Literature Visual Arts Music
English, Italian
3 weeks to 3 months
Paid by host 

Artists are provided with a fully furnished apartment, plus utilities (water, trash, electric).

Paid by artist 

Artist must cover all travel expenses and meals. S/he is also required to pay a fee of $200 (USD) per week for up to 2 people. Off season (Nov-Apr) $100 (USD) per week. A 20% discount is available for stays of 4 weeks or longer.

Application guidelines 

Artists must fill out the application form, as well as provide the following materials:
Half-page bio (will be used on the website if accepted)
Resume or CV
Work samples (no more than 10MB of attachments. Use Google Drive or Dropbox for larger image files, or simply provide a URL)
Statement of intent (maximum 1 page)

There is a $20 (USD) application fee (Paypal).



Applications are reviewed 3 times a year: 15 January, 15 May and 15 September

The Rensing Center

The Rensing Center

Rensing Borseda Cultural Exchange


Headquartered in Pickens, South Carolina (USA), the Rensing Center seeks to foster creative capability and individual renewal. In 2014, the Rensing Center expanded to include a residency program in Borseda, Italy, which provides living and work space to self-motivated applicants looking for an isolated, rural retreat to work on independent projects.

The Rensing Center’s Borseda Program offers residencies of three weeks to three months from May through October for professional artists, writers, and ecologists. Residents are provided with living and work space and encouraged to learn about the traditions of Liguria, in the mountains of Northern Italy, the home of the Slow Food movement. Applicants should be self-reliant artists and nature lovers looking for a secluded community in which to work on independent projects.


This village has an ancient wisdom and an aging population of Italians with a twinkle in their eye. What it needs are enthusiastic visitors with a passion for preserving traditions, learning about cultures, and walking lightly with nature.They do not require the resident to complete a specific project, but they do expect from the residents to contribute to their blog and share their experiences with the staff.

Accommodation Information 

Their historic 1816 stone apartment has been restored to include a fully equipped kitchen and modern bathroom. It comfortably sleeps two in the queen bed and a foldout sofa in the living room sleeps two more.

Studio Information 

There is no separate studio space; it is a relatively small apartment, but has a generous covered terrace that can be used for art-making.


Borseda is a small, remote village in the mountains of Liguria. Nearby is the Italian Riviera, including the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Strada Provinciale 37
19020 Calice al Cornoviglio SP

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