Informality and nthspace Torino are delighted to announce a partnership to offer artists, writers and curators a new research-informed residency based in the heart of Torino, Italy's original capital and fourth-largest city, and home to a thriving centre for contemporary art and culture.
Artists will have the opportunity to enrich their practice by using the residency to explore the rich contemporary art scene in Torino. The residency is located in the grounds of Villa Sambuy, just a 30-minute walk along the river into the city centre, which houses some of the country's most ambitious institutions including Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Fondazione Merz. Castello di Rivoli is easily reachable by car.
The city of Torino was recognised as the birthplace of the Arte Povera movement throughout the 1960's and 70's led by artists, including Giuseppe Penone, Alighiero Boetti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, whose works explored a range of unconventional processes and non-traditional 'everyday' materials. Torino is also home to the Artissima art fair every November which showcases works of the world's leading contemporary artists and galleries. In 2012 the city held Documenta 13 which drew an attendance of just over 900,000 visitors.
Artists will be encouraged visually to learn about Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-classical and Art Nouveau architecture. The city also boasts a rich history of industrial design through firms such as Italdesign Giugiaro and Pininfarina, and is home to a major part of the Italian automotive industry including factories for Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
Artists will be hosted by Cillín Perera and Giuliana Picco of nthspace Torino, who will provide local information. During the residency the artists will benefit from a visit from Informality Gallery who will provide support and guidance on developing research around their practice.
All participating artists will be encouraged to enter an artwork into an annual exhibition that will be held at Informality Gallery to celebrate the residency.
For more information on the application process, please visit the residency page on the website.