CAYO Residency

Governor's Harbour, Bahamas


  • Wykee Estates
  • Governor's Harbour
  • North Eleuthera
  • Bahamas


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Cayo Residency seeks to bridge the beauty of the natural world, scientific exploration, collaborative conversations, and biology-based research to facilitate a meaningful creative environment for artists. Based on the island of Eleuthera in the cerulean waters of the Bahamas, our goal is to provide artists with a variety of stimulating experiences with which they can conceive new projects or deepen established creative practices. By tapping into the intrinsic intelligence, design and beauty of nature, our artists return home as stewards of ecology, stimulated to protect and educate others with their work.

Cayo accepts Art Explorers and Artists in Residence who encompasses scientific, biological and ecological foundations within their artistic process.

We are seeking artists who focus on the environment, biology, ecology, or preservation in their work, and whose work encompasses a curiosity and reverence for the Earth's diverse wonders. We are open to artists working in all genres. Our eight "Art Explorers" (i.e. residents of the Cayo Residency) are emerging artists and graduate students who want to deepen their practice, but are not required to make work at the residency. These eight artists must be open to team cooperation and artistic autonomy. 

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  • Tuesday, January 15: Call officially opens. Completed applications*** may be emailed to

  • Friday, March 15: All applications must be received by midnight.

  • Monday, April 15: Selected participants will be notified.

  • Session One: July 9 - 18 (artists with general practice)

  • Session Two: July 20 - 29 (artists with science focus)


  • The Residency Fee (for Art Explorers) for 10 days is USD $2,200. This fee includes transportation costs during the residency, lodging, meals and snacks, and entrance fees to parks and institutions.  Accommodations for each Art Explorer will include a single bed (two beds per room) and shared bathroom.

  • We cannot offer any scholarships or finacial aid at this time, but this is one of our goals.

  • Airfare, travel insurance and personal spending money are the responsibility of the artist. 

  • Once accepted, artists will be required to provide a non-refundable 50% deposit by May 1, 2019.

  • All participants must be confident swimmers and in good physical condition, as there is a lot of hiking and walking.  All artists are responsible for bringing their own supplies to the residency.


Applications must follow the guidelines exactly. Please review the following carefully:

Step 1) Click on BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS link (bottom of page)

Step 2) PAY APPLICATION FEE OF $25 (non- refundable) and Fill out the form. You will receive an emailed copy of your receipt.

Step 3) SUBMIT your application materials. Email them to by midnight March 15.***


1) Artist Statement that describes your work and methodology (one page, PDF). Please save file as lastname_firstname_statement.pdf

2) Artist CV (three pages maximum, PDF). Please save file as lastname_firstname_cv.pdf

3) One portfolio (multi-page PDF) file with ten high quality images. Include captions with title, dimensions, materials and the year completed. Images will need to be of excellent quality. Images must have been completed in the past 5 years. Please save file as lastname_firstname_images.pdf

4) Project proposal for the residency (one page, PDF). Please save file as lastname_firstname_proposal.pdf

***Applications without paid application fee will not be considered.

Represented Artists