(APPLICATIONS OPEN DEC. 20 - FEB 1st)
Light Grey Art Lab is a community-oriented arts organization dedicated to bringing practicing artists together to exhibit, collaborate, learn and share.
We are inviting artists from all disciplines to apply for a spot in our 2018 Norway residency program. Join a small team of exceptional creatives and academics on a journey of discovery, collaboration and inspiration, surrounded by one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Known for crystal clear fjords surrounded by lush, conifer-covered mountains, Norway is a place like no other. It promotes an incredible clarity of mind and feels like a walking meditation through a humbling, sensory landscape. We welcome artists from all over the world to apply for this residency and are looking forward to the diverse backgrounds and perspectives we'll share during the program.
Our upcoming 6 day / 5 night residency program will runs during the summer season of 2018. Light Grey Art Lab's Norway residency sets a different tone than our previous Iceland residency, which promotes the sharing of experiences and reflections derived from the accomplishments of each participant, our new Norway Creative Residency Program celebrates what we will be, what we will do, and the challenges we wish to undertake on our creative journeys.
During the program, we will be sharing a traditional Norwegian space together, a launchpad for our exploratory journey where we will wander the dramatic landscape together, create work in the field, swim in crystal-clear waters, learn from local experts about the sea-faring history of the land's inhabitants, and travel by water in traditional Norwegian wood-hull boats during the day, and at night participate in creative lectures and workshops led by fellow artists-in-residence over family-style meals in our countryside home.
The cost for the Light Grey Art Lab Norway Creative Residency Program is $1595 USD. This covers all meals, lodging, transportation from Bergen, Norway, and many supplies for our workshops and content during the program. The program cost does not cover airfare or travel to arrive in Norway, as artists will be joining us from around the world. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to read through the program details below and/or reach out with questions : email@example.com
Transportation to and from our home base from Bergen, Norway will be provided on the first and last days of each session. We will provide a schedule of activities to all involved before the trip as well as information on how to prepare for a safe, comfortbale, and incredible stay.
The Light Grey Art Lab Norway Residency program emphasizes connectivity, discovery, and learning together in a natural space fit for introspection and innovation. We welcome creatives interested in challenging themselves to do something new within their creative practice, to be bold, and to transform alongside others looking to do the same.
The Norway Residency Program began as an idea that a person can manifest one's own destiny through change, challenge, and commitment. The program encourages embracing the thrill of experimentation, chasing creative indulgences, and allowing one's self to court new concepts with obsessive desire.
The Light Grey Art Lab Residency teams are selected to emphasize a wide range of professional experience, insight and creative content. We look forward to building teams that promote exploration, honest, and insightful conversation. There is no specific type of creative practice that we are looking for -- just thoughtful consideration of what one might bring to the group, and one's reasons this program might be a good fit. We strive to create a very intimate, positive, sincere, and playful environment for all involved.
In past programs, we have had the pleasure of hosting artists from the fields of Academia, Illustration, Animation, Visual Development, Video Game Development, Publishing, Product Design, Textile Art, Art Direction, Comics, and Photography. Artists-in-residence have joined us from all around the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Austria, Ireland, England, and beyond. We welcome new perspectives and look forward to reviewing this year's applications.
Light Grey Art Lab team members will be joining the 2018 program to help guide artists-in-residence on their expansive Norwegian journey.
The objective of the LGAL Norway Creative Residency program is to set personal challenges that break creative boundaries, to think proactively about a process one may have never tackled, or to explore a concept never before approached by one's current process. In promoting creative evolution, we hope to give artists a reason to gain confidence in unexplored areas, to learn something new, and a platform to share the journey with others like-minded individuals. We wish to promote the prioritization of personal growth within a platform of discussion, education, and expression.
Each artist-in-residence will be asked to choose the theme of a personal mini-thesis -- a practice, concept, or project they wish to pursue in the months before our rendezvous in Norway. This mini-thesis can be technical, theoretical, process-oriented, or academic, and will be defined by the artist-in-residence within the application process.
In the months leading up to the residency, each artist-in-residence will work toward integrating this new process into their creative practice, and document the journey along the way.
The results of this exploration will be shared and celebrated in Norway, and again in an exhibition at the Minneapolis Light Grey Art Lab gallery space. During the residency, each participant will be provided an hour-long session to discuss their process, thoughts, and body of work that resulted. This culminates in a discussion about "what's next", surrounded by a group of peers who can help shape, guide, and motivate.
In the application, you'll find a field for outlining a mini-thesis. This should be a one or two paragraph summary explaining something specific that you'd like to learn, including why you are interested in that topic or process, and how you think it will affect your creative future. Along with this summary, we will ask you to define three objectives for your quest. This proposal should be personal and reflect something you're sincerely interested in pursuing. It does not have to be a topic that seems like an obvious extension of your current practice -- it can be anything you'd like to commit to learning over the coming months. We look forward to hearing your ideas.
Make something with what you've learned.
Share your knowledge.
The mini-thesis is the most important part of the application process, as it helps us understand you, your goals, and how you see a future infused by this new concept.
During the months leading up to the residency, the Light Grey staff will help promote these new endeavors by sharing process and progress via our social media and are really excited to assist artists-in-residence in brainstorming, pushing boundaries, and being resources wherever possible in the process. As we get closer to the program, the Light Grey staff will help artists-in-residence in formatting a presentation of their exploration for the residency in Norway.
We are happy to announce that we are able to provide a partial work/study scholarship for up to two artists-in-residence on the 2018 program.
