Visual Arts Textile Ceramics
English, Italian
4 or 5 weeks (maximum of 10 weeks)
Paid by host 

Technical assistance to the artists and assistance in procuring materils. For the final exhibition, they provide printed invites for each artist.

Paid by artist 

Artists are responsible for the residency fee which covers accommodation, studio space, support and technical assistance and the final group show (including promotion).. They are also responsible for food and travel. For ceramic artists, firing and materials are charged at cost. The cost of a 5-week residency is €2850; for a month-long residency, the cost is €2500. They do not offer fellowships, but can provide documentation for applying for outside funding.

Application guidelines 

To apply, please submit the following by e-mail to cretarome@gmail.com:

  • application form
  • curriculum vitae
  • artist statement (250 words max)
  • project proposal (500 words max)​​
  • preferred residency period
  • 10 images (jpeg or pdf, 2MB max. each), image list with year, materials & dimensions
  • 4 short writing samples (writers and poets)
01/11/2016 01/03/2017 01/05/2017


Open call three times a year!

c.r.e.t.a. rome

c.r.e.t.a. rome

c.r.e.t.a. rome artist in residency programme


The non-profit organization ‘c.r.e.t.a. rome’ offers an international self-funded residency program in Rome, Italy. The Italian word for clay seemed perfect to express commitment to creating an international reference point for ceramics and the arts in the eternal city of Rome. Moreover, taken as an acronym, it spells out our main activities: ceramics, residencies, exhibitions, teaching and the arts. Artists have the opportunity to focus on their art, whether it will be creating a new body of work, expanding a well-established oeuvre or allowing themselves to draw inspiration from their surroundings and the centuries of culture that define the eternal city. In addition, they will have access to the galleries and exhibitions in Rome and beyond.

c.r.e.t.a. rome's residency in the countryside is still in Rome, but lies on the border with the nearest town, Anguillara Sabazia, one of three Medieval towns on the lake of Bracciano. This option is particularly attractive for collaborative projects and/or ceramic artists who work with reduction firing as well as non-ceramic artists who prefer a private studio. Spouses/companions and/or children are also welcome. Accommodation is in a 1-bedroom house with a garden and a private studio.

They offer artist residencies for ceramic artists, visual artists and writers for periods of 4 or 5 weeks. The residency periods can be combined, but the residency cannot exceed 90 days (for non-EU citizens). All visual artists as well as writers and poets are encouraged to apply. The studio is equipped in particular for ceramic artists, but they have hosted fiber artists, graphic artists, painters as well as writers and photographers. They find that the range of disciplines adds a richness to the experience. They provide technical support, help in procuring materials for your work, firings, etc., advice on museums, galleries and sites in Rome and beyond. They also provide a weekly run to the supermarket and the city center to pick up food and other necessities. Work materials can be delivered to you at the house.


They request that the artists speak briefly about their work during an ‘open studio’ event. Artists are encouraged to submit a proposal for inclusion in a final group exhibition to display the work created during the residency period (optional). For visual artists, the donation of one piece is requested (optional).

Accommodation Information 
  • Housing is in the historic center of Rome or just across the river in Trastevere. Apartments are shared or private and have equipped kitchens, washing machines. Each artist has a private room. Linens and towels are provided. Accommodation is within 15 minutes of the c.r.e.t.a. rome studio.
  • Housing is in a one-bedroom house in the countryside less than 40 kilometers from Rome. The lake of Bracciano is 10 minutes away by car. The nearest train station is 2,5km. away. There are two bikes available for resident's use. From the train station there are regular trains that run to Rome in about 40 mins. There is also a shuttle bus from the train station to the town of Anguillara on the lake, stopping along the way at supermarkets, etc. The house can accommodate two to four people. In addition to the bedroom, there is a sofa bed in the living room. The kitchen is fully equipped plus there is a dishwasher, washing machine and air conditioning. Linens and towels are provided. The house is surrounded by a garden complete with fruit trees. This is a particularly good option for artists working on collaborative projects or who seek tranquility for writing. Other visual artists may appreciate access to a private studio. Resident artists can bring their spouses/companions and/or families (supplemental fee).

Studio Information 
  • The studio is located in the mid 16th-century Palazzo Delfini in the center of Rome, just blocks from the Capitoline Hill on one side and the Pantheon on the other. Two to four artists in residency share the studio space. Each artist is provided with wall space, a table and shelving units. For ceramic artists, there are wheels, kilns and a range of ceramic tools as well as access to clay, glazes and raw materials.
  • Residents have a well-equipped private studio, that is separate but easily accessible from the living area. Each artist is provided with wall space, a table and shelving units. For ceramic artists, there is a wheel, kilns and a range of ceramic tools as well as access to clay, glazes and raw materials. In addition to electric kilns, there are gas kilns with options for reduction firing. The studio is also equipped with a extensive art and art history library.
Technical Information 

There is a small reference library of art books as well as local guides and dictionaries.


The residency is located in the historical center of Rome. There is a second residency location in the countryside to the north of the city, close to the lake of Bracciano.

via dei Delfini, 17
00186 Rome RM

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