RESIDENCIES IN CALCATA
- Welcome / Benvenuti -
Residencies program for 2022 fall sessions
hosted by the Bohemian Artists in Calcata
with new sessions soon to be announced!
Residencies programs give artists and writers the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments, providing them with time to reflect, research, or produce work. Where study abroad programs afford young people the time and resources to focus on their work, we welcome artists of all levels and provide them a space where they can create a deep, meaningful and transitional impact on their life and work.
Hosted by the Bohemian Artists, our residencies are curated with the intention of carefully suiting individuals to the unique environment and resources we can offer in Calcata, possibly the grooviest village in Italy, home to a wacky community of about 100 artists.
- BOHEMIAN ARTISTS -
According to the New York Times, Calcata "may be the grooviest village in Italy, home to a wacky community of about 100 artists, bohemians and aging hippies."
Thirty-odd years ago, on the verge of disappearance, Calcata stirred back to life. In the 1930s, the Fascist government included the 16th-century town on a list of places too unstable to inhabit. A fault line might open up; the buildings might buckle. In the 1960s, at government expense, the village was abandoned and residents were given houses in a modern settlement up the hill. Calcata became a ghost town; it never did collapse.
Along came some pioneering hippies and artists in the 1970s. They bought the medieval buildings for a song and set up house. Some of the spaces revealed a secret bonus: Etruscan caves, dating from around 1050 B.C., where the primordial ooze of life was as palpable as the damp walls and ground, and where some artists carved out studios and homes.
- RESIDENCIES PROGRAM -
The residencies program is curated with the intention of carefully suiting individuals to the unique environment and resources we can offer summarised below.
Artist in Residence
Self catering and community cooking with the full use of shared kitchen facility, stocked with local refreshments and weekly groceries.
The Cliffs of Calcata
The Cliffs of Calcat with the hill town in the clouds offer breathtaking views and new inspirations.
Creative spaces living with the Bohemian artists at their carved out studios and homes.
Airport / Train Shuttle
A courtesy airport transfer shuttle between Rome and Calcata or local train station is available on request.
Fall in love with Calcata, a medieval hill village. The grooviest village in Italy, home to a wacky community of about 100 artists.
To offset your travel cost, we are happy to assist you with the application of grants by writing an official artist-in-residence acceptance letter.
- OPEN CALL 2022 -
Open Call for Artists and Writers, apply here. Open Call applications are reviewed by a distinguished international Committee of curators, comprised of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across disciplines.
COVID information for travelling from abroad can be found in English on the website of the Ministero della Salute!
- Travel Arrangements -
Enrolled Artists in Residence are solely responsible for their travel itinerary and any insurance coverage. Courtesy transfer shuttle for Rome airports (Fiumicino/Ciampino) or local train station on request.
- Travel Expenses -
Most governments have grants to support artists and if you want to make use of such grants in your country, we are happy to assist you by writing an official artist-in-residence acceptance letter to help offset travel expenses.
- Solitude / Social -
Subject to the current COVID protocol and restrictions, artists in residence can choose to work, cook, and eat in solitude or in a social community setup.
Until we can work, dream, cook, and laugh together, stay safe everybody!