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Dance and Music Studios, Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil.
Studios Terra and Água and the Administration Building, Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil.
Installation by Erik Goengrich (Germany), Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil.
Circus Classes with Andrea Wurzer (Germany) and Adriana Rojas Pretel (Colombia), Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil.


The INSTITUTO SACATAR is located on the island of Itaparica in the Bay of All Saints, across from the first capital of Brazil: Salvador, Bahia. Our program provides each artist with a private room with attached bath, a separate studio, laundry and meal service. Residency sessions generally last eight weeks. Meals are provided three times a day except on Saturday evenings, Sundays and Brazilian holidays. Artists are encouraged to immerse themselves in the culture of Bahia, with its cross-currents from African, Portuguese and indigenous sources. Artists can work on their own, but Sacatar also provides logistical support for artists to work with local and regional individuals or groups on specific projects.


Itaparica, Bahia: Brazil

Located on the northern tip of the largest island in the Bay of All Saints, the INSTITUTO SACATAR occupies a sea-side estate, formerly the retreat of a Catholic girls' school. The artists live in a large white house arranged around a central courtyard with generous verandahs overlooking the bay. Artists' studios, an administration building and a communal woodshop encircle a coconut grove by the seashore. The beach is secluded, with calm waters. It is a short walk to the historic village of Itaparica and an hour boat ride to Salvador, the first capital of Brazil and currently a city of nearly three million people.


  • Residency Length: 8 weeks (average)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 6
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 30
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 387


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    In addition to our biennial selection process, open to artists of all ages, nationalities and disciplines, Sacatar works with specific partners whose programs impose geographic and/or age restrictions.

  • Application deadline: July 30
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    The next deadline for applications for artists of any nationality, age or discipline is 30 JULY 2018, for artist residencies to be awarded in 2019. Details at APPLY at

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
The site contains statements from alumni under OUR FELLOWS > IMPACT OF RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP
I would definitely say that this experience at Sacatar has changed my life...I feel now that my body has been altered somehow, that I now have an extra organ, extra brain section, or extra sense I get to keep, that I get to use from now on.
— Dawn Stetzel
Sacatar is not for everyone. We look for people who are willing to experience and engage with the amazing resources of the culture of Bahia. We hope that artists will create work here that they would be unable to produce in any other setting.
— Taylor Van Horne, Director

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Each room at Sacatar is unique and comfortably furnished, with an attached private bathroom. Each artist also has a personal studio, separate from the living accommodations. We are definitely in the tropics and there is no air-conditioning. Fans are provided and all beds have mosquito netting. Smoking is permitted outdoors only.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    We serve breakfast in the garden (weather permitting) and lunch and dinner in the main house. We do our best to accommodate artists with special dietary needs: vegetarian, etc. No meals are provided on Saturday evenings, Sundays or Brazilian holidays, when residents may use the kitchen and/or raid the refrigerator. There are restaurants in Itaparica and beach bars nearby where you can get relatively inexpensive food. Recently the exchange rate has favored the US dollar, making Brazil more affordable. You can get a meal locally for USD$5.00-20.00.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    The estate is flat and can accommodate artists using wheelchairs with little difficulty. However, neither Itaparica nor Salvador is particularly easy to manage and this is compounded by the rainy season (May - August). We typically schedule artists using wheelchairs during the dryer months of the year. We have hosted deaf artists without undue difficulty, even though Sacatar is not specially 'hearing-impaired equipped'.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Music studio (non-recording), Painting
  • Additional studio information: 
    The Instituto Sacatar has few special facilities. We simply provide each artist with a room to live and a studio to work. Artists are responsible for their own materials. We have a very simple woodworking facility with basic tools. For photographers and filmmakers, there is a small refrigerator for film stock. The dance/theater studio has a sprung wooden floor and adjacent changing room. This studio has sliding doors that open on one side to to the beach and on the opposite side to a large patio shaded by a mango tree, creating an impromptu theater. The composer's studio is located in a corner of the property overlooking the ocean, where composers are less likely to disturb the other residents. We have an electric piano and an extensive collection of percussion instruments for composer/musicians. If requested, we will try to arrange for special needs by locating additional facilities (dance schools, theaters, galleries, kilns, etc.) in Salvador or on the island of Itaparica. We are in a low-tech environment, and we urge artists to work directly and simply with available materials and methods.
  • Other facilities and services: The internet service is variable and inconsistent. Artists must be prepared to deal with the vagaries of the wifi signal, which varies across the property and from day to day. Also, if you cannot set down your cell phone, please don't bother to apply. You will never see Bahia or experience its rich culture if you are always looking at a device in the palm of your hand.

Residency Fees

Application fee: US$35, payable to the Sacatar Foundation, a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. No additional fees if accepted.

Stipends / other support

Check > APPLY to find out if you are eligible to apply through one of our partner institutions, which provide airfare and/or artist stipends.

Additional expectations / opportunities

The first week of the residency is an extensive orientation to the cultural geography of Bahia, with optional tours of the island of Itaparica and the city of Salvador. Early in the residency, artists have the opportunity to present their aspirations and intentions in a public venue to the local arts communities, at which time they can ask for contacts and support. At the end of each residency session, artists decide if they wish to hold Open Studios on site, during which they can share their work with their collaborators, friends, school groups and the wider local community.

Contact Information

Rua da Alegria 10
Itaparica, 44460-000
Tel: 55 71 3631 1834