SOMA opens its program to artists, critics and curators interested in participating in self-directed residencies in Mexico City. This open call offers up to 8 individual residencies every year. The length of each residency will be determined by the particular interests of each applicant, with a minimum stay of 1 week and a maximum of 1 month.
SECOND PERIOD 2011: August 15 – December 15, 2011
Applications received: May 30 – July 30, 2011
Notification to selected residents: August 5, 2011
FIRST PERIOD 2012: January 15 – June 15, 2012
Applications received: August 1 – September 30, 2011
Notification to selected residents: October 15, 2011
SECOND PERIOD 2012: August 15 – December 15, 2012
Applications received: February – March 30, 2012
Notification to selected residents: April 15, 2012
Applicants should clearly indicate in their documentation their preferred length of stay and residency dates. SOMA reserves the right to present a counterproposal regarding alternate dates for scheduling purposes.
Each applicant must submit the following documents as attachments to email@example.com under “Request for Residence 2011 or 2012” in the subject line:
- Curriculum Vitae. Maximum 3 pages (.doc or .pdf format)
- Letter of Intent, briefly detailing motivation for participation in the program and desired dates. Maximum 600 words (.doc or .pdf format)
- Artists and curators must present a portfolio of selected works. Maximum 10 images with technical specifications and a brief description of each project, if necessary (.pdf format)
- Curators and critics must present a selection of a maximum of 5 texts assembled in one document (.pdf format).
- A maximum of 3 links to online resources: personal web site or video content such as YouTube or Vimeo (include in body of e-mail).
- A maximum of 3 reviews of exhibitions, articles or critical texts, assembled in one document (.pdf format).
The required documentation will only be received on the indicated dates. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances.
There are no restrictions of nationality or age.
Applicants may be at any stage of their career.
The development of specific projects is not required during the residency. SOMA reserves the right to invite selected artists to participate in its general program for activities such as talks, one-on-one critiques, classes or open studios. This possibility will be discussed in a case-by-case basis and will only take place if both parties reach an agreement.
Due to space limitations, applications from groups or collectives will not be accepted.
GENERAL RESIDENCY ASPECTS
SOMA offers individual living space with private bathroom, shared kitchen, shared studio, wireless internet 24/7 and access to all other SOMA facilities. SOMA offers no production workshops of any kind but, if necessary, SOMA can assist in finding available options to satisfy specific project needs and/or other desired resident activities.
The resident is welcome to travel with their partner and/or family. Due to space limitations, the selected applicants must notify if they wish to make use of this option when confirming their participation.
As an independent artist-run initiative, SOMA cannot absorb the full cost of the residency. However, SOMA offers a 50% grant to selected residents. The following preferential rates are offered to those admitted into the program:
1-7 DAYS 250 usd
8-15 DAYS 400 usd
16-22 DAYS 550 usd
23-30 DAYS 700 usd
Payment of 100% must be covered upon arrival.
This fee covers only the applicant’s stay at our premises. Each resident will be financially responsible for transportation costs to and from Mexico City as well as for living expenses, local transportation, production costs and any additional materials.
Taking into account that the residency costs already contemplates a 50% grant, SOMA cannot offer any additional discounts on the rates offered in this open call.
If necessary, SOMA can extend invitation letters to assist selected residents to apply for additional funding.
OTHER ASPECTS TO CONSIDER
All selected residents will be responsible for their own entry visas and additional immigration procedures.
Residents are responsible for their own full-coverage health insurance while in residency at our facilities. SOMA is not responsible for any kind of medical expense the residents may incur in during their stay.
SOMA reserves the right to resolve any unforeseeable situations that may arise during the length of the resident’s stay in the manner it deems fit in order to ensure optimum performance of the program and/or space.
Any questions, clarifications and requests for additional information will be resolved exclusively via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org