AMuSE First Artist-in-Residence in Savigliano, Piemonte
This first residency was hosted by Le Terre dei Savoia Association at MUSES, Savigliano, Piemonte, Italy between the 12 March and the 30 March 2018. It took the form of an artist-in-residency programme for 7 of the 16 selected artists. These artists had the opportunity to explore galleries and cultural/artistic spaces and had workshops led by curators from organisations based in Turin. The artists had the opportunity to create a series of works which were exhibited by the end of the mobility.
The seven artists-in-residence in Savigliano were Carmela Cosco (IT), Ivana Volpe (IT), Simone Mangione (IT), Daniele Fabiani (IT), Mykolas Sauka (LT), Stefan Spiteri (MT) and Vera Woldhek (NL).
The Artistic Director Roderick Camilleri from Malta guided the artists during the first week of mobility and up to March 18th. With him, two coordinators/tutors from Terre dei Savoia (Francesco Cozzolino and Maria Laura Silano) supported the seven artists through their daily activities.
The programme, which was organised by Le Terre dei Savoia, was supported by A.Titolo association, namely by curators Francesca Comisso and Luisa Perlo, who offered their expertise and support to support the artists. They also conducted workshops which guided the artists in the process of research.
The artists had the opportunity to visit major museums and art spaces such as Castel Rivoli, Fondazione Merz and Alberto Peola. Experts in charge of the aforementioned spaces guided the artists and engaged in discussions with them. Moreover they visited world-renowned events such as the exhibition “Fontana e Manzoni” at Castello degli Acaja in Fossano.
The following week (19 March to 25 March 2018) saw a series of Open Days which were held on:
March 20th – Special Open Day dedicated to people with special needs. The activities included a Tactile Workshop (Collagraphs: Monoprints) and an Olfactory workshop (Painting activities with essential oils).
March 21th – Social Open Day dedicated to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
March 23rd – Students Open Day – an open session to which many curators and experts participated in order to discuss the artists’ works and help them familiarise themselves with the world of contemporary art.
Moreover, during the weekend of March 24th and 25th the “Giornate di Primavera” of FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) were held at Muses. More than 600 people visited the atelier and the exhibition spaces where the artists executed their work.
The residency came to an end with an exhibition held on March 29th, where the final artworks were presented to curators, art experts, journalists and to the general public and showcased at MUSES Accademia Europea delle Essenze.