Deadline: 17/03/2018

TROPIC 8 °N with La Wayaka Current

Develop projects in one of the richest biomes on earth inside an autonomous and indigenous province.

Description of Residency
Launched in 2015, Our base at Tropic 8 °N exists at the gateway between South and Central America, in an autonomous region of Indigenous people who fought a revolution in 1925 to protect their way of life and became the first politically autonomous indigenous group in Latin America. Here communities live in close connection with a nature that inspires their culture and artistic practices and they are now facing rapid change.
We are presenting a unique opportunity to support artists in developing diverse projects in the tropical region of South & Central America living inside an isolated, autonomous and indigenous community in the Guna Yala Province and National Park. Artists are invited to work on projects here in relation to global social-environmental or political themes in this context and the works may be included in our future exhibitions. 
The artists will be living inside of a Guna community (around 600 people) close to the frontier between Panama and Colombia. We always operate in safe zones as recommended by the Foreign Office for Travel Advice and local authorities. We are working in partnership with The Tribal Congress of Guna Yala and local community leaders to carry out this project. We have curated a program of talks, research trips and workshops to introduce the artists to the area, community, indigenous culture, knowledge and environment alongside their self directed practice. This remote tropical area is one of the richest biomes on earth, protected by the Guna’s. Artists will be introduced to the local environment, solar power projects and conservation projects that include the protection of nesting sea turtles. Meals and accommodation will also be provided.

La Wayaka Currrent was founded in 2015 and has since grown to provide an essential link to remote nature and cultures. We are an artist-led organisation with social, environmental and political concerns. Our work manifests in arts & cultural projects, text, residence and research projects at multiple locations, collaborations, interdisciplinary works and international exhibitions.
This has become vital given the pressing issues the planet is now facing. Through partnerships with remote communities living in close connection to nature, projects are developed to re-evaluate modern ways of life, expand awareness and create necessary dialogues between these remote locations to others in the world.
With temporal bases we have set up in Europe, South and Central America - Tropic 8 ° N, Desert 23 ° S, & Arctic 78 ° N we open applications for international emerging to established artists as well as professionals in other fields, to develop projects that relate to these concerns in a multitude of ways.

Duration of residency
21 / 42 days.

Dates for 2018
May 17 - June 7, 2018
June 10 - July 1, 2018
September 25 - October 16, 2018 (NEW)
October 18 - November 8, 2018 (NEW)

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 works, drawing, painting, writing, illustration, performance, sound/music, visual arts, moving image, research etc.
Work equipment includes basic tools (an array of tools used in the local area). Natural materials are available for artists to use in sustainable ways and learn about local techniques such as indigenous clay, bamboo, wood, palms etc. 

As an artist at Tropic you will be living in a small community, isolated in nature between the jungle and ocean. Here artists will have basic accommodation, traditionally built bamboo house with palm thatched roof with shared toilet, shower, bedrooms, communal space, solar powered energy (limited) - light, power outlets, padlocks for locking doors. This is expedition style living meaning 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 a set communal workspace for artists provided with desks and chairs. 
Artists are also encouraged to use the nature and environment as their workspace - work outdoors along the coast, in the jungle or within the community.

Cost and Support
We subsidise costs through our project to keep the costs as low as possible for artists. Artists are responsible for securing their own funding from their own countries. We are a non-profit and many artists who have come with us have been successful at gaining funding from different cultural and arts institutions in their home countries.
We have built a project that gives artists opportunities to apply for and receive funding support internationally to join us. In the past supporters such as Danish Arts Foundation, Swedish Arts Council, OCA Norway, Arts Council England, Wales and Australia have funded artists to join ur projects. Artists have also raised successful crowd funding campaigns to realise their projects with us and others find their own private ways of funding themselves.

The subsidised cost of the residency is currently -
21 days - £1,200 GBP
42 days - £2,000 GBP

This includes - 
Accommodation *limited solar powered electricity and little to no internet
Food for communal cooking (3 meals a day) 
Transport local pick up and drop off (from nearest airport)
Workspace - communal. Artists should find it an interesting concept to work outdoors within the landscape, challenge their practice and create site specific work using limited tools and resources / what is available.
Experienced team of project co-ordinators with local community members (English Speaking)
to oversee the project, assist with certain logistics to do with the project and give advice.
Research trips in surrounding area 
Talks on politics, history, mythology and environmental themes
Workshops with local artisans
Activities in the community

Expectations towards the artist
Artists who apply will need to demonstrate their ability to be self-directed. We expect artists come into the project with a basic knowledge and respect for the local area and culture. Artists must demonstrate the capacity to and be responsible for their own time planning, research, execution and production of works. 
Artists must demonstrate their ability to rise to the challenging aspects of the location and respect cultural differences. Part of the experience is to disconnect and there is limited to no electricity or internet at our locations.
We expect artists to fill out a digital document after the completion residency about their experience and invite artists to apply to participate in future exhibitions.

Next Exhibition London, UK - July 2018

Application information
Our next deadline is March 17, 2018 to take part in 2018 - artists may through our online system. You may be asked to answer further questions or provide further information after submitting an application. 
Response time is usually between 10 - 15 days. 

TROPIC 8 °N with La Wayaka Current

TROPIC 8 °N with La Wayaka Current


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