Open Calls

Glasgow Community Support For Stalled Space Fund – NOW OPEN

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We’re sharing this Call from Glasgow City Council

Forgotten Island (2011) – one of the first projects done under the Stalled Spaces initiative

Do you wish to breathe life into a stalled site or an under-utilised open space within your neighbourhood?

Ever thought of using it temporarily for…

  • an arts project
  • pop up sculpture or exhibition space
  • a pop up park or a growing space
  • children’s play space
  • a green gym/ outdoor exercise
  • outdoor education
  • an event space
  • any other innovative idea?

We now invite applications for the second round of Community Support for Stalled Spaces for 2015-16

Funding is available from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £2,500

Closing Date for applications: Monday, 7 September 2015 (5 pm)

For more information and application forms go to:

Or contact: Caroline Mulheron on 0141 287 8542


ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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Can You Dig It? – Call to Artists!

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City of West Hollywood
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Can You Dig It?
Temporary Land Art Exhibition
RFQ released: July 15, 2015
Deadline to apply: August 26, 2015


The City of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside program is seeking qualifications from artists and/or artist teams to establish a pool of qualified artists to create temporary, site-specific, land art installations in Plummer Park and along Santa Monica Boulevard in an exhibition titled Can You Dig It?, a response to the current California drought and how the City may reimagine its landscape as a result. Art on the Outside is the City’s temporary art program that installs rotating temporary artworks on the City’s medians and parks. These works include sculpture, murals and other outdoor works, most of which remain on display for between 6 months-3 years.

The temporary, site-specific, land art projects commissioned for this exhibition will fall within one of the following categories:

  • Three-dimensional: Artwork created in nature that uses natural materials and/or introduces manmade materials to highlight nature
  • Performance-based: Artworks focused on process, site and temporality, created by individuals acting in a one-on-one relationship with the land

Land Art, Earthworks or Earth Art is an art movement which emerged in the United States in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, in which landscape and the work of art are seamlessly linked. The artworks frequently exist in the open, left to change and erode under natural environmental conditions (Jeffrey Kastner, Land and Environmental Art, survey by Brian Wallis. Phaidon Press. 2010). Examples of notable land art projects include: Andy Goldsworthy, Woven Branch Arch; Maya Lin, The Wave Field; Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels; Michael Heizer, Double Negative; Buster Simpson, The Hudson Headwaters Purge; Christo and Jean Claude, Surrounded Islands. 

The City will host an informational question and answer meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm, at the Plummer Park Community Center (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard) to answer any questions about the RFQ. This meeting is not mandatory. Artists who have never applied to a public art opportunity are encouraged to attend. The meeting may also include members from the Facilities & Field Services, Innovation & Strategic Initiatives, and Environmental Services departments to discuss any concerns and/or limitations that artists may need to be aware of. To RSVP for this meeting please email Rebecca Ehemann, Public Art Coordinator,, with the names of the artist(s) who wish to attend.


The Request for Qualifications is open to professional artists/artist teams residing in the United States.


Budgets for individual projects will range from $5,000 to $12,000. Project budgets are all-inclusive and intended to cover the cost of design, fabrication and installation. It is anticipated that a group of ten (10) semi-finalists (individuals and/or teams) will be identified during the selection process to prepare proposals for the installation. Semi-finalists will be awarded a $500.00 honorarium for their proposal.


A selection committee composed of, but not limited to, Arts Commissioners, a Public Facilities Commissioner, and City of West Hollywood Staff will convene to review submissions through this request for qualifications. Artists will be selected for the qualified pool according to the following criteria:

  • Proven artistic merit and strong professional qualifications as demonstrated through previous public art experience or gallery and/or museum exhibitions (public art experience not required)
  • Ability to execute a high quality artwork
  •  Experience working with sustainable, recycled or natural materials (desirable but not required)

The selection committee will identify a group of semi-finalists from the pre-qualified pool of artists to develop proposals for the exhibition. Semi-finalists will be paid an honorarium for their proposals. Semi-finalists will present their proposals to the selection committee for consideration.


