Deadline: 20/05/2019

Desert 23´S - An artist-led expedition into one of the driest places on earth with indigenous culture & ecology.

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

Description of Residency Program
Desert 23°S presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic & creative practices in one of the driest environments on our planet 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, offers the most optimal conditions for astronomical observations in the world and preserves ancient archeology 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.

Our fluid, site-responsive program 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 + economically through our presence and exchange. 

In our fifth year of operation, we cultivate spaces in remote environments that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth, the freedom to 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 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 Residency
Applications are currently open to take part in our program between 3-6 weeks (enquire for longer or shorter stays) during the following time periods:

2019 -
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)
2020 TBC 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
This is a multi-disciplinary program open to artists along with other creative practitioners, musicians, writers, curators, activists and scientists. 

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

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. 

Cost and Support
We are a non-profit artist-led organization without the means to support artists fully financially.

We offer financial aid on all our 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 intl. arts funding through our support, many for the first time. We are happy to talk to artists and guide them on this process.

We also offer an annual Indigenous Artists Bursary, for an indigenous artist based in Latin America to apply to join our program fully funded by LWC.

Reduced Program Fee from: *£399 a week 
Full Program Fee from: *£567 p week.
Price Includes: 

  • Accommodation: *£17 p day
  • Food / 3 meals & potable water: *£14 p day
  • Artist Support, Location Guides, Creative & Technical Support: *£18 p day
  • Guided Visits to Archeology / Meteorite Museums & 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.

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 
Artists will be able to work more independently on their self directed practice alongside our program. We expect artists to come with an open and willing attitude, to assist in the responsibilities of the resident community and be respectful towards the local nature and communities wishes. We will also be hosting exhibitions and releasing publications related to the residencies in the future.

Application Information
Apply easily online with no application fee -    

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See more on our website or contact us for further info. We look forward to hearing from you!

Desert 23´S - An artist-led expedition into one of the driest places on earth with indigenous culture & ecology.

Desert 23´S - An artist-led expedition into one of the driest places on earth with indigenous culture & ecology.


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