Help Claire to Berlin art residency

Who am I?
My name is Claire Elizabeth Barratt – I’m a performing artist who uses dance, theatre, music, text, visual & media arts. I’m the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts, an inter-disciplinary arts organization founded in the South Bronx, NY in 2002 & now based in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.
For more information, you can follow this link to my blog site:
And this link to the Cilla Vee website:


What am I doing?
As an MFA candidate, I am developing a teaching method for Performance Art.
Performance Art is the meeting point of visual arts & theatre arts. Although it has played a significant role in contemporary art since the early 1900s, there has been very little focus on generating methods for teaching it.
The title of my MFA thesis is:
“The Process and Praxis of Constructing the Self as Medium” (a practical pedagogy for the practice of Performance Art)
Here is a link to my project proposal:


How am I doing it?
I am undertaking this project through the Transart Institute, which offers international, low-residency MFA & PhD programs for working artists in a highly individualized format & is accredited through Plymouth University in the UK.
For information about the Transart Institute, here is the website:


Where is it happening?
Transart Institute offers two intensive residencies per year – a short winter residency in New York City (at The Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts) & a long summer residency in Berlin, Germany (at Uferstudios).
The rest of the year, students work in their own studios & communities.
I have been teaching workshops here in Asheville to develop my method during this autumn semester.
Next semester I will be going into the research phase of my project & have been offered an artist retreat at the John Cage Memorial Park / Chance House in Chance, MD (Deal Island) during the cold winter months of January & February.
For more information about this residency center, visit:


Why am I fundraising?
Although my tuition has been paid for this year, I still need to cover the expenses in order to attend these crucial residencies.
I have calculated a budget of $4,000 as the minimum amount required for travel, accommodation & supplies for Chance, NYC & Berlin.


Chance MD / NYC / Berlin

January & February

TRAVEL - $200
Car – return trip Asheville NC – Chance MD
Average cost – two months electric, gas, water at Chance House
Groceries & other household supplies

Chance Total - $1,000

January 11 – 18

TRAVEL - $70
Bus – return trip from Salisbury MD – NYC
MTA one-week travel pass
Cheap housing – estimate for sublet
Groceries & restaurant dining

NYC Total - $700

July 24 – August 16

TRAVEL - $1,400
Transatlantic flight
Berlin one-month travel pass
Cheap housing – estimate based on last year
Groceries & other household supplies

Berlin Total - $2,300

2015 Residency Expenses Total - $4,000

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