Art Garda is a month long residency that is open to visual artists as well as writers and curators. Art Garda’s mission is to offer a space that brings artists together into new and fresh surroundings that will either foster new studio practice experimentation, or enable the realization of a planned project in which this dedicated time and space can make possible.
Art Garda is located in the vineyards near Sirmione’s peninsula in the province of Brescia, Italy, a 5 minute bicycle ride from Lake Garda. Art Garda is housed in a three story building that dates back to the 13th century. The residency hosts, 1 month annually, 6 artists/artist teams at time, offering space in a building that operates as a Bed and Breakfast during the other 11 months of the year. The B&B “LaMaGia di Corte Moronati” is a 3 story building with two floors of housing and studios on the top floor. There are 6 bedrooms for artists, two are standard size bedrooms, two large, and two very large bedrooms/ workspaces, all have full/double beds. The 2 artists receiving standard size bedrooms will receive a studio on the top floor, the 2 artists with the large bedrooms will have room to work in their bedrooms, as well as a desk area in the studios, and the 2 artists receiving the largest spaces will work in those rooms as live work spaces. (Note- Please specify in your application if you have preferences or needs between these three types of spaces.)
The residency will provide group dinners Monday through Thursday, as well as provide breakfast’s food to serve yourself on the same four days. This food is included in your residency fee.
The residency fee is 1450 Euro (Currently about 1600 US dollars), which includes the room, studio, as well as breakfast and dinner every Monday through Thursday. If you are a collaborative of two people who share a bed, or would like to have a partner join you, we are completely open to that. We do not charge the whole residence fee for the second person, just an impact and food/living expenses fee of 650 Euro (Currently about 745 USD).
The Residency will run four weeks for the month of October. It will start on Sunday October 2nd and end on Sunday October 30th.
We have enough bicycles available for each resident to use, and many things are within a short bike ride, including the lake, bars, cafes, restaurants, a grocery, and so much more (please see the Location page for a more detail description of the area). We also have a limited access to a car that we can use to pick up larger art supplies in the immediate area if necessary. Taxis are available to and from the train station if you are planning side trips around Italy, but we will pick you up when you arrive, and drop you off when you depart at the nearest train station which is Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione.