ARTEMISTA is a non-profit cultural association that deals with theatre, music, social projects and environmental awareness education, immersed in the northern Italian rural communities of the Po Valley and surrounding wine growing hills of OltrePo.
Through its residency programme, ARTEMISTA selects individuals or groups (up to 20 people) with creative and original proposals twice a year. Thanks to the physical characteristics of the workplace, the organization offers various opportunities to its artists-in-residence:
- research-based residencies
- production-based residencies
- interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial residencies
Through the Residency Programme, residents are given the opportunity to live and work in the village of Spessa at “Cascina Castello.” Here they can develop their individual projects and immerse themselves in the region’s creative, rural atmosphere.
All artists-in-residence are encouraged to share the work produced during their in-residency programme through a performance, exhibition, workshop, or open rehearsal for local audiences. However, this is not compulsory.
Alternatively, a “work in progress” discussion session with feedback from other professionals can be organized.
Artists should inform ARTEMISTA of their intentions at least one month in advance to allow for preparation of said events.
Multifunctional Room: (converted Granary, dating back to the 10th century) 125 sqm. This studio has maintained its original flooring in terracotta tile and ceiling with wooden beams and cross beam. The studio can host different disciplines, visual arts, music, theatre and dance. NB Studio height has to be taken into consideration for jumps/acrobatics etc.
Rehearsal Studio: 96 sqm. This studio is suitable for theatre and dance. (8 m. x 12 m. H 5 m.) Ideal space for preparing new productions and/or organizing residential seminars.
Recording Studio: Suitable for all kinds of compositions. When necessary the recording studio can utilize the Granary as an extended space for live recording. The Granary has extraordinary natural acoustics and can accommodate big ensembles and groups of musicians.
ARTEMISTA Hostel and Arts Centre can offer various accommodation solutions, depending on the artists' needs:
- two double rooms (with bathroom)
- one room with 3 beds (with bathroom)
- three rooms with 4/6 beds (with bathroom)
There is a shared kitchen and dining/living area. Guests are kindly requested to take care of daily cleaning of communal spaces utilized.
Artists-in-Residence will also have access to outdoor areas, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi connection, bicycles for local travel, a weekly cleaning service and info-pack (sent prior to arrival).
ARTEMISTA “Cascina Castello” can accomodate:
- 20 people from November to March
- 10 people from July to September
ARTEMISTA can provide space and offer professional equipment needed for theatre or dance production, recording music, shooting film, starting a publication, curating an exhibition, or writing a script.
Studios come supplied with dance carpets, theatrical lights with dimmer and control unit, sound system with speakers and mixer.
On Reservation: Recording Studio, fully equipped, for additional sessions artists-in-residence should require.
ARTEMISTA also has a workspace equipped with various craftsmen’s tools for woodwork and iron work, which can be utilized in preparation of scenery, props etc.
ARTEMISTA Cultural Association is located in the village of Spessa, near the Po River, at the “Cascina Castello,” a farmhouse with adjacent buildings dating back to the 15th century. Cascina Castello has been transformed into a cultural centre for artistic productions and various events, while maintaining some of its original farming activities.
Despite being part of the Lombardy Region’s rural reality, it is only an hour ride away from the beating business and commercial heart of Italy – the city of Milan, with all necessary modern amenities. (Milan Linate Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport, Central rail station, underground, motorways, etc).
On a clear day one can enjoy a walk on the river Po levee and admire the Alpine mountain range to the north, the Oltre Po hills followed by the Apennines to the south, with a little mystic fog rising off the river to add romanticism to this unique view.