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2017 Watchlist: 5 Residencies in Inspiring Locales

Ragnar Kjartansson's "The End" at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
(Photo: Laura Vanags. Courtesy Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)

Every now and then, one feels the need to escape the mundaneness of city life to seek inspiration and reconnect with creativity. What better way to do so than a residency that provides both a change of scene and an artist-friendly environment? Read on for our residency picks for next year, selected both for their quality and their unique setting.

Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination in Korea, but owing to its large area, can comfortably accommodate a large number of people. It is famous for its rapeseed fields, waterfalls, the volcanic mountain Hallasan and its surroundings (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), crater lakes, glorious beaches, and the world’s longest lava tube.

Jeju Culture and Art Foundation invites international visual artists for a 3-month residency, offering support for individual accommodation, studios, round trip airplane tickets, and exhibition and collaboration opportunities.

Deadline: 16 December 2016

More information here.

Banff, Canada

Banff is a beautiful mountain resort town in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, located amidst the Banff National Park — Canada’s oldest national park. In addition to stunning mountain views and hot springs, it is also a destination for mountain sports such as hiking, skiing, and biking.  

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity offers several residencies. Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) - Year 2067 invites artists, researchers, thinkers, and architects to imagine the world 50 years from now, encouraging active interrogation of concepts we live with today. Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) is an immersive studio residency encouraging artistic research and exploration. Both residencies are for one month and offer financial aid up to 50 percent of the program fee.

Deadline: 21 December 2016 (BRiC), 4 January 2017 (BAiR)

More information on BRiC here and on BAiR here

Ilhabela Island, Brazil

Ilhabela is located 200km from Sao Paolo, and is home to the sustainable Caicaras native community, as well as 73 beaches and 27 waterfalls. 84 percent of the region is a preservation area.

Casa na Ilha invites applications from all disciplines for a 4-week residency comprising 5-8 artists at a time. The house is a colonial building nestled in a rainforest, and the residency offers tutor support as well as the option to present an exhibition, talk, or workshop. Accommodation costs $320-417 per week.

Deadline: 30 December 2016

More information here.

Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

A port town near Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður’s claims to fame include an annual Viking festival and an unofficial title as Iceland’s rock n’ roll capital. The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art (Hafnarborg) was founded in 1983 to house the town’s art collection, and now additionally holds exhibitions and events, conducts research, and hosts artists in residence. Hafnarborg has an apartment and studio space on its top floor, offered for one month at a time for a fee of €500 (€300 for the month of February 2017) to international visual artists.

Deadline: 20 January 2017

More information here

Skopje, Macedonia

The Macedonian capital is an exciting city at the center of the Balkans, with a confluence of Roman, Ottoman, and Byzantine influences. Apart from its striking architecture and natural and historical sites, the city is also the country’s political, educational, and cultural center.

The Brashnar Creative Project operates a 4-8 week urban artist residency in an “open, self-sustainable family-style environment” (with the occasional traditional home-cooked Macedonian meal prepared for residents). Artists are not obliged to produce a body of work but are expected to engage with the community through events and workshops, and to also put in a few hours of garden-related work. The residency costs €270 per month.

Deadline: 10 March 2017

More information here