Deadline: Open call

Self-directed Residencies

This residency is perfect for those who seek more solitude in their days-- time and space to create.

Description of residency program
Our self-directed residencies usher a more independent time. This residency is perfect for those who seek more solitude in their days-- the time, space and clarity to create-- but who also want a supportive and creative group for inspiration and informal critique. These residencies encourage a blend of writers, scholars, poets, musicians, actors, directors, artists and other creatives to come together for individual discovery and communal exchanges. At this time, residency participants are carefully selected based on the quality of artists' work, the impact this residency will have and potential synergies with other residents. We strive to cultivate creative exploration by providing inspiring settings for artists, writers, curators, researchers and filmmakers to encourage intercultural, interdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogues.

The residency is flexible but we suggest a minimum of three weeks. Laberinto Institute provides opportunities for established and emerging artists alike. We run each program with 6-8 residents. The residency fee includes shared housing at its unique site overlooking Lake Coatepeque, and daily lunches. We welcome collaborative applicants-- if you are applying as a group you may submit one application. A working knowledge of English or Spanish is helpful. 

Take this time to work on, launch or finish an inspiring project, dream, connect with others, seek and find editorial or structural advice, and enjoy periods of solitude and sharing. 

We believe that through this historic site and its mission we can foster deep knowledge and appreciation for the cultural heritage of the region. Interactions with the cultural and environmental contexts of the location are encouraged. There will be opportunities for excursions, cultural visits and exchanges with working artists in El Salvador.

Our umbrella organization, laberinto projects manages multiple projects and initiatives to support its' mission to foster contemporary art practices, social inclusion and dialogue in El Salvador and its diaspora through exhibitions, art education, artist residencies and community engagement initiatives. 

Please see FAQ page for further questions. 

The space
Please read more about the rich cultural history of Laberinto Institute HERE.

Because the house is a shared living space, residents are asked to be sensitive to others’ needs and to the site as a whole. Some basic tools and materials may be available, but in general, artists should plan to bring anything they need or make arrangements to acquire materials while they are here (let us know if you need help facilitating this). We can support work that takes place outdoors, in shared space, in domestic space, and by creative producers who can bring their own equipment and materials. 

Duration of residency
1 month residencies in April•May•July•August•September•December

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
At this time our permanent equipment is limited but we can work with you to find the materials and equipment you will need for your stay. 

Shared housing with other residents. 

Studio/ workspace
Shared workspace

Fees and support
The cost of a one month Self Directed Residency is $2,500.00 per month (other timeframes negociable)

We offer two two $500 scholarships to each residency. We also offer one fully funded residency to Central Americans living in the region. If you choose to apply for either of these funded residencies you must also submit the $15 application fee requested below. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and due at least three months prior to the start of the residency.

Application information
If you are a writer or artist and interested in joining us, please fill out the application form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that spaces are limited and while not all applicants may receive offers for their residency of choice they can be considered for future Laberinto Institute residencies if indicated as such. Upon acceptance, you will receive a welcome e-mail with further details of the program, recommended reading materials, a packing list as well as payment instructions. You have a month from the date of offer to accept or decline your spot in the program. Once you accept, payment happens in two installments. If your deposit is not received by the deadline, your spot will be offered to wait-list applicants. Final payment for your residency is requested two months prior to your arrival at the estate.


After you submit the application form and payment please send:

1) Current CV
2) Work Samples: SEE BELOW
3) Image list as PDF – your name, work title, year, medium, and dimensions

Non-Visual Arts - Please submit either a pdf or word doc of up to 30 total pages. 

Visual Artists – Submit between 10-20 jpegs. Each image file must be titled with your Last Name_First Name_image number. Example: Smith_John_01.

New Media/Sound Artists – Submit up to 5 links to work

SUBMIT ALL ITEMS TO: a minimum of three months before the desired residency.

Self-directed Residencies

Self-directed Residencies

El Salvador

No application deadline / Open call

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