2018 Rabbit Island Residency

2018 Rabbit Island Residency

Open Call

Dec. 01, 2017
Lake Superior/United States
Deadline Jan. 28, 2018
Activism, Architecture, Conceptual, Curating, Design, Digita...
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2018 Rabbit Island Residency



Rabbit Island is 91 acres of forest and sandstone located in Lake Superior—the largest body of freshwater in the world, four miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. It is a unique wilderness environment home to a variety of ora and fauna including large white pines, red maples, bald eagles, nesting birds, salamanders, and more. Native lake trout and salmon swim in the waters surrounding the island. The weather is palpable and can vary day-to-day, creating beautiful vistas and humbling experiences. A conservation easement insures that the island’s ecosystem will remain protected forever.



Founded by Robert Gorski and Andrew Ranville in 2010, the Rabbit Island Residency is a platform to investigate, expand, and challenge creative practices in a remote environment. By living and working on Rabbit Island residents engage directly with the landscape and respond to notions of conservation, ecology, sustainability, and resilience. Rooted in the belief that the intelligent organization and celebration of wild spaces is the most civilized thing we can value as society, the residency re ects on the insights provided by the hundreds of years of settlement and division of land. The island—itself an unsettled and undivided space—enables residents to pursue research and develop work related to these ideas, creating interpretations, and even solutions.

Approximately three to four supported residencies are awarded per summer period (mid-June until late-September). Selected applicants will receive an unrestricted honorarium which they may use to facilitate research, cover travel expenses, and materials. Residents may also be awarded an exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan, two and a half hours from the island. A publication featuring work and research of the awarded residents is produced annually in partnership with the museum. 




The Rabbit Island Residency is open to individual applicants worldwide. Small collaborative groups (2-3 people) may also apply. The minimum age requirement is 21. The residency is open to visual artists of all disciplines, as well as writers, poets, architects, designers, musicians, lmmakers, composers, and choreographers.

While we are supportive of scienti c research on the island and encourage collaborative art and science proposals, the majority of our funding comes from arts funding agencies. We are therefore unable to provide funding for scienti c members of a collaborative proposal. Those applicants should secure separate funding in addition to the resources available from the Rabbit Island Residency.

Due to the nature and location of the island, the residency is not handicap accessible and unable to accommodate applicants with mobility issues.



Applications are accepted through Submittable at rabbitisland.submittable.com. The application deadline is midnight EST, January 28th, 2018. 


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