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Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (California) – Call For Artists

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (California) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR) announces a call for artists for the 2024 – 25 season.

​Founded in 2007, JTHAR is a nonprofit artist residency that fosters creativity through opportunities for exploring, experimenting, quiet reflection, engagement, and cross-cultural exchange with the vibrant local artist community. They establish spaces where inspiration happens on a daily basis, so artists can do the work of innovating, changing the cultural landscape, and generating a fresh look at the way we connect to each other and to the world. Each year, JTHAR invites 6 artists from around the world to create work amidst the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.

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Enter by: 10 January 2024

$45 application fee

Artists selected for this program are at all stages of their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and non fiction writing, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture. Artists are selected to attend the residency by the JTHAR Board Members. The committee reviews all applications submitted to the program. Selection is based on the merit of the artist’s portfolio and the residency proposal.

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency Benefits

Residency recipients will receive a one thousand dollar scholarship/stipend to deter costs of participating in the program. Funds can be used towards art supplies, transportation, and meals.

The residency provides studio space and living accommodations. As part of the residency program, each artist is invited to live in one of fives homes that are nestled on 5 acres surrounded by the panoramic mountain views. Adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, where the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet, each home provides quiet seclusion. The region, know for its strange Joshua Trees and giant rock formations called Inselbergs, is a land of surprising variety and complexity; it is a land of extreme fragility. To the close observer, a tiny flower bud or the lizard’s frantic dash reveals this desert as a place of beauty and life.

Artists may choose to work in the JTHAR dedicated studio, a large studio space, divided by movable walls, depending on the artist’s needs. Housing Accommodations are located the Highlands near the West Entrance of the Joshua Tree National Park. Please note that the summer months can be very hot in the high desert. If you are adverse to the heat, this may not be the program for you. All houses are equipped with AC.

Artists have the option of an open studio exhibition of their work at the JTHAR studio or a Zoom presentation.

The memories I made at the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency will always hold a special place in my heart and mark a pivotal turning point in my artistic journey. The opportunity to spend time in the midst of such natural beauty allowed me to find inspiration, delve into my thoughts, and explore trajectories like never before. JTHAR’s generosity and dedication to fostering artistic growth are truly remarkable. – Justin M Zielke (2023)

About Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency

JTHAR has serviced the artists community in Joshua Tree, California, for over 18 years. It is one of the only residencies in the area that has open calls and ideally located next the one of US National Parks.

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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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