Deadline: Open call

TROPIC / exploratory artist residency and research base

Located in the tropical rainforest and coastline with indigenous people, culture and knowledge.

Description of residency program

A new + unique exploratory arts project working in the tropical region of South & Central America. Ran from 2015 - present by La Wayaka Current artist-led organisation working with anthropoligical and ecological themes in tropic, arctic and desert. We are supporting contemporary art projects in alternative locations and dealing with crucial issues of our time.

We currently offer a residency program for artists and projects at Tropic. Here you will work with us for 21 - 42 days. Each group of artists will be given a base for working, taken on research trips and overnight expeditions into the surounding nature, other indigenous tribes and be introduced to the local flora and fauna of the rainforest and marine life. On top of self-directed practice there will be collaborative workshops in local crafts and materials, talks, activities, cultural exchange and research trips happening. Themes include climate change and the dialogues between indigenous cultures and the modern world - the ceremonies, shamanic practices and knowledge of the ancestors that still exists in these isolated communities.

We are currently working on the edge of the Gulf of Uraba, by the Darien Gap - rainforest both in the autonomous indigenous region of Guna Yala on the coast of Panama and near to the Colombian border with Afro-Colombian communities. Here artists will live in a small community, isolated in nature between the jungle and ocean.

Duration of residency
21 - 42 days.

May 16 - June 6
June 8 - June 29

May 16 - June 6
June 8 - June 29

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines are welcome to participate in the project to create a dynamic, collaborative and open environment. Disciplines include sculpture, installation, site specific, community colaboration, drawing, painting, writing, music, photography, film, research etc.

Work equipment includes basic tools (tools used in the local area/culture). Creative, technical support and assistance is provided to artists, including specialist knowledge and assistance of local materials and techniques. Natural materials are available for artists to use and learn about local techniques such as clay, bamboo, wood, palms etc.

As an artist at Tropic you will be living in basic accommodation traditionally built bamboo house with palm thatched roof close to your workspace with toilet, shower, bed, sheets, communal space, solar energy - light, power outlet, padlocks for locking and you will be sharing between 2-3 per room - private rooms may be available depending on availability and will be with additional fee. Clean safe drinking water will be provided.

Studio/ workspace
There will be workspace for artists provided with desks and chairs. Artists are also able to work outdoors along the coast, in the jungle or within the communities.

Fees and support
We do not cover costs of transport for artists and offer a program where the costs will need to be covered by the artist. Artists are responsible for sourcing their own funding with our support.

We have built a project that gives artists opportunities to apply for and recieve funding support internationally to join us. In the past supporters such as Danish Arts Foundation, Swedish Arts Council, OCA Norway, Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and Arts Council UK have offered artists funds as a result of our project. Artists have also raised successful crowdfunding campaigns to realise their projects with us and others find their own private ways of funding themselves.

Included in all our programs is our program, support, food, accommodation, workspace, taxes and local pick ups. Our program includes dynamic workshops, talks, activities and research trips.

We have experience working and living in these difficult to access locations developing relationships, trust and understanding in all areas of the communities and area to make the best out of this project for everyone involved who participates.

The costs of the program for 21 days is $1300 USD.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to act independently and self direct their personal projects. We encourage participation in programmed events but it is not obligatory. We expect artists come into the project with a basic knowledge and respect for the local area and culture. Basic Spanish language is also useful if you plan to try and work with people in the community. We expect the artists to produce high quality research and works that involve contemporary art and themes of the residency.

Application information
We have an on-going deadline and artists can apply through our website at any time. We also welcome applications on behalf of a pairs or groups. 

The applications will be reviewed by directors of La Wayaka Current and our partners, you may be asked to answer further questions after submitting an application. Response time is usually between 10 - 30 days.

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TROPIC / exploratory artist residency and research base

TROPIC / exploratory artist residency and research base


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