Elmo's House Artist Residency is located in the small seaside town of Batan, Aklan. Amidst a tropical location and distinct cultural history, it’s the first artist residency in the region. The House is at the heart of a quiet fishing village, within a short distance to secluded beaches and lush mountains. Elmo's House is a multi-level six bedroom home. There are two 2,500 square feet open-air floors designated as communal working areas and studios. These spaces have unobstructed views of the town and boast inspiring sunrises and sunsets. Artist will have have their own private room, shared lavatories and use of a stocked kitchen. Homemade dinners will be provided and enjoyed as a daily communal event by the artists in residence.
Elmo’s House welcomes contemporary artists working in any medium. The Residency’s location and the community it is a part of is an important and unique aspect that can enrich one’s practice. Special consideration will be expressed towards artists' proposals that aligns with the Residency's mandate.
As an artist, Elmo’s House founder and Residence Director, Kuh Del Rosario, is interested in building upon the semantics of materiality and the relationship between the natural and the man-made. This focus on the tangible, has functioned in grounding the existential ideas that motivate her work. This trajectory has led to questions of ancestry and indigenous roots, which made it crucial to continue her practice in the Philippines. Living and working in Vancouver provided a perspective that had to change eventually. She found herself mining her own story until it was no longer possible to dig into earth that is not her own.
As a hyphenated Canadian, Kuh has always felt a sense of imperceptible loss. During her early years in Canada, most frequently, it was others that pointed to what she was lacking. The process of westernization happened over decades and it dulled the understanding of her origins. But beyond the disconnect with culture, was the disconnect with family. In order to continue her own personal growth which is connected to the evolution in her practice, Kuh needed to mend familial ties, specifically with her father who lives in the small town of Batan.
Elmo’s House Artist Residency was originally conceived to simultaneously satisfy a culmination of challenges. It started out as a personal project that has grown to encompass ideas and goals beyond its original intent. Its current keepers, Kuh Del Rosario and her partner Ryan Romero, have revived the House after a long period of it sitting uninhabited. Today, Elmo’s House Artist Residency presents a new direction to both their practices and a new chapter for the Del Rosario family home.
Elmo’s House Artist Residency is run out of the house Patrocino Salazar Del Rosario built in the early 1960’s in preparation for his growing family. Over the years the house has undergone several renovations and additions, with the most recent and dramatic commissioned by one of his sons, Elmo Del Rosario. Over several years starting in the mid 1990’s, Elmo slowly added vertical space to the house with two open air floors and spare rooms. It is not uncommon for houses in Batan to be developed in piecemeal as extra money becomes available. The construction of this particular house is no different. What distinguishes itself from neighbouring houses is Elmo’s singular vision clearly articulated in each brick and stone. Without consulting an architect, the design of the house was definitively his.
Residence Director &
Artist in Residence
Born in Manila and raised in Calgary, Kuh Del Rosario graduated with a BFA in Painting at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Over the last 15 years, she has been an active member of the arts community in Vancouver. Elmo’s House Artist Residency is in part, an extension of her practice. This project has been informed by ancestral ties and the desire to establish an international community in this vibrant and complex town.
Creative Director &
Artist in Residence
With vast experience in design and brands in North America, Ryan Romero plays an integral role in the creative direction of the Residency. Born in Manila, raised in Riyadh before finding a home in Vancouver, Ryan has a unique perspective of culture and the identities we form around it. Working with Kuh at Elmo's House is a time to reconcile his ancestry with his practice.
Filipino born and raised, Asahi Angelo has been part of the residency since early 2017. Tasked to provide comfort and companionship to new residents, she is slowly growing into her role.