Deadline: 15/02/2019

Offshore Residency Summer 2019 Program in Sardinia and Corsica

Offshore Residency - an artists residency program on a sailboat in Sardinia and Corsica.

Each Offshore journey navigates to a specific, historic region, where participants engage with local communities through special exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings and events coordinated by the program. Through these relationships, artists will have the opportunity to reflect upon their work and its objectives outside of marketplace demands and experience the rigors and rewards of sailing under the guidance of experienced captains. Like any dedicated creative practice, sailing a boat requires constant awareness and adjustment. Offshore is designed to draw upon these symmetries, providing a profound change of perspective and renewed approach to ideas and methodology. Founded by artists and sailors, Offshore is committed to offering its residents an unparalleled and transformative experience at sea, which has inspired some of the greatest works of art and literature for centuries.

Offshore is nontraditional in that it does not offer studio space during the artists' time in residence. Instead, the week at sea is intended to challenge perceptions about where ideas come from and inspire artists to develop concepts for a new body of work. In the months following their sail, Offshore provides residents with access to a number of established artists, gallerists and academics to support them in executing this new body of work. The program culminates in an Offshore group exhibition to be held at one or more designated partner galleries.Our inaugural journey took place off the coast of Maine in July of 2016. Details on our forthcoming exhibition of Offshore's resident artists will be announced soon.

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN for our Summer 2019 program in Sardinia and Corsica.

Offshore's Summer 2019 program will take place off the northern coast of Sardinia and the southern coast of Corsica. The program is scheduled for late August - early September 2019.Exact dates are dependent on the sailboat and will be announced in January.

The program session will run for 8 days. Please find a sample itinerary below for an idea of what to expect:Day 1: Residents arrive in Sardinia and meet at 5:00 p.m. for a casual orientation and welcome dinner. We stay the night on land.Day 2: The morning and afternoon are free to explore the local area. We board the boat at 5pm. Captain and program administrators conduct a safety orientation. We stay the night onboard in the marina.Day 3-8: Residents, captains, and administrators sail and live aboard the boat. We'll stop at secluded islands for exploration and creative reflection as well as historic ports where residents will engage with local communities through special exhibitions, projects, and events. Day 8: Disembark in the morning and say goodbye. Offshore will make every effort to help residents coordinate their transportation and travel home.Additional itinerary details will be announced to residents upon acceptance.  Residents should plan to fly in and out of Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB).

Sardinia and Corsica are situated in the center of the western Mediterranean. Between them lies the Strait of Bonifacio, which divides the Tyrrhenian and west Mediterranean Seas. Though not far apart, these two islands have significant historical and cultural differences. Corsica was sold to Paris by Genoa in 1769 and exhibits French influence in both language and cuisine. Sardinia is Italy’s largest island, and though there’s much evidence of rustic Italian life, the island has its own distinct character and even its own language. Our itinerary will focus on the northeastern coast of Sardinia and the southern coast of Corsica. This region is ideal for artistic inspiration with emerald green waters, rugged and wild coastlines, notable archaeological sites, and unique cultural traditions.

LOCATION: Sardinia and Corsica2019 SESSION DATES: LATE AUGUST / EARLY SEPTEMBER **Exact session dates to be announced in early January.

Applications must include the following:CV - Your current CV (700 words max)STATEMENT - A general statement about your work and brief explanation of your submitted images or text. (500 words max)WORK SAMPLES - A portfolio of your recent work submitted via web link (Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube, Google Drive or other similar web services are all acceptable. Personal website links will not be accepted)Visual artists may submit work samples as one of the following:  12 images, 4 video clips,  or a combination of 6 images and 2 video clips

  • Images must be saved as JPEGS and sized at a maximum of  1500 px (height or width) at 72 dpi.  Images should be named as Last Name_First Name_01.jpg, Last Name_First Name_02.jpg
  • Video, film and performance artists may submit video clips as Vimeo or YouTube links. Please indicate cue point if longer than 10 minutes.

WORK SAMPLE INVENTORY - A work sample inventory document containing details of corresponding submitted works. Include title, medium, size and date for each submitted work. Acceptable formats: .pdf only


  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program .
  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of English.
  • An academic background in art is not required.
  • Students are permitted to apply, but Offshore does not offer any school credit.
  • Applicants from all geographic locations, ages, ethnicities and identities are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The 2018 application period is November 15, 2018 - February 15, 2019. The application deadline is February 15, 2019 at 11:59PM EST (23:59). The 2019 application fee amount is determined by the date that you choose to submit your application.

  • The fee is $25 if you apply between November 15 and December 15, 2018.
  • The fee is $35 if you apply between December 16, 2018 and January 31, 2019.
  • The fee is $45 if you apply between February 1, 2019 and February 15, 2019.

All fee increases will occur at 11:59PM (EST) on the last day of each payment bracket. All dates and times are EST.


  • Accepted residents will be required to pay a fee of $525 to participate in the program. This is to assist with a portion of the administrative and operational costs.
  • Travel expenses to and from the program are the responsibility of the resident.


Offshore Residency Summer 2019 Program in Sardinia and Corsica

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