Sunday, 24 January 2010

Awards List 2010: "Without further ado..."

Dear All

First of all we wish to thank all applicants for your time and effort in applying to ARC for a stipend award. As I believe you are aware, there were many high calibre applications for the two full 2010 stipend awards and the selection process was not easy. Due to the volume of applicants we decided to also award some other types of awards and we have also chosen two artists to be the recipients of two part stipend offers. We also decided to award several discounted places.

Once again we wish to thank everyone that applied and wish you all the most success with your deserving work. In a perfect world all artists would receive the funding, support and recognition to enable them to blossom; if your name does not appear below please do not see it as a reflection of your skill and talent.

ARC, as some of you know, has been going through some re-structuring. We decided however to honour ALL awards made; for if an artist cannot be truthful to vision; who can?? ARC is at present a non-funded residency and therefore is suspending any decision on further stipends for 2011 until much later in 2010; so no more enquiries please until you see a posting!

ARC will be operating on a booking in structure; artist rates are very affordable and living costs are low. Contact me for all information and prices and come and create!!!

The 2010 Awards list follows:

The two full one month stipend artists selected are:

Laila R.El-Sissi – writer
Aikaterina Gegisian – multi media artist

The two 14 day part stipend artists selected are:

Theopisti Stylianou - photographer
Santa Spilberga – photographer

The artists awarded residency via separate deals due to inclusion of artistic partners are:

Anne Devine – visual artist

Tavia La Follette – Performance Art

BiNeural – MonoKultur – Performance artists

The artists awarded 50% discounts are:

Zaynab Hassim – ceramicist & poet

Andrew Salgado – painter

Amira Hanafi – poet & artist

Andrea Inocencio – Performance artist

Kelly Warman – writer/performance artist

Marie Francoise Theodore – writer/screenwriter

Jennifer Martin – painter

We wish you ALL creative wellness!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

How to Book a Residency at ARC

We have had quite a few enquiries from artists who are unsure as to how to apply to come to ARC. We realise that there is a lot of information to read through and therefore artists may miss the parts that inform them or still be left with questions. Sooooooo.. here is what to do:

There is no formal application process. If interested in staying at ARC we ask that you email and tell us a little bit about yourself, your artistic practice, reason for wanting to stay and the dates that you would like to come.

Contact me for artist rates.

Resident artists have use of all areas; including work space, living areas and kitchen as well as their room.

Visiting Artists

We greatly enjoyed having our first artists at ARC; the percussionist Maurizio Murgia and his partner Christina. Maurizio played tablas high up on the roof and linked in with the inspiring MAKAN music venue in Downtown, Cairo. They have now left for some days to visit the White Desert and then Alexandria.

Shortly after their departure we had a cup of tea with Dinah Kelly; a British visual artist with a strong background in Islamic Art and her partner John who is a mixed media artist and Antarctic researcher. We look forward to working with Dinah in the future.

The sun is shining and we are creating!!!

ARC - All Essential Information

ARC is an international artists' residency situated providing artists with a rich sustenance to create. Established by artists for artists this is the perfect place to work on artistic projects or simply take some time and space to foster awareness and enhance your creative process. ARC is open to visual artists, writers, mixed media artists, sculptors, dancers and performance artists for stays of two nights to one month.

Cairo has a strong cultural heritage and is also producing new exciting contemporary work; during your stay you will find many opportunities to connect to the resources, traditions and community; artistic and otherwise.

ARC operates as an open residency and our aim is to celebrate art, culture and consciousness and provide visiting international artists with a comfortable, friendly atmosphere and the space to create.

Artists can book their time at ARC for working on projects or simply to take time out of their busy lives. There is no formal application process. If interested in staying at ARC we ask that you tell us a little bit about yourself, your artistic practice, reason for wanting to stay and the dates that you would like to come.

We are an international artistic community where people stay for differing lengths of time. We are on hand to support guests with any issues that they need resolving for their project; ie sourcing materials, networking, cultural visits etc.

Cairo is a fabulous city and a vibrant mix of culture; traditional and modern. The artistic community in Cairo is producing inspirational and radical works and we can put visiting artists in touch with various contacts.

Various creative short courses also run from ARC provided by visiting artists; details are uploaded onto our sites.

Linda Cleary, ARC director is a writer / poet / performer (British / Irish) and has travelled and stayed in other international residencies; so is am aware of the needs of artists and the mixture of ambience, inspiration and stimulation required.

If interested in staying at ARC we ask that you tell us a little bit about yourself, your artistic practice, reason for wanting to stay and the dates that you would like to come.

Many thanks
Art and solidarity

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Many thanks
Art and solidarity

Linda Cleary
ARC Director

Friday, 1 January 2010

First Artists Arriving

Dear All

We are very pleased to announce that our first artists will be arriving tomorrow night; Maurizio Murgia; an italian percussionist who plays Egyptian and Brasilian drums and has studied with an Egyptian master; Tarek Awad Alla. Maurizio plays ancient music, sometimes for theatre and has a a project called SimbiotiKa, with another percussionist,a pianist and a singer. He is accompanied by his partner.

We are still making the final decisions on the stipend awards but we have invited several artists to take up residency to make other projects and I will post details of all awards and invited artists very soon. So keep checking in!!!