A wide ranging article on sustainability in the context of artist residencies by Laura Kenisns published in the Canadian art journal C Magazine in autumn 2013 and entitled ‘Escapists and Jet-Setters: Residencies and Sustainability':
The idea of the artist colony emerged in the early 19th century alongside Romanticism, and the idea of artists going into the wilderness or to a place free from societal restraints persists in today’s residencies, whether they be urban or rural…These early artist colonies were established as utopias of sorts, a place where experiencing natural beauty and creating work could be artists’ primary concerns. In these spaces, artists could be free from many of the usual restraints of everyday life and everyday behaviour. Much like these colonies, today’s residency centre is a sort of permanent temporary community where individual members may change, but one can always find a community of artists.
For the whole text see the online issue of C Magazine: