Terra Vivente Art Studio

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Location: Campania, Italy

Mission: The Terra Vivente Art Studio is located in southern Italy, not far from Naples, in the pleasant hill town of Guardia Sanframondi. The residency program runs in July and August. Artists come for one full month to work in the studio, explore the town and the region, and participate in the festivals and exhibitions. A maximum of four artists participate in the residency, with accommodation in two two-bedroom apartments adjacent to the studio. All rooms have views over the valley below. In July, artists may choose to participate in the local art festival, Ri-Creare as well as the residency exhibition at the end of the month. Ri-Creare has proven to be an incredibly dynamic coming together of artists across cultures for a rich cross-pollination of ideas. In August, there is a 10-day wine festival, Vinalia, another opportunity to participate in cultural events and engage with the community. The residency program aims to foster interaction with the community, dialogue and collaboration, with an eye on environmental sustainability within artistic practices. For details on how to apply and to download the application form, see website.

Cost: The fee for one person for six weeks is 1050 Euros and for three weeks, it is 625 Euros. The fee covers the cost of accommodation and use of the studio. It does not include food, transportation or art supplies. Artists are expected to contribute in a small way to refreshments at the exhibition or open house.

Application Fee: Free

Number of Artists: 4 artists per one month

Accommodations: Guardia Sanframondi is home to a growing cultural community, hosting several festivals through the summer. It is a lovely hill-town; the studio and rooms look out over the valley. Situated in inland Campania, it is just 90 minutes from Naples. Included in the fee for the residency is accommodation in single or double rooms and use of the studio. The artist must supply artist materials. Artists will arrange for their own meals, making use of the common kitchen, or taking advantage of catering options or local restaurants.

Two-bedroom apartments, self-catering, fully-furnished, terraced garden attached, in same building as studio. All rooms with view over valley below, in a centuries-old building restored to its original style but with a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings.

Length of Stay: Up to 1 Month at a time

Demographic: International artists, emerging and established. Painting, small-scale sculpture, textile work, photography, video, drawing

Medium: Media includes drawing, painting, photography, video, performance, earth works, and more. While there is opportunity for quiet contemplation, there is the expectation that all participating artists will endeavor to join in group activities and/or projects for a portion of their stay. Proposals that involve an engagement with the community are encouraged.

Benefits: During the summer, there are many events in the town of Guardia Sanframondi in which to participate. There are opportunities to interact with the community, to collaborate with members of the community or with the residency artists, and there are exhibition opportunities. The town is very supportive of the residency and its guests, providing us with exhibition spaces and media coverage. This is a wonderful place to immerse oneself in Italian culture as it is friendly and un-touristed. There are plenty of villages nearby to visit as well as Naples and Rome. It is a wine-growing region, so good food and wine is abundant, and potluck dinners are a wonderful way to check in with the group at the end of the day while watching the sun go down from the terraced garden.

Deadline: February 28, 2016

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