art projects & residency


To apply to the Unpack Studio Havana Art Residency program, please read carefully the details below. We will respond as soon as our curatorial team reviews your application.

For any other questions you may have, Contact Us via phone or email.


Disciplines and media

∎ Visual Art

∎ Artistic Development

∎ Curatorial

∎ Art Criticism

∎ Literature

∎ Music

∎ Dance

Duration of residencies

∎ 3 to 7 weeks

Number of artist residents at one time

∎ Up to 3/4 artists (groups arrangeable)

Working language(s)

∎ English

∎ Spanish

Unpack Studio will provide translation services for
institutional presentations arranged by Unpack. Should your work / research require extensive or daily translation services, you may need to hire a translator

What we offer

∎ Portfolio / Project review with an internationally recognized art contact (Cuban curator/artist arranged according to needs)

∎ Daily Coordinator

∎ Possible Artist Talk / Presentations

∎ Introduction to local artists and a varied network of dynamic creatives. Collaborations facilitated but not guaranteed


∎ Private bedroom with bed and table

∎ Shared general living area (living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom, outdoor spaces)

∎ Shared studio space

∎ Cleaning / Laundry (once a week


∎ Can be arranged for an extra fee

∎ Intensive drawing courses

∎ Printmaking facilities

∎ Transportation to the beach, the countryside or other cities

Not included

∎ Translation

If you require translation services beyond 2 hours per day, or outside the services provided by the Residency, you will need to pay for translation services.

∎ Food

∎ Internet access

There is no residential Internet service in Cuba. Internet can be access at nearby hotels and wifi spots in the area for a fee (10-15 minute walk). You may also choose to purchase a SIM card while there and use pay-as-you-go internet packages.

Expenses paid by artist

∎ Residency

∎ Travel

∎ Supplies

∎ Food

∎ General transportation

∎ Medical travel insurance is required by Cuban Laws

Expectations of the artist

∎ Submit a blog of activities, processes, experiences for online publishing

∎ Art supplies: bring all material and equipment needed for residency

∎ Crediting Cuban participants in any collaborative project

∎ Crediting Unpack Studio in future presentations of the work

∎ Keep common spaces tidy

Selection procedure

∎ By curatorial committee


USD 350.00 per week (20% deposit upon acceptance)

All funding is the responsibility of the applicants. Artists are responsible for their airfare, transport, residency fees and daily living costs 

Partners or family welcome. Surcharge will apply

Caribbean artists living and working in the Caribbean with no access to funding will benefit from a 25% discount 

Unpack Studio receives no external funding. The residency fee covers the cost of the various people employed at the residency. Unpack Studio can provide an acceptance letter for artists seeking external funding. Upon acceptance, a 20% deposit of the residency fee is required to hold the residency slot.


∎ None

There is no stipend for resident artists due to the absence of constant structural support for residency programs in Cuba. Unpack Studio Havana Art Residency can provide an acceptance letter to support artists seeking external funding.


∎ Unpack Studio hub in Vedado, Havana


Unpack Studio Havana Art Residency is strategically situated in Vedado, a central and popular neighbourhood of the city, with easy access to all areas of Havana. It is walking
distance to food markets, stores, jazz bars, swimming pools, art galleries, cinemas and theatres.


To apply fill out the Unpack Studio Havana Art Residency  application form and provide the following:

1- Completed online application form.
2- Current CV (no longer than 2 pages).
3- Image list.
4- Support material comprising up to 3 of the below:

∎ Digital images (no more than 12 at a maximum of 160KB per image)

∎ Video (a maximum of 2 files no longer than 5 minutes in total) if applicable

∎ Written work (no more than 2 pieces at a maximum length of 2 pages each) if applicable

No Application Deadline

Incomplete applications will not be considered

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