Artist Retreats: CANADA, MEXICO, SOUTH
AMERICA, and THE CARRIBBEAN
Cia Teatro do Incendio,
r. Dr. Emilio Ribas 76/03, 05006-020 Perdizes, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tel:
44460 Itaparica, Bahia; Quinta Pitanga, Rua de Alegria 10, Brazil. Tel:
011-55-71-631-1834. Alternate address: PO Box 2612, Pasadena, CA 91102.
Visual and literary (writing in Portuguese or English). Residencies
scheduled throughout much of the year, although the Foundation always
closes for a month starting the week before Carnaval, which usually
falls in February. Residential sessions last from six to twelve weeks,
with most scheduled for eight weeks. On occasion, the Foundation hosts
Special Projects, which may be of shorter duration. Special Projects
are group projects with a specific focus and purpose, originated by
the Foundation or proposed by others. Mix of Brazilian and international
artists, no stipend, but round trip airfare is covered, as well as room
and board, accommodates 6 artists at a time, approx. 15-25 residents
per year. Located on the Quinta Pitanga estate on the Island of Itaparica
in the Bay of All Saints, across from the city of Salvador, Bahia. (visual,
171 E. Liberty St., Suite 224, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3P6 Canada. (416)
392-1038. Transforms unterutilized buildings across Toronto into spaces
for arts and culture. Programs include Wynchwood Barns, Distillery
Studios, Regent Park, Triangle Gallery, Gibraltar Point, Liberty
Village, and others. See website for individual projects, some of
which offer residencies. (visual, literary, performing arts)
Silex, 1095 rue Pere Frederic, Trois Rivieres,
Quebec G9A 3S4, Canada. (819) 379-0121. Located in a former fruit and
vegetable warehouse on an industrial wharf, the Atelier has 3 floors
of studio space for sculptors working in stone, wood, metal, and glass.
Atlin Center, PO Box 207,
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada. V0W 1A0 (800) 651-8882. Studio residence
program offers creativity retreats. Stunning wilderness setting on Monarch
Mountain, on 10 hectares of wooded land with a spring-fed pond. Open
to artists who feel drawn to the natural world for inspiration. Accomodation
in well-equipped, self-contained housekeeping units with kitchens; shared
bath and laundry facilities. Also offers tent accomodations. Camping,
kayaking, canoeing and mountain bicycling gear available. Open year-round.
Fees charged. (visual, literary arts)
Banff Centre for the Arts, Box 1020, Station 28, 1077 Tunnel
Mountain Dr., Alberta, Banff, T0L 0C0 Canada. (403) 762-6100. Office
of the Registrar. Residencies from 1 week to 1 year, fees for accommodations,
studios, and meals. Open to experienced professionals who are beyond
basic training; located on a mountainside pine grove in a National Park.
(visual, literary, performing arts)
International Ceramic Workshop, Box 144, T0H 2C0 Hythe A.B.
Canada. Tel: 1-780-356-2424. Equipment provided includes Anagama (traditional
Japanese wood kiln) Salt-kiln, wood-fire-kiln, electric-kilns, gas-kilns,
raku-kilns. 2 studios with all technical equipment. Individual rooms
in shared house there are 6 large bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, large
living room with fireplace and a very large dining / kitchen area and
laundry room. (visual arts)
CP 1047, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8. Residencies of 2 weeks to 4 mos.,
stipend, artists required to provide public program; all media. Open
to Canadian artists. Also provides grants for Canadian artists to attend
international residencies. (visual and literary arts)
des Arts Contemporains du Quebec a Montreal, 4247 rue Saint-Dominique,
Montreal, Quebec H2W 2A9, Canada (514) 842-4300. Studio and residencies
available throughtout the year; fees charged. (visual arts)
Centre Est Nord Est, 335
Avenue de Gaspe-Ouest, Saint Jean Port Joli, Quebec G0R 3G0, Canada
(418) 598-6363. Located near the St. Lawrence River and the Appalache
Mountains. Open to up to 6 Canadian and international artists at a time.
2-month residencies in the spring, summer, and fall. Also organizes
events, lectures, and publications. Stipend, technical assistance, individual
studio, access to sculptural equipment provided. Artists cover the costs
of accomodation, meals, and travel. (visual arts)
Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, 500 Place d'Armes, 15e etage,
H2Y 2W2 Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Tel: 1-514-864-4160. Residencies of
3-6 mos. (visual, literary, performing arts).
Degirmendere Project, 2403 Third Ave. NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N
0L2, Canada (403) 270-9528.
Artists' Colony, PO Box 3309 Meaford, ON N4L 1W7 Canada 613
749-3491. 50-acre wooded farm 15 minutes from the shores of Lake Huron.