Artists who are invited to submit a proposal will be asked to provide two concept sketches and/or renderings, a preliminary budget and a 150-300 word narrative to incorporate three or more of the following concepts into their land art proposal:

  • Utilize sustainable or natural materials
  • Express ecological concerns to educate the public about the California drought
  • Inform and interpret nature and it’s processes
  • Reveal environmental forces, such as wind, water, and/or light.
  • Re-envision our relationship to nature, propose a new way for us to co-exist with our environment
  • Reclaim and remediate a damaged environment, restoring ecosystems in an artistic way

Artists will be asked to consider the local setting for the artwork and weigh the impact that the proposed material(s) may have on the immediate environment. The length of the exhibition is anticipated to be 12 months.


In the wake of the water crisis in California the public has been forced to reconsider how they use water in their everyday lives. The City of West Hollywood has already begun to take action by enforcing water usage restrictions and encouraging residents and businesses to conserve water ( Through the Can You Dig It? exhibition of temporary, site-specific, land art installations the City invites artists to reimagine its dry and arid public landscapes.

The California Department of Water Resources estimates that California would need much more rainfall to replenish its 12 major reservoirs and bring an end to the drought. Currently, the major state reservoirs stand at 54 percent of total average storage. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from the drought.

The threat of a severe water shortage is a serious one for the City, where daily existence depends largely upon water piped in from sources outside the region. West Hollywood residents and businesses are served by two water utility companies: Beverly Hills Public Works and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Both utility companies urge customers to cut back water usage and to consider installing water-conserving fixtures.


The City of West Hollywood, known as the “Creative City,” was incorporated in 1984. It is 1.9 square miles in area and is bounded by Beverly Hills to the west, Hollywood to the east, and Los Angeles to the north and south. West Hollywood is home to approximately 37,000 residents and over 3,500 businesses. Sixty percent (60%) of adults are college-educated, and 54% are employed in managerial and professional occupations. Approximately 40% of the City’s residents are gay or lesbian, 10% are Russian-speaking immigrants, and close to 20% are senior citizens.


Plummer Park (8.5 acres) was formed around a farmhouse and outbuildings that were originally part of Rancho La Brea (later Plummer Ranch). This park is the City’s oldest park, dedicated in 1938 by the County of Los Angeles along with the Plummer Park Clubhouse (now known as Great Hall and Long Hall). Fiesta Hall, featuring an auditorium for community events, was built in 1951. These buildings are still located on the site today, along with the more recently built Community Center and child care center. After West Hollywood’s incorporation in 1984, the park became a City of West Hollywood park and the City took responsibility for its operation and maintenance.

Today Plummer Park is actively used by the community. Off-street parking is provided for park users and every Monday morning the Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market is held in the north parking lot. The tennis courts are well used, and there is open space with grass, trees, and paths for walking. Fiesta Hall has an auditorium that is available for community and civic events. One of the most visible groups of users in the park is seniors, especially from the Russian-speaking community, who are often seen playing chess, walking, and socializing in the park. Senior Citizens are regularly provided educational and health lectures as well as opportunities for socialization through card playing, literature clubs, folk dance, fitness and yoga classes, and language classes


Until 1998, Santa Monica Boulevard was owned and operated by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as State Route 2. Since incorporation, West Hollywood had continually disagreed with the State agency about maintenance and operations of the street. Finally Caltrans agreed to relinquish the street to West Hollywood, and the City developed a master plan to redesign and reinforce the identity of the City’s main street.

