English, italian
one month: April 20 -20 May
Paid by host 

accomodation, 2 meals 5 days a week, cleaning and linen change once a week, pick up at arrival and departure, excursions

Paid by artist 

Paid by artist:

  • Travel to and from Casamassella,
  • Material and personal costs
  • Fee of 3000  euros. There is a fee of 3000 euros for the month, everything included (2 meals per day for 5 days a week, weekly cleaning and change of linen, guided excursions).

Partial fellowships are still available if needed. The amount of possible partial fellowships will be decided at application. Two awards for 1/2 fellowships are available on nomination of visiting scholars - critics. The two 1/2 fellowships for year 2013 have already been granted.

Application guidelines 
  • Brief CV,6
  • photos of work,
  • 1 photo of participant,
  • 1 reference name,
  • brief description of work to be done at the residence.

Applications will be reviewed after January 10th. Full payment of the balance of the fee is due by January 20th.




priority deadline October 1 2012, 
Extended deadline January 10 2013

Associazione Culturale Civilta' del Mediterraneo

Associazione Culturale Civilta' del Mediterraneo

Conversations in Contemporaneity @ Castle De Viti De Marco of Casamassella


Associazione Culturale Civilta' del Mediterraneo 
has been active in Otranto, Salento (Puglia) since 2001
promoting and curating architecture summer work-shops for international students in the Aragonese Castle of Otranto from 2001 to 2004, and collaborating to organize in the Aragonese Castle of Otranto Arts Residency from 2004 to 2012.

"Conversations in Contemporaneity" is a new residency program in the Castle De Viti De Marco of Casamassella, where 10 artists and scholars: painters, architects, writers, photographers, film makers, musicians, archeologists and scientists will do their own work and share a dialogue on contemporaneity during a month. The spirit of the place will be of extreme informality and flexibility to allow all participants to do their work at best with no interruption. Two invited distinguished scholars critics will be at the residence for a period of 10 days each engaging in the shared conversation on the work and ideas.
 Shared dialogue will take place on contemporaneity of the films, writings, arts and theater, music of the surrounding territory and society.

Ideas and invention that have always inhabited the Castle of Casamassella: from the presence of innovative economist Antonio De Viti De Marco 1858 - 1943, and of the poet and writer Girolamo Comi that was born here in 1890 and died in near Lucugnano in 1968, in the palace that hosted the Library he had created and curated; to the presence of Benedetto Croce, philosopher and writer, who was here visiting the friends De Viti De Marco.


Possibility of a final residents´ group exhibition held in Galleria “Libreria Universal” in Maglie May4- May16, 2013. Maglie is a charming town near Lecce and the gallery is in a beautiful space very centrally located. Artists will be free to present new artworks realized during the residency or ones previously done.

Accommodation Information 

Accomodations for the 11 residents and 3 staff members are offered in the Castello De Viti De Marco in Casamassella with either private/shared bathrooms. 2 meals a day for 5 days a week are provided and shared by the residence both inside and outside. Each sunday dinner will be organised in a different local restaurant.

Additionnally, 7 excursions are planned by the host, to Lecce, Scorrano, Galatina, Giurdignano, Gallipoli, Porto Badisco and one special boat trip.

Studio Information 

4 large shared private studios, dedicated to architects, painters, designers.


In the Castle of Casamassella, Castello De Viti De Marco, 3 km from the sea at Otranto and Porto Badisco in Salento near Lecce, Puglia, Italy. There is a large beautiful garden with flowers and shade.

Castello Casamassella
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 1
Casamassella di Uggiano La Chiesa LE
+39 329 290 84 76 (Paola Iacucci, Italian cell)

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