3 artists at a time. Accomodations include private bedrooms and shared
bathroom; some meals provided. Residencies of 2 weeks to 2 months between
July 1 and Labor Day. Artists-in-residence expected to donate a piece
of artwork to the organization. Fees charged. (visual and literary arts)
Klondike Institute of Art & Culture,
Artist in Residence Program, Bag 8000, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada Y0B
1G0 (867) 993-5005. Residencies of 4 to 12 weeks for 2 artists at a
time in the Macaulay Residence, a 1901 building owned by Parks Canada,
part of the Dawson Historial Complesx National Historic Site. Private
bedrooms and studios; shared living space. Open to artists working in
painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, design, architecture,
photography, installation, performance, video, film, new media, and
audio. No fees. (visual, media, and interdisciplinary arts)
Blanche, 185 Rue Christoph Colomb Est, Quebec, Quebec G1K 3S6,
Canada (418) 529-2715. (visual arts)
Le Centre Delsen Wiram, 782 Champagneur Bureau B, Outremont,
Quebec H2V 3P8, Canada (514) 277-6318.
National Endowment for
the Arts, International Program, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20506. (202) 682-5422. 2 month residency in Canada or
Pouch Cove Residency Program, Newfoundland, Canada. Mailing address: P.O. Box 693, Pouch Cove, NL A0A
3L0 Canada. (709) 335-7272. Housed in a converted elementary school
building nestled between forest and sea. Six live/work studios, two
baths, and a communal kitchen on the top floor and three galleries on
the bottom floor, the largest of which is the renovated school gymnasium.
The Foundation invites artists to participate in its residency program
on an annual basis. Artists who would like to be considered for a residency
at The Pouch Cove Foundation are welcome to send a letter of interest
and information about their work to the Foundation Director, James Baird.
Length of residency varies. (visual and literary arts )
Robs Chalet #5, 4430 Red Mountain Rd., Rossland, British
Columbia V0G 1Y0, Canada. 2 bedroom and 2 bath chalet in the Canadian
Rockies, equipped with fireplace and hot tub. Nearby hiking, swimming,
riding. Fees charged by the week. (literary arts)
Regroupement des centres d'artists
autogeres du Quebec, 3995 Rue Berri, Bureau 100, H2L 4H2 Montreal,
Canada. Tel: (514) 842-3984. Umbrella organization for residency programs
in Canada. (visual arts).
Albert Artist Retreat, 1749 2 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2N
0G3 Tel: (403) 975-0190. Quiet, rural property on the Bay of Fundy.
Accomodates up to 6 artists at a time on a first-come, first-served
basis, for varying lengths of stay. Fees charged. (visual, literary,
performing, and media arts).
Centre for the Arts, 555 Ross Creek Rd., Canning, N.S.
B0P 1H 0 Tel: (902) 582-3842. Residencies of 2 weeks to 2 months. Located
on 186 acres of farm and forest in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley overlooking
the Bay of Fundy. Open to artists of all disciplines, as well as architects.
Fees charged; work exchange available. (visual, literary, media, performing
Colonies, Box 3986, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 39R Canada (306)
757-6310. Operates St. Peter's Abbey Colony, and Emma Lake Colony; weekly
fees charged; offers 3 weeks in winter at St. Peter's or 2 to 5 weeks
in summer (at both locations); preference given to Saskatchewan residents.
Accomodates 10 to 18 artists at a time. (visual, literary arts)
Studio, 885 County Rd. 5, Picton, ON Canada K0K 2T0 (613)
476-0337. Located in Prince Edward County in Ontario, 2.5 hours from
Toronto. Offers fee-based residencies that range in length from a weekend
to 2 months. Can accommodate 3 residents at a time; provides private
bedroom and studio space. Open to emerging and professional printmakers,
photographers, painters, illustrators, and writers. Access to print
or photography studios available for additional equipment and supply
fees. (visual, literary arts)
Centre Independent Writer's Retreat, RR2 Tatamagouche,
NS, B0K 1V0 Canada (800) 218-2220. One-week residency in Nova Scotia
on the Northumberland Strait; fees charged; includes all meals. Double-occupancy
rooms. Option to workshop works-in-progress with resident writer in
the evenings. Walking trails and canoes nearby. Affiliated with the
United Church of Canada. (literary arts.)
of Lethbridge, Gushul Studio Residency Program, Department of
Art, 4401 University Dr., Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4, Canada (403)
394-3997. 1-3 month residencies at the Gushul Studio on the eastern
slope of the Rocky Mountains. There is a user fee to cover operation.
(visual and literary arts)
Retreat, 15 Canusa Street, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada J0B
3E5 (819) 876-2065. Mail from the USA can be sent to this alternate
address: Box 193, 3141 Beebe Rd., Beebe Plain, VT 05823. Retreat for
writers of all genres, editors, publishers, filmmakers and playwrights.
