Residents will be picked up at the station and returned there at the end of their stay. The host will also provide some local transport. She will also be providing general support and dealing with any issues that arise.
The residency is self funding and the rental for each person is €220 per week. For those who wish to stay for a longer period the cost is €780 per month. Extra costs include the shared cost of food, electricity and gas (minimal in the summer). Furthermore, travel and material costs are up to the artist.
The residency is open from May through September. Applicants should be practising artists. Applications should be made by email enclosing examples of work. Artists should have an idea of the work they want to do during their period of residency.
This residency runs mainly as a self funded, self directed artists’ retreat. The aim is to provide an opportunity for visual artists to work freely in a new context and beautiful location in the expectation that this will inspire new work. It is managed and run the the founder Catherine Bercusson who is a clinical psychologist and artist.
Description of the residency programme:
Artists are free to focus on their own work. However the aim is to encourage collaboration between artists and discussion of the issues in creating and producing work. This residency would be attractive to artists working in any medium who wish to work on a particular project or who would like to develop new ideas for future work. The approach to one’s work is considered to be as important as the content of the work or the medium in which it is expressed.
The residency is near both Florence and Siena and it is expected that artists will visit the galleries and monuments of these cities. As the hosts are interested in the relation between the artist and the community artists are expected to take part in open studios.
The artists live in the priest’s house which is attached to the church and dates back to the 19th century, though parts of it are much older. We take up to four artists at any one time. Each artist has their own room but shares a bathroom with one other. The bedrooms are organized around an upstairs living space. There is also a downstairs living room with open fire, dining room and a fully working kitchen. There are a further two bathrooms downstairs. The founder lives and works with the artists.
The studio is in the atmospheric and very large space of a converted church. It is open at all times and artists are free to work when they wish. It is also possible to find work spaces outside on the terraces and in the garden.
Each artist will have their own work space in the church with a table, chair, lamp, drawing boards, easel and storage trolley.
There is an intaglio press for those wishing to use it.
Projector and screen for showing work and films.
Work Some work tools and basic equipment will be available for use in the studio.
Rignana is a small hamlet approximately 5 kms from the nearest small town (Greve-in-Chianti). It is 32 kms from Florence and 57 from Siena. Both are reachable within an hour by car. The house and studio are situated on an unmade road in the Tuscan hills and surrounded by vineyards and forests.
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