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TROPIC 8 ° N. Remote Community Based project based between Sea and Jungle

Deadline: 26 Jan, 2018

Disciplines: Activism, Administration, All Disciplines, Animation, Architecture, Art Education, Ceramics, Choreography, Collaboration, Community, Composition, Concept & Theory, Crafts & Trades, Critical studies, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Digital, Drawing, Engineering, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Gastronomy, Glass, Installation, Journalism, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Moving Image, Music & Sound, Other, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Research, Science, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound, Technology, Textile, Theater, Urbanism, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Guna Yala, Panama

Deadline: 26 Jan, 2018

Duration: 21-42 days

Eligibility: Those who apply will need to demonstrate their ability to be self-directed. We expect artists come into the project with a basic knowledge and respect for the local area and culture. Artists must demonstrate the capacity to and be responsible for their own time planning, research, execution and production of works. Artists must demonstrate their ability to rise to the challenging aspects of the location and respect cultural differences. Part of the experience is to disconnect and there is limited to no electricity or internet at our locations. We expect artists to fill out a digital document after the completion residency about their experience and invite artists to apply to participate in future exhibitions

Support: Supporting artists to apply for funding internationally.

Costs: We subsidise costs through our project to keep the costs as low as possible for artists. Artists are responsible for securing their own funding from their own countries. We are a non-profit and many artists who have come with us have been successful at gaining funding from different cultural and arts institutions in their home countries. No fee to apply through our site -


Program Description:

Description of Residency

Launched in 2015, Our base at Tropic 8 °N exists at the gateway between South and Central America, in an autonomous region of Indigenous people who fought a revolution in 1925 to protect their way of life and became the first politically autonomous indigenous group in Latin America. Here communities live in close connection with a nature that inspires their culture and artistic practices and they are now facing rapid change.
We are presenting a unique opportunity to support artists in developing diverse projects in the tropical region of South & Central America living inside an isolated, autonomous and indigenous community in the Guna Yala Province and National Park. Artists are invited to work on projects here in relation to global social-environmental or political themes in this context and the works may be included in our future exhibitions.

The artists will be living inside of a Guna community (around 600 people) close to the frontier between Panama and Colombia. We always operate in safe zones as recommended by the Foreign Office for Travel Advice and local authorities. We are working in partnership with The Tribal Congress of Guna Yala and local community leaders to carry out this project. We have curated a program of talks, research trips and workshops to introduce the artists to the area, community, indigenous culture, knowledge and environment alongside their self directed practice. This remote tropical area is one of the richest biomes on earth, protected by the Guna’s. Artists will be introduced to the local environment, solar power projects and conservation projects that include the protection of nesting sea turtles. Meals and accommodation will also be provided.


La Wayaka Currrent was founded in 2015 and has since grown to provide an essential link to remote nature and cultures. We are an artist-led organisation with social, environmental and political concerns. Our work manifests in arts & cultural projects, text, residence and research projects at multiple locations, collaborations, interdisciplinary works and international exhibitions.
This has become vital given the pressing issues the planet is now facing. Through partnerships with remote communities living in close connection to nature, projects are developed to re-evaluate modern ways of life, expand awareness and create necessary dialogues between these remote locations to others in the world.
With temporal bases we have set up in Europe, South and Central America - Tropic 8 ° N, Desert 23 ° S, & Arctic 78 ° N we open applications for international emerging to established artists as well as professionals in other fields, to develop projects that relate to these concerns in a multitude of ways.

Duration of residency

21 / 42 days.

Dates for 2018
April 24 - May 15, 2018
May 17 - June 7, 2018
June 10 - July 1, 2018
Later Dates TBC

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines are welcome to participate in the project to create a dynamic, collaborative and open environment. Disciplines include sculpture, installation, site-specific works, drawing, painting, writing, illustration, performance, sound/music, visual arts, moving image, research etc.
Work equipment includes basic tools (an array of tools used in the local area). Natural materials are available for artists to use in sustainable ways and learn about local techniques such as indigenous clay, bamboo, wood, palms etc.


As an artist at Tropic you will be living in a small community, isolated in nature between the jungle and ocean. Here artists will have basic accommodation, traditionally built bamboo house with palm thatched roof with shared toilet, shower, bedrooms, communal space, solar powered energy (limited) - light, power outlets, padlocks for locking doors. This is expedition style living meaning you will be sharing between 2-3 per room - private rooms may be available depending on availability and will be with additional fee. Clean safe drinking water will be provided.

Studio/ Workspace

There will be a set communal workspace for artists provided with desks and chairs.
Artists are also encouraged to use the nature and environment as their workspace - work outdoors along the coast, in the jungle or within the community.

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