Australia, London + New Orleans: 3 New Creative Residencies + Competitions for Worldwide Writers, Musicians + Students of Design/Engineering/Business


London: Students of design, engineering and business from any university in the world have the opportunity to win a place on the exclusive Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship, worth £10,000, on an 12-month international program on the circular economy via the Wild Card competition.

The Fellowship includes an intensive week-long summer school in London for both student and mentor, an online learning program accelerating skills for a circular economy, networking opportunities with CE100 businesses and the development of a circular economy innovation project.

Applicants should be:

  • A postgraduate student (‘graduate student’ in the US) studying design, engineering or business
  • Interested in the circular economy as an innovation framework for positive change
  • Keen to be part of the opportunities available in the transition to a circular economy

Wild Card runner up prizes include two places at the Circular Economy 100 Annual Summit in London and five places on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Executive Education course.

The Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship Wild Card Competition opens on November 30, 2015. Details of the program, the application process and the application criteria for the coming year can be found in the ‘Fellowship in Detail’ booklet here. Potential applicants should register now for official Wild Card interest + updates via the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Photo: Margaret River Press

Western Australia: The Margaret River Short Story Writing Competition is open to all authors of any age or nationality. Winning and shortlisted stories up to 3,000 words will be selected for publication. First prize: $500 cash + $500 contribution towards airfare to attend the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival in Western Australia + a two-week residency in Margaret River to be taken up at any time. AUD$12 per entry; AUD$10 or additional entries; snail mail only. All entries must be postmarked by: October 14, 2015.

New Orleans: Worldwide Musicians invited to apply for one-month residencies at a mansion on historic Esplanade Avenue, The New Quorum. All residents have their own private bedroom with shared bathroom. The program offers daily breakfast + 5 nightly meals during the week. Residents are on their own for lunch and Friday/Saturday night dinners. In homage to the traditions of old New Orleans, Sunday suppers will be a weekly celebration + opportunity to relax, enjoy and linger over a table of local culinary favorites.

Who should apply? This program is ideal for individual musicians and composers seeking focused time for working on a specific project; creating new works; or exploring and researching innovative ideas through New Orleans’ cultural lens.

Artists age 21+ from anywhere in the world and not currently enrolled in an academic program may apply.

Residency Length: For the inaugural residency in January 2016, dates are Monday, January 4 through Thursday, January 28, 2016.  Additional residencies will be available in May and August. Each residency lasts a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks. Residency length can vary within the prescribed program dates but must begin on a Monday and participants must stay for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of four weeks.  Each residency period begins with a Welcome Dinner and ends with a So Long event that provides an opportunity for each artist to share a performance, reading, or talk on their work/project.

The New Quorum cannot support artists who require a traditional studio or specialized equipment. Onsite facilities include a computer, printer + wi-fi.

Built in 1911, the New Quorum property was originally part of the Dunbar Plantation on Esplanade Avenue in the area known as Esplanade Ridge, between the Treme and Bayou St. John neighborhoods. Once the grand avenue for wealthy French in the 18th and 19th centuries, Esplanade Avenue is one of the most scenic and historic major thoroughfares in New Orleans. The immediate neighborhood includes the Musicians’ Union, the Free People of Color Museum, and the Degas House, once owned by the artist Edgar Degas’ extended family. New neighbors include Esplanade Studios — a new premiere recording facility where Eric Clapton and John Legend recently recorded — and visual arts institution the Joan Mitchell Center, which recently completed a $20 million renovation and recently launched an Artist-in-Residence program supporting artists in the visual arts.

“Opened in 1963 at 611 Esplanade in the Marigny, the Quorum coffeehouse was the only integrated locale in New Orleans. A haven for open-minded individuals who supported freedom of speech and free association, the Quorom was a successful model for multicultural exchange amid the politically and racially charged atmosphere of the 1960s. It quickly became a gathering spot for artists, writers, actorsfrom the “Free Southern Theater”and musicians including country blues singer Babe Stovall and composer Jerry Jeff Walker. As an integrated established, The Quorum was a frequent target of segregationist harassment. In 1964, police raided The Quorum taking 73 people to jail and accusing them of things like ‘playing guitars out of tune.'” Impressive!

There is no fee for the residency. Additional residencies will be available in May + August 2016 for Musicians + Writers. $45 app fee; deadline to apply: October 16, 2015.


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