from october 2016


Ecolibri Foundation is launching a call for applicants for our international artist residency program in Guatemala bringing together a group of artists and scholars to explore contemporary artistic positions in relation to: remote communities, artisan and craft, environmental sustainability, Mayan and Central American Politics, ecology and geography. 

We welcome applications from artists, scholars, practitioners, artisans and students and encourage research and process-based projects that involve: fine art & design, material exploration, anthropological study, community engagement, and environmental science.  We particularly encourage proposals from practitioners who are interested in exploring connections between their work and Central American and Mayan culture and society.  Ecolibri facilitates introductions to local communities and we welcome participants in the program to present their work through (but not limited to): exhibitions, publications and/or performances, during the residency period and afterward internationally. Our program is bilingual (Spanish and English) and is based between Antigua, Panajachel, and San Juan la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

Who's this for?

To foster the sharing of practice and collaboration among all participants, we accept up to eight participants for the program at one time for each week of the residency period, dependent on individual projects. Applicants can propose projects for between one and eight weeks. The program is suitable for:

  • Artists, scholars and practitioners aged 21 or over from anywhere in the world.
  • Individuals looking to research and spend time developing new work or ideas
  • Groups wishing to realize a collaborative project
  • People wishing to work with a group of international artists

What's In Guatemala?

What's our Program Focus?

We welcome proposals of all-sorts and take time to read through and consider all kinds of projects. In particular, Ecolibri are interested in themes of: land-ownership; water systems in rural communities; identity; implications of digital technologies and politics in relation to Central America. Our main focus is to create dialogue and facilitate sharing of practice between international artists and the local community. 

Within our first year program, we seek to develop an archive of discussion and conversation of artistic endeavours and exploration of areas of research in relation to Lake Atitlán and the remits of the organization. We wish to create a book publication using images and texts from artists and scholars who have engaged with our program, accompanying an exhibition and series of events; as well as a short 3-minute video (interview, document, story, artwork). 

For each residency, our team will endeavor to support each resident in actualizing their project and ideas, allowing for freedom of expression within the projects and assisting in the development of research and meeting with local experts.


What's Included?

  • Furnished private room in a shared space with facilities
  • Simple Vegetarian breakfast
  • Communal working space
  • SIM card
  • 1 full-day group excursion per week (potentially with overnight stay depending on trip)
  • Venues for public events, discussions, screenings, performances and presentations
  • Meetings with local artists/ artisans and workshops
  • Logistical support throughout residencies from the Residency and Project Coordinator



We want to create a low-cost opportunity for artists to explore the area and have time to develop ideas in relation to their own work and to meet other international artists. The costs are set to provide participants with comfortable spaces to live and work and to have full support whilst here. We are currently unable to offer scholarships but are happy to support applications for grants to support residency costs.  Cost for transportation to Guatemala, and project materials are the responsibility of the participants.

  • 1 week → $250 USD
  • 2 weeks  $225 USD (per week)
  • 2+ weeks → $200 USD (per week)

Concessions will be made for larger groups engaged in collaborative projects.

Residency Outcomes

  • Prepare a presentation of their work, themes and ideas to a small group of other residents and local artists

  • Contribute to an event within the residency period/ volunteer two hours for the foundation



We have numerous connections and partners who we work with around Lake Atitlán and Guatemala. In particular, we work with: local weavers (backstrap loom), using natural organic cottons and dyes; local architects working with sustainable architecture design; organic farming; recycling and sustainable living.


Apply now for our artist residency program

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