Res Artis Residency Programme – Venezia Contemporanea Cultural Assoc


Brief description of the organization: Venezia Contemporanea is a young association located in Venice Italy. We promote international artists by offering inspiring and supportive working environment.

Brief Description of Residency Program: We are accepting artists and artist collectives wishing to participate artist in residence program and present their artwork at one of the most vivid art scenes in the world.

Our residency program is very open. Artists are invited to be inspired by the unique atmosphere, galleries, art museums and history of Venice. You are offered with a studio and exhibition space but if you are driven to work in Venice public spaces you are free to do so. We are there to support you but you are not expected to give or participate any educational program. You can work in the studio with the door close or open the studio and exhibition space to welcome potential art lovers and potential customers. You are not expected to show your work but can present your work at the exhibition space from the first day or have a showing on the last day of your residency. We hope that you make this experience joyful and meaningful for your personal and artistic development.

Location of the residency: The exhibition spaces ScalaMata and La Storta are located in the heart of Venice in the prestigious Old Jewish Ghetto. Situated in a 500 year old renaissance bottega La Storta is one of the most authentic exhibition spaces in Venice.   Link to Google Maps

We offer two types of residency:

2 one week individual fully covered residencies a year. This does not include travel fee, material for creation and Food. Presentation of artists’ works arranged on a case-by-case basis. The works made during the residency will remains with the artist.

Selection process: 2-15 November 2019.

Announcing granted artists: 15-30 November 2019
Residencies will take place between April 2020 – December 2020

Partially covered one or two weeks residency all year around. The residency price ranges according to the period and season of the residency. Venezia Contemporanea covers 50% of the full residency price. This does not include travel fee, material for creation and Food.

International application deadline: No application deadline! We accept applications for partially funded residencies all year around.

October – March 1,100 euro – AIR pays 550 euro for a week.

April – September – 1,500 euro – AIR pays 750 euro for a week.

Number of resident artists at one time: We can accommodate up to four residents

Both residency types include private liveable studio, private kitchenette, private shower+WC, private exhibition space, curatorial consultancy, representation on website and social media and showing of your work at the exhibition space throughout the residency. The works made during the residency will remains with the artist.

Please keep in mind that Venezia Contemporanea is a nonprofit organization that offers residency program at the premises of La Storta Venice. We are not a gallery and do not represent artists. Therefore we can offer living space, studio, exhibition space, curatorial and logistic consultant but all other exhibition facilitating and event management services will bare an additional cost. We do not benefit percentage on sales.

We are aware of the fact that artists might not be able to afford this expense and need to apply for public art funds. We support our candidates with official invitation letter. If you plan to apply for funds we advise you to plan your residency 6 months in advance so you have the time that requires securing your funds.

Application guidelines

Application: by email contact person: Dovrat Meron

Application should include: 1 A4 letter of intention, artistic portfolio up to 3 MB or link to Website

1 max. A4 letter of intention should include the following information:

– Name, family name, country of origin, current country of residence.
– Your artistic discipline/s?
– Period of residency one or two weeks?
– What dates are convenient for you?
– Will you bring existing work to present at the La Storta if yes what medium/format/size.
– Do you wish to use any of our provided by demand services such as exhibition facilitating?

Selection process: By committee.

Our selection criteria are based on the artistic quality and career status.

Invitation letter: We will support the invited residential fellows in their efforts to secure funding through external grants.

Working languages: English/Italian/German/Hebrew/Russian/Turkish and Chinese

Accessibility: No wheelchair accessible studios and exhibition spaces

Disciplines and media: Visual Art, Video Art, Digital Art, Animation, Installations, Performance Art, Printmaking, Ceramics, land art.

We also host other activities: Music concerts, Literature – book launch and public reading, Workshops/courses

Residency conditions

The residency program is offered with or without accommodation.

NO SMOKING environment indoors (you can smoke in the courtyard)

We do not provide travel fees, material for creation and food.

Provided by ScalaMata & La Storta Exhibition Spaces:

– Private accommodation up to 4 people with private shower+WC and a private small kitchen.
– Private studio
– Private exhibition space
– Basic insurance

Included equipment:
– Lighting – There are a range of different flood lights and spot lights
– Wireless Internet
– Air-condition and heating system

Included services:
– Curatorial consultant
– Logistic consultant

We provide the following paid equipment and services by demand:

– Video equipment, projector and hanging system
– Digital sound system
– Facilitation of exhibition and event coordination
– Skilled PR team
– Exhibition reception and refreshments
– Posters, Postcards
– Logistic support and handyman with experience for installation services
– Project accompaniment by dedicated local contact person with long standing experience in customs matters and contacts to local authorities.
– Boat transportation from mainland to Venice including crane service for heavy equipment can be arranged if necessary.