The residency program

Casa na Ilha is a retreat space where artists can curate in an intensive clinical process on their work in progress or develop new projects. The main goal is that artists are able to focus on their ideas and projects, enhancing creativity and inspiration and connect, between them, the local community, art organizations and nature .

Casa na Ilha welcomes artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent. 

The Residency Program is 4 weeks long duration between 5 - 8 artists at a time. In case projects requires it, participants may apply for a longer period.


Applications are accepted from all disciplines:


·        Writing

·        Painting

·        Photography

·        Visual/Plastic Arts

·        Film

·        Research (Sustainability/Ecology/biodiversity/Climate Change)

·        Dance

·        Sound & Music

·        Design

·        Architecture

·        Textile

·        Philosophy


Casa na Ilha is a space where to develop, improve and curate personal and group projects in an interdisciplinary ambience, nurturing for different views opinions and expertise.  

Artists can choose to work on a self-directed residency or as part of an interdisciplinary program. Artists in residency can expand their practice with talks and discussions with their peers, connect with local community, engage in meaningful conversations around global culture and contemporary art. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, studio visits, contact with local organizations and work with curator from an art center and art galleries, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work.   

The residency program promotes the development of projects in all stages, from conception of the idea to the presentation of the same.

As a Casa na Ilha guest you will have uninterrupted, self-directed work time. We will not pressure you to deliver finished work; you can focus solely on research and development of ideas. But, in each residency period at Casa Na Ilha, common spaces, optional talks and activities will be conceived to promote not only collaboration between the artists, but 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 and weekly meetings as dynamic gatherings open to share and exchange ideas and perspectives among participants and curators.

During the residency period there will be a 24/7 tutor available.

It will be optional to give a talk, exhibition or workshop as well as working with local organizations. We will help artist make the necessary contacts, approaches and arrangements  with different parties the project requires.


Casa na Ilha gathers individuals with different expertise, sensibilitites, skills and backgrounds committed to contribute to the enrichment of intellectual and artistic circles with their professional collaborations and public interactions, also carrying a strong belief in the importance of building a community that shares and grows. 


Activities such as working with local organization such as schools, educational organization,  the preservation area Parque Estadual Ilhabela  and the Caicaras communities are being held with the purpose of becoming a space that promotes not only cultural diversity but also generates collaborative and respectful ties with the environment and local organizations. These activities are completely optional for the artists, but it could be of interest of for those who have special interest in socially engaged art, community projects, indigenous cultures, historical themes, environment (in particular tropical flora and fauna, marine life), climate change, sustainable living and science. However it is not a requirement, we are open to all kinds of projects such as art, music, performance, travel, writing and other creative forms of expression. You will be able to work with other people in tune with the nature of this project.