Mahler & LeWitt Studios Spoleto, Umbria, Italy
Our 2019 residencies have been concluded – please check the ‘Residents’ section for reviews of each session and the ‘Events’ section for information about recent projects. You can find details on forthcoming opportunities, exhibitions and events below. Please click the letter icon to join our mailing list and keep up to date with our news.
OPEN CALL – RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY
Open to students and recent graduates from the University of Brighton, UK, a new partnership means an artist has a unique opportunity to develop their practice with a residency in Italy followed by an exhibition at Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) between May – September 2020.
Lina Hermsdorf : Lucus Bona Dea, Jupiter Woods, London
1 – 23 November 2019, Jupiter Woods
Studio 61 Rollins Street, London SE15 1EP
Exhibition opening and performance: 1 November, 6-9pm
Lina Hermsdorf’s solo exhibition features a new film developed during her visits to the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in 2018-19. The project is centered around the Lucus Bona Dea at Acquaiura: a little-known, ancient and sacred forest near Spoleto, dedicated to the Roman goddess Bona Dea, a divinity venerated exclusively by women.
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER residency session, guest curated by Tony Tremlett.
with Adam Gibbons, Babatunde Doherty, Hiba Ismail, Lina Hermsdorf, Lydia Ourahmane and Keef Winter.
JULY 2019 – Quartetto Echos: residency and concert in collaboration with Le Dimore del Quartetto and Casa Menotti
We are pleased to announce a residency and free public concert (Friday July 26, 18.30 Casa Menotti) with the award winning string quartet Quartetto Echos.
Traforati 2019, Allison Katz, Artist Edition and exhibition at the Torre Bonomo, Spoleto, 5 -14 July
We are pleased to announce a new artist edition by former artist in residence Allison Katz: a group of 16 ceramic plates made in collaboration with La Gioconda, Deruta. Full details of the edition will be published online and through our mailing list after the exhibition, during the week of the 15 July.
We are pleased to announce that the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonné has been published digitally by Artifex Press
The editor of the catalogue, Lindsay Aveilhé, joined us on a residency in Spoleto last September and she describes part of her project on the Soanyway magazine Spoleto special (see above). This extraordinary publication details LeWitt’s 1,350 wall drawings, incorporating photos of some 3,500 installations. Artifex Press have generously made the catalogue available to our residents. To subscribe to the catalogue and for more information please follow the link.
Julie Born Schwartz: Ex-Voto
Peles Empire, Berlin: 28/03 – 28/04
Mackintosh Lane, London: 25/05 – 09/06
We are pleased to announce two exhibitions of Julie Born Schwartz’s video installation ‘Ex Voto’, made with the Mahler & LeWitt Studios over the course of two years. The film explores expressions of faith and spirituality in material and visual culture. It is partly set at the Santuario di Santa Rita da Cascia in Umbria, where pilgrims beg for the intercession of the saint of ‘lost causes’.
Soanyway Magazine: Special Insert
Lost in Spoleto, Artists’ Books Program 2018
Read a special edition of Soanyway online magazine edited by Gertrude Gibbons, reporting on the Artists’ Books Program curated by Jo Melvin in collaboration with Viaindustriae. With contributions from Guy Robertson, Jo Melvin, Joanna Pocock, Grace Weir, Emanuele De Donno, Eloise Bennett, Giovanni Rendina, Karen Di Franco, Tommaso Faraci, Julian Bittiner, Lindsay Aveilhé, Riccardo Venturi, Jacopo Rinaldi, James Hoff, Lina Hermsdorf, Tony Tremlett, Sean Lynch, Jeffrey Isaac, Federico Antonino and Marcello Newman.
Rob Chavasse: Shutter, curated by Giovanni Rendina at Tripla, Bologna
Rob and Giovanni met during their residencies in 2017. We are pleased to have supported ‘Shutter’ at Tripla, which develops the work they began discussing in Spoleto. To read an interview with Giovanni and to see installation photographs of the exhibition, for which Rob used a handheld dot-matrix print gun to create images, please click on the link below.
Rachael Allen’s ‘Kingdomland’
Published by Faber and Faber
We are delighted to share news of Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, published by Faber and Faber. Rachael’s final manuscript was compiled during her residency in Spoleto. Her poem ‘Tower of Masks’, published in this collection, relates to an Anna Mahler sculpture.
UAL Art for the Environment Artist Residency (AER)
Submissions deadline: 4th February
Residency: 1st – 28th April
Open to UAL students and graduates, the AER programme invites applicants to explore concerns that define the 21st century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, and human rights. Through research, studio practice, critiques and mentoring the programme is designed to envision a world of tomorrow; to imagine and create work that challenges how we interact with the environment and each other.
Open Call Opportunity: The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize An annual competition for unpublished writers, opens to submissions on 1 January 2019. Initially made possible by an Arts Council grant in 2015, the prize awards £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by a writer resident in the UK and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal, and a residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios. More info>>
‘LeWitt, in the Shadow of the Object’ Rye Dag Holmboe, October NO.166 | Fall 2018, p.105-126 with photographs by Joschi Herczeg Rye’s essay, begun on a residency in 2016, and our first project using the Torre Bonomo, examines previously undocumented wall drawings produced by Sol LeWitt in a medieval torre in Spoleto in the 1970’s. Using a psychoanalytic framework derived in part from the writings of Adrian Stokes, Holmboe argues for the existence of an “architectural unconscious” in LeWitt’s practice and for the crucial importance of architecture to our understanding of Conceptual art more broadly. The essay further explores the choreographic dimensions of LeWitt’s work and its autobiographical impulse. More information>>
‘Fifteen people select their favorite book…’ Jo Melvin, guest critic, Brooklyn Rail Available in print and online, Jo’s project for this long-running and esteemed arts newspaper stems from her work with us in Spoleto: “These pages stem from a project I developed with the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy on the subject of artists’ books. It began in September 2017 when I organized an event titled Fifteen People Select Their Favorite Book, in part to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Lannis Gallery / Museum of Normal Art’s seminal exhibition, Fifteen People Present Their Favorite Book (1967)…” Read the contributions to Jo’s guest critic pages>>
SEPTEMBER 2018: Artists’ Books – residency session guest curated by Jo Melvin in collaboration with Viaindustriae, Foligno Special viewing of program exhibitions arranged for Sunday 14th OCTOBER more info>> For full program information click here>>
Trisha Brown Dance Company: Spoleto Intensive Sharing 16.30 – 17.00, Palestra Manzoni, Via Nursina 10, Spoleto. On Friday 3 August from 16.30 – 17.00 the participants in the Trisha Brown Dance Company: Spoleto Intensive will open their studio and share some of the compositional and improvisational dance techniques they have been exploring with Diane Madden during the workshop. Free entry: please arrive in good time. More info>>
Julie Born Schwartz : ‘Ex-voto’ Festival di Spoleto, 30 June – 15 July More info>>
Announcing the residents for our first residency session of 2018: Rachael Allen, Oto Gillen, Sam Lipp and Diamond Stingily Read more>>
Latest Artist’s Edition: Julie Born Schwartz Untitled 2017 support now>>