Deadline: Open call

Artist residency + research base close to nature in vast, dreamlike desert landscape

Based inside a space observatory + collaborating together with the Atacameno indigenous people.

Description of residency program
We are offering artists the chance to partake in an on-going, exploratory contemporary arts project working in the desert - altiplano of Northern Chile close to frontier with Bolvia, 23 °S.

We begin October 2017 and the project will be led by La Wayaka Current artist-led project working with anthropological and ecological themes.

Here you will work with us for 21-42 days. Each group of artists will be given accommodation in a an isolated desert base and observatory center, a base and set up for working, research trips into nature, be introduced to flora fauna and local people. We will create a place in Desert for research, discovery, collaboration and experimentation whilst focussing on the crucial and pressing issues of our time.

Artists will be introduced to the largest public space observatory in Chile to learn about astronomy in one of the best places in the world to see the sky at night - the Atacama Desert. We will also be collaborating with an indigenous Atacameno family for 7 days, living sharing and learning about their cultures, traditions and the current threats being presented to their ways and lifestyle.

This vast, spacious and extreme desert environment includes many volcanoes, geysers, rainbow mountains, oasis, archaeology, astronomy and indigenous communities. This provides a spectacular and otherworldly setting for an artist to research, explore and develop projects.

Duration of residency
21 - 42 days.

October 20 - November 10
November 10 - December 1

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines are welcome to participate in the project to create a dynamic, collaborative and open environment. In the past we have worked with drawers, painters, sculptors, along with other visual artists, writers, performers, musicians, photographers, film makers etc.

Work equipment includes basic tools (tools used in the local area/culture). Creative, technical support and assistance is provided to artists. Natural materials are available for artists from the area to use such as found objects, wood, stone, clays. Possibility to bring materials from nearby town out to the base. Possibility to rent out equipment from the observatories.

As an artist at Desert you will be based in rustic accommodation traditional Atacameño architectural structures made from natural materials. Here is outdoor workspace, living space with toilet, shower, bed, sheets, communal spaces, dining area, kitchen, energy - light, power outlets, and pool - artists will be sharing rooms, private rooms available for couples.

Studio/ workspace
There will be shared living and work space for artists provided. Artists are also able to work outdoors along the large outdoor areas of the base.

Fees and support
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, Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and Arts Council UK have offered artists funds as a result of our projects. Artists have also raised successful crowdfunding campaigns to realise their projects with us and others find their own private ways of funding themselves.

Included in all our programs is support, basic food supplies to cook independently in your own kitchen, accommodation, workspace, taxes and local pick ups. We are also currently developing our workshops, talks, activities and research trips for the desert program.

The costs of the program for 21 days is currently £1700 GBP
We do not cover transport fees, and artists are responsible for sourcing their own funding with our support.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to act independently and self direct their personal projects. We encourage participation in programmed events but it is not obligatory. We expect artists come into the project with a knowledge and respect for the local area and culture.

Application information
We have an on-going deadline and artists can apply through our website at any time. We also welcome applications on behalf of a pair or group.

The applications will be reviewed by directors of La Wayaka Current, you may be asked to answer further questions after submitting an application. Response time is usually between 10 - 30 days. 

Artist residency + research base close to nature in vast, dreamlike desert landscape

Artist residency + research base close to nature in vast, dreamlike desert landscape


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