Open Call

Desert 23´S - An Outdoor Residency Program into one of the driest places on earth with indigenous culture & ecology.

La Wayaka Current

With Funding


This is a multi-disciplinary program open to artists along with other creative practitioners, musicians, writers, curators, activists and scientists. In our fifth year of operation, we cultivate spaces in remote environments that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth, the freedom to learn and experiment creatively, gather and find new inspiration in a remote, vast place far from structural or institutional frameworks and limitations. Though this program we engage with new ecological and cultural perspectives of our time in a multitude of ways, as well as promoting necessary dialogues and understanding between remote areas of this planet to others worldwide.

Number of Participants

Artists will be able to work more independently on their self directed practice alongside our program. We expect artists to come with an open and willing attitude, to assist in the responsibilities of the resident community and be respectful towards the local nature and communities wishes. Groups are between 5-10 and our program is available from 3-6 weeks. (enquire for shorter or longer residency)


No deadline


June 04, 2019 - November 16, 2019


  • £188.00 stipend (weekly)


  • £587.00 program fee


Ceramic Facility, Co-Working, Desk Space, Installation Space, Library, Piano, Sculpture Facility, Shared Studio, Sound Studio, Wood Shop


Cabin, Home-Stay, Kitchen, Live/Work, Nomadic, Shared Bathroom, Shared Room


Breakfast, Chef on Site, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Tea, Vegan, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Critique, Demo Day, Discussion, Exhibition, Forum, Grant, Group Dinners, Juried Exhibition, Mentors, Mural Projects, Online Exhibition, Open Studios, Panel, Performances, Professional Development, Publication, Readings, Retreat, Round Tables, Schools, Self-Directed, Seminars, Teaching Exchange, Visiting Professionals, Work Exchange, Workshops, Yoga


Acting, Activists, Animation, Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Chefs, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Culinary, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Film, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Jewelry, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Research, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Tech, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Video Art, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology, Web Design, Web Development


English, Spanish

Program Description

Desert 23°S presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic & creative practices in one of the driest environments on our planet within an indigenous community inside a national nature reserve of diverse flora and fauna. This otherworldly region closer resembles the surface of Mars than Earth, offers the most optimal conditions for astronomical observations in the world and preserves ancient archeology beneath the sands. Within the dry landscape, lives an unbelievably diverse and rich ecosystem that remains due to the knowledge of indigenous groups who fight to protect the area from exploitative, water-intensive extraction and mining. Our fluid, site-responsive program introduces creatives to the local ecology and culture as well as contemporary socio-political issues and historical contexts of the area, whilst presenting reciprocal benefits for local communities both socially + economically through our presence and exchange.

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