Deadline: 09/07/2018

´Wonder Up A World´ in the Wilds of the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Imagine a new dream project in a place so beautiful, it is said to exist between heaven and earth.

Description of residency program
In the Wilds of Amalfi, we will immerse ourselves in the sensory pleasures of our natural surroundings and connect with the wild energies that nurture creation through educational wild plant hikes, farm visits, shared meals, and trips to the trails, towns, and beaches that dot this wild coast.

From our home in a frescoed X Century former Byzantine Monastery carved from the cliffs over the sea, near one of the smallest villages in Italy, six creative thinkers will enjoy occasional shared meals on the terrace and the freedom of an unlimited weekday bus pass. 

While we take time to explore and conceive of new perspectives, narratives, mythologies, and possibilities for our own art practice or dream project, we will share in selected readings, curator talks, group discussions, and resources to create an incubator for new ideas and approaches in the global contemporary art-world.

Our schedule favours free time for internal and external exploration, and our time together will serve to introduce like minds and form new connections, infusing our awareness with exponential perspective and sense of possibility. 

Separately and together, we will immerse our senses in natural beauty and cultural legacies to inspire new ideas, research and develop our own project proposal, or invent a new origin story in a supportive, reflective, explorative, inspired learning utopia.

In so doing, we will be the sparks for what this interdisciplinary, thematically evolving, nomadic wilderness residency will create and become.

If given a kingdom, what would you create?  

Duration of residency
This 8 night, 10 day residency holds scheduled activities and free work or exploration time from October 1-8, 2018.  Artists are welcomed and recommended to arrive anytime throughout the day on Sunday September 30th, and settle in to our accommodations at their leisure until an evening orientation session, with official welcome and introductions followed by a celebratory group dinner.  The week concludes on Monday October 8th with a final group breakfast and discussion.  

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We invite creative thinkers of all disciplines and artists of all media.  For this project, the curatorial team is seeking to create a dynamic multi-disciplinary group of like minds from diverse backgrounds, approaches and experiences.

We welcome application by artists working in: site specific work, land-based art, conceptual art, installation, painting, photography, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, writing, poetry, music, sound, film, dance, movement, social intervention, etc., as well as philosophers, activists, teachers, naturalists, scientists, experience designers, and adventurers. 

The common threads that the curators will be looking for to connect the diverse group of creatives while we “Wonder Up A World” is: an intention to create your own reality, imagine an epic new project, re-imagine your own art practice, or create an idea for a new body of work that is self-referential, or is of an intrinsically unconventional approach, and is essentially a creation of your own world. 

We are committed to artist support and on this internationally collaborative travelling residency we provide:

  •        Project development consultation and curatorial support.
  •        Lectures, talks, group discussion, mastermind skill-share.
  •        Thematically curated suggested readings and resources.
  •        Free time for research, exploration, pleasure, and creation.
  •        Unlimited use public bus pass on weekdays for personal exploration of the coastal towns and villages via local SITA bus, which stops regularly on the road just below the residence and visits most other stops along the coast hourly.
  •        Private van and driver to our group wild-food hiking excursion above Positano.
  •        Assistance with pickup locally from public transit upon arrival and departure.
  •        Breakfast and one other meal is provided daily.  
  •        All meals listed in the schedule are included (average of 2 meals daily). 
  •        Depending on the days activities, we alternate between shared meals and self catering or local culinary exploration.  Breakfast followed by home cooked or picnic lunches some days and family-style dinners other nights bring us together throughout the week to share in a feast of the local fields, farms, and sea.  This meeting of the minds and breaking bread together fuels our connection and inspiration, while allowing for enjoyment of the countless local restaurants and café's during free time in-between.  
  •        Onsite café on a terrace below our residence is available for a la carte: coffee, afternoon cocktails or a sunset nightcap without leaving home.
  •        Guided teaching hikes including Il Sentiero Degli Dei: The Walk Of The Gods.
  •        Wild food foraging educational hike.  
  •        Visit to a working farm.
  •        Outdoor wild food cooking class.
  •        Local wine and liqueur tastings.
  •        Excursions to Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Furore, Nocelle, Montepertuso, and Positano.

A X Century former Byzantine monastery, carved from caves in the cliffs suspended over the sea and famous coastal road has three centuries of frescoes below our top-floor apartment, and is an inspiring setting for retreat as well as providing easy access by local bus to the many natural wonders, historic villages and iconic towns of the Amalfi Coast. Participants may choose either a private room with double bed, or a shared room with two twin beds.  Individuals as well as partners are equally welcomed.  

Studio/ workspace
While conventional studio space is not provided, the wilderness is our laboratory, the dining room our drawing room, the living room our library, and the two private terraces are our shared reflection, connection, and creation spaces.

Because this residency is largely for purposes of research and inspiration, rather than studio based creation, we invite you to explore new ideas in an inspiring environment and be inspired by each other. 

On the first morning of the residency, each participant will enjoy a one-on-one consult with the curator to talk about their needs and expectations for the week.  For example, if an artist would like to work on some painting on our private terrace, and another artist would like to reserve the same space for dance or movement work, the curator will work with the group and schedule to assist and support artists in meeting any needs and expectations in the best way possible.  

Fees and support
Total cost for this 8 night, 10 day artist residency and adventure retreat including seaside accommodations, all programming, three scheduled hiking excursions, weekday transportation, and two daily meals:

  •        Shared twin room $1950 CAD per person.
  •        Private double room $2650 CAD per person.

A deposit of 20% is due to secure invitation by July 19th 2018.
A deposit of 50% of the remainder is due August 19th 2018.
The remaining balance is due September 19th 2018.  

Payment plans are available.  If costs are prohibitive, please email us. 

We support artists in acquiring funding from their local governments and arts organizations by providing letters of invitation and support for travel and project grant applications.

Artists in Residence are responsible for their own creation materials and supplies, airfare and ground transportation to and from the residence, mandatory travel insurance, 1 self-catered meal per day, and any extra excursions not listed in the schedule.

Expectations towards the artist
There is no traditional requirement for public presentation or exhibition of work, rather, artists in residence will be invited to contribute something of their experience at “Wonder Up A World” to an archive created by the curator, and a critical paper will be written about the residency by the curatorial team and submitted for publication. Participation in group excursions, shared meals and discussions is appreciated.  Positivity and flexibility is rewarded.  Solitary time is respected.  

Application information
Application is free and available at until the July 9th deadline, midnight, Eastern Standard Time. 

In addition to the questionnaire form on the application page of our website via the link above, please email the following supporting documents:

  •        an artist statement (max. 500 words).
  •        your CV (Cirriculum Vitae), or resumé and short bio.
  •        5-10 images , or a link to 5-10 video or audio examples of your work (or 3-5 examples of written work).  Please provide an image or title list.
  •        a written proposal (max. 1500 words) outlining your desired project or focus.

Email all supporting documents to:    

*Please ensure all images are Mac compatible JPG or PNG format, and that images do not exceed 3MB.  Please ensure all written documents are PDF format. 

Following submission of the application form and supporting documents, selected artists will receive a phone interview, after which letters of invitation are sent to awarded artists.

´Wonder Up A World´ in the Wilds of the Amalfi Coast of Italy

´Wonder Up A World´ in the Wilds of the Amalfi Coast of Italy


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