LoCA’s Residency program is a unique opportunity for artists, writers, and curators to focus on their work and research in a supportive and creative environment. This program provides participants with the space and time to explore their artistic practices and to develop their projects while receiving feedback and support from their peers and mentors. The residency takes place between Livingstone and Lusaka, giving participants the chance to experience the diverse cultural and historical contexts of Zambia.
One of the significant benefits of the LoCA residency is the access to the extensive archives at collaboration partners such as the Livingstone Museum, Jewish and Railway Museum, and the Heritage Commission. These archives offer an incredible opportunity for participants to delve deeper into their research and projects, learning more about the socio-cultural and political context of Zambia. Through engagement with these archives, participants can develop a more nuanced understanding of the local histories and cultures, which can inform their work and broaden their perspectives.
The LoCA residency provides participants with a comfortable and well-equipped art studio where they can work and create without any distractions. The self-contained studio flats are also available for participants who wish to stay on-site during their residency. The residency is designed to offer a supportive and collaborative environment for artists, curators, and writers, allowing them to share ideas and receive feedback from their peers.
One of the unique aspects of the LoCA residency is the opportunity to propose talks and workshops. Participants are encouraged to share their work and engage with the local community by organizing talks and workshops to showcase their research and projects. This not only provides a platform for participants to share their work but also fosters an exchange of ideas and encourages collaboration between the residents and the local community.
At the end of the residency, LoCA organizes an open studio event where participants can showcase their work and/or processes to the public. This provides a unique opportunity for the local community to engage with the participants and their work and for the participants to receive feedback and support from the broader public.
In addition to the residency, LoCA also helps organize all logistics, collaboration, or contact information relating to collaborating partners. Participants are also provided with special visits to local art spaces and studios, offering them a chance to learn more about the local art scene and engage with other artists and curators in the area.
In conclusion, the LoCA residency program is an excellent opportunity for artists, curators, and writers to immerse themselves in their work and research in a supportive and creative environment. The residency offers participants access to extensive archives, a comfortable and well-equipped art studio, and the opportunity to propose talks and workshops. The open studio event at the end of the residency provides an opportunity for the participants to showcase their work to the public and receive feedback and support. Through engagement with the local community and collaboration with the collaborating partners, participants can develop a more nuanced understanding of the local histories and cultures, informing their work and broadening their perspectives.