Call for entries: Be Obonjan island’s first artist-in-residence

For six weeks this summer, the Croatian island of Obonjan will host a series of musical performances, creative talks, workshops and wellness sessions. We’ve teamed up with organisers to offer one lucky creative the chance to be the island’s first artist-in-residence.

Obonjan is a summer destination and events programme founded by the creators of Croatian festival Unknown and leading members of the team that developed Cornwall’s Eden Project.

From July 28 until September 6, the previously uninhabited island off the Dalmatian coast will be home to a series of music, arts and cultural events – from gigs by the likes of Kate Tempest, Roy Ayres, Floating Points and Four Tet at a stone amphitheatre to poolside sets and late parties at Obonjan’s rum bar.

An accompanying arts and wellbeing programme includes open-air film-screenings, poetry readings, yoga and fitness classes as well as snorkelling trips to an underwater sculpture park created by visiting artist Celia Gregory.

There will also be talks from scriptwriter Ella Saltmarshe, astronomer Tom Kerss, experimental architecture professor Rachel Armstrong, author Zoe Cormier, film-maker Alexandra Roxo and Mark Vernon, a founding member of Alain De Botton and Sophie Howarth’s The School of Life. In between events, visitors can relax in the island’s pine forest or take a day trip to nearby islands and national parks.

Obonjan is part of a long-term development plan to bring jobs and tourism to the region while protecting the local environment – architect Una Barac of Scott Brownrigg is designing spaces using low-impact and reclaimed materials and the island will make use of recycled water, renewable energy sources and organic waste.

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Obonjan island
Obonjan Amphitheatre_Gus Webster
Obonjan’s stone amphitheatre

To celebrate Obonjan’s launch, we have teamed up with the organisers to offer a two-week artist-in-residence programme to one creative aged 18 or over. The selected artist will receive an all-expenses paid trip covering flights, accommodation in an air-conditioned forest lodge, three meals a day and up to £250 of materials, as well as access to all of the creative programme taking place on the island during their stay and a chance to meet visiting artists and speakers.

In return, the artist will be asked to create a piece of work that visitors to the island can enjoy. This can be anything from a short film to a photo series, a painting or illustration, set design, sculpture, projection or a mixed media/audio-visual installation. The project will be documented on the CR blog and on Obonjan’s social media channels.

The residency takes place from August 5-19 – to apply, please email with the following:

-An email introducing yourself, your work and why you’d like to take part in the residency programme, plus details of what you can bring to the island (this should be no more than 300 words)

-An outline of what you’d like to create during your stay (please attach a basic outline and, if necessary, some sketches or concept images)

-A CV and some examples of your previous work (either as an attachment or a link to a website/online portfolio)

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, June 29 and winners will be notified by phone or email by Friday July 8. Before applying, please read the Ts and Cs below to make sure you are eligible, and for more information about the trip.

For more info about Obonjan, see

Ts & Cs


  • Creative Review is conducting a search for an Artist in Residence in association with Obonjan Island. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday June 29 2016 and no late entries will be accepted.
  • The search is open to professional and semi-professional artists, defined as people who spend more than a quarter of their year on creative endeavour.
  • The artist can work in any medium, however they must not be a musician. The artist must be an individual (as opposed to a group of artists).
  • The recipient must be available between Friday 5 August and Friday August 19 to travel to the island to take part in the Artist-in-Residence scheme. No formal training or qualifications are required.
  • Artist applying must be aged 18 or above on 28 May 2016. Proof of age and identity may be requested.


Artists will be asked to submit:

  • Their CV
  • An example of their work
  • A written submission of no more than 300 words on why they would like to spend two weeks on Obonjan Island, and why they think their work is relevant and suitable to the project and its guests. Within this written submission, artists are asked to present an artistic idea for their two weeks on the island that can be realistically executed within the timescale and facilities available on the island.
  • They must also submit a rough budget for their proposed treatment, which will be in accordance with the budget parameters of outlined below.


  • A panel including Rachael Steven, senior writer at Creative Review and Dan Blackledge, creative director of Obonjan, will select the artist based on a criteria of; their previous work, originality of the idea, suitability of the work for Obonjan Island, how their work would benefit from a two week break on the island and evidence that the artist chooses to provide an artistic treatment for in their application will be achievable within the budget specified below.
  • Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email
  • The successful applicant will be contacted by email or telephone.
  • Creative Review and Obonjan judges’ decision is final and the judges will not enter into correspondence about submissions that are not selected.
  • Obonjan and Creative Review will only use the information that you provide, including your personal data, for the purpose of administering the Artist-in-Residence scheme and selection process. We reserve the right to share the information with our partner organisations and other individuals only for the purposes of administering and evaluating the selection process.


  • The successful artist will travel out to the island on Friday 5th August and will be in residence until 19th August
  • The artist will be staying in one of the islands air-conditioned forest lodge with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and electricity
  • Obonjan will provide a point of contact on the island to ensure that the artist is well looked after and has everything that they require in order to execute their creative project.
  • The artist will be provided with up to £250 in artist materials for their project, and the island will also cover travel and credit for three full meals a day over the two-week period.
  • The artist will retain ownership of the copyright in their works but Obonjan retains the right to display any artwork on the island over the summer and share on their digital channels.
  • The recipient will have access to Obonjan’s entire creative programme over the two-week period. They are not obliged to attend every event but can pick and choose what they want to go to and find inspiration from.
  • The recipient may be asked to take part in the creative programme through the demonstration of their work or by being asked to give a talk on the island.
  • No one associated with the scheme will be held liable for any direct or indirect loss or liability, costs, claims, taxes, charges or expenses resulting from you taking part in the artist-in-residence scheme.

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