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T R O P I C – Artist Residency, La Wayaka Current


Disciplines: Activism, All Disciplines, Animation, Art Education, Ceramics, Collaboration, Community, Composition, Concept & Theory, Crafts & Trades, Critical studies, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Digital, Engineering, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Gastronomy, Glass, Installation, Journalism, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Moving Image, Music & Sound, Other, Painting, Performance, Philosophy, Photography, Printmaking, Research, Science, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound, Technology, Textile, Theater, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Panama

Duration: 21 days. (Longer stays may be available on request.) 2017 April 15 - May 16, May 16 - June 6, June 8 - June 29, October 15 November 5

Eligibility: Application form

Support: Accommodation, Studio and Workspace, Amenities, Food and Drinking Water, Special Permission from Guna Yala Congress, Tax local village, 2 persons 24-hour supervisionof site + support on site, Translating, Access to basic materials. Specialist equipment rental, Airport transfer, Acces to Satelite Phone, Long Term,-after support and showcase of work, Chance to participate in workshops, Introduction to community, Q&A session about history and culture of Guna Yala

Costs: We have built a project that gives artists opportunities to apply for and recieve 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 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, food, accommodation, workspace, taxes and local pick ups. We are also constantly developing our workshops, talks, activities and research trips that will all be included in the program. We have experience working and living in these difficult to access locations developing relationships, trust and understanding in all areas of the community to make the best out of this project for everyone involved who participates.  The costs of the program for 21 days is currently $1300 USD. Please contact us for a detailed quote/budget of what is included. We do not cover transport fees, and artists are responsible for sourcing their own funding with our support.


Program Description:

T H I S  I S  T R O P I C

An exploratory arts project working in the tropical region of South & Central America. 2015 - present ran by La Wayaka Current artist-led organisation working with anthropoligical and ecological themes.

We currently offer a residency program for artists and projects at Tropic. Here you will work with us for 21 days. Each group of artists will be given a base for working, taken on research trips and overnight expeditions into nature, indigenous tribes and be introduced to the local flora and fauna of the rainforest and caribbean coastline. On top of self-directed practice there will be collaborative workshops, talks, activities, cultural exchange and research trips happening.

We are currently working on the edge of the Gulf of Uraba, by the Darien Gap - rainforest both in the autonomous indigenous region of Guna Yala on the coast of Panama and near to the Colombian border with Afro-Colombian communities. Here we will live in a small community, isolated in nature between the jungle and ocean.

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