Monday, December 21, 2009


WHERE: Italy
WHEN: 15 January 2010 (15 June - 15 October 2010)
WHO: International; Architecture, Curating/Research, Visual Arts

Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto is a non-profit organisation endorsed by the region of Piedmont, Northern Italy. Since 1998, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto has run the UNIDEE in Residence International Programme. UNIDEE is an interdisciplinary program, open to all creative professionals, from visual artists to cultural actors, designers to architects and all those whose practice centres around taking a responsible stance in society.

UNIDEE seeks to explore the relationship between Art and Society and fosters the role of artists and creative practitioners as activators of a responsible social change in society.

During UNIDEE in Residence International Programme there are weekly seminars and a series of workshops with experts from various fields, such as economics, sustainable architecture, sociology and general culture, as well as studio visits and meetings with art critics and curators. Trips and excursions will be organised according to the programme schedule.

The participants will be working in a collective environment (no individual studios will be allocated) where, beyond the personal projects, collaborative practices are strongly encouraged, as well as exploring and engaging in initiatives and actions in the city of Biella and its surroundings.

Technical Information:
Conference room for meetings and seminars, a digital editing suite, auditorium. Computers are equipped with Open Office and have the capability to edit video and digital photos.

Studio Information:
Available to UNIDEE residents is a common studio space (a 700 square meter loft), a simple woodwork shop, library, computer room, cafeteria and kitchen (who provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, inclusive in the price of the residency).

Accommodation Information:
Private, single room boarding and shared bathroom facilities.

Paid by host:
The overall cost for the residency is €12000, however, to support the residents, Cittadellarte receives funding from both public and private institutions, and from this partial and total grants are awarded. The maximum residents would have to pay is €2000. The price includes: seminars and workshops, excursions, visits, lectures, tutorials and technical support, participation in Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto activities, board and lodging on the premises.

The selected participants are encouraged to research their own financial support from a third party.

Paid by artist:
Individual travelling expenses, personal needs, insurance costs and visa if required.

Cittadellarte is located in Biella, in a former 19th century woollen mill, an historic building complex, registered with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Assets. The city of Biella has 50,000 inhabitants and is situated at the base of the foothills of the alps in the province of the same name with a population of around 200,000. It is know for its beautiful landscape as well as the important role in the history of the Italian textile industry.

Application Criteria:
A maximum of 14 to 16 places are available each year. Artists, designers, cultural actors, architects and researchers who fit the profile are welcome to apply. The basic prerequisite is a degree at university level, or to be in the process of graduating. If the applicant does not have a university degree, proof of equivalent ability must be provided through his or her artistic career. The average participant age ranges from 24 to 40.

The official language of the residency is English, and a good level of proficiency in the language is required.

Application address:
Via Serralunga, 27
13900 Biella


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