Residency Guidelines


The residency is located in the beautiful city of Assomada, an hour drive from Praia International Airport.  (Further information about Assomada can be accessed by clicking here ‘About Assomada’). 

The residence is located on the third floor of a three floor residential building (Please view Gallery for the Gallery for images).  There are three bedrooms in the flat, two shared and one single, a self-use kitchen and a communal studio space.  There is a computer available along with wireless internet (please note that the building does not have an elevator). 

The residence is close to many local shops, internet cafes and local bars.  It is a five minute walk to the city’s food market (open daily) and the ‘sukupira’ a market for almost everything else (open two to three days a week).  The city of Assomada is generally a safe city. Having said this you are responsible for your own safety and are advised to listen to the Residency’s concerns regarding ‘Safety and Responsibility’ in the Island (this will be discussed with residents once they have arrived in the island).


Accommodations for specific studio spaces can be provided.  This extra is based on arrangements which need to be clarified before arriving to the residency, but only once you have been invited by the Committee.  C.I.C.E.R. encourages persons of all mediums and cultural practices, but must emphasize that materials, especially ‘tech-practical’ practices, may find it difficult to work by such means in the island.  For any inquiries regarding facilities and accessibility please send us an e-mail via the contact page.


Cape Verde is a Portuguese speaking country, with a cultural (non-official) language of Kreolu; a mix of Portuguese and West African languages.  It is the language you will be most surrounded by whilst in the residency.  Besides Portuguese and Kreolu, English is the only other language that you will be able to get around and interact with; this is in regards to the residency and its participants, although French is a close fourth.

Individual Residency Project

To be considered as an invitee an Individual Residency Project (I.R.P.) must be sent to us for review.  Your I.R.P. will allows us to understand your reasons for wanting to come to Cape Verde.  This project is one which you will endeavor to do on your own (though C.I.C.E.R. Committee will most often assist with contacts and general information regarding the island and its networks).


The Residency takes place either in July and August, and may not run every year.  Should you want to be considered as an invitee simply mail us a IRP and your Resume by the end of April of the residency year.  If you have not heard from C.I.C.E.R. by the end of May you should assume your application has not been short listed.

If you are accepted to participate, an information packet will be mailed out to you.  This packet will contain information about the projects looking to be carried out that year.  You will also find information about how to get to the residency, the best and cheapest ways to fly to Cape Verde, contact information once in the country, names and important dates, how best to budget your stay, what the residency provides and what you will have to provide for yourself, as well as a sheet of ‘Things to Keep in Mind’.

We usually reserve the final four days of the Residency for showings, discussions, publicity, activities, etc.  Such activities are community based (though the projects themselves don’t have to be) so they will always be open to the community and usually advertised by newspaper and television.  The mode of ‘exhibition’ will be decided by both C.I.C.E.R. Committee and the residents.


The Residency’s base is founded in the belief that communities are made stronger by communication and activity.  As part of a resident’s agreement of participation you are asked to commit no less then two hours a week to community and youth activities. We will provide you with a list of community institutions that work with youth and families; from here you will be able to pick and chose what activities and institutions best accent your practice and concerns.  Such community works are not dictated, they are set by you and can be structured in many different ways and for as many hours as you would like; baring in mind the minimum requirement.

Examples of such volunteer works are: Residents showing youth how to construct postcard communities by making their own postcards and mailing them to different sites around the world.  Or, if you are a dancer, putting forth a dance workshop for dance groups in the island.


All costs are subject to change to lower prices, but never higher then what is stated below.  We are a Not-For-Profit Association that is constantly working on funding, which means that at the time of each year's residency you may find yourself paying less, however, we still encourage everyone to secure the funding listed below for safe measure.

a) Lodging

Lodging will run you about 100 Euros a week.  This will include three meals a day, supplied in residence only, laundry, bed and sheets.  (Please be aware that water is a cherished commodity in Cape Verde, so don’t be surprised when you find yourself carrying buckets of water to the washroom to bathe yourself).  Payment for lodging needs to be paid at the beginning of every week.

b) Transportation in the Island

Transportation will run you about 5.00 Euros a day.  This is by popular transport: a group of minivans which travel the whole island, charging about 2.50 Euros for one ride.  The estimated price given above is a round trip journey.  Please consider if you will be traveling by taxi, this is more expensive, or if you will be going to multiple places in one day.  The residency owns a mountain bike which is for residence use; we are working on getting more.  

c) Project Fees

Residents are responsible for all project related fees.  C.I.C.E.R. Committee will look to have rooms available free of cost to you in local museums and government buildings so you may carry out your Individual Residency ProjectPlease be mindful that this will not be artist’s studios and that the spaces will have to be agreed upon prior to commencement of residency - these spaces are not guaranteed.

d) Insurance

Please remember to insure yourself prior to leaving.  Cape Verde has better standards then most countries in continental Africa when it comes to medical facilities, but this is mainly in the capital city of Praia; in-other-words, you will be treated 'better' and you will be more 'secure' if you have personal insurance.

e) Other ‘Island’ Costs

If you think you will want to fly to other islands (Cape Verde is made up of 10 islands), it may be better to pre-book your flights when you buy your initial flight tickets.  This may be cheaper, although prices can be unpredictable.

Lodging for the residents is only provided in Assomada, you will be responsible for your own lodging arrangements should you chose to lodge  somewhere else.  CICER has connections throughout many of the other islands and can help you in your island itinerary should you choose to explore.

You should consider costs for eating out, partying, and cultural gratuity (buying a drink for someone who has helped you with information or buying crisps for a young boy who has guided you to someone’s home).

We expect all residents to leave the lodging by end of Residency; extra lodging will cost you so please keep your return dates in mind.


Simply email us your interest in participating.  Remember to provide your IRP and a current CV.

If you would not like to participate as a resident but would like to assist with out projects just email us and let us know how you would like to help.   ...and remember, you can always:

Send your mail to:

C.I.C.E.R. Residency
Carrer Picanol, 78, 3er - 2ona
Sabadell, Barcelona
08205 - (Catalonia) Spain


C.I.C.E.R. Residency
Ptg. Fraser Lawton, 1-3, 3F
Sabadell, Barcelona
08205 - (Catalonia) Spain


C.I.C.E.R. Residency
9 Yorktown Place
Providence, RI.
02908 - USA