Image: G. Abungu, Lamu Kenya’s Enchanted Island, Rizzoli (2009) Photographs © Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher, David Coulson, Nigel Pavitt p.198
We are excited to announce the CUEVAS TILLEARD ARTIST RESIDENCY program in Lamu Island, Kenya beginning in 2017. The month-long residencies will take place in March/April, August, and November. Each intake will accommodate 3-4 artists. The aim is provide space for young and emerging artists to live, think, and work.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The island has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Cuevas Tilleard wants to provide space for artists to become immersed in a new landscape, and a new culture. It is a way to break routine and open artists to new influences.
The program runs for 4 weeks. It will allow time to explore, refresh, think, and create.
Rather than charging for the program, Cuevas Tilleard will take a pre-determined percentage of artworks made during, or in the six-months after the residency. In the year following the program, Cuevas Tilleard will commercially exhibit these, and other works by the artist in New York, Nairobi, and international art fairs. The selection of work to be exhibited will be decided in collaboration between gallery and artist. For represented artists, specific details can be discussed to respectfully accommodate gallery relationships.
Lamu Island is located off the coast of Kenya, two degrees south of the Equator. Lamu Town, believed to be established in 1370, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 as the best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. The Indian Ocean trade winds brought Omani, Chinese, Indian, and Arabic traders to the Swahili Coast. This left the Lamu Archipelago steeped in a diverse history and influence. The town and island are characterized by labyrinthine streets, ancient whitewashed Islamic-style homes open to sea breezes, the call to pray from many mosques, an Omani fortress, and miles of beach. Donkeys and dhow's are used for transport - there are no cars.
The island has inspired artists and writers for centuries. It provides a new landscape, a new culture, a way to break routine and allow in some new influences.
March/April Applications Closed | August Residency Application Due May 14, 2018 | November Residency Application Due August 13, 2018