Instituto Sacatar / Brazil : Open Call / Convocatória do Sacatar

Associated Residency Program

THE INSTITUTO SACATAR, a non-profit corporation founded in 2000, runs an artist residency program on the island of Itaparica across the bay from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Sacatar occupies a sea-side estate, formerly the retreat of a Catholic girls´ school. The artists have their own bedroom/bathroom suites and separate individual studios suitable to their creative disciplines.

 

The Casa Central, a large house with a central courtyard, has five bedroom/bathroom suites and a wide verandah that faces the bay. The Casa Pequena, a century-old house renovated in 2021, has four bedroom/bathroom suites. To the east of the Casa Central, five studios surround a coconut grove and serve the visual arts, dance/theater, music and creative writing. There are an additional two studios in the Casa Central. Simple hand tools are available in a shared wood shop. 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.

 

A Sacatar residency  can take artists out of their comfort zone, placing them in a low income community deeply rooted in ancestral practices brought from Africa. The local community approaches art fearlessly and willingly. The people of Bahia disarm artists through warmth and a willingness to share. These experiences inspire artists to produce simpler, more directly communicative art. Sacatar artists often report returning to their ‘normal’ lives deeply transformed.

Deadline
Residency Length
1 month - 2 months
Languages
English
Spanish
French
Portuguese
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
6
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Woodworking
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Translation
Writing
Acting
Choreography
Dance
Performance Art
Theater
Music
Opera
Symphony
Animation
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
Graphic Design
Illustration
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Storytelling
Biology
Ecology
Environmentalism/Conservation
Science
Art Education
Art History
History
Companions
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
N/A
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
All meals
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Dance Studio With Sprung Floor
Piano
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Easels
Large Sinks
Woodworking Tools
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information

The Instituto Sacatar sponsors residencies for highly qualified individuals in all creative pursuits. While we sometimes use the word ‘artist,’ we interpret ‘creativity’ in the broadest possible sense. We seek creative individuals of all backgrounds, without regard to race, creed, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability or HIV status.

If you seek a residency only for the peace and quiet, we urge you to apply elsewhere. Even though the estate is tranquil and very conducive to concentrated work, all around us is the intriguing and vigorous culture of Bahia, arising from the entwined roots of the indigenous culture, the resistance of the African diaspora, and European colonisation. If you simply need ‘time away,’ we suggest that you apply to one of the hundreds of other residencies available around the world.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
20
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
200
Artist Stipend
0
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
0
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
0
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
5000
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

The Instituto Sacatar provides unstructured time and an appropriate space for creative individuals to develop new work. Specifically, a residency fellowship at Sacatar provides:

  • A private bedroom with attached bath
  • A personal studio suitable to the artist’s discipline
  • All meals (except Saturday evenings, Sundays and Brazilian holidays)
  • Weekly laundry services / weekly room service with clean linens and towels
  • Logistical support to interact with the local arts, culture and community as each artist sees fit
  • The opportunity to live and collaborate with other artists from a wide range of disciplines, professional experience, ethnicities, and ages

The first week of a Sacatar residency provides an overview of the cultural richness of Bahia, including optional tours of the island, the town of Itaparica, and the city of Salvador. A public presentation of the artists, given early in each residency session, provides each artist the opportunity to connect with the local cultural and creative communities of Bahia. In the second week, the Brazilian staff of the Instituto works with each artist individually to help the artist engage, as desired, with the local culture in ways appropriate for that artist. Towards the end of each residency period, artists often present work they have completed during their residency, actively engaging local collaborators and audiences.

We do not provide a financial stipend, but the above services cost the Sacatar Foundation an average of 5000 US dollars per two-month residency. 

Application Fee
25
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application