The Residency Program
A Month Long Program
What we offer
A brightly lit studio, approx 50sqm, accessible by ramp. The studio has its own toilet and sink. One large window opens onto the common corridor and onto the green field outside. Inside, you will have (some) wifi and air-conditioning.
Situated in the heart of Turf Club Road, amid lush greenery, you will experience peace. You will see horses and dogs going on walks. Wander around and you will see and hear the numerous forms of wildlife from hornbills to sunbirds and monitor lizards, among many others.
The studio is located in the school, providing a sense of inclusion but also privacy as it is your own space for the length of your stay. You will be in the remote company of other artists in the building, the teaching team, the pedagogical team, parents, and children. The pantry at the end of the corridor can be relied on for coffee, good food, and as a meeting place.
A SUPPORT TEAM
From the time of your first enquiry into the residency, there will be support for your project. Isabelle Desjeux, mentor and facilitator, will be ready to discuss your project with you. Be it getting help from the facilities team or office, obtaining hard-to-get material, connecting with the right people, or navigating connections with the school community, there will always be a source of aid and guidance.
What you can offer
As artist-in-residence, you will be asked to contribute to the Blue House community. This can take many forms! Below are some ideas to help you get started on planning for your project development/experimentation as well as the integration of community interaction over the course of your residency:
Contributing an artwork to the community (mural, sculpture, poem, video….)
Informal presentation of your project/practice with the teachers
Engaging the children in an experimental process. You can consider involving them directly in the making, or sharing your work-in-progress with them. You can also set up observation or discussion sessions to see how they react to the provocation or intervention of your design.
A workshop for children. You can propose for a session that aims to engage children of Blue House. The pedagogista, atelierista, and teachers will be ready to discuss the possible approaches with you.