Ilhabela Island Art Residence (Brazil) - Call For Artists

Ilhabela Island Art Residence (Brazil) – Call For Artists

Ilhabela Island Art Residence (Brazil) – Call For Artists

Casa na Ilha announces a call for artists for the 2019/2020 Ilhabela Island Art Residence, a retreat space to devote time and focus to your creative pursuits in an ecological paradise. Artists can dedicate intense time on their work in progress or develop new projects. Focus on ideas and projects, enhance creativity and inspiration, and connect with local community and nature. Casa na Ilha welcomes artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent. The Program is 2 to 4 weeks long with between 5 – 8 artists at a time. In case projects requires it, participants may apply for a longer period.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

Artists work on a self-directed residency and have uninterrupted, self-directed work time. Casa na Ilha will not pressure you to deliver finished work. Focus solely on research and development of ideas. However, there will be a tutor to discuss ideas, projects, and progress of work during their stay.

Each sessions hosts artists of different disciplines, giving the opportunity for artists in residency to gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work through peer interaction and discussion groups. Common spaces will be conceived to promote not only collaboration between the artists, but also to empower ideas between different participants and interdisciplinary learning. Casa na Ilha embraces the role of being an active platform of thinking, discussion, production, and sharing trough daily interactions open to share and exchange ideas and perspectives among participants.

Ilhabela Island Art Residence Artist Benefits

Casa na Ilha is a space where to develop, improve, and curate personal and group projects in an interdisciplinary ambiance, nurturing for different views, opinions, and expertise. The residency program promotes the development of projects in all stages, from conception to presentation of ideas.

Casa na Ilha does not provide a set program or itinerary for artists to follow. Sessions, tutor advice, and support will be approached personally by request of the artists around their self directed practices. Formal appointments for project and work discussion can be made as many time as needed by the artist. Casa na Ilha will give guidance as well as help make the necessary contacts, approache,s and arrangements with different parties the project requires.

About Casa na Ilha

Casa na Ilha Art Residency Program takes place in the island of Ilhabela, at the north coast of the state of Sao Pablo, Brazil. Located at 200 km from the city of Sao Pablo, it is the largest island of an archipelago. Ilhabela is an ecological paradise, covered by Mata Atlantica (Atlantic rainforest) home of unique fauna and flora, with more than 73 beaches and 27 waterfalls of crystalline pure water, and the highest mountains. Being a unique ecological ambiance, and harboring various endangered species, 84% of the island is a preservation area protected by the Parque Estadual Ilhabela.

The preservation area is home of the Caicaras, the native community of the region. Caicaras are a sustainable community still keeping their own tradition and ancient skills. The community faces the danger of losing their land because of economic growth. Local and national organizations are helping them keeping their land and way of life. Fishing is their main economic income. They fish with their own nets and harpoons to feed their families. The traditional know-how of is one of the main intangible assets of Ilhabela.

The island has a rich historical background, from the original indigenous people, Portuguese colonization and settlers, sugar cane fazendas, African influences, and English pirates. There is a variety of legends and stories from each place in the island originated in the history of the island and confluence of cultures.

Being the largest island in Brazil, it is only populated on one coast, the one facing mainland. It has 45.000 inhabitants that live their permanently. The rest of the island is a national park and protected. There are no high constructions. There is one main road that goes from the south to the north. It has two main centers: Pereque, the commercial center where you can find several banks, big supermarkets, paint shops, a small art shop, and other stores; and Vila, the historical center, which was the first center when the island was colonized and still has historical buildings. There is a museum, small art gallery, local crafts shops, restaurants, cafes, and convenient stores.

Beaches are all around the island, urbanized and deserted. Some of them are only reachable by trails, boat, or 4×4 vehicles.

There are many trails in the island. Walks put you in direct contact with nature. Waterfalls can be reached by different trails of all levels of difficulty. In many of the waterfalls you can swim in the natural pools formed by the rocks. It is also possible to hike up to the highest peak of the island, called Baepi, with a guide. The coast has several shipwrecks that can be explored.

For more information, contact info@casanailha.org.

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