Application will be on-line by December 15th for a residency in May 2018.

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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.

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. Twice a the year the residency takes over the building that otherwise function as a Bed & Breakfast.



The residency building is situated in the middle of the vineyards just 1 km far from the lake. The beginning of October is generally still very warm (temperatures can range between 14° – 24° C ( 58° – 77° F) and gradually get to 5° – 18° C (42° – 65° F) by the end of December. At the beginning of the month you’ll probably be able still to jump in the lake and swim, while later on there is a natural pool with thermal hot springs in the middle of the peninsula where you can enjoy the view together with a very warm water.
It snows rarely (almost never) in Sirmione and usually the temperature during the day is very mild but humid. In October you’ll see the foliage changing colors gradually, while later in November the lake will be often covered with mist and silence. During sunsets and dawns the colors are very bright and full. (some images below from last year fall/winter).

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

Residency Fee: (you can apply for 2-weeks and 1-month residency, 

1300 Euro per 1-month Residency. 700 Euro per 2-weeks residency.

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


Dates for the “Fall Residency 2017”: (2 weeks-3 months)

(You can combine the options to have 6 or 10 weeks residency as well, other than the monthly ones.)

October 2nd-30th,

November: 1st-29th,

December: 1st-29th.

The two weeks of the “fall residency” runs: Oct. 2-16 or 16-30th; Nov. 1-15th or 15-29th; Dec. 1-15th or 15-29th.

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 or semi-private 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 open to all the residents as a communal 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.
There is wi-fi in the building.

MORE INFO about the Residency

We welcome the residents with an “Italian aperitivo” while everyone introduces their work, approximately the second day of arrival. There will be a studio visits with local critic/mentors at the end of the residency period in which artists will be asked to introduce their work.

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.

A car will pick 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.

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.

We aim to facilitate exchange with the local history and community too 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.

Meals are up to the residents. Light cooking in the kitchen is allowed and a grocery store is conveniently located 5 minutes bike ride from the house.



BEFORE apply, please read the residency’s description here.

Submission Deadline: (Eastern Time Zone_NY)

Deadline: July 1st, 2017

Notification: July 10th, 2017.

Send all the application material to The object of the e-mail has to highlight your Firstname.Lastname+FALLResidency2017 (ex. Andrea.Rossi_FALLResidency2017).

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-3 months)

(You can combine the options for a 6 or 10 weeks residency as well, other than the monthly ones.)

1 month:
Oct. 2nd-30th;
November: 1st-29th;

December: 1st-29th.

2 weeks residency:
Oct. 2-16 or 16-30th;

Nov. 1-15th or 15-29th;

Dec. 1-15th or 15-29th.

▪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,

Benaco Arte.