Container Artist Residency

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Location: Container Carrier Ship, each location TBA

The residency’s geographic location can only be defined in relation to the various international shipping routes and the nexus of destinations that is the backdrop of global trade. Anchored in a context yet without a fixed physical location, the residency foregrounds global commerce as the artist’s own immediate work environment.

Mission: Container takes artists on-board commercial container carriers along existing international shipping routes. Hosting artists in the ships’ available cabins, this backstage pass provides firsthand encounter with maritime shipping. Container challenges the traditional idea of studio residencies and invites artists to work within a unique intersection of industry, culture and technology. The residency’s geographic location can only be defined in relation to the various shipping routes and the nexus of destinations that is the backdrop of global trade. Anchored in a context yet without a fixed physical location, Container foregrounds global commerce as the artist’s own immediate work environment.

Container is a unique artist residency that will invite artists to travel on commercial container carriers to worldwide destinations along existing shipping routes. The selected shipping line will host artists, providing them with a unique studio space in available cabins, as well as the exciting opportunity to travel internationally. Through a selective application process visual artists will encounter the maritime shipping industry firsthand, and create artwork that responds to this inspiring travel experience.

This proposal addresses shipping lines that are potential facilitators of the project and outlines a full calendar year as its first term. Each month a different artist will be a resident on-board a vessel (the details and length of stay to be determined in conjunction with the hosting company). At the end of the year, the artwork produced by the twelve artists will be presented in a final show accompanied by an exhibition catalog, related events, screenings, and artist lectures. In addition, each guest artist will contribute one artwork to the facilitating company, and the rights for complete use of that image.

Cost: Artists receive a stipend for equipment and materials and will be expected to create work that reflects their travel experience in a way that corresponds with their artistic practice.

Application Fee: n/a

Number of Artists: Up to 1 artists at a time per month

Length of Stay: Each month a different artist will be a resident on-board a vessel (the details and length of stay to be determined in conjunction with the hosting company).

Accommodations: The selected shipping line will host artists, providing them with a unique studio space in available cabins, as well as the exciting opportunity to travel internationally.

Demographic/Medium: Alongside established artists, younger emerging artists will be encouraged to apply allowing for a broad spectrum of candidates in different career phases. The residency is open to candidates from all nationalities working with all media within the visual arts: sculpture, painting, photography, video and digital art.

Benefits: Stipend & the artwork produced by the twelve artists will be presented in a final show accompanied by an exhibition catalog, related events, screenings, and artist lectures. In addition, each guest artist will contribute one artwork to the facilitating company, and the rights for complete use of that image.

Deadline: TBA

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4 thoughts on “Container Artist Residency

  1. I’m a figurative ceramic artist and was wondering if there is a kiln
    available either on board the ship or at one of the stops ?

    Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Deborah

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