Sustainable Bolivia’s art residency program’s mission is to promote the arts in Bolivia and foster intercultural exchange and dialogue between international and local artists.
Who can Apply
The residency program is available to all artists from any country regardless of age, gender, or medium. The residency focuses on the disciplines of visual arts but we will also consider applications from other mediums including creative writing, music and dance. Preference will be given to those with Spanish language skills.
For nearly two years Sustainable Bolivia provided housing to Scottish-born painter Thomas “Mac” McGreggor. Through Mac, SB met many local and international artists and quickly became involved in Cochabamba’s art community. In an effort to maintain this cultural exchange, as well as develop a tradition within our organization, SB decided to work alongside local artists to develop an art residency program.
In an effort to fully integrate the resident as well as provide a service to the community, the selected candidate will also have the opportunity to volunteer with one of SB’s partner organizations. Opportunities include projects which seek to empower youths through performing and visual arts, or providing training for future art teachers (Click here for more information about our volunteer opportunities).
What is Provided
Applicants will be provided with a large furnished living space, a private studio, and access to art contacts in Bolivia interested in showing their work. Exhibitions will occur in Cochabamba and potentially in La Paz and Santa Cruz; Bolivia’s 3 largest cities. Additionally we have contacts with local and national press outlets and will work together to try and promote showings.
Due to financial restrictions, the artist will have to pay for his/her own travel, room and board. Total costs will be $225 a month and include a fully furnished private room, a large studio, all utilities, phones calls to over 60 countries and internet access. Of the $225, $75 will be given to the art resident’s volunteer location in the form of a mini grant donation to be spent by the artist on a particular project s/he is involved in.
Please submit a resume with a brief cover letter and samples of your work. Applications will be reviewed by Sustainable Bolivia’s Art Review Board composed of local and international artists.
Sustainable Bolivia has received art talented residents from all over the world. Click here to learn more about past residents.