Almost 1,200 new evergreen elm, jacaranda, silk floss, and queen palm trees, together with shrubs and grasses, were planted on the sidewalks and in the new median islands as part of the project’s landscaping plan. The City also created a variety of green spaces, landscaped areas around bus stops, and areas to showcase public art. Specifically, existing medians were redesigned to provide landscaping and pathways, new medians were installed, and the Sal Guariello Veterans’ Memorial was developed at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive. The median at the City’s western border for West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard was enhanced with palms, walking paths, and lighting. The vision for this median was a showcase of major arts commissions, to allow for pedestrian exploration and an art experience that was visual and tactile, and fully integrated with the landscape.


Applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm (PST), August 26, 2015.

  • IMPORTANT DATES (subject to change)
  • July 15, 2015 – RFQ released
  • August 5 – Information meeting at Plummer Park (optional)
  • August 26 – RFQ deadline
  • September 14 – Semi-Finalists invited to submit proposals
  • October 30 – Proposals deadline
  • November 5 – Semi-Finalists presentations; Finalists selected
  • November – Finalists meet with Facilities to discuss logistics of proposal
  • TBD – Installations begin
  • January 2016 – Opening Reception          


or all questions related to this call to artists contact Rebecca Ehemann, Public Art Coordinator, City of West Hollywood, (323) 848-6846,

  • The City of West Hollywood reserves the right to cancel or postpone this Request for Qualifications at any time.
  • The City of West Hollywood reserves the right to photograph, videotape and distribute images of the temporary artwork for non-commercial purposes.
  • The City of West Hollywood reserves the right to retain, remove, and relocate all artworks commissioned as a result of this RFQ.

For additional information on City of West Hollywood arts projects please visit or




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UK car share site launches accolade to foster culture of sustainability

Liftshare_largeBritain’s green car share leader has launched a new culture award to promote positive environmental change in Edinburgh during this year’s Festival Fringe (August 7-31).

Last year, the Fringe helped people from across the world get ‘Unbored’ by offering 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues across Edinburgh. While this culturally diverse mix of acts is to be applauded, approximately 2,183,591 ticket sales triggered another annual rise of traffic, gridlock and higher-than-usual CO2 levels.

The Festival Fringe Liftshare Award aims to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions across the capital this August, by encouraging the public to walk, cycle, liftshare or use public transport around the festival city this summer. Not only will this reduce  emissions, but it will also mean the public will experience firsthand the unique festival vibe in the streets of this historical and beautiful city.

From now until August 21st Liftshare is inviting Fringe acts to submit a video of themselves in a car doing what they do best, be it telling jokes, putting on a show or telling a poem. Acts can also submit jokes or thought-provoking quotes over Twitter if they prefer.

The best act will be chosen by a judging panel, which includes special guests from the world of comedy and some of the biggest names in Scotland’s creative industries. Participating performers will receive promotion on the Liftshare blog and social channels in recognition of their efforts to promote green values throughout the Fringe.

Lex Barber, Community Outreach Manager at Liftshare said of the award, “The Festival Fringe cares deeply about the city of Edinburgh, so when Liftshare pitched them the idea of promoting positive green change across the capital, they were delighted to help us make this project a reality.

“Liftshare’s community removed over 73,000 tonnes of CO2 from UK roads in 2014,” she continued, “We are always searching for new ways to help improve air quality across the country, and we feel the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a golden opportunity to help raise sustainable awareness.”

Active since 1998, is the UK’s largest car sharing site with over 450,000 members, offering everyday people a secure to meet and arrange car shares. Drivers can offer their spare seats to others for a share of the trip’s petrol cost, while those without access to a car can travel for less, and with a lowered impact on the environment.

In 2012, Liftshare was awarded a Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel in 2012, in recognition of its positive impact on Britain’s environment. It continues to collaborate with retailers, businesses, festivals, sports clubs and public communities on a daily basis to improve air quality in the UK.

Please visit the Festival Fringe Liftshare Award site for further information.

