Visual Arts
English, Italian
3-4 weeks
Paid by artist 

There is a fee of 900 Euros to cover the accommodation, use of the studio and transportation to and from the airport or train station, depending on location.

Application guidelines 

To apply, please download the application form on their website and send that with 5-10 examples of your work and a CV or bio.


Terra Vivente Art Studio

Terra Vivente Art Studio


Terra Vivente operates on the belief that art should be brought to communities, that it should be interactive and engaging to artists and to members of communities who don’t have easy access to the conventional galleries and museums of large urban centres. Many small communities in Italy are semi-abandoned as youth migrate towards cities for education and work. Rejuvenating the smaller villages takes place when there is a strong enough pull for youth to stay or return. Cultural projects are an important step. Terra Vivente creates programming that brings international artists into these small communities, organizing interactive events, projects and exhibitions that are ultimately a cultural exchange. Because the venues are off the tourist route, artists have an immersive experience, learning about the language, food and cultural traditions in a natural way because these are lived experiences, not put on as tourist attractions. Working with the local town hall and organizations, Terra Vivente offers loosely thematic residencies based on salient features of the locality, whether it be cheese, paleontology, archaeology or locally sourced materials. Preference is given to artists who have a social practice, work with sustainable materials or food, or have a strong interest in collaboration or research. Emerging and established artists working in 2 and 3D media, performance, video, photography and sound are all welcome.


An exhibition is held at the end of each residency. Shorter residencies have an open house or event.

Accommodation Information 

Artists have a private bedroom but share the rest of the house with one or two other artists. The locations are: June in Nurri, Sardinia, July in Peghera, Taleggio Valley, August in Pietroroia, Campania.

Studio Information 

The studios are in an abandoned convent (Nurri), an ecomuseum (Peghera) and a closed school (Pietroia).

Technical Information 

There is a printing press.

  • June: Nurri and San Sperate, Sardinia
  • July: Pietraroia, Campania
San Potito Sannitico
81016 San Potito Sannitico CE

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