Benaco Arte is a residency program for visual artists, writers and curators. They believe that residency opportunities nurture artist’s potential, giving them a chance to bring new and fresh drive to their art practice through a change of environment. Engaging with a new culture in the surrounding community and Italy in general are an important part of this residency.
Organizing explorations of the area and participations of local events, the organizers aim to facilitate exchange with the local culture and its special geographical location. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to engage with a local community and get to know the area.
The residents are expected to be engaging with locals and other residents (in respect of other people's space and time) creating an environment of community. The artists will be asked to introduce their work during an artist presentation and will be offered a studio visit with 2 members of the artist local community. There will be activities and trips which are not mandatory for the artist to participate to.
They provide 2 semi-private studio spaces on the attic. One communal space for research and computer work or sketching (they do not provide computers). Wi-fi is available in the whole building but can be spotty sometimes. Four of the large bedrooms have space enough and a desk to work at.
4 large bedrooms and 1 standard size bedroom.
There are plenty of books in the building, but most of them are Italian. They also have a small book collections of art catalogues and essays. There is not printer or computers available for the residents so please be ready to bring your laptop. If you don't have a laptop you can use an ipad or computer of the residency's staff to check your e-mail upon request.
The residency is located in the midst of the vineyards of the white wine Lugana in the in-land Sirmione. The building which hosts "Benaco Arte" is during summer season a Bed & Breakfast. The owners grant the use of the space for a two months per year residency because they believe in sponsoring cultural and artistic exchange. The small community which inhabits Corte Moronati is composed by 15 families which have been living in the small hamlet for generations.