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Songkhla-Art-Residency in Thailand

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.

APPLICATION

Fill out this form in English and send it to Ryan Anderson at oxlaey@oxlaey.com or message OXLAEY at Facebook: www.facebook.com/oxlaey

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

REQUIREMENTS

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

1st Stage

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 oxlaey@oxlaey.com. 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.

2nd Stage

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.

SELECTION CRITERIA

We will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:

  • Merit of past work;
  • Ideas of how to engage and impact Songkhla’s local community through art.

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/.

ABOUT SONGKHLA

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

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.

 

 

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Rambling, Scrambling, & Hiking • British Walking Culture

Rambling Scrambling Hiking

In 2017, Chris O’Connor rambled, scrambled, hiked and walked some 1000 miles. He hails from England, which has one of the most unique walking cultures in all of the world. Walking is a modern tradition. Walking for pleasure instead of necessity became a pastime in the UK during the 18th-century as people in Britain’s crowded, polluted cities looked to nature for relief. Today, walking culture in Chris’s home of England is so multifaceted that there are different terms to reflect different types of walks. There’s an aimless walk (rambling), walking in the hills (hill walking), scrambling, trekking, and other terms like the colloquial “shanking it”.

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A CHANGED LIFE

“I suppose hiking refers to walking in the mountains,” says Chris, who once spent all his free time in an English pub drinking beer. By chance one day when he was 23, he saw an advertisement for tour, a rambling trip, to Nepal. Reconnecting to nature in Nepal changed his life, and since then he’s hiked the British Isles, Argentina, Japan, and Nepal – just to name a few of his favorite destinations. “I did my first [solo] in England at the Cleveland Way, which is a very old walk and still one of my favorites. It’s along the east coast of England and has culture, scenery, history. It has everything.” The English poet William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) helped fuel the British idea that walking was a way to connect to nature. “Let Nature be your teacher” he writes in The Tables Turned. “There is a spiritual dimension to it as well,” says Chris. “There can be discussions with God; Looking at my own life. It’s gives my life a balance. I do it for three to six months in a year.“

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AWAY FROM PEOPLE

Following Wordsworth’s rambling advise to the extreme, Chris typically hikes solo. “I generally like going alone and I like staying away from people as a general rule, because it’s a distraction. Often the conversation is about topics that I don’t want to think about. I want to get completely submerged into nature as I possibly can.” Many hikers listen to music while they walk, but not Chris. “You’re listening to the sounds. I remember going to the mountains with one of my friends who was a sound engineer. I took a stereo but my friend told me, you don’t need anything. Listen to the owl in the tree and crackle in the fire. Now, I don’t ever listen to music. I even listen to the lighting.” For centuries, modern man has tried to escape from nature, not walk towards it. More people now live in cities than live in rural areas. The irony is that urban life is linked to an increase in mental disorders, which can easily be counteracted by returning to nature. A study from 2015 published in “Landscape and Urban Planning” by researchers at Stanford found that even walking (rambling works too) just briefly in green parks produced mental health benefits and improved test subjects’ memory. A walk in nature – whether it’s called “rambling” or “trekking” – seems simply to be an inseparable part of who we are as human beings. After all, our homo sapiens ancestors walked the earth for thousands of years in order to find shelter, food, or a mate. Walking in the rain, snow, and sun was a necessity of life just like eating or breathing. A full-time job, on the other hand, isn’t rooted in our DNA – nor does it appear to lead to a more fulfilled, joyful, or peaceful life for mankind. Wordsworth’s wisdom of re-connecting with nature seems to be best proven throughChris, who  hasn’t had a steady job in 25 years.

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HIKING’S SPIRITUAL DIMENSION “I woke up one morning in Alaska and looked across the mountain range and surrounding wilderness. The clouds had lifted off Mount McKinley and that’s quite rare. It’s so huge compared to the other mountains and looking out I struggled to grasp the scale of this mountain and surrounding wilderness – knowing there were grizzly bears right below. The trees were cast in orange and red. The light was at a low angle so the shadows went right across the range and the mountain itself was actually pink. It was nature in it’s full glorious form. I felt a yearning that we all have deep inside of us, tapping into the evolutionary place we all come from. There was a spiritual dimension of being alone in that vastness, viewing and sensing the Creator, the God Creator of this wilderness. It was a privilege to see it.”

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