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 whose mission is to develop and implement platforms for the creation, dissemination and collaboration in the field of contemporary art. Despina is responsible for the conceptual and operational management of the ongoing projects at Largo das Artes, a cultural centre located in the old downtown area of Rio de Janeiro. These projects include a residency programme, exhibitions and courses. Also, several studios are occupied by associated artists and researchers. The projects developed by Despina are based around the following proposals:

  • Create lively, supportive and dynamic environments 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 is one of the cities imagined by Italo Calvino in his work “The Invisible Cities”, originally published in 1972. In this book, the Italian author describes a city that looks different to those arriving by land or by sea, suggesting a reflection on the contradiction and duality of the human spirit as well as the diversity of perspectives that a single object can provide.

Despina Residency Program

Despina Residency Programme is designed for artists and curators wishing to immerse themselves in their work and/or research. Despina provides them with the space to explore practices, concepts, new ideas and materials; and to develop a project while receiving professional feedback and support. The support, networks and creative environment offered by Despina Residency Programme encourages professional/artistic development and international contacts.

The central aspects of Despina residency program are:

  • Studio space.
  • Curatorial support through one-to-one meetings.
  • Weekly brainstorming meetings.
  • Studio visits and exhibition tours.
  • Opportunity to propose workshops and talks.
  • Administrative and logistics support.
  • Open studio event to introduce the participant and their work/research 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 Luis de Camões, 2., Sobrado. Centro
Rio de Janeiro - RJ

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