Rabbit Island Residency 2019

Rabbit Island Residency 2019

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Dec. 20, 2018
Calumet/United States
Deadline Feb. 15, 2019
Activism, Architecture, Conceptual, Curating, Design, Digita...
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Rabbit Island Residency 2019


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. The island is composed of a native ecosystem standing upon solid bedrock and has never before been developed or subdivided. It is a unique wilderness environment home to a variety of flora and fauna including large white pines, red maples, bald eagles, nesting birds, salamanders, and much more. A number of fish including salmon and native lake trout 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 assures the ecosystem will remain healthy in perpetuity. The island serves as a platform for contemporary art, science, and conservation.


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. With the idea that the intelligent organization and celebration of wild spaces is the most civilized thing we can value as society, the residency reflects on the continent’s four hundred year history of settlement and division of land. The island, an unsettled and undivided space, enables residents to present commentary on these ideas, creating creative interpretations and solutions to issues of global importance such as climate change and loss of natural habitat and pristine watersheds.

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.


The Rabbit Island Residency is open to individual applicants worldwide. Small collaborative groups (2-3 people) may also apply. The minimum age requirement for all applicants is 21 years of age by January 1st, 2019. The residency is open to visual artists of all disciplines, as well as writers, poets, architects, designers, musicians, filmmakers, composers, and choreographers.

While we are supportive of scientific 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 scientific 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.


• While the level of funding varies from year to year due to state, federal, and private support, our goal is to provide each residency with a generous unrestricted honoraria. Recent awards have averaged $2000 USD.

• Residency administrative staff will provide a comprehensive orientation to living and working on the island.

• The island is stocked with tools, equipment, and a library of over 200 books. All resources are made freely available to residents.

• A specially designed publication featuring work and of each resident is published annually by the Rabbit Island Foundation.

• Rabbit Island shares the experiences and work of each resident to a global community through our social media channels and online archive.


Download the full application guide and apply online at www.rabbitisland.org/art


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