Call for Ideas – Edinburgh International Science Festival

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Edinburgh International Science Festival is the mother of all science festivals and they have a call for ideas out at the moment (Closing 1 September 2015).  They have highlighted their ambitions for the 2016 Festival as follows,

In 2016 we will transform the halls, gardens, theatres and galleries of Edinburgh into dens of debate, exploring science, technology, engineering and design’s ability to help improve our world and our lives through the concept of Building Better Worlds. Within this theme, specific areas of focus will include Being Human, Our Built Environment, Science and Culture, A Planetary Perspective and Beyond Planet Earth.

More information here Call for Ideas – Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sylva Caledonia (Tim Collins, Reiko Goto Collins, Gerry Loose, Morven Gregor and ecoartscotland) was part of the 2015 presentation at Summerhall curated by ASCUS.  Search ‘Sylva Caledonia’ on this site for some posts covering the Caledonian Everyday discussions.

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network

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Reposted from the Valuing Nature blog (Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network)

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) is inviting proposals that address the issues and opportunities around green infrastructure (GI) in the planning and investment decisions that are made by local policymakers, local planners and organisations responsible for developing the built environment (construction, house builders, developers).

Project proposals submitted in this current round (deadline Thursday 22 October 2015) are expected to start by 1 January 2016 and to last for up to two years. A maximum of £125k (£100k at 80% FEC) may be requested. Smaller, targeted activities of three months upwards are also welcome and NERC anticipates seeing a range of requests within the £125k limit, reflecting the range of potential projects and activities.

Full details can be found on the NERC website

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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516 Arts – HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts

516 ARTS is organizing a collaborative season of public programming in the fall of 2015 that explores climate change through the arts to create a platform for education and dialogue. The public programs for HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts will include: a series of exhibitions at 516 ARTS; the popular Downtown Block Party; special events with guest speakers; film screenings; and youth programs.

Climate change is an urgent issue of both global and local concern. The Southwest can be considered one of the most “climate-challenged” regions of North America, with rising annual temperature averages, declining water supplies, and reduced agricultural yields. In New Mexico we’ve already seen destabilized and unpredictable weather patterns, water sources going dry, forests not recovering from fire, loss of urban trees, and crop failures. Public programs for HABITAT strive to raise awareness about these issues by taking an innovative approach to engaging with social and environmental change, and by bringing the community together to focus on sustainability.

Interactive Art Projects, food, music and fun for the whole family!

516 ARTS presents its third Downtown Block Party on Saturday, September 12, 2015 on Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets Downtown, which expands the gallery programs into the street.  This year, the event is presented in partnership with the Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative in celebration of the Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District.  It highlights outdoor artworks and projects that address alternative energy, food issues, and land and water use in the future, all with a focus on positive solutions and dialogue.  For example, GhostFood by Miriam Simun, is a performance and interactive/participatory event that explores eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. The GhostFood mobile food trailer serves scent-food paintings that are consumed by the public using a wearable device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods.  Little Sun Pop-Up Shop, by artist Olafur Eliasson (Berlin, Germany) and engineer Frederik Ottesen (Copenhagen, Denmark), showcases an attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp they have developed, which serves as a social business focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.2 billion people worldwide without access to electricity.  For The Future of Energyby Andrea Polli and students, the public is invited to engage with local energy issues using an app to find and create potential, and to see what they are generating in real time through visualization tools.


Knew Normal and Off the ChartsAugust 29 – October 31, 2015

516 ARTS presents concurrent exhibitions focused on navigating changing environments.  Knew Normal,curated by Nancy Zastudil, features paintings, drawings and photography and small props that bear witness to the effects of climate change on our environments, bodies and psyches.  Artists include: Gala Bent, Nick Brown, Mel Chin, Adriane Colburn, Naomi Kizhner, Lee Lee, Wendy Mason, Nina Montenegro, Ryan Pierce, Dario Robleto, Miriam Simun and Cedra Wood.  Off the Charts,curated by Rhiannon Mercer and Claude Smith, explores the visual language that artists use to document, process, map and manipulate a better understanding of the ever-evolving world we inhabit.  Artists include: Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet, Anne Gilman, Jerry Gretzinger, Mary Iverson, Bethany Johnson, Jane Lackey, Mitchell Marti, Nathalie Miebach, James Sterling Pitt, Ross Racine, Matthew Rangell and Alexander Webb.

