2019 August – September
The final residency session of the year is guest curated by our 2018 curator-in-residence Tony Tremlett. It provides a platform for his ongoing research with art practices that employ sound and performance. He brings together six artists from Algeria, Germany, England, Ireland, Sudan and the US.
“The artists we are working with confront inconsistencies in the way the individual is made to engage with the structures of global society. Using sonic and sculptural registers, which waver between the material and the ephemeral, they create haunting allegories, often through live readings of their environment, sketching-out the concerns of diaspora identities, feminist history, and questions of personal identity as experienced through material culture and its underlying semantics.” –Tony Tremlett
2019 July – August
For the first summer session of the year we host US based painter Keegan Monaghan, Polly Barton, the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize winner, Katherine Finkelstein, a photographer also from the US and the Italian string quartet Quartetto Echos.
Our season opened with our first spring session: we were joined by the Greek visual artist Aliki Panagiotopoulou, British designer and artist Ranura Edirisinghe (in collaboration with the University of the Arts, London, Arts for the Environment program), and composer in residence, Brian O. Kepher from Kenya. Our summer program will be announced soon.
2018 June – September
In the June/July session we hosted our first poet in residence, Rachael Allen, as well as artists Oto Gillen, Sam Lipp and Diamond Stingily. For the Festival di Spoleto we presented Julie Born Schwartz’s film ‘Ex-voto’, begun on her residency in 2016. In August, another former resident Diane Madden returned to lead the Trisha Brown Dance Company: Spoleto Intensive, after which she stayed in Spoleto to work with Matthew Burdis on the film ‘Take 3’ (premiered in November at Cathy Weis Projects, NYC). The Artists’ Books Program ran through September, guest curated by Jo Melvin in collaboration with Via Industriae, Foligno. In its closing, weeklong, symposium and public program we hosted twenty international residents, including Joanna Pocock, the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize winner. In January Soanyway publish a special insert documenting the program. Events took place throughout the season, including a number of ‘Open Studios’. In the fall, Brooklyn Rail printed articles about Spoleto with Melvin as guest critic, and October published Rye Dag Holmboe’s essay on the Torre Bonomo wall drawings, begun on his residency in 2016.
2017 June – September
In spring 2017, former residents Julie Born Schwartz and Jo Melvin returned to Spoleto. Julie carried out further filming with the nuns at the convent of Santa Rita in Cascia for her film ‘Ex-voto’ and Jo carried out research in the newly opened Carandente archive and library, she was assisted by our curatorial trainee Giovanni Rendina. As well as Giovanni, in the first residency session we hosted the writers Andrianna Campbell and Annie Godfrey Larmon, artists Rob Chavasse and Allison Katz, and our first choreographer, Diane Madden. Our project for the Festival di Spoleto was a sculptural installation on the facade of Casa Menotti by former resident Sandy Smith. We also screened films by James Capper and Matthew Burdis, documenting their 2016 project in Spoleto. In the second session we hosted the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Editions essay prize winner, Katy Whitehead, as well as artists Lewis Chaplin, Luka Savic and Neeraja D.
In 2016 we hosted two residency sessions across twelve weeks between June and September. The first session was with Matthew Burdis, James Capper, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Julie Born Schwartz and Sandy Smith. The second session included James Cave, Meta Grgurevic, Joschi Herczeg, Rye Dag Holmboe, Jo Melvin and the winner of the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, Matthew McNaught.
In 2015 we launched the Mahler & LeWitt Studios with two artists in residence and a series of events coinciding with Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi. Prior to 2015 the residencies were hosted by the Anna Mahler Association which continues to be a key supporter of the program.