B.A. is a residency program for visual artists, writers and curators. We believe that residency opportunities nurture artist’s potential, giving them a chance to bring a 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.

Located in Sirmione by lake Garda (province of Brescia, northern Italy), Benaco Arte is situated in an intimate and local rural Italian community, where the residents are welcome from a small community of locals, becoming temporary part of the hamlet’s day life.

Residency periods are from 2-weeks or 1 month in duration, taking place two months per year. Spring residency in May and Fall Residency from Oct. 2nd – Dec. 29th, 2017  (look the Open Call’s page for exact dates).

The building that hosts the residency, was built in 14th century and it’s the oldest building in the town of Sirmione after the Castle Scaligero. Two months of the year the residency takes over the building that otherwise function as a Bed & Breakfast “Lamagia di Corte Moronati”.

The residency fee is 1300 Euro for a 1-month and 700 Euro for 2-weeks. The fee is already subsidized (we currently are offering a 400 and 250 Euro fellowships for merit and need, please read more details on the “apply” page).

We welcome 5 artists at time, each artist will be provided with a private bedroom, and a shared studio in the attic space, along with 24/7 access to the building. Four of the bedrooms are very large and they function both live-work space. The remaining is a standard size bedroom and has a dedicated separate working space on the top floor. There is a second semi-private studio space that will be awarded to an artist needing more space for his work and a shared co-working space with a coffee table and a couple of armchairs/ couch open to each residence as common area for research or writing etc.

(Note- Please specify in your application if you have preferences or needs of a specific separate studio for your work).

There are 4 bathrooms and two kitchens in the building to be shared within the residents.

Each residents is offered a modest bicycle to use for the duration of the residency. The lake, a supermarket, bars, restaurants, wine cellars and many others services are within a short bike ride from the residency’s building. We are a 10 minutes bike-ride from the lake where you can draw and enjoy an amazing view. The residency’s building is in the middle of vineyards, the whole area is surrounded by nature.

A car will pick you up and drive you to the nearest train station “Desenzano del Garda” when residents arrive and depart. Rides to the train station for personal travels though are not granted, although possible if planned ahead. Otherwise there are taxis and a bus available to and from Desenzano.
We welcome the residents with an “Italian aperitivo” while everyone introduces their work, approximately the second day of arrival.

There will be a studio visit with local critic/mentors around the end of the residency period in which artists will be asked to introduce their work to.

We aim to facilitate exchange with the local history and community organizing small field trips and visits to museums as the “Museo della Carta” (Paper’s Museum) in Toscolano Maderno or a little wine tour of the local cellars, as the whole area is surrounded by vineyards.

An important part of the residency is to facilitate an 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.