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Primo Piano LivinGallery is pleased to announce the new contemporary art project and urban art residency titled: “URBAN ART RESIDENCY AND SHOW”, curated by Dores Sacquegna.


The urban art residency  represents an educational path centered between urban and non-urban, between art and the environment, between work and exhibition space. This experiment connects people who do not know each other and who do not know the city, to have a plural and multidisciplinary point of view in a new context for them, through a 10-day artistic residency, in which the resident artists will live a unique and fascinating experience. An urban workshop, centered in the old city and in the suburb, in order to obtain important food for thought as well as visual / video / photographic materials that can be reworked in a final installation / works with an group exhibition at the Palmieri’s Foundation in Lecce (show scheduled from 3 to 17 December 2021).

The project in short

In the contemporary world, the concept of the city itself is continually questioned enough to say that there are different forms of urban life. The city borders are faded, the borders are areas of opacity, always mobile and indefinite.  But how is this boundary identified? The project focuses on the concept of “boundaries” between man and the city, between the city and nature. It analyzes the idea of human and urban boundaries: that is, how people live them or how they are modified in contemporary society. Thus, you will have a narration of the landscape, a way of describing the city through itself.

The strength of this art project lies in the choice of some specific urban places accessible by foot or by city buses. Some of them are a real open-air museum rich in street arts murals and art public works. During the residency we will meet the Street Art group artista that created the wonderful murals in Lecce and its province.Each resident will have to map as a border or a working area, describing their idea of ​​”border” and reflecting on the words “man and environment”, “art and nature”, “city and border “. In this sense, art becomes a real research tool, urban and human redevelopment.The residency project allows artists to “experiment” themselves in an unknown place and make new acquaintances. Among the works created, those with the greatest visual impact will be chosen by Art Curator  for the group exhibition in Lecce.

Eligibility and works
The project is open to worldwide artists operating mainly with Urban Design, Land and enviroment Art, Short video /films, Photography, Installations, Collage, Mixed Media, Creative Writing, Drawing and more.

Main activities about residency

  • urban art project under supervision and care of Dores Sacquegna
  • work districts in situ and visit tours and meeting with art curator
  • contact to the local scene:  artists studios, collectors homes and foundations
  • organized tours at the contemporary art museums, art galleries, heritage monuments
  • selected accomodations in the old city full furnished to live a safe and pleasant stay

Main activities abour show

  • Group exhibition in interesting and Renaissance of Palmieri's Foundation
  • Printed catalogs with published works
  • Video Review by recognized artists
  • Live performance for opening day
  • Works for sale in situ and by online e-commerce
  • Prize & Award

Dates Art Projects

  • Art Residency: December 2021, from 24th November to 4th December  (n. 10 nights)
  • Group Exhibition: December 2021, from 3th to 17th  – Palmieri’s Foundation (n. 15 days)

The Art Curator

Dores Sacquegna is a curator and art director of contemporary art. Since 1994 to date, she has worked and reviewed works by recognized artists such as Christo and Jeanne Claude, Louise Bourgeois, Hermann Nitsch, Matthew Barney among others. She has curated exhibitions in Italy and abroad, collaborating with art galleries, museums, foundation, corporates and collectors. To learn more visit

Lecce, Capital of Baroque

The city of Lecce is a crossroads of cultures and sedimentations from prehistoric times to today, has seen its splendor in its wonderful Roman, Messapian, Medieval, Renaissance, Liberty, Arab, Spanish and Jewish’s architecture present in the city and small villages around it.  Lecce is mainly a Baroque city, which explodes with bright decorations that enrich palaces, churches and private homes with the intense colors of its stone: a soft and compact limestone, with warm and golden colors that lends itself very well to working with the stonemason. Baroque art spread to Lecce in the Seventeenth Century, during the Spanish domination, replacing classical art and creating a style that left room for fantasy and imagination. Lecce it is hospitable and tidy town, with a great gastronomy and an exceptional landscape and sea between Ionian and Adriatic coasts in which Lecce overlooks. An open-air museum among the most fascinating in Italy, the pearl of Puglia’s region. Scenic and welcoming, Lecce attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. You're welcome!

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Prize & Award
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To help and to increase the career opportunities of the artists involved, Primo Piano will select the best projects that will receive Prize & Awards Certificates printed on A4 format Parchment paper, signed by hand by Art Curator and by President of Primo Piano LivinGallery.

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BAROQUE BLUE: Ionian Art Experience




Baroque Blue is an art residency open to worldwide artists, architects, designers, performers, musicians, writers, who will be able to apply individually or in multidisciplinary groups. The call is reserved for all those who work  through visual, performative, photography, video, applied arts, eco-psychology, writing, site-specific interventions, musical installations, relational art etc.

THE PLACE - The villa that houses the residents is located in the natural landscape of Santa Caterina di Nardò, in the province of Lecce in southern Italy. It is not far from the cities of Lecce and Gallipoli. Participants will have the opportunity to live in the same living spaces, cook together and live the experience of total art. All the services are available in the villa for a pleasant and stimulating stay.

DATES: The residency art program has a total duration of 14 nights (From June 23 to July 7, 2020), with the possibility of participating even for just one week (from June 23 to 30).

CURATOR: Together with the participants, the Residency hosts the curator DORES SACQUEGNA, native of Lecce. She will introduce the residents to the space and the local context through a series of studio tours and site visits, along the Ionian coast and taste the Mediterranean cuisine that enhances the senses. Each will have individual feedback and will participate in ROUND TABLES to discuss contemporary issues about creative industry. There is no pressure to produce any final outputs by the end of the residency.

EXCURSIONS: Puglia is a magical land to be experienced. We will discover the Naturalistic Paths of the Natural Parks, in the Special Protected Areas (Z.P.S) and some Sites of Community Importance (S.I.C) of Salento.  We will move by foot, with city buses or minibuses with guided tours to reach more distant places. A series of sustainable excursions between dry stone walls, straw and olive trees, marine museums, karst caves, ancient villas, historic centers, urban, ancient oil mills and hypogea, Byzantine crypts and much more .

PUBLICATION & REPORT: All the works and the convivial moments will be documented with photographs, videos and reports for the preparation of a MULTIMEDIA CATALOG that will be published online, as an INTERACTIVE MAP of the interventions on site.    The program will be advertised through PRESS RELEASES and magazines and the press kit, a copy of DVD and the Certificate of Participation will be given to all participants as a tribute and gratitude for their work.


The closing date for submissions is  10 APRIL 2020

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