La Katia Creative is a Residency program for creative travelers looking for a long term stay in a natural atmosphere. Is based in a hostel outside of Santa Marta in the Colombia Caribbean. This area has a richful nature and indigenous history. Located very close to the famous Tayrona National Park is also a strategic location for day trips to the city, beaches, rivers, and other natural attractions. We want our guests to be inspired by nature
In February 2020, La Katia Creative AIR is seeking visual artists to apply for this fantastic 3 week studio residency in a natural environment. In this residency, a shared living and working space for 2-6 artists has been created for a learning and creating space. There are 3 rooms for the sleeping accommodation. Artists, designers and craftsman/women are encouraged to shared their skills, experiment with their process and run workshops for the community if they desire.
Pillars / Values of La Katia Creative
Sustainability Nature Connection Skill Exchange Self-reliance
Sustainability: This residency encourages artists to work with a sustainable and resourceful way. We encourage a low / no waste approach and support this by assisting to find and provide upcycled materials and resources. This is also practised with our living situation, we venture to recycle natural, plastic, metal and paper waste and invite our guests to join.
Nature Connection: Helping to inspire artists with beautiful scenic surroundings and a getaway from city life. Right next to the beautiful Tayrona National Park, you will be living and working in a jungle paradise. We are surrounded by plants, the Piedras river and maybe you will be lucky enough to see the rare wildlife.
Knowledge / skill exchange: We invite artist from all disciplines – if you are a painter, sculptor, installation artist, textile, designer, printmaker, etc. We are always looking to expand the type of art we do. If you have a skill to build facilities for something we don’t yet have (ceramics, forge, etc), we would love to hear your proposal.
Self-reliance: We are here to provide an inspiring and enriching experience for artist residents. We will do our best to provide the facilities you need. Please be aware that this residency provides you a space, endless inspiration in nature but it is the artist’s responsibility to get to and from the residency, cook their meals and clean up after themselves.
The Tayrona Natural Park will be closed for the month of February, we recommend to visit before or after the residency
Duration of residency
2 Private double bed rooms and 1 shared room with 2 beds (bunk beds) Due to the fact that we are in a rural area, we have a limited Wi-Fi, that is not fast but, good enough for social media, emails, and research, it works in certain areas.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We are able to accommodate painters, makers, designers, textile artist.
Studio / Workspace
The residency program provides the artists 2 studios. One for painting and mixed art and the other for woodworking and welding. The studio has abundant light, electricity and water access. Also there is a lot of outdoor spaces to choose for work. Panting supplies: Brushes, roller, buckets, spatula, air compressor, airbrush, tables, liners, light box for screen print. Design supplies: Table saw, drill, jigsaw, Dremel mototool, anglegrinder, electron welding machine, and nonelectrical hand tools. Textile: sewing machine.
Fees and support
Private room 6m2 250US Dollars single person, 300US Dollars couple. Private 8m2 270US Dollars single Person, 320US Dollars couple. Dorm max 2 persons 170US Dollars each bed 170
Expectations towards the artist
To have a travel insurance. We expect to have an open-minded artist that likes to share knowledge and space with other people. To be nature-friendly is very important, we are in the tropics, you will see many kinds of animals and plants and be prepared for the hot and humid days. (don’t worry, we have a river 1 min away to refresh from hot days)You must have a travel insurance. Communication is important, be free to express what you need, we will assist you in everything that is possible for us.