Name of Residency: Instituto Sacatar

THE PROGRAM provides each selected artist a private room with attached bath, a separate studio, laundry and meal service for eight week residency sessions at its beachside estate on the island of Itaparica, which is situated across the bay from the city of Salvador. Artists can work on their own, but Sacatar also provides support for artists to work with local and regional groups or organizations on specific projects.

Sacatar strives for a mix of Brazilian and international artists at all times. Creative individuals in all fields may apply. Selection is based on talent, professional experience and the individual´s proposal.

Sacatar pick up artists at the airport on the first day of the residency and take them back to the airport on the last day of the residency. Artists are provided full board except Saturday evenings, Sundays and Brazilian holidays. Artists are responsible for their own airfare and visa requirements.

Residency Programme since: 2001
Description of Organisation:

THE INSTITUTO SACATAR, a non-profit corporation founded in 2000, runs an artist residency program on the island of Itaparica across the bay from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Sacatar occupies a sea-side estate, formerly the retreat of a Catholic girls´ school. The artists have their own bedroom/bathroom suites in a large house with a central courtyard and wide verandahs facing the bay. To the east of the residency house, five studios, surrounding a coconut grove, serve the visual arts, dance/theater, music and creative writing. There are an additional two studios in the main house. Simple hand tools are available in a shared wood shop. 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, the first capital of Brazil.

Organisation founded in: 2000
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Cleaning
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Musical-instruments
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: Partners and family are not allowed. However, handicapped artists may bring a personal assistant.
    Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : we coordinate with local schools and universities, craftspersons and others of interest to resident artists
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Check > APPLY to see if you are eligible to apply to one of our partner institutions, which provide travel assistance and/or stipends.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Early in each session, artists have the opportunity to present to the public their aspirations and interests for their residencies. Toward the end of the residency, the artists almost always decide to hold Open Studios, so that their collaborators, new friends, school groups and the wider local community can see the fruits of the artists´ engagement. Donation of work at the end of the residency is appreciated but not required.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: SSA
    How to reach by plane: To Salvador, Brazil. A staff member will greet artists at the airport and take them the first time to the island of Itaparica. The island is located in the Bay of All Saints, facing the city of Salvador.
    How to reach by train: no train service
    How to reach by car: Auto ferry from Sao Joaquim terminal in Salvador to the island of Itaparica. Fifteen minute drive to the town of Itaparica. There is also a bridge from the south of the island via Nazare das Farinhas, Brazil. Once in town, ask directions to Sacatar. Most people know.
    How to reach by boat: Both auto ferries and passenger ferries provide service between Salvador and the island of Itaparica during the day. The auto-ferry operates until midnight.
    Street & Number: Rua da Alegria 10
    Postal Code: 44460-000
    City: Itaparica, Bahia
    Country long: Brazil
    Rua da Alegria 10
    Itaparica, Bahia 44460-000 BRA
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