30 Years of Art & Culture in Italy and abroad


 Thematic residency FAQ

Atelier Primo Piano accepts registrations during the summer and autumn months.

Is Primo Piano Atelier a school or a university?
No, it is not a school or university. Primo Piano residencies host an international thematic artist residency program, dialogue with local or Italian artists and followers, and innovative public programming that addresses Nature issues through a creative lens. We occasionally offer printmaking and professional development workshops for artists and specialized art programs for targeted age groups, including youth.


Primo Piano is a non-profit organization and all our projects are open to our members but also to new entries.
We have four payment formulas that correspond to the various benefits including the art exhibitions we organize.
See Benefit Store here

Primo Piano does not offer any compensation or financial assistance, nor does it act as a fiscal sponsor for residents. We suggest incoming residents apply for local and/or regional grants  to support their financial needs. Primo Piano will provide an official letter of recognition, upon request, to assist residents.

Are residency dates flexible?
No, the residency dates are set by the current program and last approximately two weeks each.

How many artists are resident with Primo Piano?
We generally accept 12-14 artists for each thematic project.

What does Primo Piano provide during my residency?

APARTMENT – Our residences are apartments located on the ground floor or first floor. Each apartment can accommodate a maximum of 4 people. The rooms available are:  Queen room (for two people or single use), Shared room (for two people). Each room has its own bathroom complete with linen. All apartments have a sofa bed in the living room.
COMMON AND WORK AREA: outdoor patio, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge, internal courtyard, external work courtyard, tool room with sink, garden with pine forest, parking space, washing machine, TV, tables, free Wi-Fi and more.
MATERIALS TO WORK: Equipment and materials to work on your project are provided.

What the house offers
Our residences are set up in large villas which can accommodate a maximum of 16 people comfortably.
8 bedrooms | 8 bathrooms | 4 washing machines | 4 equipped kitchens | 4 outdoor patios | 600sq ft gardens with pine forest | 4 parking spaces | Free Wi-Fi throughout the property

What does each residency project involve?

Our thematic projects have an artistic project, directed by our on-site curator. In addition to working on the proposed theme, group activities are planned, with excursions and guided visits to the most beautiful places in Salento between the Ionian and Adriatic sides. These excursions are created not only to raise awareness of the area but also to be inspired by it.

How much interaction will I have with staff during my residency?

The residency hosts the on-site curator who is available for any questions relating to your work. Furthermore, Primo Piano staff is present for all other needs.

How do you choose the theme each year?
The theme is based on research on environmental, artistic and social issues.

How do you choose the artists?
The selection of artists is based on the works created over the years but we also like to include artists who have a different background, to create new challenges and more particular projects.

I’m not a visual artist. Can I still apply?
We welcome applications from other creative practices including, but not limited to: curating, design, architecture, education, humanities and social sciences, performers, musicians and poets. We strongly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary and non-traditional creative practices.

Do you accept artists with disabilities?
Although some of our apartments are located on the ground floor, they are not entirely accessible to people with mobility problems (wheelchairs), because they have two or three steps to access the sleeping area.

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