Scott GreeneBewildernessand Beau Carey: RiseNovember 21, 2015 – January 9, 2016

516 ARTS spotlights two of Albuquerque’s most prolific painters with concurrent solo exhibitions exploring contemporary changes in the landscape from human activity while referencing the rich history of classical and 19th century American Landscape painting.  Scott Greene: Bewildernesssuggests a place existing beyond imagination, myth and reality where awe-inspiring pristine wilderness endures side by side with the idea of nature as something to be controlled and exploited.  Beau Carey: Risereferences navigational coastal profiling and compositional structures of the 19th century American landscape painters to examine how modern landscapes came to be spatially constructed.  Rooted in globalism and environmental dominance, these paintings look at how we will navigate and view a rapidly changing physical world.


516 ARTS will present a series of speakers to address the issues around climate change from both the science and art perspectives.  Speakers include renowned artist Mel Chin, who is currently working on a project about developing a solar economy in the Western Sahara (September 10, 5>30pm, presented in partnership with UNM College of Fine Arts); and Ruben Arvizu who, together with Jean-Michel Cousteau, was named Ambassador of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate and serves as Director for Latin America with the Cousteau Society (November 12, 5:30pm, presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center).


516 ARTS is offering STEM+Arts workshops with artists Abbey Hepner and Rubén Olguin at local schools in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, STEMarts Lab and The Paseo.  We will also host student groups at 516 ARTS for exhibition tours, discussions and hands-on activities throughout the fall.

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516 ARTS
Albuquerque Public Schools
AmeriCorps VISTA
Central Features
Civic Plaza Presents
Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative
Downtown Grower’s Market
National Hispanic Cultural Center
The Paseo
STEMArts Lab
University of New Mexico:
Art & Ecology
Center for Advanced Research Computing
College of Fine Arts
Creative Writing Program
Landscape Architecture


The Albuquerque Journal
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Bernalillo County Community Events
Conservation Voters New Mexico/Juntos
Levitated Toy Factory
Mid-Region Council of Governments
Positive Energy Solar
Union of Concerned Scientists
University of New Mexico
College of Fine Arts
School of Engineering
Office of Research/Provost


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Bernalillo County Community Events
The City of Albuquerque:
Mayor Richard R. Berry, City Council
& Urban Enhancement Trust Fun
The FUNd of ABQ Community Foundation
McCune Charitable Foundation
New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of
Cultural Affairs, with the National Endowment for the Arts

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Image: EVII from Jerry’s Map by Jerry Gretzinger, Still from Chasing Ice by James Balog


What would happen if you bring together artists from different cultures to interact and create works through use of materials from the environment?” Why not join us and find out?

DATE: September 9 – 30, 2015
VENUE: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana

Nka Foundation invites arts practitioners from around the world for the 2015 International Artist Workshop at Abetenim Arts Village in Ghana. Practitioners in the visual arts, building arts, literary arts, performing arts, design and film/new media are all welcome to participate. We will immerse ourselves in the local environment and create site-specific works through use of earth and other materials from the environment. Our rural arts village provides the participant with time and space away from the everyday stresses of city/studio life to focus and investigate own practice, creating the possibility for discovery, collaboration and growth. The arts village has an openair theatre, workspaces and guest houses for your accommodation. Most evenings will be used for reviewing workshop progress along with artist lectures, impromptu performances and presentations by workshop participants. By alternating work and dialogues, we anticipate cross fertilization of ideas. Join us!

