The Museum of Loss and Renewal

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Museum of Loss and Renewal is a roaming art practice nurtured by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen. It offers space, time and contexts for making and sharing, with a focus on the challenges we face in our individual and social lives.
Merging production, education and research The Museum of Loss and Renewal manifests itself in multiple forms such as exhibitions, public studios, screenings and publications. These activities often incorporate interdisciplinary public gatherings. The museum also runs a residency programme in Collemacchia, a small village within Italy’s National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise.

The curators of this autarchic museum, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, develop in collaboration with others art projects that address issues of societal concern such as well-being, end of life and sustainability. Key questions evolve around ecology, social relationships, the way places are inhabited and how personal objects reflect who we are. The Museum of Loss and Renewal is a creative vehicle that enables the consideration of the essential relationship between Place, People and Time.

Brief description of residency program

TAKING TIME / PRENDENDO TEMPO, The Museum of Loss and Renewal Residency Programme is designed to support research, study and/or the development of new work.
The accommodation and studios are located in Collemacchia, a small village situated in a protected area of exceptional significance and beauty. The cities of Naples and Rome are within easy reach.
Engagement with the natural world begins on the doorstep and the stunning mountainous landscape surrounding the village offers an excellent environment for reflective practice. The ancient, undisturbed and extensive terrain holds a rich and complex history visible in its architecture, customs, agricultural lands and forests.
The area is sparsely populated by villages that are largely trilingual Italian-French-English due to the large community of emigrants who continually move between European nations. The Museum of Loss and Renewal fosters strong links with the local community which is highly supportive of the Residency Programme.

Applications are open to visual artists, performing artists, writers, curators, designers, musicians, theatre-makers and those working in collaboration. Individuals and groups are welcomed. The museum encourages interdisciplinary applications from creatives who want to with specialist working in a broad range of disciplines from e.g. anthropology to zoology. Each residency provides uninterrupted periods of time with no expectation of a final outcome.
At the end of each Residency Programme year the museum publishes a full-colour bi-lingual (English-Italian) magazine that documents the work and/or visual and textual material generated by the participants.
Typically, artists source funding to support fees, flights, production costs or other subsistence by applying to their national arts funding bodies, by personal fundraising, or through academic institutional support. Letters of invitation can be provided to assist in this process.
In 2017 and 2018, artists based in the Hauts de France region of France were invited to apply for the fully-funded residency IDEAL. Funding dependent, we expect to be able to offer this opportunity again in 2019. This 3 week residency normally takes place in September and is offered in partnership with artconnexion, contemporary art production and mediation consultants, Lille and is supported by the City of Lille and the Institut français.

From 2019 The Museum of Loss and Renewal will also run a presentation space that will host a programme of exhibitions and events.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class

Contributing visual and/or textual material to annual Residency publication

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Travel
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Small hand and power tools available
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Duatch and Italian
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation

How to reach

By train

Ther are reagular bus and train services to Venafro from Rome and Naples

By plane

Fly to Rome Ciampino, Rome Fiumicino or Naples

By car

See Google maps

Contact information

The Museum of Loss and Renewal
Via Collemacchia 7
86074 Is Dundee

Phone: 447411680779

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