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A Listing of Notable Artist Residencies in Europe

Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Spain, Slovakia and UK


Artists, writers, composers, musicians, dancers, etc. need huge chunks of time for their creativity. An artist residency provides the perfect environment for creative folk to be sequestered for a month to several months in order to just devote time to their art. Because the purpose of the artist residency is to allow artists to create, family members and friends are often not allowed to stay.

Artists residencies may specialize in certain areas such as painting or performance. Some artists residencies may be located in pastoral landscapes, or may be located in big city art centers. Despite their differences, the one thing they all share is to provide the uninterrupted time and space for artists to create.

No matter where young artists live today, it is important for the development of their art careers to include international art experience, so it is necessary for artists to leave home and work abroad. Such cross-cultural artist exchange strengthens both the local and international artist communities. These new cross-cultural experiences can inspire creativity.

The following is a listing of some residencies located in Europe in cities known for their thriving art scenes such as Berlin, London, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam and in a wide variety of countries including Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Slovakia. In most of the artist residencies throughout Europe, English is the standard language spoken.

Many of the European artist residencies have reciprocity agreements with countries around the world. Contact your local arts council for further information on how to apply to overseas artists residencies. And click on the individual profile listed below for detailed information about the artist residency.

Acme Studios' International Residencies Programme, London

Artist Amy Gee in her studio at Childers Street.
Hugo Glendinning, 2011

Acme Studios' International Residencies Programme was established in 1972. Located in London, England, the residency encourages its artists to further develop their careers through networking and exchange.

Bridge Guard Art, Science Residence Centre, Slovakia

Bridge Guard Art, Science Residence Centre is located in Štúrovo, Slovakia, near the bridge which connects with Esztergom, Hungary and was established in 2004.

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

Cité Internationale des Arts was established in 1965 and is located in Paris. With its fantastic location, the residency has hosted over 18,000 artists over the years.

Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy

Civitella Ranieri Foundation was established in 1968. It is located in a 15th century castle in Umbertide, Perugia, Italy and accepts visual artists, writers and musicians to attend.

Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium

Frans Masereel Centrum was established in 1972 in Kasterlee, Belgium. This residency specializes in printmaking only.

Homesession Artist-in-Residence, Barcelona

Homesession Artist-in-Residence was established in 2007 for only one artist at a time. The residency is geared for artists working with site-specific installations, public and performance-based artworks.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Künstlerhaus Bethanien was established in 1974. In addition to its prestigious international artist residency program, guest curators work closely with the artists to realize art projects, symposia, performances, publications, etc.

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten was established in 1870 by King Willem III. The artist residency has 55 studios and is for a period of 2 years. Artists are able to research, experiment, network and establish their art careers.

Schloss Bröllin International Art Research Location, Germany

Schloss Bröllin International Art Research Location was established in 1991 in Bröllin Germany, in an 11th century farm manor. The program is geared for interdisciplinary art and experimentation.

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts' Artists Residency, Greece

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts' Artists Residency was established in 2001. For a period of 2 - 4 weeks, visual artists such as ceramists, painters, printmakers, screen-printers and sculptors work as artists-in-residence on this scenic island.

Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland

Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan Ireland was established in 1981 and accepts visual artists, writers, composers, musicians and dancers.
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