Open Call

Desert 23°S - Outdoor residency program into one of the driest places on earth with indigenous culture and ecology.

La Wayaka Current

No Funding
Atacama, Chile


Open call for artists, creative practitioners, writers, researchers, activists, scientists and others. We currently offer financial aid, support in seeking funding from other institutions, work-exchange opportunities and, bursaries on all our programs. Our aim is to make this residency accessible for all those who wish to take part. Contact us directly to find out what aid is currently available and what you may be eligible for.

Number of Participants

We welcome applications from individuals, partners or groups working in interdisciplinary fields. 7-12 per group.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


November 20, 2019 - October 26, 2020


  • £20.00-50.00 program fee (daily)


Ceramic Facility, Co-Working, Gallery, Installation Space, Shared Studio, Wood Shop


Cabin, Kitchen, Live/Work, Nomadic, Shared Bathroom, Shared Room


Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Tea

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Critique, Demo Day, Exhibition, Group Dinners, Mural Projects, Online Exhibition, Open Studios, Performances, Readings, Retreat, Self-Directed, Workshops


Acting, Activists, Animation, Architecture, Augmented Reality, Book Arts, Ceramics, Chefs, Cinematography, Collective, Composers, Conceptual Art, Culinary, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Fiction, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Land Art, Moving Image, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Research, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Tech, Textile, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Video Art, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology


English, Spanish

Program Description

We are pleased to announce a new series of residency expeditions into the vast, otherworldly Atacama Desert, Chile. LWC’s, Desert 23°S program presents a rare opportunity to research & develop your creative practice in one of the driest environments on our planet, at the National Nature Reserve of Flamingos. This region closer resembles the surface of Mars than Earth, offers the most optimal conditions for astronomical observations in the world and preserves ancient archeological sites beneath the sand. Here remains a diverse and rich ecosystem due to the knowledge of indigenous peoples who fight to protect the area from exploitative, water-intensive mining. Through this program, we engage with new ecological and cultural perspectives in a multitude of ways, at a complex time of global climate change and mass extinction. We wish to challenge and expand our ecological awareness as creative practitioners promoting necessary dialogues between artists, nature & indigenous cultures.

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