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Sacatar operates a multidisciplinary artist residency program on the Island of Itaparica, immersing international artists in the vibrant Afro Brazilian culture of Bahia, Brazil.


Make Intercultural Exchange Happen Through Art!

During these times of resurgent ‘nationalism,’ international engagement is more important than ever.  Over the last eighteen years, Sacatar has provided opportunities for almost 400 artists from more than sixty countries. Please consider a generous gift so that Sacatar can continue to foster international engagement, collaboration and respect.

Taylor Van Horne
Executive Director

Sacatar in a Minute

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I am safely back in Johannesburg but I definitely left myself at Sacatar. It is such an incredibly special place.     CARA STACEY (South Africa 2018)

2018 Sacatar Resident Fellows

These are the artists who enjoyed unstructured time to produce new work, alone or in collaboration, at the Instituto Sacatar in 2018:

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Most of these artists stayed for complete eight-week residency sessions, during which Sacatar provided private accommodations, meals, a separate working studio and logistical support to engage with local communities and individuals related to the artists’ fields of interest.

Dance, Performance and Experiential Art:  Amara Tabor Smith / USA; Val Souza / Brazil; Mikhael Tara Garver / USA

Filmmaking: Ahmad Mahmoud / Sudan

Literature – English Language: Alexandra Pechman / USA; Carolyne Wright / USA; Erica Connerney / USA; Victoria Bulley / UK (PPP)

Literature – Portuguese Language: Caroline Rodrigues / Brazil; Tatiele Silva / Brazil (FUNCEB); Isa Trigo / Brazil

Curating: Paul Roth / Canada

Photography / Visual Arts: Estabrak Al-Ansari / Iran > UK; Diana Blok / Uruguay

Music: Cara Stacey / South Africa  (Africa Centre); Deanna Witkowski / USA; Raminta Serksnyte / Lithuania

Visual Arts – Multimedia: Bia Gayotto / Brazil; Fábio Duarte / Brazil; Florence Neal / USA; Fred Martin / France; Sara Roberts  / USA; Pieter Paul Pothoven / Netherlands; Victoria Udondian / Nigeria

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was part of the project… greet all the wonderful people who helped to make it an unforgettable experience!     SAM AUINGER (Germany  2017)

Media Releases

Click on the boxes to see the announcements for each incoming group in 2018:

It is difficult to explain how deeply I was impacted by my time there. It did not initially result in big art making for me, but transformed me in ways I cannot yet articulate.
I want to figure out how to nurture this shift and the relationship to the island in ways that can have a positive and lasting impact on Sacatar and the community of Itaparíca.

Community Engagement

Click on the links for photos and brief videos:

Apr 21  |  Sacatar at Jam no Mam at the Museum of Modern Art with Deanna Witkowski […]
Apr 26-27   |  Arts Rights Justice Laboratory at Goethe Institut Salvador […]
May 18  |  1ª Semana da Diversidade da Ilha de Itaparica with Amara Tabor Smith […]
May 22-24  |  Poetry Workshop by Carol Rodrigues […]
May 25  |  Piano Workshop by Deanna Witkowski at UFBA […]
May 28  |  Sacatar Open Studio Day […]
Jun 18  |  Conversas com Sacatar Public Presentation […]
Jul  3  |  VIII Mostra de Performance with Fabio Duarte […]
Aug 3  |  Sacatar Open Studio Day […]
Aug  9  |  Sacatar at Festa Literária Internacional do Pelourinho  FLIPELÔ […]
Aug 30  |  Conversas com Sacatar Public Presentation […]
Aug/Sep  |  Mokuhanga Workshop by Florence Neal […]
Oct 10  |  Sacatar Open Studio Day […]
Nov 1  |  Conversas com Sacatar Public Presentation […]
Nov 3  |  Collective Poetry Workshop by Tatah Café during FITA […]
Nov 4  |  Installation Work by Fabio Duarte during FITA […]
Nov 24  |  Jam no Mam at the Museum of Modern Art with Cara Stacey […]
Dec  13  |  Sacatar at Ciclo de Música Contemporânea  […]
Dec  13  |  Sacatar at Zona Fluxus […]
Dec 14  |  Sacatar Open Studio Day […]
Jan 7  |  Baiana System concert at the Festa do Caboclo in Itaparica  […]

There’s no way to improve upon what is already perfect. Everything works, and not like a hotel; I truly felt at home.     FABIO DUARTE (Brazil 2018)

Sacatar Solo 2018


Photos by @baianasystem


The Instituto Sacatar is pleased to present the band Baiana System as its latest participant in the Sacatar Solo program, held in August 2018. This curatorial residency project takes place once a year and includes renowned artists invited to work at the Institute’s headquarters on the island of Itaparica. It is yet another initiative to promote art and creation in the seaside environment surrounded by tranquility and inspiration.

I kept waking up (sometimes 4:30am) with the birds in the morning to see the sunrise and tides and somehow I kept going with my work until evening.  The energy there was exuberating. 

Recent Events with Past Sacatar Fellows

Past Sacatar Fellows are invited to share news of their activities by sending information  to

Instituto Sacatar director Taylor Van Horne and former Sacatar Fellow Cecile Martin (Canada 2014) @cecile1165 during her exhibition “Ilhas de Salvador” at the Goethe-Institut Salvador on August 2, 2018. More info 

Also read about: 

Yumi Kori (Japan 2008); Jane Ingram Allen (USA 2002); Gordana Hajinovic (Serbia 2016); Mark Steven Greenfield (USA 2013); Derek Bermel  (USA 2017); Philip Boehm (USA 2016); Felipe Goes  (Brazil 2012); Scott Hocking (USA 2016); Sidiki Conde (Guinea 2004) and many others

Art Residencies Created by Sacatar Fellows!

