Deadline: 10 August 2018
Call for entries

Searching for the Miraculous -> The Curfew Tower 2019 Residency

We are interested in the idea of exploration, journey, the quest for something better, and places that are foreign and familiar.

In July 1975 Bas Jan Ader left Cape Cod, Massachusetts in a small sailboat called the Ocean Wave, in search of the miraculous. He left on a solo voyage, a transatlantic journey, from Cape Cod to Falmouth, England. On April 18th, 1976 approximately 150 nautical miles from the southwest coast of Ireland his boat was discovered and he was nowhere to be found. He disappeared from the face of the earth…searching for something. Artists are asked to submit proposals that relate to the idea of ‘searching for the miraculous’ leaving it open for various interpretations.

We are seeking proposals for a 1 month residency at the Curfew Tower in Northern Ireland. The Curfew Tower is in a small town called Cushendall on the Antrim Coast o f Northeast Ireland. The tower was built in 1817 and was originally used as a prison. It is a multi-story building located in the center of Cushendall. The residency supports 1 artist at a time per month. The tower has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and workspace. Artists are responsible for bringing whatever materials they need, including any tools or equipment. There is electricity and heat in the building but Wifi is not provided.

The artists Westen Charles and Elizabeth Withstandley are organizing this project. They are co-founders of Locust Projects a not-for-profit art space in Miami, Florida.

Artist responsibility
• Artists are responsible for travel costs to and from Northern Ireland.
• An interesting idea that relates to the theme.
• To be self-sufficient and independent.

What we provide
• There is no fee to stay at the residency for the month.
• A platform to have your project incorporated within a larger c ontext.
• This residency will result in a group exhibition and/or publication.

Please provide the following information
• A 250 word project description of how your proposed project relates to this idea.
• 3-4 examples of past work
• A brief bio (in paragraph form)
• Have you ever been to Northern Ireland? Why are you interested in this open call? (100 word max)
• We are looking for residents in the months of January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December
o Please note any months that you would not be able to participate in this residency.

Submit one PDF with all application materials. The PDF should be no more than 3mb. Send via email to

Please include the subject line “Your Name + Searching Proposal”
example :Jane_Doe_Searching_Proposal

Due: August 10th, 2018 midnight PST