Deadline: 31/07/2019

Open call for artists and curators! Despina Residency Programme 2020

We┬┤re now accepting submissions for our residency programme taking place in Rio de Janeiro in 2020.

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 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, network 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, curatorial support (one-on-one meetings with a leading curator), weekly follow-up meetings and studio visits are also part of the activities set throughout the period of the residency. The following materials are also available in the studio: 1 SLR camera Canon EOS 600D for images and videos with a tripod, 1 pair of speakers (CSR - 250 Watts RMS), 1 six-channel audio mixer table, 1 pair of wireless hand held microphone, 1 wired microphone, 1 sewing machine (Singer), 1 drill and all basic tools, 1 deskjet printer and scanner (Epson XP-231), 3 projectors (1 Optoma HD25-LV 3500 ANSI Lumens, 20,000:1 HD 1920 x 1080, 1 Optoma GX5100 2800 Lumen XGA HDMI 3DReady, 1 mini-projector Picopix Philips). Art materials such as paints, papers, fabrics, etc. can be found in several shops within the “SAARA” commercial district, which surrounds the studio space; 

Studio flats are self-contained and equipped with wi-fi, essential furniture, linen and towels, refrigerator and kitchenware.

The studios are located in a XIX century building, in the 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

We encourage selected artists/curators to apply for funding to cover all costs involved. Despina is a non-profit cultural association with a renowned residency programme and most participants manage to get financial support. Please have a look at the following link for potential funding sources: Follow below a list of specific opportunities. We are happy to support all successful applicants with invitation letters

Opportunity for Danish applicants

Opportunity for Dutch applicants

Opportunity for Canadian applicants

Opportunity for Swedish applicants

Opportunity for Norwegian applicants

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)
  • One on 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 show the works and/or processes to the public
  • Special tours in museums and art studios in Rio de Janeiro

Application information (PDF file also available below)
All applications should be emailed to: until 31st July 2019 with the subject: "Despina Residency - Open Call 2020” 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 (between January and November 2020 - residencies can last from 1 to 3 months). Please note that we have a few slots still available for 2019 in September, October and November. Please get in touch by email so we can speed up your application process.

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

5. A CV

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, extra costs apply. More details on request;
  • 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;
  • For more information about Despina, please visit our website ( or follow us on Facebook ( and Instagram ( If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us:

Open call for artists and curators! Despina Residency Programme 2020

Open call for artists and curators! Despina Residency Programme 2020


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