Two art residencies were created by Sacatar Fellows Celia de Villiers (South Africa 2004) and Kostana Banovic (Serbia 2006). Check them out:

Ponte d’Arte

Ponte d’Arte (Arts Bridge) is an artist’s retreat, residency and meeting point for knowledge exchange, surrounded by 1,5 hectares of wild gardens, on the banks of the Rio Alva, in Ponte da Mucela, Mid-Portugal (30 km from Coimbra). More info


KAMEN is an independent artist-run residency founded in 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide a space for a small number of artists, curators, and art-related researchers to live and work in proximity to one another, and engage in collaborative or solo projects.
More info

Music is my life and as Bahia and my dreams fueled my movements in 2013 thanks to your bringing me here, it definitely changed my life and I am thankful it happened.
OKWEI ODILI (Nigeria 2013)  

More Sacatar News  

Taylor Van Horne and Mitch Loch with Video Brazil Executive Director Solange Farkas and Director of International Relations Daniel Escorel.

Res Artis Meeting Rovaniemi, Finland 2018

Sacatar Directors Mitch Loch and Taylor Van Horne attended the Res Artis conference, “Exploring Sustainability Under the Midnight Sun,” In partnership with the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the City of Rovaniemi. From 18 – 20 June 2018. Read more

From left, Marielson Carvalho, Luciany Aparecida, Sacatar Director Taylor Van Horne, Marcio Junqueira and Tom Correia.

Sacatar at FLIPELÔ

August 9, 2018 | at Faculdade de Medicina / Pelourinho, Salvador BA
Conference “Sacatar and the Creative Impact of Artistic Residencies in the Life of Artists of the Word” with four recent Sacatar residents:
– Luciany Aparecida (Bahia 2015)
– Márcio Junqueira (Bahia 2017)
– Marielson Carvalho (Bahia 2014)
– Tom Correia (Bahia 2015)
During the Literary Festival of Pelourinho – Flipelô, Renata Dias (Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia / FUNCEB) and Augusto Albuquerque (Instituto Sacatar) took the opportunity to launch the Artistic Residence competition for Writers at Sacatar, a partnership between Instituto Sacatar and FUNCEB. See photos

And Traveling from the UK to Bahia…

Book cover. From left, Historian Jaime Nascimento, the author Sabrina Gledhill and Prof. Jeferson Bacelar (Ceao / Ufba), PhD supervisor and author of the preface to e-book.

The author Sabrina Gledhill, PhD (CEAO/UFBA) and member of Instituto Sacatar Board of Directors, launched her new e-book “Travessias no Atlântico Negro: Reflexões sobre Booker T. Washington e Manuel R. Querino”. The expert analyzes the trajectories and antiracialist tactics of Booker T. Washington (1856/1915) and Manuel Raymundo Querino (1851/1923), within the context of the Black Atlantic. Despite the prestige they enjoyed in life, their images were dilapidated after death: Washington with the stain of “self-indulgent” and even “traitor of the race”; and Querino with the image of a “humble black teacher” of meager intellectual powers.
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I have so much love for that special place…there is pure energy, joy, inspiration and beauty.
HANNAH MORRIS (South Africa > USA 2008)

Sacatar Annual Report 2017

For an overview of all Sacatar activities in 2017 click below.

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Sacatar Co-Founder Observes and Reflects…

Just a week ago, I arrived on the island for an annual visit and just in time to participate in the opening night activities of the Festa do Caboclo, a local tradition that dates to early nineteenth century.   The centerpiece for this historic festival is a yellow-and-green chariot (familiar to Sacatar Fellows as the curious object displayed year-round within a brightly colored cage by the mayor’s office) that was restored this last month on the Sacatar property by a team from IPAC (Instituto do Patrimônio Artístico e Cultural da Bahia). To commence the festival, local citizens, accompanied by a casual marching band, collectively push and guide (as well as protect!) their treasured chariot through the streets of Itaparica, following traditional hand-carried torches – all in celebration of the final battle that expelled the Portuguese from their last hold-out in Brazil.

Photo by Mitch Loch

At the tail end of the procession, vendors, food stands, games, musical stage and family-oriented amusement offerings further bring the community together.  Looking at this photo below – that of a local child enjoying his moment on an inflatable playground – I ask the Reader these questions.  Will this festival still receive civic and cultural funding and support when he is an adult with perhaps children of his own?  How might the festival and the opening night procession evolve over time?  Will he have opportunities to travel beyond Bahia to experience other inspirational cultural traditions?  Will there be community role models or special teachers or artists to help him realize his creative potential?  Thinking more specifically about our upcoming 2019 project that will focus on Art and Ecology, what will be the geographical nature of his island as it continues to confront the environmental effects of climate change?  I ask these questions at the start of a new year at Sacatar.

Photo by Mitch Loch

MITCH LOCH, President, Sacatar Foundation, US


“Tis a place like none other, where you can fly from your muddle to land in the middle of influence protean and profound. There lies an other worldly culture, compelling, flamboyant and hidden on that I-land of curious breezes, beckoning waters, and the wile’d lives of flora and fauna at your deck and crawl. Horses stroll in the surf amidst the heartbeat of drums and the sun beams at your progress. Work wasn’t always easy but it was never hard with inadvertent inspiration from the fecund surrounds, a casual conversation or an unexpected collaboration.

Sacatar provides an exultation of senses and sensibilities that can lead you happily astray. It is a place of wander, an I’ll of Possibilities constructed for artists far from home. Nonetheless it is a vision precarious to maintain so far out to see. For those of us who know its astounding magic firsthand, we can actively participate in its future. Keep the juju going, for yourself, and for others.”

PAT OLESZKO, New York performance artist (USA 2008  & 2016)