Deadline: 01/01/2018

Tropic 08´N - An artist-led expedition into one of the richest biomes on earth with indigenous culture & ecology.

Reconnect to nature, learn from indigenous knowledge and explore pressing issues of our time.

Description of Residency Program
Tropic 08°N presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic & creative practices in a remote natural environment between rainforest and sea, in collaboration with an autonomous, indigenous group at the gateway between South and Central America. Respect for community and nature remain at the heart of this place and culture despite increased connections to the globalized world. 

Our fluid, site-responsive programs introduce creatives to the local ecology and culture as well as the socio-political and historical contexts of the area, whilst presenting reciprocal benefits for local communities both socially + economically through our presence and exchange. 

We cultivate spaces that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth, the freedom to learn and experiment creatively, gather and find new inspiration in remote wilderness far from structural or institutional frameworks and limitations. 

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

Duration of Program

Our program is designed for participation for either 3 or 6 week periods on the following dates:

  • April 23 - May 14, 2019
  • May 16 - June 6, 2019
  • 24 Sep - 15 Oct, 2019
  • 17 Oct - 7 Nov, 2019

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We are open to cross-disciplinary applications spanning arts, creative fields and others. 

Participants are encouraged to be resourceful and work with local methods, materials, basic tools and equipment in the community and isolated natural environment. 

Participants will live together in a shared house with palm roof near the beach, in the heart of an indigenous village. 

Rooms will be shared between 2-3 (private rooms may also be available on request prior to arrival) bedding and mosquito nets will be provided.

Participants will be encouraged to use the outdoor environment as their day to day workspace or studio. Aside from this a communal living/working area space with wooden tables, chairs and solar power to charge equipment will be available to use.

Cost and Support
Program Free with Financial Aid £1400 (shared room 3 weeks) 
Program Free with Financial Aid £2700 (shared room 6 weeks)

Food (3 meals) & water
Accommodation (shared)
Research trips
Local transfers
Encounters and talks on local ecology, culture, politics
Traditional crafts demonstrations with local practitioners 
Outdoor/indoor workspace (communal) 
Local taxes to indigenous community and province
Experienced bilingual guides
English translation during programmed activities 
Creative advice & support (inc. prior to trip)
Peer group of intl. creatives
Opportunities to take part in future exhibitions

Artists are responsible for funding their own travel and program fees. We offer the possibility of partial financial aid on our programs. We encourage artists who require further support to fundraise, apply for funding and support from their national and local arts councils or other relevant funding bodies. We can offer advice to creatives who require further support.

Funds generated from our on the ground expeditions go to sustain the project, the workers involved and into the remote communities we share with, supporting infrastructure, community, outreach and conservation of remote places.

Expectations towards the artist 
We expect artists to carry out independent self-led practice and research alongside the program. Artists may be invited to participate in future exhibitions with us after the program ends.

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Tropic 08´N - An artist-led expedition into one of the richest biomes on earth with indigenous culture & ecology.

Tropic 08´N - An artist-led expedition into one of the richest biomes on earth with indigenous culture & ecology.


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