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ARTSail Residency & Research Program

The ArtCenter/South Florida (, in partnership with The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science (, invites submissions for the inaugural year of its ARTSail Residency Program. ARTSail grants selected artists and curators the possibility to live and/or work on board a vessel for a period of 4-6 weeks exploring the Miami waterways.

ARTSail is a nomadic, floating art project that seeks to provide artists and cultural practitioners the opportunity to research and explore the extensive coastlines and waterways that surround Miami. ArtCenter will host the residencies on Miami’s waterways on an off-board vessel where artists will be invited to further existing research or generate new work in response to Miami’s relationship to water. Water has played a pivotal role in shaping the identity of Miami and its communities and is increasingly becoming a central theme discussion surrounding climate. ARTSail residencies aim to develop awareness in the community about environmental concerns and engage the public in the discovery, preservation and protection of South Florida’s waterways. 

The participating artists will be invited to collaborate with scientists and/or science students involved with the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science. To facilitate this process artists are invited to consider the four main areas of interest listed below that researchers and scientists affiliated with the Science Museum are currently engaged with:

- Sea-level rise

- Coral bleaching and coral restoration

- Hydroponic and Aquaponic farming

- Phosphorus pollution in the Everglades National Park

ARTSail offers the opportunity to integrate critical and creative practices into a new set of parameters, and the potential of challenging established routines, activities and assumptions. It creates a unique live and work environment to stimulate profoundly generative time and space for focused research and the creation of provocative new ideas and work.

Successful candidates will participate in three residencies between the months of January-May and October-December 2017.


Miami Beach, Florida: United States


  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Proposals will be considered from artists and curators engaged in a variety of practices (such as the visual, performance, and sound arts as well as trans-disciplinary practices) working in any and all media. Prior interest in science, water, and the marine environment is welcome and encouraged. Submissions will be adjudicated by committee and successful candidates will be notified in September 2016.

    Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that consider issues related to the four main areas of interest highlighted above. These may include, but are by no means limited to, rising sea levels; coral bleaching and coral restoration; hydroponic and aquaponic farming; phosphorus pollution in the Everglades National Park

  • Application deadline: June 30

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no

Stipends / other support

The Residency will cover the following: 1. Roundtrip airfare to Miami, Florida 2. Local transport from and to MIA airport 3. Living stipend: $1,500 4. Production support up to $1,000 Accommodation on board a vessel or at ArtCenter/ South Florida Residency, depending on the proposal. The artists may need to bring special equipment that the ArtCenter/South Florida may not be able to provide. All technical needs will need to be discussed prior to the residency.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

924 Lincoln Road, Suite 205
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
United States