The Instituto Sacatar provides unstructured time and space for creative individuals to develop new work. Specifically, a Fellowship at Sacatar provides:
The Fellowships do not include a stipend. Artists are responsible for incidental expenses and all working materials. Once on the island, artists are responsible for their local transportation, although the hosts meet artists at the airport on the first day of the residency session to take them the first time to the island estate.
The Instituto Sacatar is an arts residency program on the island of Itaparica, across the bay from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Sacatar awards individuals (and, upon occasion, small groups) the time and space to pursue their creative work. The staff provides logistical support to meet the artist’s goals during the residency. Instituto Sacatar works also in partnership with a number of Brazilian and international organisations that provide residency Fellowships in partnership with the Instituto Sacatar and/or the Sacatar Foundation. Among those are the Africa Center, Prêmio Investidor Profissional de Arte, Bienal do Mercosul, FUNCEB, Centro Cultural São Paulo, VideoBrasil and others.
Theaters, exhibition spaces, classrooms, etc., both on the island and in Salvador, and we will help find collaborators, musicians, students, actors and other volunteers to realize project proposals.
Sacatar Fellows are provided a private room with attached bath, a separate studio and most meals at the Instituto’s beach-side estate.
Two of the studios are in the main residential house. One measures 6.00 x 8.00 meters, and the other 3.50 x 5.00 meters. The ceilings in each are 3.60 meters high. Only the smaller studio has a sink. There are 3 additional studios and a woodworking shop clustered around the coconut grove facing the ocean. Two of these studios are open-air, designed primarily for visual artists, with ample wall space, work sinks and private internal gardens. The third studio, reserved primarily for writers, is raised on stilts, offering panoramic ocean views. However, all the studios are simple rooms that can easily be adapted for other disciplines.
Library: They have a broad collection of books, CDs and DVDs, with extensive material about Bahia, Brazil and the local culture, in English, Portuguese, and other languages. They ask that artists bring a book, CD or DVD of general interest – their own work or the work of others – to expand the collection.
Woodworkshops: Artists are free to use the woodworking shop, which is also used by the maintenance staff. The woodshop has a circular saw, a planer and common hand tools. Former fellows have left supplies in an adjacent room for artists’ materials, where current fellows are free to forage.
Internet: There is WiFi internet access for residents’ personal laptop computers. Artists should bring their own laptops, as needed. There are also several internet cafés within walking distance in the town of Itaparica. Internet service on the island of Itaparica is not always reliable and fellows may at times find themselves at a temporary loss for internet service. Please plan your work and communications accordingly.
For photographers: There is a small refrigerator exclusively to store photographic film and film stock. We have no dark room, so non-digital photographers are limited in the work they can finalize at Sacatar.
For ceramicists: They have no kiln, but there are possibilities to work at the local brickyard where there are four large wood-fired kilns or in the village of Maragogipinho two hours away, where there are over seventy wood-fired ceramic workshops.
The residency is located in a technically limited location and encourage artists to work simply and directly with few complex tools, materials, or technologies.
Once the spiritual retreat of a Catholic girls' school, and later an exclusive hotel, the Quinta Pitanga is a sea-side estate with a large courtyard house surrounded by coconut palms and countless pitanga berry bushes. The beach is secluded, with calm waters. It is a short walk to the historic village of Itaparica and an hour boat ride to Salvador. Arrival by plane to Salvador, the Foundation will greet artists at the airport and take them the first time to the island.
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