Application are now CLOSED for our SPRING RESIDENCY 2018, please check again in March for instructions on our FALL RESIDENCY 2018.

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The residency is open worldwide to visual artists, curators and writers.


Benaco Arte is an artist-run residency. We are self-sponsoring our residency and ask for a contribution to cover partially the expenses of the residency trough who participate and our supporters.
We are very thankful for the help and interest received up to now and hoping to access to more funding in the future.

You can apply for 2-weeks and 1-month residency:

1.290 Euro per 1-month Residency.
690 Euro per 2-weeks residency.
The residency fee covers room and studio space for the artists. We also offer each resident a bicycle to use during the residency period.

We organize during the residency optional activities that we highly encourage to participate to: studio-visits with local artists, visits to the castle and the paper mill, field-trip in Brescia and others. Towards the end of the 1-month residency we host an open-studio and invite our neighbors and collaborators from our close towns to visit us.

You can find more info about the location here:
Meals are up to the residents.

Flight tickets and VISAS are also responsibility of the residents, however we will be happy to help with the organization of the trip and writing a letter for a VISA or GRANT application’s process when needed.

The fee is already subsidized and we don’t have currently any fellowship available.


We welcome a maximum of 5 artists at time, each artist will be provided with a private bedroom, and a shared, semi-private or private studio, 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 open to all the residents as a communal area for research or writing etc. still on the attic.

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


Dates for the “Spring Residency 2018”: (2 weeks-1 month) May 2nd-30th.

The two weeks of the “spring residency” runs: May 2-16 or 16-30th.


BEFORE applying, please read the residency’s description here:

Submission Deadline: (Eastern Time Zone_NY) 

January 31st, 2018

Notification: all the applicant will be notified within the two-weeks after submission of their application. Remember: we will prioritize the early applications received on our selection process.

If you pass the first phase we will contact you to plan a skype-meeting (or face-time) with us.

Send all the application material to:
The object of the e-mail has to highlight your Firstname.Lastname+SPRINGResidency2018 (ex. Andrea.Rossi_SPRINGResidency2018).
(Copy and paste and fill in all the below onto your file)

APPLICATION MATERIAL (All the files must be in one single PDF except for the images which will be in jpg in a separate folder.)


Full Name:

Date of birth:


County of Residence and Address:

Languages spoken: (the residents must speak english or/and Italian)

Link to your website (optional):

Indicate the preferred dates for the residency you are applying for, if any: (between 2 weeks-1month)

1 month: May 2nd-30th;
2 weeks residency: May 2-16 or 16-30th;

  • ARTIST STATEMENT (nor more than 250 words).
  • RESUME/CV (Up to 3 pages).
  • LIST of ARTWORKS (Img.1_Title, date, media, dimension and a brief explanation of the project/piece if needed).

VISUAL ARTISTS: up to 10 images in jpg following this criteria:

a) Name your file as the example: Img.1_name.lastname.

b) Size is 72dpi, max. resolution 1240 x 1240 pixels.


Fiction-Non fiction-Playwrights, send up to three pages of Work samples can be a work-in-progress or already published work; whatever you feel will make for the strongest application.

Poetry: send up to 10 poems (the maximum is three pages of length in total).


For further informations your questions can be emailed to:

Good luck with you application,

Giada Crispiels, B.A. director.