Residência São João

Name of Residency: Residência São João

The São João Residencies Program is a rural residency, focusing on multidisciplinarity, experimentation and research.

We are located in a historic 19th century estate, near the city of Sao José do Vale do Rio Preto, in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro (3 hours drive from Rio). The project is open to individuals and collectives acting in different areas and medias.

Besides the wide common area in the main house and plenty of outdoor spaces, residents have at their disposal individual and collective studios to develop personal work and research, as well as sound equipment and musical instruments. For the sound residencies we mount a recording studio at the residency, and the support of sound engineers. During the residencies we organize collective activities, such as workshops, presentations in various formats and open talks, at the residency and in urban independent spaces as well. We also publish contents related to the residency through Deep editions.

The São João Residence has hosted about 100 artists from several countries and regions of Brazil, and, as results, we can mention published/released books (Powerpaola, Stefan Fähler), records (Sophia Knapp, BCBG…), exhibitions (“Obama Robot”, Dumbo Arts Center, NY Repetitits, Neon chocolate gallery, Berlin), presentations (Saracvra, Rio de Janeiro) and other formats.

Our Program proposes:

– Heightened contact with nature and reduction of outside stimuli and demands. Culture out of the cities.

– The creation of a heterogeneous and multidisciplinary group, regarding personal practices as well as conceptual approaches. Collective dynamics and procedures, the establishment of a collaborative calender. Horizontality.

-Experimentation. A frame to dive deep in the creative process.

Those interested must send the fully filled application form, plus portfolio and/or CV and/or mini bio, to the following email:


Residency Programme since: 2012
Description of Organisation: We are an independent artist-run project. The residence was founded by Antonio Sobral in 2012, and have evolved in collaboration with Ruli Moretti, Flora Rebollo, Daniel Jablonski, Marina Marchesan and Amanda Costa. The program is actually run by Antonio Sobral and Veronica Daniela Cerrotta.
Organisation founded in: 2012
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: N/A
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Sound recording studio
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 2 partial grants
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: please read our open call for details
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    • Other
    If other, please specify: work spaces
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: please read our open call for details
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Aeropuerto Internacional de Galeão
    Street & Number: Estrada do Tubato s/n
    Postal Code: 25780-000
    City: Sao José do Vale do Rio Preto/RJ
    Country long: Brazil
    Estrada do Tubato s/n
    Sao José do Vale do Rio Preto/RJ 25780-000 RJ Brazil
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