COST: Food and accommodation 120€/week (flight costs are not included).
CONTACT: / for application form. Proposals will be reviewed until spots are filled

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“SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: Biodiversity/Extinction”

the 17th international art-sci juried exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI)

October 10, 2015 – February 28, 2016 at the New York Hall of Science

Today we are learning the importance of the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity for more than its innate beauty, capacity to inspire art, and to lift our spirits. It is acknowledged by scientists and even governments around the world, as the key indicator of the health of our planet’s ecosystems. And, a rich biodiversity underpins ecosystem “services” (such as recycling of nutrients, purifying water, removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen to our atmosphere, and sustaining habitat for animals and organisms like trees, and seeds that produce food), all essential for human sustainability on our beautiful planet.

This exhibition will demonstrate the wide diversity of visual tropes that today’s artists are employing to reflect upon the crisis of biodiversity loss and species extinction. We are seeking 2D images of original art executed in any media.


Elizabeth Corr, the Manager of Art Partnerships at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Dr. Paula J. Ehrlich, the President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.


DEADLINE:   August 23, 2015

Applications are now open for Spring 2016 Residencies at Playa

“My time at Playa ranks as one of the most productive and artistically rewarding periods of my life. 

Whatever happened to me on my walks, in my conversations with staff and fellow cohorts, in my daily exposure to the natural world and its elements—it has led to a complete and utter rediscovery of how I write, why I write, and help me tap back into a creative force as a playwright that I haven’t felt in 10 years.”  Kevin Doyle (2014)

Applications are now open for Spring 2016 Residencies.

Deadline is September 1, 2015



PLAYA’s Spring 2016 Residency Application period will open soon. The application deadline is September 1, 2015. 

The Spring 2016 residency season will run from January to June 2016 (exact dates to be determined soon). All residency sessions will begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Applicants may choose between periods of 2 week, 4 week, 6 week, or 8 week sessions. If you have questions regarding Playa’s residencies, or the application process, email us at

To apply, please read the following guidelines, then go to and follow the instructions.

On the edge of the Great Basin, PLAYA offers creative individuals the space, the solitude and the community 
to reflect and to engage their work through its residency program. PLAYA supports innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry and encourages dialogue between disciplines to 
bring positive change to the environment and the world. 


Playa’s residencies are open to scientists, visual artists, writers, performing artists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative research. Playa welcomes a range of applicants–from emerging artists of promise to professionals with an established history of accomplishment. However, applicants must exhibit a recent history of focused work within the discipline they are applying. In addition they must address, in the application, their ability to thrive in a remote, isolated community and be self-directed in their work. All residents’ work must be compatible with Playa’s available studio spaces, facilities, and resources, and with Playa’s rural setting and community (see policy below). Age, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation is not considered when reviewing applications for residencies.


A rotating panel of artists, writers, scientists and other professionals review proposals and recommend applicants for residencies. Applicants are assessed and admitted based on their demonstrated commitment to their work, and to what degree their creative process and work will benefit from the uninterrupted time and independent living environment that a residency at Playa provides. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of Playa.

Application Deadlines

September 1, 2015 is the application deadline for Spring 2016 Residency awards. Award notifications will be made by October, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Completed applications and supporting materials must be submitted online at does not accept  Residency Applications by email, regular mail, or fax.

Annually, we have two rotating application deadlines:

  • March 1 – for residencies occuring in the Fall (August – December) of that year.
  • September 1 – for residencies occurring in the Spring (January – June) of the following year.

There are no fees charged for a Playa Residency. However, your application must be accompanied by a $35.00 non-refundable processing fee ($70.00 if applying as a collaborative team of two or more) . If accepted each resident (including each member of a collaborative team) is asked to submit a $100.00 deposit, which is refunded following the completion of a residency and is not refundable if a residency is cancelled.

As a nonprofit organization, Playa relies on donations and encourages those who have the ability to contribute to do so. You may donate online through the website, mail in a donation, or choose to donate your $100.00 deposit.

