Industrial Therapy Open Call



Open Call #1 – Artist in Residence Program, Lecce – Italy

Deadling to apply: September 1, 2016

Wonderlust#rome and AiR Industrial Therapy Program is offering the opportunity to an Italian or foreign artist to create a mural on the exterior facade of Kolor B&B in Lecce, Italy. The theme should be inspired by the contrast between the characteristics of a peaceful oasis for travelers and the industrial urban context that surrounds the B&B. The goal is to connect these different realities and enhance the environment with an artist’s intervention on the entrance facade of the structure as seen from the main road.

This edition of the program constitutes the first step in the Industrial Therapy path, the larger goal of which is to create a new concept of Lecce’s industrial zone, a part of the city seemingly disconnected but more and more integral to the urban fabric.

The residency will last 7 days, from October 3-10, 2016, during which Kolor will provide:

  • Accomodation in one of Kolor’s rooms
  • Breakfast;
  • Per diem allowance for lunch and dinner;
  • Transportation between Kolor and the Lecce train station or Brindisi airport on arrival and departure days;
  • A bike for local transportation;
  • A studio;
  • Production budget up to €500;
  • A welcome package with maps, public transport guides, general info and emergency numbers.

Excluded are: travel expenses to Lecce, travel visas, health insurance, shipping fees, and other personal expenses.

Basic tools will be provided but the selected artist is expected to bring his own work instruments.

One day of the residency is reserved to an introduction and exploration of the socio-cultural context of the region. The residency will end with a public presentation of the artwork at the presence of selected guests.

For special requests, please contact before the selection to allow the necessary time to make tools and materials available from the start of the residency period.

The artwork will be a mural to be developed on a surface of almost 60 square meters of the Kolor facade, visible from the Industrial zone main road and from the overpass that crosses the land from above.

The AiR program is open to visual artists with no age and country limitations.

Applicants will have to complete the application form and attach:

  1. One abstract in PDF format (max 500 words) detailing the proposal with times and phases of completion;
  2. up to 3 jpeg files useful to the visualization of the proposal: sketches, drawings, mock-ups, etc;
  3. a detailed list of the necessary materials and an approximate cost of the products;
  4. CV in PDF format portfolio or link to personal website.

Accepted languages for the proposal are Italian and English.

Notifications about the selected artist will be sent by September 7, 2016.

Proposals will be selected by Kolor and the Wonderlust#rome staff following the basis of the artist’s research with the industrial therapy theme, with the goal of sustaining the development of new practices in contemporary art, and looking at the quality of the project and its feasibility during the residency period.

Kolor B&B is situated at the border between the city of Lecce and its industrial zone. Minutes away from the historic center of the city, the area was invaded over recent years with a thick road network and loomed-over by the city’s main overpass road. Behind the walls of the villa, the landscape is very different — quiet, with a big orchard, a swimming pool and relaxing corners, in stark contrast with the surroundings.

Wonderlust#rome is a project that aims to create a localized network that highlights the vital role of contemporary art in Rome (and Italy) by enhancing the potential of the cultural exchange between Italian and foreign operators. Wonderlust#rome is Francesco Buonerba and Nicoletta Guglielmucci, curators.

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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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