What is an Artist Retreat?
The term “Artist Retreat” is broad and defines a range of programs setup by people or organizations for the development of artists. What they all share in common is that they offer a special or different than normal setting that stimulates the personal and artistic exploration. They could be free, sponsored, focused on pre-existing projects that the artist brings or in creating new, individual or collective works, by application invitation…
Conexion Dracula offers this unusual space to promote creativity and it is focused on project developed during the residence.
Which disciplines can participate?
Conexion Dracula is open to all disciplines. We started with visual arts and literature but in 2014 decided to expand further and include performing arts (choreography, acting), music (composition and performing). We are open to incorporate new disciplines, if you have any question, please don’t hesitate to write to us.
How long does it last?
The retreat is completed in a period of 10 days. These include the transport days to and from Panama City. If you are interested in participating you must commit for the full 10 days.
What are the creative challenges?
The challenges are goals set up by the organisers to focus and promote the artist’s creativity, group work and bring the artist closer to Finca Dracula’s natural wealth. The challenges vary from one retreat to another and are kept secret until the last moment. If you wish to see some examples of some of the challenges visit the retreat pages.
How much does it cost to participate?
Finca Dracula sponsors the transport to and from Panama City, food, lodging, and basic materials for the retreat. The artist must bring the materials and equipment specific for his or her work or discipline (cameras, special paints, computers…)
If the artist lives outside of the Republic of Panama, he or she must pay for the plane ticket to Panama and hotel spay in the city prior and after the retreat.
Where is the retreat?
The retreat is performed in the Finca Dracula Orchid Sanctuary. It is located in the small town of Guadalupe, Cerro Punta, Chiriqui province, Republic of Panama. It is an agricultural zone that borders the La Amistad National Park, an UNESCO world heritage site.
What should I do if I live outside of Panama?
The application is the same regardless of country on residence and nationality. Apply Here!! Once selected you will receive the relevant information to purchase the plane tickets and make the hotel reservations.
What kind of artists can participate?
The retreat is open to artists of all disciplines with a developed artistic language wanting to get inspired by orchids and other artists.
I’ve got community workshops I would like to do. What should I do?
During every retreat the members of the community of Guadalupe from kids to the elderly are very happy to be part of the workshops brought by Casa Cultural Huellas and the participating artists.
If you want to bring ideas and workshops go ahead, also mention them to the organisers to know if it requires any extra materials and to include it in the activity calendar.
Should I bring any of my ongoing projects or materials to work with during the retreat?
It is not necessary nor recommended. Every year artists bring projects but they usually stay tucked in the luggage.
I work with a group of performers, can we apply as a group?
This depends on several factors, please contact us to study your case.
Can I apply with my partner?
We are sorry but we do not admit couples during the retreat. We recommend applying during alternate years and separately.
I work on several artistic disciplines, what should I show during my application?
Although you can mention this on your cover page, please focus the application and submitted work on the one where you have the most experience and development. During the retreat you are free to work on other disciplines, if required , to tackle the challenge.
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