PRESENT Project is a month-long artist residency that facilitates collaboration and exchange between international and local artists while creating a space for young artists to engage in their own process of expression and inquiry. This project establishes Hawai‘i’s place as part of a network of residencies around the world that are building capacity in their communities in the creative industries.

PRESENT Project is the concept of Hadley Nunes a Hawai`i-based artist and curator (read more about Hadley).

Mission/Envisioned Future

PRESENT Project’s goal is to support and expand Hawai’i’s traditional role as a center of arts in the Pacific. PRESENT’s mission is to establish our residency as a place of innovation in education and socially engaged art practices.

September 2014

The residency will take place in two 5,000 square foot warehouses within a neighborhood development project called Our Kaka’ako in Honolulu, Hawai`i. Florence Carbonne, Swoon (Caledonia Curry), Sally LundburgDinorah de Jesús Rodriguez, Keith Tallett, and Bryan Welch, founder of Guilds will our first group of local and international residents.

During the five-weeks of PRESENT we’ll invite the community to participate in public and private events throughout the month. Through our workshop series and visiting school groups over 200+ students, from public, private and charter schools throughout Oahu in partnership with The Honolulu Museum of Art School’s outreach program Art to Go will participate.

The public is invited to free, weekly artist talks and events throughout the month. Our partnership with the University of Hawai’i Department of Art and Art History will give students access to the warehouse to view the resident artist’s works-in-progress during the project.