We are looking for someone willing to assist the Light Grey Art Lab team with tasks such as meal preparation, lending a hand to other participants during their workshops, helping with creating a team graphic, and being available to help while we are traveling throughout the countryside. All artists applying for the work/study scholarship will receive credit toward their accepted spot in the residency. Scholarship recipients will be notified upon acceptance and the amount of the scholarship on or before the announcement date. Submit your information below for work/study scholarship information. Any questions about the scholarship can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help assist you.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A WORK STUDY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
The Light Grey Art Lab Norway Residency will include six days in Norway, starting in Bergen, where we will coordinate a pick-up for all artists in residence and depart across the rugged terrain and head to our home base. Here we will spend the next five nights and days sharing, exploring, learning, and creating.
We are taking applications for two 2018 sessions. It is helpful for artists who may be flexible with either set of dates:
TEAM Vann will be joining us June 6 - 11, 2018
TEAM Sol will be joining us June 13 - 18, 2018
Please note in your application if only one set of dates will work for your schedule.
HOW WE LEARN AND CREATE:
Part of the experience we are looking to create involves a willingness to embrace experimentation, sharing concepts and conversation, and engage in new ways of ideating.
• Each morning we'll gather for coffee, tea, and a continental breakfast as we chat about the day's objectives and prepare to depart. Bagged lunches will be packed and participants will gather any clothing, equipment, or content they need to bring.
• We'll head out on a day trip to a unique set of locations. The morning and afternoon will be out in the field, where we'll visit the peaceful fjords, hike to serene waterfalls, swim in secluded waters, boat on the fjords using traditional Norwegian wood-hulled crafts, visit with local historians to learn more about Norway's culture and history, and absorb the picturesque landscape in great company. Participants are invited to bring art materials, cameras, and spirit of adventure as we set out on daily journeys. Each artist can go at their own pace, and how their time is best spent will be up to each individual. Light Grey Art Lab will be providing a series of optional exercises and prompts for those people wishing to challenge themselves.
• As part of our exploratory journey, we will be recording (audio and photo documentation) our explorations, conversations, and the results of our collaborations. We wish to capture the spontaneity of some of our moments as well our reflections on the process as it unfolds.
• We will return in the evening to a family style dinner, followed by a round-table discussion and workshops, and time to enjoy the evening with our newfound friends.
• Throughout the week each artist will be asked to lead an hour long workshop or lecture that is inspired by their mini-thesis. This will be a chance for each artist-in-residence to share their journey with others and discuss, reflect, and brainstorm with the rest of the group.
• The rest of the evening is open for creating, relaxing or otherwise!
• The cost of the residency is $1595 USD and covers meals, transportation from Bergen city center to our home base, lodging, activities, and some of our workshop supplies for 6 days and 5 nights in Norway. The airfare is not covered and is the responsibility of the guest.
• We will be sharing a home in the fjord-laden countryside of Southwest Norway with a variety of sleeping options. The trip itself will be cozy and simple, but comfortable. All guests will be provided their own simple bed / mattress and rooms will be double or triple occupancy in dorm-style accommodations. We will try our best to accommodate roommate requests.
• Creative couples are encouraged to apply. Please submit individual applications, but feel free to note in your introduction that you are interested in traveling with a companion (and please let us know their name). Creative couples will most likely receive double beds when possible.
• Norway is an epic country and we will be exploring in the elements, so we suggest bringing a variety of warm, layered clothing including a waterproof jacket and boots and we ask all applicants to consider that we will be walking, hiking, and traveling for most of each day. More packing info will be provided to each team member upon acceptance.
• The weather ranges from 50 to 60 degrees fahrenhiet depending on our location.
• We will help facilitate all schedules including arrivals, departures, programming and schedule for our day trips and will be reaching out to all artists in residence in the weeks before our journey to help provide additional resources and information about the experience.
• The cost of the trip is non-refundable and the first registration payment is required 2 weeks upon acceptance to secure a position in the program. Please feel free to ask any questions and we would be happy to help! A three-part payment plan option is available for artists-in-residence. More information will be provided upon acceptance.
As part of this collaboration, we will be hosting a permanent archive on the Light Grey Art Lab gallery site, celebrating the work created by the artists-in-residence during the residency program. We look forward to documenting and sharing process, sketches, and experimentation that came out of our time together. This includes artwork created while on our trip, as well as artwork created before that was inspired by your mini-thesis proposal.
We will also be hosting a series of podcasts created during our stay that feature audio-diaries and reflections of the participants, which we will ask you to be a part of while we travel. These will be shared on the internet as well in the hopes that we may share our experiences with our own communities and those beyond our reach.
Additionally, Light Grey Art Lab will be hosting an exhibition in the Minneapolis gallery space in coordination with the completion of the mini-thesis projects produced by the artists-in-residence during the summer of 2018.
As creative forces, we may be able to learn and be inspired by each other in ways we may never have before.
As innovators and instructors, we have the ability to experience this landscape like many people can not, through physical and artistic exploration as well as reflection through our creative and academic work.
We hope you can join us for this year's Norway Residency Program. To apply, please submit the application form at the top of the page and we will email you within several weeks of receiving your application. The final date to submit an application is February 1st, 2018. We will be notifying all applicants of their status before February 15th and publicly announce our artist-in-residence list at that time for the 2018 residency program.
Please note that we are looking for a group of individuals with diverse backgrounds in art, culture, and practice, and we would love to hear about your expertise, interests, and anything else you may wish to add. Our application process celebrates these details and we look forward to putting together an incredible team of artists-in-residence for 2018!
Thank you in advance for your interest. Please let us know if you have any questions about the experience, or anything else and we would be happy to accommodate.
Please email: email@example.com with any questions or interest and we'd be happy to send you any other information.
Here's to an incredible adventure in 2018!
Founder, Light Grey Art Lab