Open Call

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

La Wayaka Current

With Funding
Free / No Costs


LWC is pleased to announce an new Arts Bursaries for Indigenous Artists, Musicians, Creative Practitioners, Writers, Scientists and Activists based in Latin America to apply to join our programs fully funded. LWC Indigenous Arts Bursary is an annual multi-disciplinary arts bursary specifically for Indigenous artists residing in South and Central America. The ways in which biodiversity loss is presented in mainstream discussions are often dominated by white-western narratives and exclusionary of people of colour. Our Indigenous Arts Bursary primary focus is to allow indigenous artists to take part in our programs with full sponsorship.

Number of Participants

1 fully funded place annually.


No deadline


June 04, 2019 - November 16, 2019


  • £2,400.00 stipend (one-time)


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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