Deadline: 30 September 2016
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Once Upon Water: Art Residency In The Azores

Once Upon Water art residency
International Call: Pico island, Azores
Program Dates: June 20-30, 2017

Once Upon Water (The Water Residency) is a 10-day art residency on Pico island, Azores, to create artworks about the material and magical notions of water. Water is in constant flow and yet may present itself as still ~ a mirror that mesmerizes. In this state its reflective surface invites gazing at our physical selves, but also beyond our bodies to contemplate both our inner experiences and relationships with the outer world. Water gushes from deep below earth’s crevices, falls from its elevations and hovers in misty formations. It traverses time, shape-shifts as it slides through various spaces, and is one of earth’s greatest Sculptors. At once, water pours out of taps in developed countries as a banal occurrence, while women in developing countries trek miles to fetch it clean. Alarmingly, earth i s under threat of loosing all its sea ice this century, while future wars are predicted to be fought over water rather than oil. Yet, the world’s greatest religions say water holds the power to purify and renew.

During Once Upon Water, residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore tangible and intangible stories of water through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc. Artists will have opportunities to socialize and integrate with people from Pico island, through visits into town and through Azores Fringe festival events. This programmed residency offers facilitation by multimedia artist Teresa Ascencao, a guided ocean floor tour in the OceanEye glass bottom boat, a guest artist “water workshop” with Choreographer and Dancer Ana Sofia Sousa, a special guest presentation by natural health and water expert Wayne Gendel, and plenty of studio time. Critiques of residents’ works occur on a regular basis, individually with the Facilitator and through facilitated group discussions. There will be a closing event, whereby artists present their creative explorations to the public. Once Upon Water welcomes people in all walks of life into a creative journey of criticality thinking and self-discovery in relation to water. People with disabilities, people of colour and diverse gender identifications are encouraged to apply. Some of the residency locations are not wheel chair accessible. Please inquire about accessibility.

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