Located in Antigua Guatemala, our residency hosts and collaborates with international & local artists and non-artists across all fields to support research, creation and connection surrounding creative work, process and purpose.

Our residency program is focused on your creative practice and all the ways it can manifest. We provide research assistance and guidance towards project development and local resources.

GRACIA aims to introduce residents to the Guatemala that Guatemalans are constantly inspired by.

About the program

Residents work independently on proposed project or research. Residents are also encouraged to do nothing, to rest, to not work. To read one book slowly. Or go into town everyday and explore. You may design this residency however you wish.

Previous residents have included filmmakers, painters, photographers, writers, textile artists and others. Learn more about them here.

2024 Residencies include

- Initial call one month prior to residency
- Housing with private room, amenities and wifi
- Access to individual studio with a desk and wall space
- Weekday (Monday through Friday) breakfast with fresh & local ingredients
- Weekly family style group dinner
- Assistance with research development, local introductions and navigation of the area
- Weekly resident meetings to share work, engage in conversation and learn from each other
- Photo documentation of your process
- Opportunity to share your process with the community via artist lecture or workshop
- Guatemala City Airport pick-up and transportation upon arrival & departure ~ only for residency dates

Additional details 

We assist with project development and research as much as possible to create a platform of support, conversation, reflection, and accessibility. That said, all needs and desires are not always possible to access and the primary work does lie in the hands of resident themselves.

Each resident creates their own daily work schedule depending on their project and work / research methods. Due to the limited time-frame, we are less focused on residents’ capability to learn / produce / execute, and more so on the thought process and purpose from which we are doing so. Please remember, these are independent residencies and most residents spend quite a bit of time on their own.

Applicants are encouraged to consider how their work or research will interact with Guatemala and it’s vast history from the Mayan culture and indigenous communities to the current post civil war society, and to reflect on their role and responsibility as a maker learning and creating in a new country.

AIR Luke McDonald, Marianna Madriz, Summer Moore

Upcoming residency dates & application deadline

Our residencies host 1-3 residents at a time

Spring / Summer 2024: January - June  (Two-week long)
Applications open: September 1, 2023
Applications close: October 11, 2023

Fall 2024: July - August (Month-long)
Applications open: November 16, 2023
Applications close: January 14, 2024

Winter 2024: September - January  (Two-week long)
Applications open: January 16, 2024
Applications close: March 10, 2024

A house of & for creation

Our residency house is located off Calle Ancha in the outskirts of Antigua Guatemala. The house is filled with local art, artisan designed goods, a selection of Latin American art books & magazines and is centered on art exploration & education.

Residents stay in one of our two private rooms (shared bathroom) and receive access to one of our individual studios with a desk and wall space. Residents also receive access to kitchen and common spaces.

Our founder and Guatemalan artist, Mafer Hernandez works here throughout the residency to support and assist our residents.

Casita photos here.


2024 - 2 week residency - $1,050 USD.
2024 - month-long residency (available July + August) - $1,800 USD.

50% deposit due upon confirmation of attendance. Final deposit will be due thirty days before the program.

Deposits are non-refundable and residency dates are non-transferable.

Contact projects@graciagt.com for more information. We are happy to work with accepted residents on varying payments plans and installments.


Applying is free.
Contact projects@graciagt.com with any questions.