Unpack Studio Havana Art Residency


The Unpack Studio semi-programmed residency in Havana, Cuba, is open to visual artists, curators, performers and researchers. It aims to support artists and creatives by offering a workspace from 3 to 7 weeks. The residency will comprise of independent workdays, meetings with an internationally recognized art contact twice a week and a presentation(s) at the prestigious universities of Havana. The artist can create local-foreign collaborations, interact with contemporary Cuban practitioners and give Cuban art students the opportunity to see diverse practices. Creatives can research, produce new work individually or in collaboration, network with artists, art students, performers, galleries, curators, and explore Havana.

In terms of working facilities, Unpack Studio in Havana provides no physical tools other than a working space (table, chairs, wall space) and a meeting place at the core of Havana. Because of Cuba?s economic climate, it is difficult to find art supplies there, therefore the artists must bring what they need. Should an artist need specific facilities, such as a printmaking studio, a photography wetroom, a sculpting studio, etc, this can be organized through our network of artists and art institutions in Havana.

What we focus in is providing intellectual and critical support and organizing access to Cuban institutions such as art centres, galleries and universities. This is arranged by the Unpack Studio Art Contact who is a curator with international recognition: we are currently working with Dannys Montes de Oca, one of the curators of the Havana Biennial. An onsite Daily Coordinator is also present to help the artists to implement their projects and negotiate Havana, an exciting but challenging city.

We also provide the opportunity to network and collaborate with local artists, theoreticians and curators. What is also important to us is that this in turn opens doors for Cuban artists to learn about other practices through artist talks and presentations and may create the possibility for them to promote their work internationally. This spirit of exchange is one of the core values of our residency as well as diversity and inclusiveness.

The residency fee is $350.00 US per week per person.

Please check UnpackStudio.Ca/Havana-Art-Residency link in our Contact Information on the right for more details.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

UNPACK STUDIO is an independent platform for artistic collaboration based in Toronto, Canada. It is aimed at coordinating and curating contemporary art projects.

Our mandate is to provide a context for aesthetic research developed in the cultural, linguistic and political articulations of knowledge, particularly reflecting on the understandings of migration, race, gender and power. We are interested in investigations aimed at exploring the conceptual intersections and points of rupture of these definitions.

We seek to potentiate artworks that reflect on the negotiations that discrete concepts and fields of knowledge are subjected to when extrapolated to other cultural spaces or disciplines, whether through life experience or research. Our objective is to promote the work of artists and curators that question the validity of definitions as absolutes, in light of the trans-disciplinary nature of contemporary thinking.

Organisation founded in: 2012
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Digital application
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): There is no stipend for resident artists due to the absence of constant structural support for residency programs in Cuba. Unpack Studio Havana Residency can provide an acceptance letter to support artists seeking external funding.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Jos_Ñ_ Martë International Airport
    How to reach by plane: The only mode of arrival to the island is by plane. The Unpack Studio taxi driver drives residents/artists between the Jos_Ñ_ Martë International airport and Unpack Studio Havana upon arrival and departure.
    Street & Number: 603 Calzada. Apartment I (ground floor), Vedado
    City: Havana
    Country long: Cuba
    603 Calzada. Apartment I (ground floor), Vedado
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