Bodyland Incubator: An open call for emerging artists to apply

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The Bodyland Incubator will take place in the idyllic Amathole Village of Hogsback. Artists will take part in a 14-day high-octane incubation led by multidisciplinary artist Athi-Patra Ruga. (Wikimedia Commons)
The Bodyland Incubator will take place in the idyllic Amathole Village of Hogsback. Artists will take part in a 14-day high-octane incubation led by multidisciplinary artist Athi-Patra Ruga. (Wikimedia Commons)

Athi-Patra Ruga and Victory of the Word are calling on all emerging and mid-career artists to apply for the very first Bodyland incubator taking place in the idyllic Amathole Village of Hogsback from 24 October to 7 November 2020. 

To be eligible applicants must be 

  • Socially engaged residents of the Eastern Cape
  • Fluent speakers of isiXhosa and English
  • Be available for the full duration of the residency 

The residency will take on eight artists working in performance or visual arts, film, radio, fashion exhibition making and curation. All travel, accommodation and food costs will be covered. 

Once chosen, the selected participants will be immersed into a 14-day high-octane group incubator beginning with an overnight excursion and camping on the Amathole heritage routes. Along these routes participants will encounter Ntsikana’s Bell, Nongqawuse’s pond as well as the villages affected by the 19th century “betterment” schemes and the Ciskeir Development Corporation. 

Following the excursion, the group will then return to the residency base at the Hunterson Centre in Hogsback and begin a creative programme led by multidisciplinary artist Athi-Patra Ruga. 

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The selected participants will be immersed in a 14-day high-octane group incubator that begins with an overnight excursion and camp on the Amathole heritage routes that include Ntsikana’s Bell; Nongqawuse’s pond; the villages affected by the 19th century “betterment” schemes as well as the effects of the Ciskei Development Corporation. The group will return to the residency base at the Hunterstoun Centre in Hogsback and begin a creative programme under the mentorship of Eastern Cape artist Athi-Patra Ruga. APPLICATION PROCESS Please include in your application : 1) A written proposal for residency application (no more than 1 500 words), which clearly states the following: a) A short overview of your creative activities and what you are working on at present b) What you would hope to achieve during your residency ? c) An indication of preliminary ideas about a performance/ public engagement activity proposed during your day ? d) Any special interest you may have in linking with the local community or other groups/organisations during your stay. ? 2) An up-to-date CV or Artist’s Statement/ Biography (no more than 2 pages) ? 3) A maximum of 6 images and/or 4 video/ audio or Instagram links/ written relevant work. Submitted though email or WhatsApp. (Large files to be sent by WeTransfer or Dropbox). ? 4) Names, date of birth, copy of passport/ ID, Nationality, contact details Send completed applicationto hunterstounartistsufh@gmail.com OR victoryoftheword.com with the subject heading “Bodyland” or Via WhatsApp 066 571 0877 Application deadline 30th September 2020

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When applying please include the following in your submission 

  •  A written proposal of no more than 1500 words that clearly states

a. A short overview of your creative activities and what you are presently working on

b. What you hope to achieve during your residency. 

c. An indication of your ideas about performance and public engagement activity

d. Any special interest you may have in linking with the local community during your stay

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, artist’s statement or biography, no more than two pages
  • Up to six examples of your image, video, audio, or written work
  • Your names, date of birth, a copy of your passport or ID and contact details. 

Please send your completed application via email by emailing hunterstounartistsufh@gmail.com OR victoryoftheword.com with the subject heading “Bodyland”, or via WhatsApp on the number 066 571 0877.

Submissions close on 30 September 2020. 

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