Session Schedule

All regular residency sessions (excluding special Invitational Residencies) begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Applicants may choose between 2 week, 4 week, 6 week or 8 week periods. Competition for residency periods varies due to season and the number of applications received. While every effort is made to accommodate applicants’ schedule requests, we are not always able to grant your choices. Please indicate flexibility and restrictions on your application.

Facilities and Lodging

Each resident is provided housing with a kitchen, and a place to work–either a studio or a desk area in their cabin. Except for twice a week group dinners, all meals and provisions are the responsibility of the artist. Living, work, and studio spaces have standard utilities, abundant natural light, open vistas in an expansive landscape, and are free of telephone, television, and Internet. The Commons building has a commercial kitchen, a space for yoga or dancing, a ping-pong table, and a loft work area with a projection screen.

“Artists need expansive thoughts. Playa’s landscapes, spirit and mission stretched me in unparalleled ways–beyond other wonderful fellowships. 
I am a poet who delved into neuroscience during my too-short Playa stay.”
–Catharine Woodard


If applying as a collaborative team, please have one person listed as the main applicant. As a collaborative team you MUST include the following in your statement of project: group name (if applicable), a list of all participating members, and your specific needs for lodging and workspace. In addition, each member must supply an individual resume as part of the group application.


Couples may apply individually for concurrent residencies, with the understanding that one applicant might be accepted and the other not. Every artist accepted for a residency will be offered a private studio unless applying as a collaborative team. If requesting accommodations as a couple, each applicant must state this explicitly on their application.

Work Sample Requirements

All Disciplines

Current work is requested. The nature of the work sample submitted should correspond to the nature of the work you propose to do while in residence. An applicant’s work sample is the most significant feature of the application. Unless work is interdisciplinary, each applicant is encouraged to apply in a primary creative discipline and submit a work sample and statement of project which emphasizes this single discipline.

Visual Art

Provide 10-15 images in JPEG format along with a document that contains your name, and lists the JPEG filename, title, medium, size and year of completion for each image. JPEG files should be at least 800×600 pixels and formatted to 72dpi. NO TIFF OR PSD FILES ACCEPTED. Each filename must be numbered and correspond to the accompanying work-sample description document.


Your writing sample should be representative of the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Provide one document that contains a sample as follows:

  • Fiction: 20 pages of a novel excerpt, a story, or short stories.
  • Poetry: 10 pages of poetry.
  • Nonfiction: 20 pages of nonfiction.
  • Playwriting: one complete play.
  • Screen writing: one complete screenplay.

Include in this document a cover page that contains the applicant’s name, and lists the title and date of completion for each sample.


Provide three separate works of 10 – 15 minutes each in audio or video format along with one document that lists the filename, title, and year of completion for each work, and that clearly summarizes the applicant’s role on the work. Film/video scriptwriters should also send a script.

Scientist/Naturalist/Creative Research

Provide one document that contains up to 10 pages of abstracts, excerpts, links to publications or short papers that are representative of your work. Include in this document a cover page that contains your name, lists the title and date of completion for each work, and a description of your area of research.


If your project does not fall clearly within one of the above disciplines, please send an email to the Residency Manager at to discuss an appropriate work sample.

About the process

I know there is a bit of confusion, mystery or even skepticism surrounding the application/selection process. Who makes these choices? Why didn’t they see the value of MY project? Are only established artists chosen? I will attempt to clarify what really goes on for those of you who are curious about the decision making process at PLAYA.

