Cayo Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

Cayo Artist Residency takes place in the heart of Eleuthera Island. Eleuthera derives its name from the Greek adjective eleutheros, meaning "free." It is a unique and precious island that was revered and cherished by the indigenous Lucayan people.

On one side lies the tranquil Caribbean; on the other side lies the churning sapphire waters of the Atlantic Ocean. These two bodies of water are separated by only a thin ribbon of rock, plants, and sand. The island’s uniqueness warrants a need to study, preserve, and protect the precious ecology of not just the island, but also its surrounding waters and the creatures within them. It is our hope that our residencies will empower both locals and visitors to carry the message of conservation, awareness and reverence around the globe.

Each of the two 10-day residencies hosts four Art Explorers. In addition, we select one Artist in Residence to participate and make his/her work for the full three weeks. Cayo Residency takes place in the summertime with accommodations located at a peaceful villa within walking distance from the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Team: Sebastiano Varoli (Founder); Regan Rosburg (Artistic Director) &; Darya Warner (Director of Programs & Operations)

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Cayo Residency seeks to bridge the beauty of the natural world, scientific exploration, collaborative conversations, and biology-based research to facilitate a meaningful creative environment for artists. Based on the island of Eleuthera in the cerulean waters of the Bahamas, our goal is to provide artists with a variety of stimulating experiences with which they can conceive new projects or deepen established creative practices. By tapping into the intrinsic intelligence, design and beauty of nature, our artists return home as stewards of ecology, stimulated to protect and educate others with their work.

As part of the residency experience, we provide workshops that encourage critical thinking, ecological awareness, specimen collection and material exploration. Talks will cover topics such as plastic pollution, conservation, climate change, protecting the biome, and the power of BioArt. Attendees will be provided suggested readings before the residency begins.

Each Art Explorer will receive one-on-one feedback with our Artist in Residence, as well as have access to both our Scientific and Artistic Advisors. This feedback is aimed at deepening research and providing support for each artist’s area of interest.

Field trips include the Leon Levy Nature Preserve, the Cape Eleuthera Institute, Sweetings Pond (seahorses!) and more.

We are seeking artists who focus on the environment, biology, ecology, or preservation in their work, and whose work encompasses a curiosity and reverence for the Earth\'s diverse wonders. We are open to artists working in all genres. Our eight "Art Explorers" (i.e. residents of the Cayo Residency) are emerging artists and graduate students who want to deepen their practice, but are not required to make work at the residency. These eight artists must be open to team cooperation and artistic autonomy.

The Residency Fee (ART EXPLORERS) for 10 days is $2,200 USD. This fee includes transportation during the residency, lodging, meals and snacks, and entrance fees to parks and institutions. Accommodations for each Art Explorer will include a single bed (two beds per room) and shared bathroom.

The residency fees for all participants do not include the following: flights to and from Eleuthera, appropriate travel documents, personal travel/health insurance, and personal spending money.

All participants must be confident swimmers and in good physical condition. All artists are responsible for bringing their own supplies to the residency.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Bio Art
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

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


Grants available

Cayo accepts only one Artist-in-Residence per program, staying for both sessions of the residency. The AIR works on their own project and research while at the residency. They are also expected to provide feedback and guidance to each group of Art Explorers. AIRs present an artist talk and lead a workshop or discussion. Participation in field trips is encouraged but not required. AIR applicants are invited by the Cayo committee to apply. Submission includes letter of intention, demonstration of artistic merit, and proposed workshop/project. Established and mid-career artists welcome. Work is expected to be generated during the residency, and documentation of finished work is required within the following year. Along with a discounted rate for food, the AIR receives free transportation, excursions, lodging (private bedroom and bathroom), and private workspace.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Other

Presentation of work created as a result of residency experience (3-6 months after leaving Cayo Residency)

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
  • Food
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films

How to reach

By plane

Direct flights to Governor\'s Harbour Eleuthera (airport pick-up will be organized) from:

- Fort Lauderdale, FL or
- Nassau, Bahamas,

Nearest airport

Governor\'s Harbour (GHB)

Contact information

Cayo Residency
Wykee Estates
Governor\'s Harbour, Eleuthera

Phone: +55(11)987810771

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