Deadline: Open call


Create and curate work in a retreat space on the ecologic paradise of island of Ilhabela in Brazil.

Description of residency program

Casa Na Ilha Art Residency Program is based in a colonial house in the island of Ilhabela, Brazil. The Residency Program is an initiative born from the idea of artists from different disciplines to create a space where creativity is encouraged, focusing in the construction of the creative process, development and curatorial process of artistic and environmental engaged projects in one place away from the city and distractions of daily routine.

THE ISLAND OF ILHABELA - Ecological Paradise and Preservation Area
Casa na Ilha Art Residency Program takes place in the island of Ilhabela, at the north coast of the state of Sao Pablo, Brazil. Located at 200 km from the city of Sao Pablo, is the largest island of an archipelago formed of this and other of minor dimension.  Ilhabela is an ecological paradise, covered by Mata Atlantica (atlantic rainforest) home of unique fauna and flora, with more than 73 beaches and 27 waterfalls of cristalin pure water, the highest mountains are held here. Being a unique ecological ambience, and harboring various endangered species, 84% of the island is a preservation area, protected by the Parque Estadual Ilhabela.

The preservation area is also home of the Caicaras, the native community of the region. Caicaras are today a sustainable community still keeping their own tradition and ancient skills. The community is nowadays facing danger of losing their land because of economic growth and interest and local and national organization are helping them keeping their land and way of life. They fish with their own nets and with harpoon to feed their families as well as being their main economic income. The traditional know-how of is one of the main intangible assets of Ilhabela. 

THE HOUSE – A perfect retreat place to inspire and create work
Casa na Ilha Residency programs runs in a colonial house built in 1967, 12 km away from the island town, emplaced in the middle of the rainforest surrounded with nature. The house, located a few meters away from a peaceful beach and natural waterfalls creates the perfect enviroment to relax the mind and focus on projects.

The house is in the way of becoming completely self-sustaining, with an organic garden, orchards, and spring water supplied. The absolute peace and tranquility of the place are perfect for feeding inspiration and disconnection with the world today that generally cause blockages between the artist and their work.

The Residency Program
Casa na Ilha is a retreat space where artists can curate in an intensive clinical process on their work in progress or develop new projects. The main goal is that artists are able to focus on their ideas and projects, enhancing creativity and inspiration and connect, between them, the local community, art organizations and nature .

Duration of residency
The Residency Program is 4 weeks long duration between 5 - 8 artists at a time. In case projects requires it, participants may apply for a longer period.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Casa na Ilha welcomes artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent. 

Applications are accepted from all disciplines:

·        Writing
·        Painting
·        Photograph
·        Visual/Plastic Arts
·        Film
·        Research (Sustainability/Ecology/biodiversity/Climate Change)
·        Dance
·        Sound & Music
·        Design
·        Architecture
·        Textile
·        Philosophy

Casa na Ilha is a space where to develop, improve and curate personal and group projects in an interdisciplinary ambience, nurturing for different views opinions and expertise.  

Artists can choose to work on a self-directed residency or as part of an interdisciplinary program. Artists in residency can expand their practice with talks and discussions with their peers, connect with local community, engage in meaningful conversations around global culture and contemporary art. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, studio visits, contact with local organizations and work with curator from an art center and art galleries, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work.   

The residency program promotes the development of projects in all stages, from conception of the idea to the presentation of the same.

As a Casa na Ilha guest you will have uninterrupted, self-directed work time. We will not pressure you to deliver finished work; you can focus solely on research and development of ideas. But, in each residency period at Casa Na Ilha, common spaces, optional talks and activities will be conceived to promote not only collaboration between the artists, but to empower ideas between different participants and interdisciplinary learning. Casa na Ilha embraces the role of being an active platform of thinking, discussion, production and sharing trough daily and weekly meetings as dynamic gatherings open to share and exchange ideas and perspectives among participants and curators.

During the residency period there will be a 24/7 tutor available.

It will be optional to give a talk, exhibition or workshop as well as working with local organizations. We will help artist make the necessary contacts, approaches and arrangements  with different parties the project requires.

Lodging in private or shared rooms en suite fully furnish.

Studio/ workspace
Indoor Common work space and outdoor work space in a gallery that surrounds the house, 2500 sqf gardens and jungle, and of course the beach, waterfall and swimming pool area.  

Fees and support
Fees and costs are based on a 4 week residency period. In case of longer periods, please contact us at 

Casa na Ilha is a non profit organization, fees and cost are estimated to run the program, the facilities and the equipment.

