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The Caribbean Digital: Virtual Artist’s Residency

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The Caribbean Digital Virtual Artist’s Residency is a programme to support Caribbean artists working in digital media. The residency is hosted by the annual Caribbean Digital (TCD) conference in partnership with Alice Yard, and is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Beginning in 2022, and for a period of four years, TCD and Alice Yard are partnering to create an annual virtual residency programme for artists of the Caribbean and its diasporas who work in digital media. The residency aims to facilitate the development of new artworks in digital media that investigate ideas and practices in Caribbean Digital Humanities, and engage with scholars in the TCD network and community.

The residency consists of:

  • A cash stipend of US$5000 to support six months of part-time research and creative work, to begin in June 2022.
  • Curatorial mentorship by artist and Alice Yard co-director Christopher Cozier.
  • Two virtual studio visits by professional curators or critics.
  • The commissioning and online publication of a critical text by a professional art writer to document the artist’s work and process.
  • Arranged travel and accommodation to present the resulting work at TCD’s annual conference in December 2022.

During the virtual residency, the artist will remain based at their usual location, interacting with the administrators, mentor, and TCD community members via standard online media and tools, with the understanding that the artist will maintain regular contact through scheduled meetings and check-ins.

This residency is intended to support the development of ‘born-digital’ creative work primarily based in digital media and tools, rather than analogue work that is digitised merely for presentation or storage. Artists may work in media including and not limited to images, sound, and text. Also integral to the residency is the artist’s engagement with Caribbean Digital Humanities, a multidisciplinary field of study that brings digital technologies into the research, analysis, visualisation, and application of the traditional humanities. During the residency, the artist will be expected to engage in dialogue with Caribbean Digital Humanities scholars with the aim of mutual enrichment of their creative and research practices.

The residency is open to artists from the Caribbean and its diasporas, with a preference for applicants living and working in the Caribbean region.


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