They currently offer financial aid, support in seeking funding from other institutions, work exchange opportunities, and bursaries on all their programs. Their aim is to make this residency accessible for all those who wish to take part. Contact them directly to find out what aid is currently available and what you may be eligible for.
La Wayaka Current’s, Tropic 08°N program presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic & creative practices in a remote natural environment between rainforest and sea, in collaboration with an autonomous, indigenous group at the gateway between South and Central America, Guna Yala province. Respect for community and nature remains at the heart of this place and culture despite increased connections to the globalised world.
This fluid, site-responsive program introduces artists-in-residence to the local ecology, history, and culture of the place, as well as exploring contemporary socio-political concerns whilst presenting reciprocal benefits to local communities both socially and economically through the residency presence and exchange. In their fifth year of operation, they cultivate spaces in remote environments that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth, through experiential nodes of learning with a focus on research and experimentation to manifest inspiration in an outdoor creative space, beyond a conventional studio or institutional context.
Through this program, the pariticipants engage with new ecological and cultural perspectives in a multitude of ways, at a complex time of global climate change and mass extinction. The wish is to challenge and expand the ecological awareness as creative practitioners. Promoting necessary dialogues between artists from around the world, indigenous cultures, and the environment.
La Wayaka Current operates as a non-profit, artist-led initiative registered in UK and Chile, working nomadically between South, Central America, and Northern Europe. It is run by an international collective of people experienced in different fields of arts, cultural and environmental subjects. The programs are run for a duration of 3 weeks with an option to extend to 6 weeks on specific dates (enquire for shorter or longer residency availability). You can apply for the following dates:
This is a multi-disciplinary program open to artists alongside creative practitioners such as musicians, writers, curators, activists, scientists, and others. Residents are encouraged to challenge their practice in the location, be resourceful and respond to local methods, materials, basic tools, and equipment within the community and isolated natural environment.
Artists will be free to choose to take part in programmed activities alongside their self-directed practice according to their interests. Depending on the nature of their project residents will be given opportunities to showcase works or work-in-progress on a local level; within the community or La Wayaka Current peer group. Post-residency, artists will also be invited to take part in future international exhibitions, publications, presentations and other events relating to the outreach of the La Wayaka Current residency program and research project and it’s artists.
Residents will live in the heart of an isolated traditional indigenous community, full of native trees, animals and agricultural crops, with no phone signal or internet. Residents will be taken away from distractions at a time of hyper-connectivity and technological dependency. Inside the community, artists will be living/working in the land and sharing the communal shelter made predominantly of bamboo, palm leaves, and natural materials. Rooms will be shared between two persons, with private rooms available on request (prior to arrival).
Participants will be encouraged to use the outdoor tropical environment as their studio and daily interactions with the local community and environment as their source of
learning and inspiration.