Artist Retreats: CANADA, MEXICO, SOUTH AMERICA, and THE CARRIBBEAN

BRAZIL
Cia Teatro do Incendio
, r. Dr. Emilio Ribas 76/03, 05006-020 Perdizes, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tel: 55-11-3666-7346.

Sacatar Foundation, 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, literary arts)

 

CANADA
Artscape, 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)

Atelier 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. (visual arts)

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)

The 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)

Bishogama 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)

Canada Council, 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)

Centre 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)

Conseil des 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.

Dolgian House 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)

La Chambre 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 Mexico.

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 )

Red 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).

Riverside 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).

Ross Creek 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 arts)

Saskatchewan Writers/Artists 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)

Spark Box 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)

Tatamagouche 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.)

University 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)

The Writers' 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)


CAYMAN ISLANDS
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
, PO Box 10197, APO Alexandra Place, Drocy Dr., Grand Cayman Island. Tel: 1-345-9458111. (visual arts)



COLOMBIA
Campos 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. (visual arts)

Cultura del Rock, Calle 100 No. 48 f-65, 0011 Bogata, Colombia Tel: 57-1-533-5319. (visual arts)

 

COSTA RICA
The 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)

Odysseys 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)

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Altos de Chavon
, 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)


ECUADOR
ESPOL Guayaquil-Ecuador
, Ferrovaria av 4 & 6th str., Guayas, Equador. Tel: 593-04-22-00244. (visual arts)

Fundacion Paul Rivet, Casilla 01-01-0749, Luis Cordero 9-32 Cuenca, Equador. Tel.: 593-7-840099


JAMAICA
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)

 

MEXICO
Arquetopia 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)

Great Rivers 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)


NICARAGUA
Arts for a New Nicaragua
, 24 Darling St. #2, Boston, MA 02120. Fees and airfare to Nicaragua paid. (visual and performing arts)

 

VENEZUELA
Fundacion Cisneros
, Av. 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. (visual arts)

Fundarte, Pent-House Parque Central, Caraca 1010, Venezuela. Tel.: 011-58-2-5774073. (visual, literary, and performing arts)