Residency Program Fee
• 1000 R$ Brazilian Real /320 Usd (aprox) 2 bed shared ensuite room per week
• 1300 R$ Brazilian Real/ 417 Usd (aprox) 1 bed private ensuite room per week

 Including linen and full access to house facilities.

 Tea and coffee is available 24 hs

Meal Service Fee
• 300 R$ Brazilian Real/ 100 Usd (aprox) per week

Includes Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

After you application is accepted a 10% deposit is required to secure your place and will be deducted from your total fees. The total should be paid one month before residency period starts. If you have any doubts, please let us know.We recommend budgeting an additional for fun and transportation, plus whatever you will need to purchase materials. We will be happy to help you make a rough estimate of material costs before you arrive. 

Expectations towards the artist

Exhibitions and Curation
It will be optional to give a talk, exhibition or workshop as well as working with local organizations. We will help artist make the necessary contacts, approaches and arrangements with different parties the project requires. 

Casa na Ilha works with a curator from an art center as well as art galleries and organizations.

Depending on the nature of the project and the willing of the artist, projects can be submitted to analysis to the center to receive not only a curation process but also to be exhibit.

Lectures, exhibitions an open studios are also going to be held subject to the work project, as well as being part of an online platform. This is an opportunity to show and exhibit the artist work developed during the residency.

Casa na Ilha gathers individuals with different expertise, sensibilitites, skills and backgrounds committed to contribute to the enrichment of intellectual and artistic circles with their professional collaborations and public interactions, also carrying a strong belief in the importance of building a community that shares and grows.

Ecologic and Local Community Engagement – Workshops
Activities such as working with local organization such as schools, educational organization,  the preservation area Parque Estadual Ilhabela  and the Caicaras communities are being held with the purpose of becoming a space that promotes not only cultural diversity but also generates collaborative and respectful ties with the environment and local organizations. These activities are completely optional for the artists, but it could be of interest of for those who have special interest in socially engaged art, community projects, indigenous cultures, historical themes, environment (in particular tropical flora and fauna, marine life), climate change, sustainable living and science. However it is not a requirement, we are open to all kinds of projects such as art, music, performance, travel, writing and other creative forms of expression. You will be able to work with other people in tune with the nature of this project.

Local Organization working with Casa Na Ilha are such as Colegio Sao Joao ( and

Associacao Barreiros ( 

We also work directly with the Caicaras native community and the Enviromental offices in the island.

Application information
You can apply now for 2017 Art Residency Program. 

Both individual and group application are accepted. 

The application form is available and we will send it to you via e mail. You can apply in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

To apply we will ask:

• A curriculum vitae;
• A 400 word proposal describing the project that the applicants will develop the stay at Casa na Ilha
• A portfolio of selected works or writing samples. We suggest a maximum of 12 items per application.
• A link to a personal page/blog (if you have)

All submission will be received and process. The curatorial panel is an interdisciplinary group with writers, visual artists, filmmakers and photographers.

We encourage projects and ideas that are open to improve and development and that demonstrate interest in focusing and diving and growing in the creation process.

Residency periods are from 1 to 3 months we are open to extend this period if the project requires it. We are also open to individual or group applications. 

4 Week Residency Dates (+ 4 week applications should consider the same starting dates)

MARCH 2018: MARCH 14 - APRIL 11
APRIL 2018: APRIL 13 - MAY 11
MAY 2018: MAY 12 - JUNE 9
JUNE 2018: JUNE 10 - JULY 8
JULY 2018: JULY 9 - AUGUST 6

We offer:

  • Indoor Common work space
  • Outdoor work space in a gallery that surrounds the house, 2500 sqf gardens and jungle, and of course the beach, waterfall and swimming pool area.  
  • Tutor available 24/7.
  • Lodging in private or shared rooms en suite fully furnish.
  • Basic Materials (you can get work materials in shops in town 12 km away from the house).
  • Natural resources from jungle, beaches waterfalls and gardens can be used without endangering the eco balance of the region.
  • Wifi.
  • Equipped kitchen (refrigerator, stove, blender, pots, etc.) 
  • Cleaning and cooking services.
  • Orientation and accompaniment on the project development before and after residency period.
  • Interaction and connection with the community and local organizations
  • Exhibition, lectures and workshop set up.
  • Online work/project platform.
  • Work/Project Presentation for curation and exhibition in Centro Cultural Vermelhos and Escritorio de Arte Art Gallery.
  • Exploring expedition to the jungle and other island arrangements.

TO APPLY, or for further questions, please contact us at

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