Civitella Ranieri Center
The Civitella Ranieri Center is a workplace for gifted artists from different disciplines and countries. In keeping with the spirit of its founder, Ursula Corning, and the tradition of hospitality and support for the arts that she established at the castle, the Center seeks to enable its Fellows to pursue their work and to exchange ideas in this unique and inspiring setting. The Center is funded by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, a non-profit corporation with offices in New York City.
Residencies are by nomination only. The residency previously hosted musician/composers under the framwork of UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme.
Most Fellows are housed in the castle, but several outer buildings are also well-loved studios and apartments. Each Fellow receives a private room and bathroom and has access to a study or studio twenty-four hours a day. Studios are often connected to the sleeping quarters. Because most of the studios are housed within the castle, the typical ‘white box’ studio does not exist, but is rather replaced with wonderfully unique spaces based on the medieval structure of the castle itself.
Lunch and dinner are provided Monday-Saturday by their kitchen. Breakfast as well as Sunday meals are prepared by the residents. Each apartment is stocked with milk, sugar, coffee, and tea. Each Fellow has access to a kitchen with a refrigerator and a stove. The Foundation provides sheets, towels, blankets, and duvets which are laundered weekly. In addition to a fleet of bikes, Fellows have twenty-four hour access to a well-equipped gym in the castle. Several nearby agriturismi offer pool usage for a daily spa fee, and the local area abounds with recreational facilities, from gyms to tennis courts. Civitella also provides immediate access to wooded pathways for walks or runs.
Located in the 15th century Civitella Ranieri castle in the Umbria region of Italy.