AIRThe Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Program awards highly accomplished academics, practitioners and artists four weeks of residence at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy. Residents and their spouses receive free room and board as well as a space to work. They spend most of their time at Bellagio working on their own projects but also have an unparalleled opportunity to interact with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The combination of uninterrupted, individual time during the day and evenings spent with innovative leaders, policy makers, scientists, writers, and artists from a wide array of fields advances fellows’ current projects and stimulates creative approaches to future work.

Benefits:

  • Residents are given a private room with a bath and study/studio. Internet access is available in all bedrooms and most studies. A small library includes basic reference books and online research tools. Spouses/partners may accompany the resident but accommodations are not available for other individuals, including children or pets. Room and board are provided to all residents at no cost.
  • Studio space is available but certain types of artistic production are not suitable for Bellagio—e.g. the production of large-scale work, and work that requires specialised equipment that cannot be easily brought to the Center. Bellagio is often, though there are exceptions, best suited for early or near final stages of work—either when research and conceptualization are shaping early work or when the final touches or post-production documentation is taking place.
  • Residents are invited to take meals together, with dinner being the main meal. Meal times are the focal point of interaction with other residents.
  • Travel grants and modest stipends to offset incidental travel costs are available on a needs basis.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants may apply for a residency three times (inclusive of Academic Writing, Arts & Literary Arts, and Practitioner Residencies), and successful candidates have a lifetime limit of two residencies.
  • Former residents applying for a second residency must wait at least five years since their first residency before submitting a new application, and must demonstrate significant professional achievement and/or project advancement since their first residency.
  • Applicant must be at a mid- to late-stage in his or her career. The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center welcomes artists working in any artistic discipline (writing, music composition, visual art, filmmaking, choreography, etc.) or engaging in multi-disciplinary practices.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a history of significant achievement. This may be reflected in a number of group or solo exhibitions, published works, representation in major galleries and museums, performance history, critical media mentions, etc.
  • Applicant must be actively producing work, in addition to having a history of past achievement
  • Applicant should either have had considerable impact on their artistic field OR be on a clear upward trajectory in his or her career, gaining critical attention and international recognition
  • Applicant should be able to demonstrate that his or her work has influenced a wide audience—audience reach may be evident in a number of ways, e.g. in the quantity and geographic spread of exhibitions or performances and critical reviews of the work, or in the case of a literary artist in the number of translations of previous work.
  • All selected applicants must have English language proficiency
  • Must have a valid passport
  • Each application is considered on its own merits; we do not give special consideration to couples. If a husband and wife, or life partners, each apply for a residency, and if only one individual is found to meet our standards, only that individual is awarded a residency.

Application Deadline: 30th September 2016.

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