RUC - Rural Residency for Contemporary Art

General information

Brief description of organisation

RUC is an international artist residency, welcoming artists, musicians and writers from all over the world.
RUC is an estate of 8 hectares (around 20 acres) on the hills, ringed by higher mountains, with a wide meadow and wooded area, a vegetable garden, several fruit trees, and vineyards that produce very refined wines with innovative methods. On this property there are 3 country houses creating a tiny rural community, and 2 villas where artists are hosted, Villa Amati, and Casetta. Headquarters are located at Villa Amati, an early 19thcentury house that offers wide and bright rooms, and studios in a unique set of inspirational common spaces, and a newly restored dependance called the Casetta, a country house with comfort and charme.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program


RUC supports multicultural dialogue and interdisciplinary exchange between international artists and local traditions in a rural dimension that offers artistic time in solitude and exchanges between peers.
Sited in a remote location, RUC\'s isolated beauty is the ideal environment for intellectual work and creates optimal conditions for concentration and creativity, international exchange, friendship, and mutual understanding.
All residents will enjoy full use of the property and all of its amenities, gardens, courtyards, and common spaces.

Residency periods may vary from a minimum of 1 week to a maximum of 3 weeks, from May to October.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

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


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other
Grants available

We are happy to assist artists seeking grants or other forms of funding in their home country or institution, by providing an invitation letter. We encourage foreign applicants by helping them with all logistical matters. The residency fee may vary according to the length of the residency and type of accommodation. The residency fee is partly subsidized and is intended to cover the maintenance of the whole property, buildings and countryside. We offer our residents a few introductory experiences and itineraries to help them discover the valley.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian, Lithuanian
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

Nearest airport

Milan Orio al Serio

Contact information

RUC - Rural Residency for Contemporary Art
Via Teatro Romano
25040 Cividate Camuno

Phone: +39 348 0681280

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