Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a contemporary arts experiment on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The Arts Corp takes a leading role in regenerating the islands by delivering an integrated strategy incorporating the arts, geo tourism and social enterprise. The Arts Corp sees arts and creativity as powerful means of stimulating and enhancing a resilient social ecosystem, while working as an integral partner of other approaches. All of the Arts Corp’s programmes interact at every level and progress in close dialogue with each other and a diversity of partners and collaborators. Each focuses on themes inspired by Fogo Island’s and Change Islands’ unique place and people while reaching out beyond the islands to mainland Canada and internationally. The Arts Corporation seeks out, initiates, develops and directs a spectrum of collaborative, interdependent processes which draw together, engage and create benefits for the widest range of parties on an equal footing – from visiting to local artists, local people to ‘strangers’, island-based to foreign entrepreneurs, local fishermen to environmentalists; making use of Arts Corp’s assets, including its studios, project spaces, diversity of media and staff. Arts Corp activities have two intertwined strands – an international Residency Programme and a Production Programme, both of which engage with locally inspired as well as trans-national processes.
Brief description of residency programArts Corp activities have two intertwined strands – an international Residency Programme and a Production Programme, both of which engage with locally inspired as well as trans-national processes.
The Residency Program aims to bring contemporary artists of international caliber to live and work on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The program encourages the participation of artists working in a wide range of disciplines, including – but not limited to – visual arts, new media, design, music, dance, writing and film. Four studios of six are built so far. We expect to have all facilities up and running by the end of 2012.
Visual artists, curators, writers and filmmakers can apply for residencies on Fogo Island in 2012 – 2013. Residencies are from 3 to 6 months. Visiting professionals are provided with a studio (work space) and a house to live in.
Disciplines and media
- Visual Art
- New Media
- Film Making