Deadline: Open call

Island Residency in the Arctic with artist-led project La Wayaka Current, 78 degrees N

Opportunity for artists to work experimentally in a remote, arctic island environment this summer.

We will be making two artist-led expeditions to a remote location above the Arctic circle in Northen Scandinavia this summer with our project La Wayaka Current, Arctic 78 ° N.

Artists are welcome to apply for this rare opportunity through our website.

Description of residency
This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for artists to work on projects in the subarctic regions of Northern Europe under the aurora borealis and midnight sun in a vast other worldly landscape. We currently offer a residency alongside us for artists and projects at Arctic, here you will work at the location with us for either 21 or 42 days.

We are supporting self-directed, interdisciplinary and contemporary art projects in alternative locations. We will create a place in arctic for research, discovery, collaboration and experimentation.

Duration of residency
21 days


July 28 - August 18
August 18 - September 8

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines are welcome to participate in the project to create a dynamic, collaborative and open environment. Disciplines include sculpture, installation, site-specific works, drawing, painting, writing, sound/music, visual arts, moving image, research, performance, photography etc.

Work equipment includes basic tools (tools used in the local area). Natural materials are available for artists to use in sustainable ways. Found materials such as driftwood, stones, animal skins, bones, wool etc. can be used. These materials are subject to season or availability / finding them.

Artists must provide their own materials other than this.

Here artists will have basic accommodation in a simple, traditionally built farm house with toilet, shower, bed, sheets, communal space, electricity (limited) - light, power outlets. This is expedition style living meaning you will be sharing between 2 per room - private rooms may be available depending on availability and will be with additional fee. Clean safe drinking water will be provided.

Studio/ Workspace
Artists are encouraged to use the nature and environment as their workspace - work outdoors along the arctic beaches of the island, in the green mountains or within the neighbouring small fishing community. There will be basic and communal workspace for artists provided with portable / foldout work tables and stools.

Cost and Support
We subsidise costs through our project to keep it as low as possible for artists. Artists are responsible for securing their own funding from their own countries or privately. We are a non-profit and many artists who have come with us have been successful at gaining funding from different cultural and arts institutions in their home countries. 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 project. Artists have also raised successful crowd funding campaigns to realise their projects with us and others find their own private ways of funding themselves.

We have experience working and living in these difficult to access locations developing relationships, trust and understanding in all areas of the communities and area to make the best out of this project for everyone involved who participates.

The subsidised cost of the program is currently -

21 days - £1,700 GBP

We do not provide:

funding beyond the subsidised cost
transport other than the local pick up and drop off (from nearest airport/harbour that we tell to artists on day set residency starts and ends)
personal art materials further than the opportunity to use and work with local materials and the land in resourceful, respectful and sustainable ways.
Translation for projects or contacts for artists to use for their projects. If an artists wants to work with members of the community it is their own responsibility to build relationships and they must consider that people may not want to be photographed or filmed. Artists must not expect and depend on this for their projects success, to remain open minded and have other alternatives if this option proves difficult.
Insurance and liability. Artists are responsible for themselves and must take out private travel insurance.

We provide:

Environment - beautiful and remote geographical locations
The opportunity to be part of a dynamic group with other artists
Accommodation in remote natural landscapes w/ shared expedition rustic living arrangements. *limited electricity and little to no internet
Food Supplies for communal cooking (3 meals a day) in these remote locations we have limited resources so it will be expedition style / basic food.
Transport local pick up and drop off (from nearest airport or harbour that we state, on day set residency starts and ends)
Workspace - communal and outdoor. Artists should find it an interesting concept to work outdoors within the landscape, challenge their practice and create site specific work using limited tools and resources / what is available.
Introduction to artists on arrival
There will be 1-2 La Wayaka Current project overseers at each location to oversee things, assist with certain logistics to do with the project and give advice.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists who apply will need to demonstrate their ability to be self-directed. Our residencies are centred around the individual artists self directed practices, giving them space to develop and work at their own pace and direction. We do not provide a set program or itinerary for artists to follow, this is also due to the remote locations - here set schedules are not possible as everything depends on weather and local/cultural location, this is part of the residency and artists must be prepared for this. Artists will have the opportunity to join us in activities we create to share and connect to the local area, culture and communities.

We expect artists come into the project with a basic knowledge and respect for the local area and culture. Basic understanding of the local culture is also useful if you plan to try and work with people in the community. We expect the artists to produce high quality research and works that involve contemporary art and themes of the residency.

Artists must demonstrate the capacity to and be responsible for their own time planning, research, execution and production of works.

Artists must demonstrate their ability to rise to the challenging aspects of the location. Part of the experience is to disconnect and there is limited to no electricity or internet at our locations.

We expect artists to fill out a digital document after the completion residency about their experience to potentially be shown on our online platform or in future exhibitions.

Application information
The applications will be reviewed by the jurors of the project consisting of the directors of La Wayaka Current and our location partners. You may be asked to answer further questions after submitting an application. Response time is usually between 10 - 15 days.

We are currently hold an open call for these selected expeditions and artists can apply through our website. 

Island Residency in the Arctic with artist-led project La Wayaka Current, 78 degrees N

Island Residency in the Arctic with artist-led project La Wayaka Current, 78 degrees N


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