Open Call - Villa Filanda Antonini 2023

Courtesy of VFA
Courtesy of VFA

Open Call - Villa Filanda Antonini 2023

The 2023 Residents will be called upon to develop a site-specific project in the abandoned warehouse spaces in front of the Villa. Deadline: 31 December 2022.

Villa Filanda Antonini -VFA- is an independent space established in 2021 in Treviso, dedicated to experimentation with the languages of contemporary art. Applicants to the artist residency programme are invited to explore the civic implications of art in relation to themes such as a sense of belonging and the environment. VFA aims to build a network of people and processes capable of interpreting the material and immaterial specificities of the place/region. The residency programme of Villa Filanda Antonini fosters a transdisciplinary dialogic approach. For this reason, the call is open to artists of all disciplines, curators, designers, researchers, writers and architects.

The 2023 Residents will be called upon to develop a site-specific project in the abandoned warehouse spaces in front of the Villa. With a view to its future reuse and architectural restoration, VFA asks participants to come up with actions, strategies and/or works with a view to re-appropriating the industrial space by attributing new meaning to it for the community as a whole.

VFA hosts a minimum of three Residents up to a maximum of six per year. The residency must take place over a period of a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of eight. Continuous presence in the Villa is a prerequisite. There are two residency periods: May-July 2023 and October-November 2023. Participants will receive a gross weekly stipend of €450 and free accommodation in the Villa. VFA bears the production costs of the works. Food and travel costs are borne by the Resident.

The building is equipped with two double bedrooms with a shared bathroom and one bedroom with a private bathroom. A large and well-equipped kitchen is available to Residents, as well as a laundry room. The Villa offers comfortable common areas for exchange and socialisation. In addition to the large atelier on the ground floor, Residents can choose a space in which to work. The ample size of the building and the large garden provide plenty of opportunity for privacy and reflection.

Participants who are not EU citizens are requested to obtain any necessary travel and permanence documentation in good time. For detailed information, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The application dossier must be submitted exclusively electronically through the APPLY NOW session on the VFA’s website. The application must be received no later than 11.59 pm (CET) on Saturday 31 December 2022. Please note that only applications in English will be accepted; the presence of an Italian translation is optional. The following documents must be attached in order for the application file to be considered valid:

  • Dossier It must be a single pdf file not exceeding 10 MB in size. It consists of two sections: a curriculum vitae with an up-to-date portfolio of the most significant/pertinent works. Each portfolio work must be accompanied by a comprehensive caption/description stating title, material, size and year of creation. A brief description of the work/project must also be included. In the case of works created in participation with others, your own contribution must be specified.
  • Motivational letter/statement (max. 600 words, 1 MB max pdf file).
  • Copy of valid ID document/passport both sides of the only or main project referent (1 MB max pdf/jpg file) .
  • Guidance: For large files (e.g. videos), please include a link to the server/website (e.g. Vimeo/YouTube) where the file may be viewed. Particular attention must be paid to the functioning of links, and it is equally important to ensure any links are valid for at least two months after the deadline (31 December 2022).

It is preferable for the dossier -pdf format- to have a horizontal layout for ease of viewing on a computer screen/laptop.

The title of the files must contain the candidate’s surname. In the event a duo/collective is applying, the form must contain the sole contact surname. For example, an applicant called Andrea Bianchi would name his files as follows:




The deadline for submitting the application is Saturday 31 December 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (CET). Once your application has been submitted, no further changes may be made. After sending it, you will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application. The outcome of the selection procedure will be published on the Villa Filanda Antonini webpage by the end of February 2023.

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