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Artist residency and retreat – Italy


Disciplines: Animation, Architecture, Composition, Concept & Theory, Curatorial, Design, Digital, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Installation, Journalism, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Moving Image, Music & Sound, Painting, Philosophy, Photography, Research, Sculpture, Social Practice, Theater, Urbanism, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Duration: 1 week - 3 months

Eligibility: artists working in the following creative disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music , interdisciplinary, design and architecture.

Support: La Macina staff work closely with each resident to facilitate the space, knowledge and collaborative opportunities with artists, curators, local residents and other organizations necessary for their work. Residents are provided well-equipped studios, housing and many opportunities for public engagement such as open studio, exhibitions, and workshops. We publish the yearbook “The Artistic Time” representative of the artist-in-residence and events and we provide archive of the artists on our website. During the stay the artists will have the opportunity to go on several outings and visits to the surroundings, which abound in places of special naturalistic and historical significance. We can arrange also many extra activities like Italian and cooking lessons.

Costs: 1 week € 400, each next week € 300. Is requested a deposit of € 200 when the applicant receives acceptation of the candidature. Balance is due no later one month before the sojourning begins. The residency fee is intended to cover the general cost of running the program and the maintenance of historic building under the protection of Ministry of Heritage. Artists in residence are therefore expected to cover their own living expenses and the costs of their accommodation and studio space. We are happy to assist artists seeking grants or other forms of funding in their home country/institution, by providing letters of recommendation when the candidature is accepted. Another possibility of financial aid is fundraising through a crowdfunding site (gofundme, kickstarter, indiegogo, etc.). In this way some of our artists have successfully supported their residence.


Program Description:

La Macina di San Cresci offers artists an opportunity to work for an extended period of time in a social environment that is rich in history and surrounded by nature, the Chianti landscape is possibly the best-known of all of Tuscany. The relaxed atmosphere and the splendid historic building, from the 10th century, form an exciting combination.
La Macina di San Cresci closely collaborates with University of Florence, Tuscany Region, Municipality of Greve in Chianti and Tuscany Film Commission to the realization of artistic projects, land art, street art, videomapping.

La Macina di San Cresci is a unique place where artists can live and work together in historic buildings surrounded by gorgeous hillsides dotted with vineyards and olive groves. La Macina offers guest artists the chance to recharge and reset by enjoying walks in the countyside, moonlit dinners in the garden with plenty of delicious food, wine, and friends, and a spacious studio to create new work. La Macina operates year round and accepts residency applications on a rolling basis (there are no deadlines!).
At La Macina, artists can find whatever sort of process they need; we have a thriving and close-knit community made up of visiting artists and local friends, but there is plenty of peace and quiet for those who seek relaxation and escape. Residents can take classes in fresco, watercolor, Florentine artisanal upholstery, paper decoration, and more. Artists will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas on outings to local sites with cultural and historical significance. We are happy to arrange other activities, like Italian language lessons and cooking classes.
We actively promote the work of all our artists through exhibition, open studios, and features on our website and social media. We also publish a yearbook called “The Artistic Time” in order to share the work of all our resident artists with our network.
Partners and families are welcome!
Apply now (NO FEE TO APPLY!)
How to apply:
For further information please visit our website where you can find a gallery of pictures and videos of the residency, a list of exhibitions and past guest artists, and you can browse our yearbooks and read testimonials in the Guest Book.
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