  1. Applicants, whether individuals or collaborative teams, submit materials online through Submittable, an online platform that allows a panel of professionals (from different locations across the country) access to multiple applicant’s work samples, resumes, project statements and other support materials.
  2. The panel (whose membership rotates every two years) is made up of diverse professionals in a variety of fields and each applicant is reviewed by multiple members. It’s a difficult but incredibly rewarding process. The selection panel has to examine large numbers of work samples consisting of portfolios (of approximately 10 images each) and/or manuscripts and videos, as well as reading through in depth artist statements, explore an applicant’s history of accomplishments on resumes, and….read project proposals which contain each applicant’s aspirations of how time at Playa might influence their work or lives.
  3. A scoring rubric is used (although nothing is ideal) which helps when considering an applicant’s previous work, the project proposal, the benefits a residency at Playa might provide and more.
  4. Once these applications are scored independently, recommendations made and forwarded to me, I tally all votes and compile a prioritized list. I then begin the task of assigning individuals into living spaces and additional studios, within the spring calendar considering their first choices for dates, length of stay and studio requirements. So there is a great deal of unforeseen “chance” built into the process in regards to number and quality of applicant pool, studio needs, and availability.
  5. Then the notifications begin. Meanwhile things have come up in real life for many of these applicants and occasionally some have to decline or shift dates, and then we move on down the list, which is why everyone doesn’t hear the results at the same time.

I hope this alleviates at least a little of the anxiety for applicants around this process. The process is not perfect, but we do the best we can. It’s PLAYA’s mission to support a variety of creative research, not discourage it. We understand that it can be very hard to take anything that might seem like rejection lightly. But sometimes, considering all aspects of the process might shed light on the reasons an applicant wasn’t selected at this time… competition could be very stiff (very strong applicant pool), or you might need a little practice in articulating what you hope to achieve, or maybe just a little more experience in your art practice…. or maybe you requested the most popular time period…but don’t give up.

NEW Policy affecting residents of Playa:

Following is information regarding Playa’s policy for site specific artworks, installations or other processes on the grounds that might affect the environment, habitats or other species. If your work at PLAYA includes any processes that may result in changes (immediate or long-term) to the visual, physical or aesthetic environment of PLAYA, you must first receive prior approval from the Executive Director. Activities include, but are not limited to relocating earth (rocks, sand or other), cutting or removal of plants, and/or using technology that might adversely affect biotic species (or the tranquility of the Playa experience).


Open Call: World Heritage Artist in Residence

In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will launch The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program in June 2015. This program consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium from Australia and overseas are encouraged to apply.

The aim of the program is to support excellence and innovation in the development of new work and to facilitate professional development opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists in a nurturing environment. The residency encourages artists to draw inspiration from one of the world’s most environmentally and historically significant locations – The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Blue Mountains have always been of inspiration for many well known artists, who produced works which are now held in Australia’s most significant galleries and collections. The

World Heritage Artist in Residency Program provides a platform for artists to create new, quality work, to preserve and interpret the history of the Blue Mountains, to educate current and future generations and to continue the great legacy of artists who have been inspired by the Blue Mountains. Artists are required to submit a concept proposal in their application form, outlining what they are planning to produce for the exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

The selected artist will be supported along the way by expert staff including the BigCi Residency Team, led by Artistic Director Rae Bolotin and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Team to ensure their time during the residency is as inspiring and productive as possible.

For more information please email Sabrina Roesner, Exhibitions Manager at



Call for Submissions
1 June – 24 July 2015
Application Form and Guidelines will be available online from 1 June 2015.

Successful artist to be announced
Monday 17 August

Residency Dates (not flexible)
17 February – 29 March 2016

Exhibition Dates
30 July – 11 September 2016

ABOUT BigCi – Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives


BigCi, located in Bilpin, Blue Mountains, is an independent, artist run,  not for profit artist residency. BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts. Artists undertake BigCi residencies to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice. BigCi is a large 8-acre property, right on the doorstep of Wollemi National Park, in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, about one and a half hours drive from Sydney. Located along the dramatic Botanists Way, BigCi is within easy reach by car from the world famous Blue Mountains National Park and the stunning Gardens of Stone National Park.

Top Image: BEN PEARSE Moody Blue 2014, image courtesy the artist

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