Deadline: 20/09/2019

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
We are pleased to announce a new series of artist residency expeditions into one of the richest biomes on our planet, inside an autonomous indigenous province and community. La Wayaka Current’s, Tropic 08°N program 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, Guna Yala province. Respect for community and nature remains at the heart of this place and culture despite increased connections to the globalized world. 

Our fluid, site-responsive program introduces artists-in-residence to the local ecology, history, and culture of the place, as well as exploring contemporary socio-political concerns whilst presenting reciprocal benefits to local communities both socially and 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, through experiential nodes of learning with a focus on research and experimentation to manifest inspiration in an outdoor creative space, beyond a conventional studio or institutional context. 

Through this program, we engage with new ecological and cultural perspectives in a multitude of ways, at a complex time of global climate change and mass extinction. We wish to challenge and expand our ecological awareness as creative practitioners. Promoting necessary dialogues between artists from around the world, indigenous cultures, and the environment around us.

We operate as a non-profit, artist-led initiative registered in UK and Chile, working nomadically between South, Central America, and Northern Europe. La Wayaka Current is run by an international collective of people experienced in different fields of arts, cultural and environmental subjects.

Our programs are run for a duration of 3 weeks with an option to extend to 6 weeks on specific dates. (Enquire for shorter or longer residency availability)

2019 -

  • Sept 24 - Oct 15, 2019 
  • Oct 17 - Nov 7, 2019 

2020 -

  • April 7 - April 28, 2020
  • April 30 - May 21, 2020

Disciplines, work equipment, and assistance
This is a multi-disciplinary program open to artists alongside creative practitioners such as musicians, writers, curators, activists, scientists, and others. Residents are encouraged to challenge their practice in the location, be resourceful and respond to local methods, materials, basic tools, and equipment within the community and isolated natural environment. 

Residents will live in the heart of an isolated traditional indigenous community, full of native trees, animals and agricultural crops, with no phone signal or internet, residents will be taken away from distractions at a time of hyper-connectivity and technological dependency. Here inside the community, artists will be living/working in the land and sharing the communal shelter made predominantly of bamboo, palm leaves, and natural materials. Rooms will be shared between two persons, with private rooms available on request. (prior to arrival)

Participants will be encouraged to use the outdoor tropical environment as their studio and daily interactions with the local community and environment as their source of learning and inspiration. 

Cost and Support
We currently offer financial aid, support in seeking funding from other institutions, work-exchange opportunities, and bursaries on all our programs. Our aim is to make this residency accessible for all those who wish to take part. Contact us directly to find out what aid is currently available and what you may be eligible for.  

Expectations towards the artist 
Artists will be free to choose to take part in programmed activities alongside their self-directed practice according to their interests. Depending on the nature of their project residents will be given opportunities to showcase works or work-in-progress on a local level; within the community or La Wayaka Current peer group. Post-residency, artists will also be invited to take part in future international exhibitions, publications, presentations and other events relating to the outreach of the La Wayaka Current residency program and research project and it’s artists. 

Application Information
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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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