Deadline: 11/03/2018

Seven Gardens Residency in Kerman, Iran, Spring 2018

One week long, affordable residency in beautiful, mountainous Kerman, Iran.

Seven Gardens Artist Residency is a program I am launching in Kerman, Iran in May 2018. The focus of the Seven Gardens residency is to learn about Iranian culture and history. Through activities such as artist talks, gallery visits, cooking demonstrations and lessons, craft workshops, field trips and meals out residents will get a deeper picture about the history and daily lives of Iranians. Residents from Iran are also welcome to apply to the program, as they would add valuable insights to our conversations, and hopefully learn some things about the Kerman area that they didn't know before.
Diversity is the main focus of the program. Historically, white male artists have been the focus of gallery collections and art history books. People in Iran, especially women, face extra boundaries keeping them from participating in the art world. I want to introduce residents to Iranian contemporary artists, making connections between these artists and the residents that will hopefully last past the duration of the residency. Hopefully as a group, we can brainstorm other ways to make these much needed connections.
I am looking for emerging and mid-career artists who are interested in Iranian culture and diversity in the arts, and who would like to attend a shorter residency where they would gather inspiration, meet interesting people, and do research and make quick artworks that would inspire later, more finished works. This residency isn't for people who want to make labour intensive works, like large sculpture, or who want lots of solo time to focus on making a full body of work. Artists using non-toxic and somewhat portable materials would be best, including photographers, writers, or artists working with acrylics, watercolour or drawing.
Residents must be willing to follow the laws of Iran, including the rules of dress for men and women, and the laws against drinking and drugs. Residents are also responsible for obtaining a tourist visa before entering the country.

Duration of residency
One week

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines welcome, keeping in mind it is a shared studio and short residency length. The studio has three desks and three easels, and a lounge space. If this is a setup that you don't think works for your practice, please email with questions or requests.

There is one private bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and two semi private bedrooms. The total cost for the week when staying in the private bedroom is $500 and for the semi-private rooms it is $400 each.

Shared studio. Large terrace and walled backyard for working en plein air. 

Fees and support
Full cost of the residency for Spring 2018 is $500 USD per week-long session. For our first residency season, we are offering these short programs and a major discount on our program fee. This soft-launch will help us plan the budget, schedule, etc for our official launch of our longer program in 2019, and will also help out artists looking for an affordable yet enriching residency option.
We will provide all food (including groceries and some meals), airport pickup and drop off, private bedrooms, shared studio space and some excursions in the cost of the program. Travel arrangements and expenses to get to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani International Airport in Kerman are the responsibility of each individual resident. Residents should also factor in the costs for obtaining a tourist visa, and for art supplies.

Expectations towards the artist
There may be an opportunity for a pop-up show at a later date, and participation would be optional.

Haft Bagh-e Alavi is a new tourism project between Mahan and Kerman. The villa in is on this  28 km route, where there are many things to do including horseback riding, fine dining, and much more. Aside from all the activities in the area, you will also enjoy the beautiful large-scale sculptures dotted along the highway.
The villa is an easy journey from both the airport and downtown. If this is your first visit to Iran you will be able to experience a great variety of what makes the country so special, while still being in total comfort. The beauty of the surrounding mountains and the cultural exchange experienced here are sure to spark creativity.

Application Information
To apply to the residency, first fill in the application. In the "Seven Gardens Residency Store", pay the $15 application fee, and then send in the completed application form and all attachments by March 11, 2018. I will respond to all applications by March 20. Accepted residents will reserve their spot in the program by paying a $250 deposit, and pay the remainder of the fee in the spring, for a total of $500 for their week-long residency. Please keep in mind that depending on your country of origin, you will likely need to get a tourist visa in advance to enter the country.
Residents will be chosen based on the strength of their portfolios, their interest in Iranian culture, and their explanation for what they hope to learn or achieve on this week-long experience.
There are two sessions to choose from:
May 22-29
June 3-10
Please don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions you may have.

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Seven Gardens Residency in Kerman, Iran, Spring 2018

Seven Gardens Residency in Kerman, Iran, Spring 2018


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