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15 July 2024

Opportunity Description

Bodhi Khaya Residency, Gansbaai, Overberg, Western Cape

Our residencies are free for artists and enable them to do fieldwork and to work on-site, in order to map out, collect, research and generate new perspectives. We particularly encourage artists to explore ‘place’ as a concept which incorporates the environment and the people who engage with it. We believe that artworks created at our residencies not only imply a respect for place, but also a desire to reveal and comment upon our relationship with it, rather than exploiting it for the sake of art.

We invite sculptors, site-responsive artists, installation artists, performance artists, sound/movement/spoken word artists to apply. Painters are only encouraged to apply if they want to work in one of the above mentioned fields instead of painting.

Georgina Hamilton, custodian of Bodhi Khaya outlines conceptual thoughts:

“Bodhi Khaya is among the wilder places in the Overberg region yet it has many wounds. In addition to its toll on lives and livelihoods, colonialism introduced animals and plants that had an effect on the environment like biological weapons. A hundred and fifty years of cattle grazing spread grass seed throughout the delicate Fynbos biome.

Fast-growing wattles from Australia were brought in nearly 200 years ago to stabilize dunes and feed a tanning industry. Today they are a significant fire hazard and “dynamic colonisers” of the Cape Floral Region.

At this residency I hope the land will invite us to see both scars and the medicine as we sit on the tamed lawns and enter the wild woods, or keep warm by a fire of wattle.”

‘We think we imagine the land, but perhaps the land imagines us, and in its imaginings it shapes us. The exterior landscape interacts with our interior landscape, and in the resulting entanglements, we become something more than we otherwise could ever hope to be.’ (Sharon Blackie, “The Enchanted Life”)

Call for applications open 1 June to 15 July 2024
Residency 3-13 October 2024

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The residency is FREE

We charge a modest application fee of R 200 which supports our residencies