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Welcome to (sm)art residencies 21, tucked away on the edge of a top hill medieval village surrounded by the Umbrian rolling hills, join us in the company of emerging and established artists.

Due to Covid, the fellowship and artist in residence program has been suspended until further notice, stay safe eveybody!

For future updates, check our dedicated website www.smartresidencies.com stay tuned!

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Work in quiet and inspiring surroundings in the company of fellow artists, writers, novelists, and poets.

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The artist-in-residence program is curated suiting emerging and established artists with focus on Visual Arts, Literature, and Poetry.

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enrolment

Enrolment is now open for the Casale Flaminia annual artist-in-residence program, running from autumn 2020 to spring 2021.
 

Enrol Now!

Enrolment is now open for our annual 2020/21 (sm)art program, running from 07 November 2020 to 16 April 2021 and is suited for emerging and established artists, writers, novelists, and poets. 

 

Enrolments are reviewed by a distinguished international committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across disciplines with focus on Visual Arts, Literature and Poetry.

During the (sm)art residencies sessions, our Artists in Residence come and go staying with us at Casale Flaminia for a minimum of one week up to several weeks.

 

The venues of (sm)art residencies provide an opportunity to work in quiet and inspiring surroundings in the company of fellow artists, writers, novelists, and poets.

Casale Flaminia

The (sm)art residency program is hosted at Casale Flaminia, a 17th century country house set in 1.5 hectares of garden, meadow and forest on the edge of the top-hill settlement Acquaiura built around the year of 1000 AD with the 14th century church San Michele Arcangelo standing at the highest point along the ancient Roman Flaminia route, leading directly to nearby Spoleto, a culturally vibrant city that pre-dates Rome.

 
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Casale Flaminia has been inhabited for centuries by farmers and the village was a refreshment place for the papal troops and messengers who camped in the valley near the source of water, hence the name Acquaiura.

- Creative Space -

Immerse yourself in quiet and inspiring surroundings in the company of fellow artists, writers, novelists, and poets. Work in the privacy of your room or in the library. Relax in the chimney room around the fireplace or step outside onto the terraces and gardens overlooking the rolling hills of Umbria.

- Private Rooms -

Meticulously decorated and furnished to the Umbrian style with your own comfortable room featuring queen bed, wardrobe, desk, wifi, mountain view and private (en-suite) bathroom. 

- Shared Kitchen -

Full use of the shared kitchen facility, stocked with local ingredients from Umbria and Italian recipes. Every morning wake up to the smell of Italian roasted coffee and warm croissants. An extensive breakfast buffet awaits you with vegetarian and vegan options. A perfect start to the day even for late risers.

 

Bona Dea

The woodland of Casale Flaminia contains a sacred site manifested by the ancient goddess Bona Dea and 2000 years ago provided a sanctuary for women with rites that sanctified the temporary removal of customary constraints imposed on Roman women of all classes by Roman tradition.

Bona Dea

"The Bona Dea releasing in a most beautiful colourful canvas what is past... to draw down deep with. To move to stillness, to nourish and replenish."

- Sandy Marie Humby, Writer in Residence -

- Visiting Artist -

The solo artist Lina Hermsdorf was a frequent visitor at Casale Flaminia working on her art film project during her artist-in-residence at the Mahler&LeWitt Studios in Spoleto. 

 

The project is centred around the Lucus Bona Dea here at Acquaiura, a little known ancient sacred forest on the land of Casale Flaminia dedicated to the Roman goddess Bona Dea and 2000 years ago provided a sanctuary for women with rites that sanctified the temporary removal of customary constraints imposed on Roman women of all classes by Roman tradition.

Lucas Bona Dea by solo artist Lina Hermsdorf is exhibited in London at Jupiter Woods, a female led arts organisation.

 

Spoleto

Fall in love with Umbria’s most artistic and musical community of Spoleto, city of art and culture listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, pre-dating Rome.

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Painting of Spoleto by Francesco Artese

- Festival Dei Due Mondi -

 

Spoleto boasts an impressive 20th Century art history thanks to the Festival Dei Due Mondi.

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- Art Heritage -

 

In the XVIth-century building that has been Gian Carlo Menotti‘s house for years, now operates the Festival Dei Due Mondi Documentation Centre, careful keeper of the history of the prestigious art festival founded by the famous composer.

Casa Menotti collects audio, video and photografic material covering the Festival’s editions since 1958, the year of its foundation, till the present days, allowing the visitor to dig deep in a travel through time discovering emotions and atmospheres of the Festival and its unforgotten Maestro.

Palazzo Collicola hosts the G. Carandente Modern Art Gallery, that was established starting from the early 50s, hosting a remarkable collection of more than 30000 volumes on contemporary art.

The Commune of Spoleto has a list of all libraries and museums.

 

The Casale Flaminia (sm)art program is curated with the intention of carefully suiting individuals to the unique environment and resources we can offer, developing new ways of working in dialogue with peers and the unique cultural heritage of nearby Spoleto pre-dating Rome.

Enrolment is now open for our annual (sm)art program, running from 07 November 2020 to 16 April 2021 and is suited for emerging and established artists, writers, novelists, and poets.

 

Enrolments are reviewed by a distinguished international committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across disciplines with focus on Visual Arts, Literature and Poetry.