Open Call

Tropic 08´N - An artist-led expedition into one of the richest biomes on earth with indigenous culture & ecology. Guna Yala, Panama. Central America.

La Wayaka Current

No Funding


This is an interdisciplinary program. We welcome applications from artists, creative practitioners, writers, musicians, scientists, activists and others interested in the themes this program presents. Participants in residence 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 local indigenous communities wishes. We will also be hosting exhibitions, events, talks & publications after the residencies.

Number of Participants

Applications are accepted from collectives and partners as well as individual creatives. We usually work in groups between 6-14 on each expedition.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 25, 2019 - November 08, 2019


  • £1,400.00 program fee (one-time)


Cabin, Nomadic


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Critique, Discussion, Exhibition, Forum, Grant, Group Dinners, Juried Exhibition, Mentors, Online Exhibition, Open Studios, Performances, Professional Development, Publication, Readings, Retreat, Self-Directed, Seminars, Work Exchange, Workshops


Acting, Activists, Architecture, Ceramics, Chefs, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Composers, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Documentary, Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Public Art, Research, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Video Art, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology


English, Spanish

Program Description

Tropic 08°N presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic & creative practices in a remote natural environment between rainforest and sea, in collaboration with an autonomous, indigenous group at the gateway between South and Central America. Respect for community and nature remain at the heart of this place and culture despite increased connections to the globalized world. Our fluid, site-responsive programs introduce creatives to the local ecology and culture as well as the socio-political and historical contexts of the area, whilst presenting reciprocal benefits for local communities both socially + economically through our presence and exchange. In our fifth year of operation, we cultivate spaces that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth, the freedom to learn and experiment creatively, gather and find new inspiration in the remote wilderness far from structural or institutional frameworks and limitations.

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