Artist Residency








Venezia Contemporanea is a nonprofit cultural association based in Venice, Italy. It was founded in 2007 with the aim to promote and support emerging artists.

V.C organizes art and cultural events all year round and parallel to the Venice Art Biennale. We cooperate with exhibition spaces and galleries in Venice, and utilize these spaces for international art and cultural events. We offer partially sponsored residency programs in cooperation with La Storta exhibition spaces and ScalaMata publishing in the Old Ghetto of Venice.

The exhibition space La Storta is located in the heart of Venice in the prestigious Old Jewish Ghetto. Situated in a 500 year old renaissance bottega La storta is one of the most authentic exhibition spaces in Venice. A bakery, a cafe and a restaurant are in the vicinity. Also the main bars and restaurants hub “Fondamenta Misericordia” is just around the corner. A supermarket is 10 min. walking distance.

We offer a unique private exhibition space with a large shop window vitrine, and livable studio – Due to La Storta’s location, the works of art are exposed to a large international audience, many of which are art buyers and collectors. a show window to 30 million visitors all year round from the Carnival to the Art and Architecture Biennale.
During the art and architecture biennale the area attracts many journalists, museum directors and curators.

The space is divided into three parts. The main part is at the front with a very large window and a small courtyard. The wall exhibition space inside is approx. 42 sqm in the front. A 15 sqm living unit is offered at the back of the space. It includes a double bed, a bathroom with shower + wc and a small fully equipped kitchen with a mini fridge. We also provide cleaning service at the end of the stay. The living space is suitable for max. 2 people. We can assist with finding accommodation for small groups up to 10 people in the area of the Ghetto provided we are notified well in advance.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance: Visual Art Sculpture Literature New Media Architecture Curatorial Education Programmes and  Photography.

Accommodation: The space is divided into three parts. The main part is at the front with a very large window and a small courtyard. The wall exhibition space inside is approx. 42 sqm in the front. A 15 sqm living unit is offered at the back of the space. It includes a double bed, a tiny mansarde, a bathroom with shower + wc and a small kitchen corner with a mini fridge. The space is also the home of a red cat called Campari, with occasional visits of a fluffy cat named Penelope, so if you are allergic to cats the residency is not for you. The space has no wheelchair accessibility.

Studio / workspace: The space is divided into three parts. The main part is at the front. A studio/Workspace  with a very large window and a small courtyard. The wall exhibition space inside is approx. 42 sqm in the front. The space has no wheelchair accessibility.

Grants availability: This fee is already partly sponsored. We are aware of the fact that artists might not be able to afford this expense and need to apply for public art funds. Venezia Contemporanea supports the invited residential fellows in their efforts to secure funding through external grants by providing an invitation letter. 

Expectations towards the artist: We expect artists to leave the La Storta premises as clean and tidy as they found it. Work material should be disposed. The works made during the residency would stay with the artist. Artists are asked to bring their own receipt booklet if they plan to sell artworks. VC is a Non Profit Organization and can not process sales during the residency 

Prize Summary: 
Partially Sponsored up to 950 Euro
Prizes Details: 

Description of residency program  

We offer a one- Two weeks Partially Sponsored Residency Program

We accept Applications all year around

Next Deadline for the following slots:  One week Residency May 18.5-24.5 and June 5.6-11.6

The residency program focuses on space, place, location – responsive projects, critical projects addressing environmental issues and projects inspired by Venice or created in Venice or the Laguna.

We accept artists and artists’ collectives who wish to participate in our artists in residence program and present their artwork at one of the most vivid art scenes in the world.
 We welcome artists who address marginalisation and discrimination in their work, engage themselves for a better future and commit themselves to environmental issues.

Duration of residency 

The partially sponsored Residency Program offers a one week at the La Storta Exhibition Space and livable studio. Please contact us if you wish to stay longer then one week, for research based residency or developing a body of art that justifies a longer stay for artistic development purposes.

Fees and support  

The artist residency is partially sponsored by the non profit organization Venezia Contemporanea. Residency fee: 950 Euro for one week. 10 Euro for any extra person for one night. The space can host max. two adults and two children. This includes lodgable studio and exhibition space with no percentage on sales.  It does not include: Travel fees, Material for creation and food. 

Residency Address: La Storta Exhibition Spaces, Ghetto Vecchio, Cannaregio 1233 – 30121 Venice Italy
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