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San Pedro de La Paz/Southern Chile: “Artivistic“ Residency Environment+Art

“Artivistic“ Residency in Southern Chile: ENVIRONMENT+ART, Los Batros - Laguna Grande (Lake) Photo (detail) © Flavia Hechem

Who: Visual artists of German nationality or residents in Germany. It is essential that the participant speaks fluent Spanish and is willing to get involved with the culture and specificity of the region. 

Section: Visual Arts  

Duration: 4 weeks (November 15th until December 15th, 2019) 

Closing date for applications: July 31, 2019 

Galería Metropolitana and the Goethe-Institut Chile are offering a new residency program in which art and environmental issues overlap. German or German-based visual artists are invited to spend a month exploring wetlands whose ecological functions as regulators of hydrological systems and as habitats for characteristic fauna and flora - especially waterfowl - are of fundamental importance. The residency takes place in the wetland Laguna Grande - Los Batros in the municipality of San Pedro de La Paz, 600km south of Santiago, Chile. 

The resident has the opportunity to spend about four weeks researching the Laguna Grande intensively, working with scientists and experts from the University of Concepción as well as the local community and art scene. For the beginning of December, parallel to the opening of the 25th World Climate Summit (COP25), a closing event is planned in the Galería Metropolitana in Santiago, which can consist of a workshop, work in progress, a conference or similar. 

Laguna Grande

The "Laguna Grande" is the heart of the extensive wetlands around Concepción, the capital of the Chilean Biobío region. Due to its unique biodiversity, these 600 hectares are of great importance for the natural heritage of southern Chile and also play an important role in research in areas such as ecology, geography and biology. In addition, the Laguna Grande is an important park for the inhabitants of the second largest city in Chile. Recently, a group was formed to protect the Los Batros - Laguna Grande wetland and declare it a nature reserve. 


The winner of this call for proposals is going to be accommodated in a cabin of Galería Metropolitana from mid-November until mid-December of 2019. It is located on the shore of Laguna Grande in the municipality of San Pedro de La Paz, Concepción, Chile. 

The cabin is exclusively available to the resident and encompasses a bedroom with a double bed, a multifunctional workplace with a table, a sofa bed, a wood stove, a sound system and a simple kitchen; a bathroom with a hot water shower as well as a terrace. 

The hosts are going to establish contacts with environment specialists, agents of the art scene and organizations protecting the area’s natural heritage. 
The residency offers the resident meals as well as the following: 
  • A kayak for trips in the lagoon
  • A mobile device with internet access
  • Transportation to / from the place of residency