Open Call for Meditative Artist Residencies at Villa R, Sicily

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Villa R – Artists in Residence

Next Deadline: June 20, 2017
Maximum No. of Artists per residency: 4
Cost: 300 euros per week (same for companion or collaborator)

meditative residency in Sicily at Villa R

Villa R is an amazing private residency for artists, one of the first international point of reference for contemporary art in the city of Messina, Sicily.

It was designed in 1990 by the two owners, Iolanda Vacalebre and Nicola Rustica, whom have over the years used the villa for artistic and musical productions. There have been organized many evenings with music, poetry, as well as performance.

Since April 2013, Iolanda and Nicola decided to offer most of the spaces of the villa for intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange with professionals (both foreign and Italian). These activities aim especially to the creation of new projects and artworks in a stimulating environment, in contact with other artists and with nature.

This is an exclusive opportunity to develop new ideas in a wide, beautiful and meditative location, far from the distracting vibes of the big city. The residence has wide space for artistic production of any size and media.

Villa R offers a great view on the sea, valley and Eolie Islands. Artists have the possibility to work both in an atelier of 80 square meters, with big windows, or outside with a space of about 2000 square meters, directly in contact with the earth, without limits of dimentions and media of work.

There is space to accommodate all artists in comfortable and spacious rooms (single or double). There is a distance of about 4km from the villa to a very popular seaside. The villa is on accessible distance from touristic destinations such as Milazzo, Taormina, Etna volcano and direct transports to Eolie Islands.


Please before applying make sure that you read carefully what is written under “infos and costs”.


Both emergent, mid-career and established artists working within the creative field, including visual arts, music, video, literature, performance, theatre, cinema, fashion etc., without limitation of age, gender and nationality are encouraged to apply.

Application must include:

– A cover letter that describes the purpose of your stay and which kind of work you wish to produce in relation to your career and/or personal development (pdf)

– Curriculum vitae that includes both professional and few basic biographic infos (pdf)

– 10 images of artworks in jpg (if you are a visual artist). One or more links to a webpage or other links that show your professional activity and former work.

Make sure to include also your contact infos and specify how many people you are and what is your preferred period of residency (1 or 2 weeks in april – may – june – september – october)

All documents should be sent to Giuditta R

Documents can be written either in English or Italian.

Uncompleted applications won’t be considered.

Deadline20th june 2017  – for applicants interested in september and october

*It is possible to apply also for other periods of the year, we will just let you know when and if your request can be accepted!


The cost of the residency for each artist is 300€ per week. Please note that for reasons related to space and comfort, if you are selected for a residency at Villa R and would like to bring someone to assist you during the creation process, or simply would like to come with your partner, the other person/people have to pay as much as each artist in residency. Therefore people that come along with selected artists, count as artists themselves.

Maximum number of artists per residency is 4.

Artists are responsible for any damage to furniture and equipment inside Villa R, with possible compensation within the end of their stay.

The residence, for its location, requires the rent of a car or a motorcycle. Artists can decide to share these expenses and also decide where and what to rent according to their needs. These expenses are not included in the rent. There is eventually also a local bus running from Messina Central Station to Gesso (Villa R). We usually recommend the rental of a car because the bus does not run so often and never late during the evening.

Artists are always welcome to involve sponsors or other public Organizations for finacial help to cover residency fee, travel, meals, materials for production and all related expenses.

Residency period:

Artists can apply for a week maximum two during the months of April, May, June, September or october

It is possible to apply also for other periods of the year, this can be agreed with the hosts according to their disponibily.

It is also possible to rent the villa during summer holidays. For summer period (example July and August) the price is 80€ per person, per night (inclusive breakfast). For 2 people in room with double bed the price is 130€ per night.  Maximum of people staying per time 4.

Villa R

Have a virtual tour through Villa R’s atmosphere and surroundings. Video by Bara Jochova, New York based artist and filmmaker:

Follow Villa R’s activities on Fb:

and on Youtube:

Have also a glimpse at Villafranca’s beach, with artists in residency Rachel Hastings, Ebony Utley and Krystal Cooper (video):

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