(COLLABORATING WITH SAMI CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART + LOCAL COMMUNITIES)
A remote research base, at the end of the earth for artists, writers, cultural practitioners + others to explore pressing environmental + social issues of our time, through creative projects.
At the end of the earth, on a remote island in the coast of the sub-arctic areas of Norway, where small communities live remotely, dependent on nature. We are collaborating with a small fishing community and the northern european indigenous - Saami Center of Contemporary Art, who's focus is to promote global indigenous perspectives. There are many things that threaten the arctic environment from deep sea drilling and climate change to mineral mining, wind farms and extensive logging, which are encroaching more and more upon reindeer herding grounds and fishing areas.
La Wayaka Current - Arctic 78°N presents a rare opportunity to support the research and development of new interdisciplinary works and projects informed by this environment and engage in urgent and valuable debate, whilst presenting benefits for local communities socially and economically through a cultural exchange, focussed on spreading their message to others globally.
Invited participants will be living immersed in the wild arctic, coastal landscape under phenomenons such as the midnight sun and auroura borealis northern lights.
This in-residence program is self directed + research based for 21 days (42 days possible with reason). We provide support, local transfers, a space to work, translated talks, workshops and research trips along with accommodation, meals and water for participants.
Works developed through this will be exhibited at future exhibitions in major cities globally, bringing them to new audiences, in order to promote necessary dialogues and understanding between remote areas of this planet and cities worldwide.
We run a series of rolling deadlines in the period upcoming to our programs, we encourage applicants to send in their proposals prior to the deadlines for increased chance of acceptance due to limited places and financial aid. Decisions on applications take between 10-15 days after the deadlines.
Arctic Winter between Feb - April.
Arctic Summer between July - Sep.
2019 dates TBA.
+ SHARED OR SINGLE ROOM
A shared room in a traditional house built with local materials, with showers, toilet and communal space with areas to work and relax. If you would like to request a single room please contact us for availability and fees. Stay connected with other creative participants and focus on your projects while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.
+ MEALS AND DRINKING WATER
Participants will be given a combination of served / prepared meals and ingredients for communal cooking during their stay. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ingredients include locally sourced and native to the area. Fresh local drinking water channelled from arctic lagoons will be available to participants during their stay.
+ WORKING SPACE
Create in a communal and diverse workspace connected out to the powerful arctic environment. Here you can utilise basic tools + local materials in a creative + supportive environment.
+ ENCOUNTERS SERIES
A series of curated encounters in the area developed around the local culture + ecology, will be given to participants along with providing time for informal discussions.
+ PARTICIPANT RESOURCES
Access all the resources you need beforehand to get the most out the experience, including advice on planning the trip, how / where to book and arrange your travel international + local, health and safety advice + more.
+ PEER GROUP
Enrich your experience by sharing with a group of other participants from different creative fields from all over the world with merging interests and concerns.
+ LOCATION SUPPORT
Participants will have a network of support throughout the duration of your stay from both English speaking guides, experienced in fields of art + cultural subjects, often involving knowledgable local guides from the area.
+ LOCAL TRANSFERS
Welcome on arrival to the nearest harbour with english speaking guides offering assistance, with a specially arranged transportation of luggage to our supportive base in the open arctic environment.
+ MAPPED OUT RESEARCH TRIPS
Experience the open, everchanging otherworldliness of the Arctic environment where people have lived for tens of thousands of years, gather information to inspire works in a creative group environment, through our comprehensive guides and treks to discover and explore the area. In a safe environment allowing participants to independently discover the arctic ecology, communities + local culture.
Take part in an array of interesting on-location activities including introductions for participants to the local ecology, history, contemporary threats to sustainability, farming + cultural traditions within the arctic to inform and expand your research, practice and understanding.
+ OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOWCASE PROJECTS
Depending on the nature of the project participants will be given opportunities to showcase works or work-in-progress on a local level within the remote area, as well as through our online platform and in exhibitions reaching intl. audiences.
+ LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
Access a range of text, articles, books, music and films related to the project themes, local environment + culture in our curated transportable library and archives with contributions from previous participants, artists + researchers.
+ VISITS TO LOCAL INSTITUTIONS
Opportunities to interact and learn from local community memebers continuing to practice ancient cultural traditions of the desert. Introduction to local ecology, gastronomy + materials through demonstrations and activities.
+ FUNDING SUPPORT
We offer support to participants without the means to support themselves privately to apply for further funds, after being accepted onto the program. This includes providing comprehensive lists of intl. funders, checking through applications, offering advice based on experience with previous successful applicants, supporting letters, documents + information. Previous funders include Arts Council's in UK, Australia, Scandinavia and more.
FEES + FINANCIAL AID:
HOW TO APPLY:
(shared room 3 weeks)
PROGRAM FEE WITH FINANCIAL AID
(shared room 3 weeks)
(shared room 6 weeks)
PROGRAM FEE WITH FINANCIAL AID
(shared room 6 weeks)
STEP 1: Fill out all information on the Online Application Form including personal information, selection of dates + location.
STEP 2: Provide an online link to demonstrate recent work or link to download files via wetransfer.
STEP 3: Develop a project proposal in relation to the location along with an explanation of your past experience and a short bio that may be used on our website if accepted.
If you are applying for financial aid please fill out the appropriate section on the form.
For applications of more than 1 person an individual must fill out one application on behalf of the group.
Zero Application Fees.
To help fund your experience with us view a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.
PAST ARTISTS + PARTICIPANTS
All programs, leading co-ordinators, precise accommodation, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change within the themes of the project under the context of La Wayaka Current's developing mission. Research trips, activities and events are subject to change or cancellations based on weather conditions and priorities of local communities such as political meetings, cultural events or other.