Cayo Residency seeks to bridge the beauty of the natural world, scientific exploration, collaborative conversations, and biology-based research to facilitate a meaningful creative environment for artists. Based on the island of Eleuthera in the cerulean waters of the Bahamas, our goal is to provide artists with a variety of stimulating experiences with which they can conceive new projects or deepen established creative practices. By tapping into the intrinsic intelligence, design and beauty of nature, our artists return home as stewards of ecology, stimulated to protect and educate others with their work.
As part of the residency experience, we provide workshops that encourage critical thinking, ecological awareness, specimen collection and material exploration. Talks will cover topics such as plastic pollution, conservation, climate change, protecting the biome, and the power of BioArt. Attendees will be provided suggested readings before the residency begins.
Each Art Explorer will receive one-on-one feedback with our Artist in Residence, as well as have access to both our Scientific and Artistic Advisors. This feedback is aimed at deepening research and providing support for each artist&rsquos area of interest.
Field trips include the Leon Levy Nature Preserve, the Cape Eleuthera Institute, Sweetings Pond (seahorses!) and more.
We are seeking artists who focus on the environment, biology, ecology, or preservation in their work, and whose work encompasses a curiosity and reverence for the Earth’s diverse wonders. We are open to artists working in all genres. Our eight “Art Explorers” (i.e. residents of the Cayo Residency) are emerging artists and graduate students who want to deepen their practice, but are not required to make work at the residency. These eight artists must be open to team cooperation and artistic autonomy.
The Residency Fee (ART EXPLORERS) for 10 days is $2,200 USD. This fee includes transportation during the residency, lodging, meals and snacks, and entrance fees to parks and institutions. Accommodations for each Art Explorer will include a single bed (two beds per room) and shared bathroom.
The residency fees for all participants do not include the following: flights to and from Eleuthera, appropriate travel documents, personal travel/health insurance, and personal spending money.
All participants must be confident swimmers and in good physical condition. All artists are responsible for bringing their own supplies to the residency.
Cayo Artist Residency takes place in the heart of Eleuthera Island. Eleuthera derives its name from the Greek adjective ?&lambda&epsilon?&theta&epsilon&rho&omicron&sigmaf (eleutheros), meaning “”free.”” It is a unique and precious island that was revered and cherished by the indigenous Lucayan people.
On one side lies the tranquil Caribbean on the other side lies the churning sapphire waters of the Atlantic Ocean. These two bodies of water are separated by only a thin ribbon of rock, plants, and sand. The island&rsquos uniqueness warrants a need to study, preserve, and protect the precious ecology of not just the island, but also its surrounding waters and the creatures within them. It is our hope that our residencies will empower both locals and visitors to carry the message of conservation, awareness and reverence around the globe.
Each of the two 10-day residencies hosts four Art Explorers. In addition, we select one Artist in Residence to participate and make his/her work for the full three weeks. Cayo Residency takes place in the summertime with accommodations located at a peaceful villa within walking distance from the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Team: Sebastiano Varoli (Founder) Regan Rosburg (Artistic Director) & Darya Warner (Director of Programs & Operations)
- Part of an Institution
- Weeks: 2