SONGKHLA ARTIST RESIDENCY in THAILAND!
WHAT WE OFFER
We are offering four positions as artist-in-residence between November 2018 and January 2019. The residencies are from 4 weeks to 8 weeks in length. We provide each artist a free, private room with air-conditioning, a free studio / working space, a free exhibition space, a food stipend of 360 Baht per day, and a one-time stipend of 5000 Baht, which can be used towards travel, incidentals or art materials.
We also provide each artist an English-speaking support team, to help those who want Thai language support. Access to the following can be made available on an “as needed” basis: basic office materials, office printer, scanner, a bicycle, etc..
The residency does not cover medical insurance. We cannot sponsor a visa, and all artists are volunteers (thus tourism visa). The artist is responsible themselves for any other costs or expenses that may be incurred during the duration of the residency including art supplies, health insurance, etc.
You must also share this link on social media: www.oxlaey.com/2018/03/songkhla-art-residency. We’ll confirm via email after receiving your application.
Applications are accepted from 1 April 2018 until 1 August 2018.
We accept applications from:
• Citizens of all countries, artists of all ages, and all genres of art.
We favor artists who want to engage with our local community, want to learn about Songkhla’s local culture and reflect this back in their art, and can create art which captures the imagination of the local community.
We hope that you will share your art with us during your residency. Specifically, we expect that residents will (at a minimum):
• Preform or share your art during the Songkhla Arts Festival (10 – 12 January 2019);
• Visit a school and share your art with the children;
• Discuss your art with adults during one of our small “Breakfast Talks”;
• Hold one workshop (children, students, and/or adults);
• Allow locals to visit your studio.
We accept first-stage applications from 1 April to 15 August 2018. The application form is here. After filling out the form, artists should take a picture of the completed form OR save it as a PDF and send it to Ryan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can also send your completed form via Facebook via messenger (send to www.facebook.com/oxlaey). Ryan Anderson will send back an email or Facebook message, confirming that we have received your application. There are no other ways to apply (no calls, etc.).
You must also share this link on social media: www.oxlaey.com/2018/03/songkhla-art-residency.
If you are shortlisted as a finalist, you will be contacted again by Ryan Anderson for a video interview. After the video interview, finalists will be asked to submit a full proposal. We will choose 4 winners and 2 runners up.
We will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:
SONGKHLA HERITAGE TRUST
The Songhkla Heritage Trust is a registered Non-Governmental-Organization in Thailand. Our mission is to promote the regional culture and encourage the revitalization of Songhkla’s old town. We are headquartered in the historic Red Rice Mill in Songkhla. Our team regularly teaches students and visitors about the history of Songkhla, organizes the “2nd Sunday Market” in the old town, and holds conferences on culture, heritage, and conservation. Our team also works with the Thai government to support Songkhla’s old town infrastructure, conservation guidelines, and tourism activities. You can find out more about the Songkhla Heritage Trust’s activities here: https://www.facebook.com/songkhla.asia/.
Songkhla is one of the oldest towns in Thailand. It’s located on the eastern coast in southern Thailand. The nearest airport is in Hat Yai. With Chinese temples, Buddhist wats and Muslim mosques, Songkhla is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse parts of Thailand. Songkhla also has three universities with approximately 30,000 students, a handful of new cafes, a budding art scene, and a beach! Songkhla has only a few foreign tourists but is full of small town charm.
OXLAEY is a cultural heritage travel magazine. Ryan Anderson leads the project which is made possible through a network of volunteers. We all work together for free to document and promote our world’s cultural heritage through videos, photos, recordings, and articles. We create stories about singers, painters, poets, craftsmen and craftswomen, as well as traditions and religious rituals. You can find out more about OXLAEY at www.oxlaey.com and you can watch some of OXLAEY’s documentary shorts from Songkhla here: http://www.oxlaey.com/category/thailand.
I’m back in Thailand – this time in Pattani, in the “Deep South”. It’s home to the world-class artist Emsophian Benjametha (เอ็มโซเฟียน เบญจเมธา). For many years he worked in Paris as a designer, but desired to return back home, where most of his neighbor are Muslims – not Buddhists. There, he creates works of art from mud.
“My name is Emsophian Benjametha. This is my ceramic workshop and goat farm. When I was a young boy, my father used bricks from local factories.”
The soil in Pattani Provence, where Em grew up, lends itself to brick making. It’s not a dainty clay, like mud from northern Thailand near Chiang Mai. Instead, the clay in Pattani bubbles up and breaks the surface when it dries. It’s slightly rough to the touch and has an off-white color. But that doesn’t make Pattani’s clay any less valuable. In fact, appearances can be deceitful – like Em’s ‘ugly’ teapot.
“The black teapot is angular and twisted. Most people think it’s unattractive. But there’s beauty inside, because when you drink tea with friends, the teapot fosters the relationship. So the teapot proves that what’s inside is more important than the outside.”
After the teapot, we come to a ceramic piece that resembles a vase. The neck is however too thin, to be able to set flowers in. Em tells me, it’s a jar, just for decoration. Looking closer, I notice that there are jagged, uneven lines on the ceramic of the jar. These fissures are dark at the base, but turn golden as they stretch up towards the neck.
It’s obvious that Em’s Pattani home is a spring of inspiration – from the local mud he crafts his art with, to his childhood memories which flow into his design to even his Muslim faith. “My motto is ‘From Clay, With Clay To Clay’. God created man from the soil. We are sustained from the earth, and some day we will die and return to the soil.”
Discover more about Em and his world-class designs (from ceramics to weavings and scarfs!) at his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BenjamethaCeramic/.