Open A.I.R

Culture Vultures Open Residency April 2016.

PAST RESIDNCY PROJECT

If you are looking for an opportunity to develop cultural understanding through a shared artistic process then this unique interactive artist residency in the heart of Morocco is for you.

Open AiR III

The third edition of Open AIR has at its core a concise mission to bring multi-disciplinary international artists together by enhancing dialogue and cross cultural exchange through a variety of arts programmes and cultural events in a unique way, that leads towards an enriching and shared learning experience for all participants in the hisorical town of Sefrou and the imperial city of Fez, the Moroccan capital of crafts as recognized by UNESCO and world’s largest car-free urban metropolis.

The residency provides opportunities for artists, curators, critical writers and art professionals to research and develop their practices, it supports both emerging and established professionals, working in any medium.  The residency is a unique programme which is submerged in the artisan context of contemporary Moroccan culture, this prime location in the Middle Atlas offers a natural catalyst for contemporary creativity and dialogue and provide a dynamic starting point for participants to expand and explore their studio practice and potentially develop new avenues of research.

Alex Schmitt photo by Omar Chennafi

Alex Schmitt photo by Omar Chennafi

The aim of the residency is to generate a fresh creative space for participants at a crucial point in their career and for the participating artists to leave Sefrou with expanded possibilities, new networks and in some cases new works. The residency provides a professional platform for international artists, curators, critical writers and art professionals to come and live in the region for a concentrated period of time within an affordable and creative context alongside participating artists.

This residency facilitates the coming together of global artistic minds who are given the time and space to create, meet, think, work, share, exchange, network, communicate and collaborate in this avant garde environment all under the expert guidance of Culture Vultures.

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Selection for the programme will follow the criteria of artistic distinction, nature of contemporary practice and a desire to interact and engage with the local community in the region, with the ultimate aim of developing an artistic response to their intensive four-week cultural experience.

This immersive residential programme incorporates academic presentations and orientation visits, alongside community engagement and individual studio time.

Rene Kladzyk

Rene Kladzyk

The jewel of the programme lies in the invaluable connections that Culture Vultures has with the local community along with their intrinsic knowledge and understanding of the customs and traditions of the locality.

The progarmme is open to all artistic disciplines across the spectrum including visual artists, installation artists, writers, musicians, designers, performers, researchers or conceptual artists wishing to spend four weeks exploring the culture and community of Morocco to feed their artist practice. Artists will be housed together in Culture Vultures artist villa in Sefrou and given work spaces where necessary. 

When – This residency will take place from 28th March – 30th April 2016

The program includes

  • Orientation in Sefrou.
  • A half day tour of the in the old city of Fez with a historical guide.
  • Artists dinners.
  • Informal dinners where visiting artists are introduced to the local arts community.
  • Lectures, round tables and presentations.
  • Excursions out of Sefrou to get a fresh perspective of the surrounding area.
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Image by Sonia Hamza

Cost – 950 Euros

Includes.

Comfortable accommodation in Sefrou.

Professional facilitation between visiting artists and the local community.

Support of professional practice.

The rich program of activities mentioned above.

Does not include

Travel to / from Fez at either side of the residency.

Insurance or Food

Closing date of submissions is 30 November 2015.

For an application form click here open-air-2016

For more information and submissions mail: cvairs@yahoo.com

Written by Catherine K. Abbott

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