Deadline: 25/09/2017

Open Call! Despina Residency Programme in Rio de Janeiro | 2018 | DEADLINE EXTENDED!

2018 subscriptions for Despina Residency Programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are open until 25.09!

Description of residency programme 
Despina Residency Programme is designed for artists and curators wishing to immerse themselves in their work and/or research. We provide them with the space to explore practices, concepts, new ideas and materials; and to develop a project while receiving professional feedback and support. The selected artists/curators have the chance to live and work in Rio de Janeiro and to participate in a range of activities such as talks, meetings, studio visits and exhibition tours. Participants are also encouraged to propose talks and workshops, and to learn about the socio-cultural and political scenario in Brazil. The support, networks and creative environment offered by Despina Residency Programme encourages professional/artistic development and international contacts.

Duration of residency 
1 to 3 months

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Despina Residency Programme aims to bring artists and curators from all countries and all disciplines (writing, painting, sculpture, architecture, design, multimedia and video art, mixed media art, new technologies, installation, music, dance, performance, etc). We provide all the participants with studio space, basic tools, projectors, a deskjet printer and some leftover building materials. Curatorial support (one-to-one meetings with a curator), weekly follow-up meetings and city tours are also part of the activivities set throughout the period of the residency.

Accommodation (available at request - see costs below)
Studio flats are self-contained and equipped with wi-fi, essential furniture, linen and towels, refrigerator and kitchenware.

The art studios are located in a XIX century building, in the historical city centre of Rio de Janeiro. Some of them are occupied permanently by local artists as part of our goal to establish a dynamic and supportive working environment. A studio with approximately 25m² is reserved for each participant of Despina Residency Programme. The studios are open to the public during exhibition openings and events. Artists and curators have plenty of autonomy to organize their spaces individually, propose workshops, talks and exhibition projects. Although independent, all studios are open plan, allowing interaction and stimulating dialogue between artists and across cultures.

Fees and support
EUR 2,500 (with accommodation) 
EUR 2,000 (without accommodation)
EUR 500 - registration fee to be paid upon acceptance + remaining fee - EUR 2000 (with accommodation) / EUR 1500 (without accommodation) - to be paid prior to arrival

Applicants willing to take part in our programme are expected to self-fund or apply for funding to cover costs involved. Please have a look at the following link for potential funding sources: We are happy to support all successful applicants with invitation letters

Expectations towards the artist
At the end of the residency period, an open studio event is organized for the participants to give a public presentation of their work. Talks and workshops (to be given during the residency period) are welcome.

Despina Residency Programme includes:

  • Art studio
  • Accommodation in a self-contained studio flat (optional - see costs above)
  • One-to-one meetings with a curator
  • Weekly follow-up meetings
  • Opportunity to propose workshops and talks
  • Open studio event at the end of the residency to introduce the artist and the works to the public
  • Special tours in museums and art studios in Rio de Janeiro

Application information (PDF file also available below)

Applications should be emailed to until 25 September 2017 with the subject: ‘Residency Application 2018’ and the following information in a PDF file:
1. A cover letter with name, email, address, phone number and nationality, stating if you require accommodation or not and the month or months in which you would like to take part in the programme 
2. A statement outlining your residency project, motivation, what you expect from the residency and what you hope to achieve (300 word max) 
3. A statement describing your practice/research and areas of interest (300 word max) 
4. Between 10 and 20 images of recent works with dimensions, technique, title and date (for artists only) 
5. A CV

Applicants will be informed about the results of the selection process by the end of September 2017.

Prospective artists/curators will be selected by Despina Selection Committee based on their body of work, CV and proposal for the residency programme. The Committee will take into consideration the excellence of the proposal in relation to innovation and artistic experimentation.

Extra info
- Please make sure to state in your application if you require accommodation or not;
- Companions are welcome. However, an extra cost of EUR 300 (per month) should be paid directly to the flats management;
- Please note that obtaining a VISA is responsibility of the applicant. Make sure to check with your local Brazilian Consulate if a VISA is required;
- If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: 

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Open Call! Despina Residency Programme in Rio de Janeiro | 2018 | DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Open Call! Despina Residency Programme in Rio de Janeiro | 2018 | DEADLINE EXTENDED!


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