KAAYSÁ art residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

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

The property has 30 rooms, from which some are dedicated to be a regular individual or double accommodation equipped with a bed or two, a table, a bathroom and a ceiling fan, and others are used as a private studio, where the artist can work and sleep, 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 have woodworking machinery an audio recording studio, a ceramic Kiln, a movie room and we are now preparing a photographic laboratory . 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, a walking distance to the forest and to waterfalls and very close to 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 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 and international residents and monitoring projects by mediators.

Kaaysá welcomes creative professionals such as visual artists, photographers, curators, architects, musicians, writers, designers, researchers, philosophers, 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:

JUNE/ 2019
4 weeks program
investment : US 1500 in single room / US 1100/ 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

2-Kaaysa OPEN
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-Kaaysa GROUP
Custom program for groups of artists, curators and institutions.
Costs and schedules to be discussed depending on the period and number of participants.
Please contact us to info@kaaysa.com.br if you need help on how to find sponsor for your residency expenses.

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
  • Pets
Grants available

Two artists will be selected once a year for Kaaysá Program with 100% (no cost) scholarships. Conditions for scholarships will be discussed by Skype | email. To try the grant, include a letter of motivation in your application. partial scholarships available. contact us. follow us on Facebook , instagram and Youtube ...

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
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
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios

between 16 and 20

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room

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
  • forest Expeditions and Boat trips, visit to indigenous people.

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. takes 3 to 4 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. 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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