Residents are responsible for their working materials, food and personal expenses during the residency.
The Blank is a cultural network born in 2010 to promote and enhance territories, identities and local cultural heritage through contemporary art and its participatory, inclusive
and transnational dimension. The activity of The Blank contributes to the social growth of the community with which is engaged in a dialogue and fosters the access and the
development of the public through exhibitions, publications, educational projects, residencies and international exchanges.
In 2011 The Blank starts in Bergamo the first project of mobility and hospitality, establishing an artist residence with The Blank Residency. The residency project hosts Italian and international artists and theorists, selected through open calls and projects upon invitation, and offers them space and relationships to develop their artistic research, both practical and theoretical. The residency program is organized in different projects that embrace various contemporary researches and create connections with Italian and international institutions. The residence offers the chance to meet and be guided to discover the national and local cultural reality and to develop a dialogue with the local community that is actively involved in the projects.
HIGHLIGHTS is a residency program, created by The Blank in partnership with FARE - with the support of MiBACT and SIAE, as part of the initiative “Sillumina – Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura”- which sees diversity as an important factor of wealth. In the same cycle of residencies, different cultural operators will be involved and put in dialogue with the artists, depending on the specific needs. The aim is to offer artists the opportunity to develop innovative projects related to their experiences and a wider context of reference. The artists will be accompanied in visits to some artist studios and in the main institutions, introducing them to the operators of the sector working on the territory. HIGHLIGHTS provides activities for meeting the public: the artists will have the opportunity to introduce themselves through open studios, workshops and informal conferences in which they will present their work and their activities. Visits and presentations will be organized in collaboration with associations acrive in Lombardy.
The aim of the project is to give hospitality to Italian artists in Bergamo and to offer them accommodation and relationships aimed at developing artistic, practical and theoretical research of the participants. The residence is designed as a meeting and work place to share ideas and experiences. The artists in residence will be asked to work on a project / idea proposal that will be developed during the period of residence and to share it with The Blank. The proposal will be presented at the end of the period during the day dedicated to the Open Studio. At the beginning of the period of residence, the guests will informally present their work and their activities, while at the end there will be a day dedicated to the studio visit and the presentation of the project developed during the period of residence.
A maximum of 2 artists will be selected for the period September / October and 2 artists for the period January / February 2019. The residency program is aimed at artists under 35 resident in Italy working in the visual arts, photography, video, media art and performance.
At the beginning of the residency artists will introduce themselves to the community with an informal presentation of their previous activities and works. The residency period concludes with an Open Studios day and the presentation of their project proposal.
Accommodation and studio are located in a 130sqm apartment. The flat has a single bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, a kitchen and two rooms for the resident’s studio. Free wi-fi connection is available.
The studio and the accommodation are located at the fist floor apartment of an 18th century building with a courtyard. Bergamo is characterised by a urban structure which divides the town onto two levels, the lower part, which is modern and dynamic and the higher, which is a peculiar and valuable historic and art site. Bergamo is both a province and municipality located in Lombardy, Italy at about 40 km northeast of Milan. Its population is over 120,000 inhabitants. Both the province and the metropolitan area in Milan are easily connected to Orio al Serio Airport.