July 3rd to August 21st 2017
Deadline for submission of proposals 10am, 17th April 2017
The First Food Residency 2017 invites proposals from MA students, PhD
candidates or Alumni of Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Two Artists will be selected
to take part in a creative research residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, culminating in a
Research should be based around material relevant to sustainability (particularly in
the production of food and craft) in Mexico. Inspiration can be taken loosely from a
broad range of subjects such as social history, the future of GM and mono crop
systems, branding, foods that are unfamiliar in the UK but indigenous to Mexico,
e.g. Cactus/Maize etc. A suggested focus for this year will be around cacti and in
‘Nopal’ and its inherent relationship with the cochineal beetle. For ideas and
examples of the kind of work that has been done before, please see the link to
previous exhibitions at www.firstfoodresidency.com or the Facebook page:
This residency offers studio space with the University of Oaxaca, UABJO
(Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca), who will also host a final
During their stay in Mexico, the student will have the opportunity to access facilities
through UABJO for technical support, and additional assistance through First Food
for research and practical information.
Specific research is supported by First Foods who will help achieve the ambition of
a successful individual proposal. Trips are organised to villages that are known for
specialist craft activities, a cochineal farm, Mescal distilleries and areas of
agricultural interest, to meet farmers and growers. The residency has a relationship
with Puente de la Salud, a respected charity who specialise in the promotion of
Co – founders of the project, Anna and Antonia Bruce will oversee the residency
alongside previous First Food residents who will be engaged to support the artists
in residence for research and social activities. There will be regular documentation
of the work produced as a record of activities.
This residency in Mexico is open to all interpretations. However, there must be a
visual expression to the completed work that can be included in a ‘pop up’
exhibition at the end of the residency, and be called upon for future exhibitions with
the First Food Residency.
Proposals must be sent as PDFs to the following address by 10am on the 17th
April 2017: [email protected]
In the proposal the following information should be included:
⁃ A recent photograph
⁃ Biography (100 to 200 words)
⁃ Details of exhibitions and / or artistic works published
⁃ Three examples of works, including images, date of completion and dimensions.
⁃ In case of a performance artist, please include links to pictures or videos.
⁃ Objectives and creative intent (300-500 words)
⁃ A work schedule, describing in detail how you will use the time to carry the
investigation and completion of the work.
⁃ description of the type of space required to work and the necessary materials. ⁃
Description of other requests for funding (if any)
⁃ A letter of recommendation from an art institution or a recognised artist, which can
be both UK or Mexico.
⁃ Spanish level: Advanced / Intermediate / Basic / Non-existent
With the support of UABJO, First Food Residency is able to offer workspace
and facilitation of research. Chelsea, UAL will organise flights and provide a
stipend for the stay.
For more information contact us on email: [email protected]
During their stay in Mexico, the artists in residence will have the opportunity to
access facilities through UABJO, technical support and additional facilitation
through First Food to source materials and contacts outside of UABJO.
Facilities include sculpture and printing workshops, photography and digital
workshops. For textile students, relationships have been built with the weaving
villages who can offer access to looms and help with materials. The residency
also offers communication with and visits to farms through local charity Puente de