Residencia São João

General information

Brief description of organisation

We are an independent artist-run project. The residency was founded by Antonio Sobral in 2012, and have evolved in collaboration with Ruli Moretti, Flora Rebollo, Daniel Jablonski, Marina Marchesan and Amanda Costa. The program is actually run by Antonio Sobral and Veronica Daniela Cerrotta.

Brief description of residency program

The São João Residencies Program is a rural residency, focusing on multidisciplinarity, experimentation and research. We organize residencies, workshops and retreats throughout the year.

We are located in a historic 19th century estate, near the city of São José do Vale do Rio Preto, in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro (3 hours drive from Rio). The project is open to individuals and collectives acting in different areas and medias.

Besides the wide common area in the main house and plenty of outdoor spaces, residents have at their disposal individual and collective studios to develop personal work and research, as well as sound equipment and musical instruments. For the sound residencies we mount a recording studio at the residency, which is piloted by a team of sound engineers. During the residencies we establish a collective calendar, through which activities are proposed by the residents, such as workshops, readings, listening sessions, etc. After the residency we organize a presentation of works at partner independent spaces in the city of Rio de Janeiro. We also publish contents related to the residency through Deep editions.

The São João Residency has hosted about 100 artists from several countries and regions of Brazil, and, as results, we can mention published/released books (Powerpaola, Stefan Fähler...), records (Sophia Knapp, BCBG...), exhibitions ("Obama Robot", Dumbo Arts Center, NY; Repetitits, Neon chocolate gallery, Berlin), presentations (Saracvra, Rio de Janeiro) and other formats.

Our Program proposes:

- Heightened contact with nature and reduction of outside stimuli and demands. Culture out of the cities.

- The creation of a heterogeneous and multidisciplinary group, regarding personal practices as well as conceptual approaches. Collective dynamics and procedures, the establishment of a collaborative calender. Horizontality.

-Experimentation. A frame to dive deep in the creative process.

Those interested must send the fully filled application form, plus portfolio and/or CV and/or mini bio, to the following email:

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Music
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

2 grants available for a radiophonic project.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Other

please read our open call for details

Expectations of the artist
  • Other
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Musical Instruments
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Portugese
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation

How to reach

Nearest airport

Rio de Janeiro

Contact information

Residencia São João
Estrada do Tubatão s/n
25780-000 São José do Vale do Rio Preto/RJ

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