KAAYSÁ art residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

Kaaysá Art Residency is a family property owned for the last 20 years that was turned into an art residency. The organizers are a gallerist, in the art for more than 30 years, and a young curator, poet, and writer that has been organizing art residencies around Brazil.

The property has 37 rooms, from which some will be dedicated to be a regular individual or double accommodation equipped with a bed or two, a table, a bathroom, mini fridge, and a ceiling fan, and others will be used as a private studio, where the artist can work and sleep, of course depending on the kind of work and materials he will be using.

Besides the rooms, we have a big collective studio and a lot of open air areas where artists can produce big works. We already have woodworking machinery and an audio recording studio and we are now preparing a photographic laboratory and a ceramic oven . Collective kitchens are available to residents, as well as bicycles and parking.

The property has 5,000 square meters of green area and is located in the heart of the Atlantic Rain Forest, among the most beautiful beaches of the North Coast of the state of Sao Paulo, near waterfalls and protected areas, inhabited by native indigenous and a community that lives on fishing and tourism.

The proximity of São Paulo, which is about 160 km away, guarantees residents easy access to the purchase of special materials or to visit more than 120 museums, 160 theaters, 300 cinemas, 40 cultural centers, numerous libraries and art galleries.

We are located at Estrada do Cascalho, 1270 - Boiçucanga, São Sebastião, SP

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Kaaysá is an art residency located in the heart of the Atlantic Rain Forest by the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil, 160 km away from Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America.

With individual and collective programs, the space allows experiencing the forest and the sea, lectures with biologists and anthropologists on the Atlantic Rain Forest, exchanges with artists and curators from Brazil and abroad, socializing with local residents and monitoring projects by mediators.

Kaaysá welcomes creative professionals such as visual artists, photographers, curators, architects, musicians, designers, researchers, philosophers, writers, scientists, dancers, filmmakers and other actors or cultural agents.

The proposal is to interweave processes of different natures with dialogic, thematic, biographical or gestural synergies. We believe that immersion in nature can sharpen the senses, and the creative process on the move can lead residents to inhabit new places as well in their productions. Concepts such as participation, exchange, and collective life are key pieces of experience that suggest a collaboration with the local artistic scene and the formation of the public, thinking art also as a mean of circulating information and instrument of transformation.

Residency programs and costs:

4 weeks program
investment : US 1200 in single room / US 950/ per person in double room

Through application we will select up to 20 artists with the help of a board of curators.

the Kaaysá program Includes

+ Accommodation
+ Program of activities
+ Creative process monitoring
+ free Use of kitchen, laundry, library, pool and common areas
+ Cleaning tools
+ Free Internet access
+ Bicycles for collective use
+ Use of the collective or private studio

does not include
- Flights
- health insurance
- food

all year round
one up to 6 month stay
investment : US 1000 in single room/per month
US 800/ per person in double room / per month

+ Accommodation
+ Menu available for scheduling activities
+ logistic assistance
+ Free use of kitchen, laundry, pool, library and common areas
+ Free Internet access
+ Cleaning tools
+ Bicycles for collective use
+ Use of the collective or private studio

does not include
- Food
- Transport
- Creative process monitoring
- Flights and health insurance

3-Group program
Custom program for groups of artists, curators and institutions.
Costs and schedules to be discussed depending on the period and number of participants.
Two grants available for each edition of Kaaysa program:
One for foreign artist and another for Brazilian

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Other

Independent curator/galerist-run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 16 and 20

Companions allowed
  • Other

to be discussed

Grants available

Two artists will be selected for each Kaaysá Program with 100% (no cost) scholarships. Conditions for scholarships will be discussed by Skype | email. To try the grant, include in the application a letter of motivation in your application. Contact us for special cases and conditions.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

to be discussed

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


OtherAtlantic Rain Forest and Beach area

  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Musical Instruments
Number of studios

between 16 and 20

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portugese
  • Italian and Arabic
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Expeditions and Boat trips

How to reach

By train

No trains available but there is a bus from Litoranea Company direct from Guarulho International Airport. Transfers available from the bus station to the residency. and takes around 3 hours by bus.

By plane

Nearest airport is Guarulhos Internation Airport in Sao Paulo.
Congonhas Airport is also an option for Domestic Flights.

By car

From São Paulo 160 km to arrive. take Immigrant Road until SP-055 Rod Dr. Manoel Hypolito do Rego (Rio-Santos road). When you reach Boicucanga take Estrada do Cascalho. The residency is 1 km away from the main road.
around 3 hours trip.

Nearest airport

Guarulhos International Airport - Sao Paulo

Contact information

KAAYSÁ art residency
estrada do cascalho 1270
11600-000 sao sebastiao


Phone: 55 11 983487849

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