Maritime Arts and Inspiration Center

Blanket Sound, Andros Island, Bahamas

Residency Application


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About the Residency


Maritime Arts and Inspiration Center (MAIC) is part of International Field Studies, a 38 year- old non-profit educational organization located on Andros Island in the Bahamas. MAIC residencies serve as a platform for artistic exchange between international artists and the master carvers, fiber artists, and boat builders native to Andros.  MAIC operates year-round based in a renovated schoolhouse with a variety of educational programming.  Artist Residencies at MAIC are offered periodically for one or two week sessions with the purpose of bringing together professional artists who can experience the island as a group. Individual residencies are also occasionally accepted.


How MAIC Works


Residencies are offered in a one week and two week long session accepting a total of eight to ten artists per session.  Artists are invited to submit applications throughout the year.  The applications are reviewed and ranked by a panel of artists and arts professionals.


A Green Residency


MAIC is committed to celebrate the rich cultural history of Andros-- without unnecessary environmental impacts. The center focuses on exciting alternative energy strategies, such as solar and wind produced electricity, passive solar hot water showers, a bio fuels 36ft sailboat, and a humanure producing incinerating toilet. MAIC is an inspiring rural ocean program that requires no experience but a willingness to experiment, to be immersed in the natural environment.


Important Information


The Maritime Arts and Inspiration Center is a natural product. The intent is to immerse the artist in the natural wonders of wind, sun, coral reefs and forests. There are seasonal rains, insects and exposures that are not typical of the built environment. Andros is a vast outdoor experience not to be missed.


Accommodations and Fees


Sleeping –

Resident accommodations at the Arts Center consist of tents with sleeping pads.  Residents are expected to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.  


Cabin accommodations with running water are also available at International Field Studies’ Forfar Field Station. The Field Station is located 15 minutes’ walk down the beach from the Arts Center.  The Field Station provides linens and pillows (additional costs do apply).


Dietary - Residents enjoy three meals a day provided by an Androsian cook.


Dietary Restrictions - MAIC meals are provided with vegan, and vegetarian options. Refrigeration for medication, etc is available.



$650 per artist, one week

10% discount, subsequent weeks

One coordinator is invited to attend at no cost, if that artist recruits eight participants.

For a full understanding of amenities and options, please consult


Work - Work stations are provided in an outdoor chickee hut and inside the MAIC school house where residents can run tools off of solar/wind power.


Woodcarving/boatbuilding tools available: Henry Taylor Carving sets, Stihl Chainsaw, Estwing Hatchets, Hand Saws, and basic wood working tools. Natural local materials such as dry, naturally dead mahogany, stone, and palm are readily available.

Textile resources include uncountable natural materials, cotton and canvas from Androsia Batik, beeswax, various notions and findings, including a wide variety of hand-sewing needles appropriate to rugged plant-derived textiles, and non-industrial sewing machines and serger.


Various art products may also be available, such as sketch pads, charcoals, plasticine, watercolors, etc.


Master Craftsman Instructional Sessions


The Maritime Arts and Inspiration Center is designed to empower local artists and promote ideas of sustainability in rural island communities. Andros is rich with culture and traditional artisans with whom MAIC works with to provide valuable educational resources to visiting artists.


For an additional fee, residents can enroll in a week-long instructional session in woodcarving, textile sculpture, or boat building from an Androsian master craftsman. Class fees are paid directly to the Bahamian artist.


Application Process


Applications to MAIC Residency Program must be submitted via email to: apply@maritimearts.or. 


A complete application includes:

Application form with

contact information

applicant information


statement of interest in MAIC

Artist’s CV

Work samples in appropriate format, submitted by email with Work Sample Cover Sheet


A review panel evaluates eligible projects on the following criteria:

artistic merit and professional record

significance of residency to professional and artistic development

interest in the residencies core beliefs and goals


Application Deadline

Please apply at least two months before your preferred dates.

Panel selections will be announced early periodically.


Work Sample Guidelines

Work samples are a critical element of your application.  Prepare a well-organized presentation that best represents your work and/or the project to be presented.


Submit samples of work created and/or presented in the last three years.

All samples must be digital and submitted via email.


File Type, Size and Resolution:

Accepted File Types: JPEG, GIF

Image Resolution: 72 DPI

Maximum Height/Width: 1000 x 1000 pixels

Maximum Individual File Size: 300K


File name format:

All files should be named according to the following format: Lastname_FirstnameTwodigits.jpeg (e.g. Doe_John01.jpeg)



Attach up to ten digital images along with a digital  copy of your application and CV in an email to apply@maritmearts.or.  Please write your name in the subject line (e.g. John Doe)


Non-digital applications will not be accepted. 



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