Posted by Sam Chung, Director-at-Large
Greeting NCECA members and Happy New Year! 2014 will be an amazing year for NCECA and particularly for our International Residency Partner Program. This year, NCECA will be joining forces with The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada and the European Ceramic Workcentre in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. This is the first time we have partnered with Banff Centre and only the second time we have partnered with the European Ceramic Workcentre. Both of these respected programs offer stellar facilities and a stimulating creative space to pursue experimental directions in your work, or maybe a project that has been brewing in your head recently. I would suggest researching both residency centers to determine which would be a better fit for your proposal.
One significant change to this year’s program was NCECA’s desire to help support the residency awardees with a more substantial financial award. We have done this by offering two residency opportunities instead of three, and we have asked our residency partners to provide a greater level of in-kind support. Our goal in doing this was to lessen the financial burden on the artists, and clarify a funding model for this program that reflected an equitable partnership between NCECA and our residency hosts.
One artist will be selected by each of this year’s residency partners, and NCECA will support each artist up to $3750 towards residency costs including travel. Residency hosts will provide a set amount of in-kind support that should defer much of the remaining residency costs. Banff Centre is offering a six-week residency and European Ceramic Workcentre is offering a five-week residency, both of which must be scheduled within the timeframe specified by each residency host. All details about the residency program and application process are listed on NCECA’s website. http://nceca.net/static/conference_symposia.php
This opportunity is just another way that NCECA is working to provide value for your membership in our organization. The lucky artists selected for these two opportunities will undoubtedly have an unforgettable experience working abroad. Our ultimate goal is to promote the ceramic arts and education on a global level, and encourage a rich cultural exchange for our members and partners abroad.
Don’t forget, the deadline to apply is February 5!
Last year’s great residency locations: