Visiting artist and activist program

The wild and rewilding landscapes of Patagonia's newest national parks have moved us to share their spirit with others. Through the Visiting Artist and Activist program, we invite artists and activists working to imagine a healthier relationship between humans and the rest of nature to join us on an expedition. 

We have three hopes for you:

  • That the spirit of wildness and comradery of the expedition invigorates and infuses your own work

  • That you'll share your perspectives and craft with the group in formal and informal ways

  • That you'll leave something for the future - be it photographs to share, curriculum to continue, or something as yet unimagined.

We have now selected our Visiting Artists and Activists for the 2018 - 2019 season! Stay tuned for next year’s program.

What to expect

As our first Visiting Artist or Activist, you'll step into a new role that will form and evolve over the course of the expedition. We're experimenting with this concept, and hope you're up for the adventure. 

Unlike, say, an Artist-in-Residence program, you'll spend most of your day participating in the expedition, from hiking to cooking to discussions. Your equipment will be limited to what you can carry alongside your personal and group gear. We'll hope you find moments to engage the group in your work, and inject a spirit of creativity, reflection, and thoughtfulness into the expedition.

If you chose to join an Exploratory Expedition, please recognize that we are scouting new routes, which involves more uncertainty, longer days, and greater flexibility.

Chulengo Expeditions will cover the expense of your expedition. You will be responsible for your travel to and from Balmaceda, Chile, for your accommodation the night before the expedition begins, and for your personal gear. 

Who should apply?

We are looking for people who are as eager to learn as to teach, who see an extended backcountry expedition as a catalyzing opportunity to deepen their work, and who envision contributing to the evolution of our program.

While we expect Visiting Artists and Activists to motivate their expedition-mates to connect more deeply with the natural world, we define conservation broadly and see many fields as central to reshaping how we inhabit our planet. If you feel a pro-nature strand in your work, even if you don't define your work as "environmental," we're interested to hear from you.

Participants from around the world, and particularly from the Southern Cone, are encouraged to apply. Expeditions are conduced mostly in English, with some optional Spanish elements.

While you don't need to be an expert outdoorsperson, you should feel comfortable joining in as a capable member of the expedition. That means: 

  • Sleeping in a tent every night, smiling through Patagonia's variable weather every day

  • Carrying a backpack of 30 - 40 lbs while hiking 6 - 12 miles/ day with up to +3000 ft of elevation

  • Diving into group conversations about conservation and working cooperatively with others

  • Acknowledging that backcountry travel is risky and you join an expedition at your own risk