Portuguese, English
1-3 months
Paid by artist 

Travel, materials, meals. Residency fee per month is 2500 euro (with accommodation). 

Application guidelines 

Applications should be emailed to with the subject: ‘Residency Application’ and the following information in a PDF file:

  • 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
  • A statement outlining your residency project, motivation, what you expect from the residency and what you hope to achieve (300 word max)
  • A statement describing your practice/research and areas of interest (300 word max)
  • Between 10 and 20 images of recent works with dimensions, technique, title and date (for artists only)
  • A CV

More information here.





Despina is a non-profit cultural association committed to develop platforms for creation, dissemination and collaboration in the field of contemporary art. The projects developed by Despina are based around the following proposals:

  • create a lively, supportive and dynamic environment for the development and exhibition of contemporary art
  • facilitate experimentation and innovation in contemporary art practices by stimulating dialogue between artists and across cultures
  • encourage the professional development of artists through a non-judgemental and process-based art residency programme
  • widen access to contemporary art, instigating critical thinking
  • contribute to the urban and cultural revitalization of the city centre of Rio de Janeiro, where the space is located.

Despina Residency Programme is designed for artists and curators wishing to immerse in their work and/or research. They provide artists with space to explore practices, concepts, new ideas and materials; and to develop a project while receiving professional feedback and support. Selected artists/curators participate in talks, meetings, studio visits, a final exhibition and are encouraged to propose educational activities to the public.


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. Further: Exhibitions and open studio event, talks, workshops.

Accommodation Information 

The apartments are situated in a garden surrounded by the Atlantic Forest in Cosme Velho, a traditional neighborhood adjacent to the Corcovado Mountain in the south side of the city. They are equipped with wi-fi, essential furniture, linen and towels, refrigerator and kitchenware. Up to 4 residents can be there at once. Partners/companions allowed. No children, no pets

Studio Information 

Eight studios are permanently occupied by artists who live and work in Rio de Janeiro. In the same building, four studios are reserved for artists participating in residency program.This arrangement meets Despina's goal to create a workspace that encourages the exchange and dialogue, not only between artists but also with other agents. The studios are open to the public during exhibition openings and events, and artists have plenty of autonomy to organize their spaces individually, propose workshops and exhibition projects.

Technical Information 

Library, printers, projectors, basic tools, leftovers (wood, paints, mixed materials, etc).

Rua do Senado 271, Centro
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20231 005

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