English, Spanish
4 - 12 weeks
Paid by artist:

The fee per artist is $750 US for four weeks, which includes all meals, private room and bath, and studio space. Artists are responsible for their own materials and transportation to and from ArteSumapaz. We have a special car and driver available for pickups from El Dorado Airport in Bogotá for about $100 US.

Application guidelines:

We currently offer an artist residency designed for these times of Covid-19 for visual artists, musicians, writers, architects, clay artists, performers, and other makers.

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ArteSumapaz Artist Residency

ArteSumapaz Artist Residency


ArteSumapaz is located on Hacienda Australia, on 181 fanegadas (116 hectares, or 288 acres). The property is located in the municipality of San Bernardo, Cundinamarca, about three hours outside of Bogotá. In recent years, the property had been used as a cow farm, although historically the farm was part of a larger coffee plantation. All around the property you can still encounter the remains of former buildings that housed the workers, a school, and other remains of what was formerly here. Extensive trails lead to waterfalls, an ancient indigenous petroglyph, and a wealth of natural settings.

Studio Information

Depending on the nature of the studio you wish to work in – there are small private spaces, and the large communal studio, as well as an open-air, covered area.

El Granero is our exhibition and performance space, located in a restored barn, that had formerly been a working space in the coffee plantation. See our events for exhibitions, concerts, performances, and more. With a foam-padded floor and large sliding doors, this is one of the most beautiful places here to watch the sun set.

The Communal Studio was created from a former working building on the farm, and is the main shared artmaking space. It features a triple-height ceiling, and large wall walls. An etching press is available for printmaking, including monotype and etching.

The Bookbindery is located in the writers studio, and includes a wide range of equipment for hand-bookbinding.

The Stable is an open-air studio, with a small electric clay kiln and a workbench. The ground here is naturally rich in clay, which is easy to harvest. This space is also excellent for other three-dimensional work.

The Music Studio (new in July 2021) is a 24 square meter (250 square feet) space adjacent to the Stable studio. It features a Yamaha YDP electric piano with weighted keys, a Craviotto drum set, and countless hand drums.

The Aerial Silks installation is a 6 meter tall structure with 1 aerial silk in the middle of the mountain with the most spectacular view.

Accommodation Information

The main house at ArteSumapaz dates back over 100 years. The construction is primarily of adobe, with tiles floors, and clay-tile roof (quieter in the rain!). There are several private bedrooms with bathrooms, and two larger rooms with several single beds each. There is a main dining room in which residents share all meals, the library/living room, and a porch that wraps around three sides of the house.

There is space for partners and children available: they always welcome partners and children, as well as groups such as music groups.

Technical Information

Clay & kiln
Charcoal (Rustic but functionable for drawing)
Printing Press
Book binding tools
Drawing benches
Aerial silks
More than 30 percussion instruments, electric piano, 1 guitar

Contact information

Hacienda Australia, Vereda San Francisco
San Bernardo, CUN, 252027

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