SEA ART: A Trash Art Adventure

ArtShape Mammoth will host an art residency journeying through Eastern Indonesia on a pinisi ship sets sail October 14, 2016. Eight selected artists will travel for one week through the islands, interact with the islanders, experience their culture, but also witness the incredible amount of ocean trash polluting both habited and uninhabited islands. They will tour for one week, returning to Lombok’s Mentigi Bay Dome Villas, where each artist will create a work of art with trash found on the islands and install it at Oceans Care and the Sound of the River festival, October 26th, in the capital city of Lombok. The festival will draw thousands with international musicians, street vendors, and surrounding community celebrating and fundraising for the installation of a hydro-solar powered trash wheel for the Jangkuk River, the islands largest river that empties into the Indian Ocean.

We are looking for artists that like adventure, can handle close quarters on the ship, and eagerly accepts full out adventure. You will get dirty, the food will be spicy, and the sun will be hot; we are looking for those willing to embrace the experience and create a compelling piece of work about the journey using trash. The artwork can be anything – all ways of manipulating and reimagining the materials are welcomed. You will be guided and assisted by program director and artist Aubrey Roemer, who helped organize the Indo Art Adventure, in April of 2015.


Please submit the following by July 31st, 2016 to

  • -10 images / video of your work, 1000px wide at least, please
  • – Resume / CV
  • – An image list of your work with titles, dates, dimensions, and materials
  • – A 250 word project proposal – what do you envision making? How does it fit the theme? How are you and your work a good fit for the adventure?

Selected applicants will be notified by the first week of August.


The residency is $3000 for non-ArtShape Mammoth artists and $2900 for members. This includes the lodging and food from the moment you get on the boat until the end of the festival in Lombok, and transportation on the island of Lombok for the festival and for installation of your work. Airfare is not included. You will have a team to help you create your work and will have space to make it, we will do everything that we can to make your vision a reality.

Photo Credit @ Orly Even
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