Language 
Portuguese, English
Founded 
2013
Duration 
1-3 months
Paid by artist 

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

Application guidelines 

All applications should be emailed to: res@despina.org until 28 May 2018 with the subject: ‘Residency Application 2019’ and the following information in a PDF file:

  • 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 (between January and November 2019 - residencies can last from 1 to 3 months). IMPORTANT! There are a few slots available for 2018. Please get in touch by email so they can speed up your application process.
  • Statement outlining your residency project, motivation, what you expect from the residency and what you hope to achieve (300 word max)
  • 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)
  • CV
Deadline 
28/05/2018

Despina

Despina

Description 

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

Despina is an independent space committed to develop platforms for research, production and exchange in the fields of art and cultural activism. Active since January 2013, it has been established as a non-profit association in 2015. The space – a 400 m² historical building located in the city centre of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – comprises several art studios. Despina runs an international art residency programme alongside a dynamic agenda of exhibitions, workshops, courses, performances, talks, film screenings, among other activities. The projects developed by Despina are based around the following proposals:

  • create a lively and supportive environment for the development and exhibition of contemporary art, instigating critical thinking
  • facilitate experimentation and innovation in contemporary art practices by stimulating dialogue between artists and across cultures
  • support and strengthen connections between art and activism
  • widen access to contemporary art, fostering the participation and visibility of historically marginalized agents
  • contribute to the urban and cultural revitalization of the area where the space is located

Despina has developed collaborations with several organizations and institutions across the globe, such as Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London, Diagonale Arts and the Arts Council of Montreal, Fruitmarket Gallery and the British Council. Despina is also a member of the Network Partnership of the Prince Claus Fund.

Outcome 

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 

On request.

Studio Information 

Seven 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 Despina Residency Programme.
This arrangement meets the organizers' 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).

Address: 
Rua do Senado 271, Centro
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20231 005
Brazil
Telephone 
+5521983307666
Email 
res@despina.org

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