Fees charged; no selection process. Also offers editing, mentoring,
workshops, publicity consulting. Open year-round. (literary arts)
Gallery of the Cayman Islands, PO Box
10197, APO Alexandra Place, Drocy Dr., Grand Cayman Island. Tel: 1-345-9458111.
de Gutierrez, Calle 65, No. 48-87 Prado Centro, Medellín,
Columbia. Tel: +54 (310) 443-0408 and +54 (034) 221-4076. International
residency program for contemporary visual artists, designers, curators,
and art historians housed in a 19th c. coffee plantation in the foothills
of Medellín. Accommodates 5 to 8 artists at a time with private
lodging, unlimited studio access, optional weekly critiques from guest
critics, weekly guided tours of cultural and historic sites, opportunity
to exhibit or give a talk. Fees charged; some financial aid available.
Cultura del Rock, Calle 100 No. 48 f-65, 0011
Bogata, Colombia Tel: 57-1-533-5319. (visual arts)
Julia and David White Artists' Colony,
Apdo, 102-6100, Cuidad Colon, Costa Rica. Tel: 011-506-249-1414. Year-round
fellowships of one month or more to writers, visual artists, and composers
from around the world. Private studios provided. Fees charged; artists
must also pay for their own supplies, meals, and transportation. (visual,
literary, performing arts)
Costa Rica, APDO 10578-1000, San Jose, Costa Ria. Tel.
011-506-2445-5236. Nonprofit organization arranges home stays for writers
and visual artists at all stages of their careers. Located in the tropical
cloud forest of San Ramon. Fees charged by week or month; includes private
bedroom and work space in the home of a host family, all meals, and
weekly program activities. Can accommodate up to 8 artists at a time,
in four homes. Stipends and fee remissions available to writers who
agree to facilitate a workshop hosted by the Asssociation. Operates
year-round; residencies awarded through a competitive process. (visual
and literary arts)
c/o Parsons School of Design, 2 W. 13th St., Room 707, New York, NY
(809) 523-8011 or (212) 229-5370. Nonprofit arts center in Dominican
Republic. Artist pays fee, meals, airfare; knowledge of Spanish helpful;
many artists also agree to teach workshop in their area of expertise.
Residencies of 3 months. Children may accompany parents, no pets. (visual,
literary, performing arts)
Ferrovaria av 4 & 6th str., Guayas, Equador. Tel: 593-04-22-00244.
Fundacion Paul Rivet, Casilla 01-01-0749, Luis
Cordero 9-32 Cuenca, Equador. Tel.: 593-7-840099
Art Students League of the West Indies,
Hudson Artists of New Jersey, Inc., c/o John Besante, Jr., 291 Fifth
St., Jersey City, NJ 07302 (201) 420-0202. Rent-free residencies for
1-4 weeks in Jamaica. Open to visual artists in all media and writers.
(visual, literary arts)
Foundation, La Camerata de Clarinetes
Juvenil de Mexico, Privada 18 B Sur No. 4550, Unidad 22 de Septiembre,
Colonia San Manuel, Pueblo de Zaragoza, Puebla 72560 México.
Tel: (52) 222-594-7728. Residencies for emerging and mid-career national
and international contemporary artists. Located 136 km (84 mi) from
Mexico City in a World Heritage Site town with 5,000 colonial buildings.
Puebla is famous for a deep cultural identity, delicious cuisine, Talavera
ceramics, and traditions rooted in the 16th-century Baroque and enriched
by a blend of pre-Hispanic, Arabic, Jewish, French and Spanish influences.
Puebla lies east of the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl
volcanoes, giving the residents a magnificent view of their snow-topped
peaks. At an elevation of 2200 m (7200 ft), Puebla features a temperate
subtropical highland climate. Open to visual artists (fine arts and
fine crafts), culinary artists, designers, art historians, and curators.
(visual arts, chefs, scholars)
Arte y Diseno, Aparacido/4,
San Miguel de Allende, GTO México. Study and teaching residencies
for fiber artists only. (visual arts)
Arts Institute, PO Box 48, 33 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls,
VT 05101 (802) 463-3330. Residencies in Patzcuaro, Mexico at Casa Don
Miguel, a 250-year-old monastery. Private rooms, separate studios for
visual artists, 2 meals a day, fees charged per month, partial fellowships
available. (visual, literary arts)
Arts for a New Nicaragua,
24 Darling St. #2, Boston, MA 02120. Fees and airfare to Nicaragua paid.
(visual and performing arts)
de la Salle, Colinas de los Laobos, Caracas, Venezuela. In an effort
to broaden awareness of Latin American art at the curatorial level,
the Patricia Cisneros Travel Fund for Latin America enables curators
from MoMA to travel to Latin America. In addition, in 1999, the Fundacion
Cisneros created The Cisneros Fellowship, supporting Latin American
students in the two-year post-graduate curatorial studies course at
Bard College in New York. (visual arts)
Fundation Ramón Isidro Montes, Cerretera
Via Quibor Km. 2 estado Lara, 5001 Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Tel: 58-0416-785-1511.
Pent-House Parque Central, Caraca 1010, Venezuela. Tel.: 011-58-2-5774073.
(visual, literary, and performing arts)