Cantiere Corpo Luogo

General information

Brief description of organisation

Cantiere Corpo Luogo was founded in 2009 thanks to the collaboration of Andrea Penzo and Cristina Fiore. Under the name Cantiere, the artist duo gives life to contemporary art curatorial projects and residencies. In addition, their publications are utilised as a nodal research point, capable of transforming the art in the area.

In the first four years of activity, Cantiere focused its objectives on the Venetian mainland. The duo not only revitalised projects in the Mestre area, but also organised and attended residences, exhibitions and activities abroad in Czech Republic, Germany and Portugal.

Throughout these first years, they also carried out joint projects such as il Parco del Contemporaneo in 2012 and contemporary art exhibitions such as Contro Zona in 2013.

By 2014, Murano - the Italian hub of glass working - starts to enter into the circuit of Cantiere. Courses and workshops in visual art and glass working begin to take place at the Cantiere’s current studio space in Fondamenta San Mattia, Murano.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The experiences we offer are closely related to the density and the identity of the places that house them. In this sense, the island of Murano is representative of a territory - the lagoon of Venice – full of incomparable features not found in any other place in the world. All that is associated with Venice also belongs to Murano: the absence of roads and cars are replaced by boats, docks and canals. Here, however, the slow rhythm of an island without traffic is contrasted by the spirit of the glass production. The constant humming of the furnaces and the masters taming the fire are key elements of this reality.

Our goal in proposing a residence on the island of Murano is twofold. In one way, we want to make sure that the artists from Italy and abroad can experience something out of the ordinary by capturing the rhythms and lifestyle of Murano. On the other hand, the artists can breathe a new energy into the island, review the results and thus have a new understanding and depth. The extraordinary experiences that they bring are motivations for evolution and transformation in our production capacity. We reflected a lot about what it meant to create a place conducive to the creative process. Through our activities, dialogues with artists, and the observation of their work we are able to specify guidelines that can reveal possible evolutions.

Murano is accessible by vaporetto and is 10-15 minutes from Venice.

The headquarters and residency space consist of +/- 220m2. 60m2 is Penzo+Fiore’s personal studio, 60m2 is the residents’ available studio and laboratory space for creating glass works and 60m2 is open living space. There is a kitchen, a toilet, a wifi connection, lampworking tools.

We are careful observers of the artists’ work, at the end of each residency we’ll write a critical text about each one.

During the residency the artist has the possibility to meet other venetian artists and curatores, in order to take part in other projects.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Curatorial
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Literature
  • Glass working (lampworking technique)
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Pets
Grants available

Realization and printing of an Artist´s Book by the series My Butterfly Collection (only for the artists that stay 1 month). Although we cannot provide additional grants, we will be glad to assist independent artists in the process of requesting funding in their country by providing them with a formal letter of acceptance to the program. For the artists that stay for 1 month, we can make availablr a Venice Card (card for public transport by water, which allows you to purchase tickets and season tickets at the same price of the residents in Venice. The card costs 50.00 euros, which will be covered by the association. A ticket for the vaporetto, with this card, cost 1.50 instead of 7.50). We offer 30% discount (50% for artists that stay 1 month) on Cantiere Corpo Luogo’s courses and workshops Open studio at the end of the residency

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing

We have 1/2 beds in the space that we can give for free, but we have also connection with b&b or accommodations in Murano and Venice for artists that prefer an other kind of solution. Food: we give to the artists the possibility to eat with us our fo

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


Other: Island

  • Internet Connection
  • Lamp working tools (glass laboratory)
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Ceramics Facilities
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portugese
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Courses of lampworking / performance

How to reach

By train

You can arrive in Venezia Santa Lucia by train. In front of the train station, you have to take a Voperetto (line 3 or 4.1) to arrive in Murano. All the connections from and to Murano are by vaporetto (boat).

By plane

International airport "Marco Polo" - Venice. From there you can take Alilaguna (a boat) and arrive directly to Murano island.

By car

You can arrive in Mestre and find a parking there (we can give you some suggestions case by case). After that, you have to take a bus or the train to arrive in Venice. From Venice, you have to take a Voperetto (line 3 or 4.1) to arrive in Murano. All the connections from and to Murano are by vaporetto (boat).

Nearest airport

Marco Polo, Venice

Contact information

Cantiere Corpo Luogo
Fondamenta San Mattia 2/c
30141 Venezia - Murano

Phone: 00393496674240

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