporate printmaking as a means of expression, then this team is perfect.

Artists will receive full support to develop their project within a professional team with thirteen years of experience in the field of artistic residencies. They will receive online presence in the ‘ace website and social media.

About Fundación ‘ace

Fundación ‘ace is an independent artist-in-residence centre in the visual arts located in the city of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. Residencies, exhibitions, international projects. and workshops act as bridges connecting foreign artists with artists from Argentine provinces with the urban and social environment of the city.

Its mission is to promote contemporary artistic practices that involve printmaking, photography, design, and new media. Artists explore their mutual interfaces through research and production residencies, promoting exchange, discussion, experimentation, and collaboratively work. The vision is to be an inspiring place to create. It strives to unite artists around the world and shorten the distances between old and new technologies and artistic genres.

Buenos Aires is one of the Latin American cultural capitals. In the year 2004 ´ace moved to its definitive space in Colegiales neighbourhood, Buenos Aires city. It is a family residence built in the year 1914. It was neatly repaired for over a period of two years with the purpose of converting it into the dreamed space capable of developing our activities. The restoration project respected the traditional structure of casa chorizo. It recovered all the original rudiments that the house already had, adding value through a careful and specialized restoration process.

The architectural space was re-structured on a base of three main spaces 1) the poliglota room, the public area for projects and exhibitions; 2) print workshop/dark room; and 3) library/digital media room, all complement a private studio named after the tower, a coffee and lunch area, restrooms, a deposit. and beautiful terrace that allows fun and recreation.

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MCA II AIR Program – Call for Artists

The Machaqmara Center for the Arts is inviting visual artists to apply for its II residency program at San Ramon, Peru. The residence offers to the artists the opportunity to concentrate on their own creative work for the duration of 2 weeks.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 15 Jul 2015

The residency period will take place from August 12th to August 25th, 2015.

Ten artists from all around the world will be participants.

MCA has been established as a fine art practice and research space for visual artists in which workshops provided by Peruvian native artists introduced a diversity of contemporary and traditional art practices with the aim of encourage cultural exchange, generate innovative research projects related to preservation and recovery of traditional techniques and cultural-artistic customs of native communities in Peruvian central jungle. This artistic context is taking place in a self development and artistic shared platform that is achieved by Yoga and Meditation sessions which are made in parallel with the fine art practice.

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