Artist In Residence Program in Venice Italy

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.

Residency Address: ScalaMata & La Storta Exhibition Spaces Ghetto Vecchio Cannaregio 1236/32 – 30121 Venice Italy

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

Duration of the residency: We offer one or two weeks residencies. We tend to make exception for artists who wish to develop research based site-specific project and can benefit a longer stay.

Brief Description of Residency Program: We are accepting artists and artist collectives wishing to participate in the 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. We offer housing in the form of a private livable studio and exhibition space but if you are driven to work in Venice public spaces you are free to do so obtaining the proper permits from the municipality. We are there to support you but you are not expected to give or participate in any educational program. You can work in the studio with the door close, or open to welcome 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 of work in progress on the last day of your residency.

We hope that you make this experience joyful, inspiring and valuable for your personal and artistic development and meaningful for your career.

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

Partially covered residency 2020-2021

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

We accept applications for partially funded residencies all year around. The residency price for the partially funded residencies ranges according to the period and of the residency. Venezia Contemporanea covers part-50% of the full residency price.


We are doing our best to stay alert and responsive to the worldwide corona pandemic forced circumstances and travel restrictions. We therefore accept applications all year around without application procedure or deadlines. We meet the measurements required to keep our AIRs safe.


Venezia Contemporanea in cooperation with ScalaMata & La Storta Exhibition Spaces in Venice Italy, offered a fully and partially covered artist’s residency program.

Artists were offered a private livable studio and unique exhibition space with a large show window to the street. We provided paid exhibition facilitation service and boat transport by demand and professional curatorial support, logistic assistance, networking and publicity on our social media channels and website.

For the 2020 residency program we received 96 submissions from artists from 27 countries: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonian, Montenegro, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, and the USA.

Our committee gave out three fully covered residencies and open number of partially covered residencies. The selection criteria of the committee were based on the artists’ artistic merits, their artistic potential, and the stage of their artistic career.

The selected Artists: Krisztina Arláth & Akos Molnar and Meta Drcar, for the fully covered residency. Roisín McGuigan & Peter Hanan, Kevin Jon Benham, Fiona Crawford, Kristina – Marie Darling, Tammy Wofsey, Greta Magyar, Eirini Roumpi, Katy Huckson for the partially covered residency. The final list of the artists receiving the partially covered residency will be published in due time.

We are currently offering a special residency for writers, researchers and PhD. candidates.

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The residency includes housing in form of private liveable studio 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. This does not include travel fee, material for creation and Food.

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

Fees and Support

The residency fee includes the exhibition space and differs according to various factors according to season, occasions, the period of the residency and extra services Please contact us to find out about the residency fees. contact person: Dovrat Meron

Invitation letter: 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 provide invitation letter to support the invited artists in their efforts to secure funding through external grants. 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.

Special COVID19 Cancellation Policy: Due to the unforeseeable and uncertain state of superior force of the COVID19, we guarantee a full refund of the residency fee in case of last moment cancellation caused by lockdown and travel restrictions at the country you come from or north of Italy.

Cancellations that are not COVID19 related: If the cancellation is made up to three month before the residency your deposit will be fully refunded. In case of cancellation in short notice, less than three month in advance VC will keep nonrefundable 50 Euros for administration expenses. If you wish to cancel your residency let us know as soon as possible and we will send you a cancellation form.

Application guidelines

Application: by email contact person: Dovrat Meron

Selection process: by committee. Our selection criteria are based on the artistic quality and career status.

Working languages: Our working language is English but one of our stuff can also support you with Italian/German/Hebrew/Russian/Turkish and Chinese

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? If longer please add 1 A4 project description.
– 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?

Residency conditions

NO SMOKING environment indoors

Accessibility: No wheelchair accessible studios and exhibition spaces

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

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
– Networking and publicity on our social media channels and website

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
– Exhibition reception and refreshments
– 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.

Expectations towards the artist

We expect artists to have a professional and respectful dialogue with our stuff members and hope that artists will make the best out of this unique opportunity for their personal and artistic endeavors and career development. The works made during the residency

We are looking forward to host you in Venice!

We are offering a special residency for writers, researchers and PhD. candidates

Writers, researches and PhD. candidates are welcome to reside for min. one week and max. three months. This includes a liveable Studio with private Kitchenette and private WC+shower . This does not including the exhibition space and extra services.

Writers Residency period: One week or longer up to 3 months between November 2020 and March 2021.

Writers Residency fee: The residency fee is 1,100 for one week or 2,800 for a month.

Venezia Contemporanea will cover 50% so writers pay 350 euros for one week or 1,400 for a month. With a possibility to stay up to three months.

Application procedure: a short abstract of your research and samples or links to your writings

To Contact person: Dovrat Meron

Please feel free to contact us for more information and clarifications

 We are looking forward to host you in

The “La Storta” Facility


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Visit the La Storta and Scalamata website for pictures and more info about the spaces