Friday, April 12, 2013

2013 Taller Portobelo Norte Summer Art Colony

Deadline: May 1, 2013 (ONLINE)

Artist Residency
2013 Taller Portobelo Norte Summer Art Colony

Portobelo, Panama
June 30 - July 21, 2013

Taller Portobelo Norte was created as a way for multidisciplinary artists throughout the United States to stay connected, share exhibition and career development information and help further the critical discussion and examination of the art and cultures of the African Diaspora, especially as they are manifested in Latin America and the Caribbean. To this end, we have created a year round roster of cultural trips and workshops, of which the 2013 Taller Portobelo Norte Summer Art Colony is one.

Taller Portobelo Norte Summer Art Colony measures its success by the level of creative excellence and cultural exchange that it contributes to an already thriving artistic community and encourages artists to reach beyond the boundaries of any one discipline to expand the possibilities of artistic vision.


The 2013 Taller Portobelo Summer Art Colony is open to emerging and professional Visual, Literary, Musical and Performing Artists in all disciplines, mediums and genres, and Scholars and Researchers of all disciplines - both creative and academic - to submit project proposals for work to be developed during the 3 week residency. Keeping in mind that the residency is short, our goal is to support participants in realizing works-in-progress and the production of new, small works.

We define the parameters for “artists” and “scholars” loosely enough to encompass a wide variety of projects. Don’t be discouraged if your idea does not fall neatly into a specific box. Present a compelling idea and articulately explain your need for three weeks of uninterrupted time to explore it.

Although we ask for a project proposal, we encourage participants to think of this as a loose plan and come ready to create work without a predetermined agenda or schedule. A big part of the value of this artistic experience is a high level of interaction with peers and the local community. From the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the impromptu soccer games in the plaza, to the songs and drumbeats that animate a local performance tradition called “Congo,” Portobelo provides rich, multi-sensory inspiration. We aim to provide a space for visionary artists/scholars whose work stimulates and expands artistic/scholarly boundaries and conventions to create work that challenges themselves and gives voice to their ideas.

This opportunity offers unique potential for artistic experience and production. Portobelo offers a non- traditional approach to art practice. “Studio space”/“work space” not only include Taller Portobelo facilities, but also the colonial forts surrounding the town, the open plaza, and other designated experimental spaces. Artists shall supply his/her own tools and materials necessary in completing the work. If you have special requirements, please indicate so in your proposal.

United States citizens are required to have a valid passport in order to enter the Republic of Panama. Visa/ Tourist cards will be distributed to you on the plane.

Application Fee: $25

Residency Fee:

Fee Includes:

$1495 per person

$2750 per couple (shared bed)

• Ground transportation

• Multi-occupancy room at Taller Portobelo

• 2 daily meals at Taller Portobelo

• Group Critiques

• Project Assistance (if applicable)

Upon receipt of application and $25 application fee, the selection committee will review your proposal, work samples and references and notify you of their decision within two weeks.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an Acceptance Packet with additional information and forms. You will forward the residency fee with the Acceptance Packet. The application and residency fees are non-refundable, so please be sure you are dedicated to attending before you apply. Financial Assistance is available, however all participants are expected to make a financial contribution to their residency.

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Online Application is here: