Deadline: 18/12/2017

Murano Glass Art Residency | Venice Italy

Apply to the Arte Laguna Prize to win a residency in Murano, Venice and make a new work in glass!

Description of residency program
The residency is organized in collaboration with Fornace Mian and the Pentagram Stiftung Foundation.
The prize provides for the assignment of a residency period in which the artist can learn and experience the wonderful technique of Murano glass processing and implement the project submitted during the application.

A company epitomising an 1000-year-old tradition, Fornace Mian was established in 1962 and is now a leader in the artisan production of Murano glass furnishing lighting and accessories.
With its consolidated expertise, Fornace Mian’s product range stands out for the way it draws upon artisan skills handed down over the centuries to bring together an outstanding creative capacity with cutting edge technical solutions. Every single piece in Fornace Mian’s product range is the result of an artistic and cultural heritage that provides high-class creative responses to today’s markets which are increasingly demanding both in terms of design and technology.

Is a Swiss private Foundation established in 2011, based in Chur, Switzerland, whose mission is to study and promote art and design in the 20th and 21st centuries that feature glass as their main medium. Pentagram Stiftung aims to reappraise the importance of glass, especially in the art and history of Venice, as well as that of high-standard and innovative glassmaking in the contemporary art and design worlds.

In 2012 Pentagram Stiftung launched LE STANZE DEL VETRO [Rooms for Glass], a long-term joint initiative in collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. LE STANZE DEL VETRO is a permanent exhibition space, which hosts solo and group shows featuring international artists and glass manufacturers from the 20th and 21st centuries, who have used glass as an original means to express their own personal aesthetics. The aim of LE STANZE DEL VETRO is to illustrate the many different potential uses of the medium and to bring glass back into the centre of the international art stage.

Moreover, Pentagram Stiftung and Fondazione Giorgio Cini have set up a GLASS STUDY CENTRE within the Institute of Art History of the Fondazione Cini to establish a comprehensive archive of Venetian glass, the first of its kind, where original drawings, photographs, letters and all kind of documents, ephemeral and not, are collected to save them from permanent loss and make them available to the academic community. A specialised library has been created and is available to scholars and artists interested in the history and technology of glassmaking.

Duration of residency
1 month

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Open to artists from the following disciplines: painting, sculpture and installation, photography, video art and short films, performance, land art, virtual art and digital graphics, urban art

During the residency month, the selected artist will be accommodated on site.

Studio/ workspace
Artist will have access to the furnace to work with masters glassmakers at the creation of their work in glass.

Fees and support
Application fee: 105 euro; reduced fee of 95 euro for Under25 artists (the fee includes participation in the Arte Laguna Prize with 2 works, and will give access also to other opportunities, including 10 other residencies, collaborations with companies, gallery exhibitions, prize money)

The residency includes:
- accommodation
- round trip journey from artist’s residence for a maximum of 1000 Euro
- scholarship of 500 Euro
- realization of the project with the master glassmakers 

Expectations towards the artist
Artists will work with the master glassmakers to create a new glass work.

Application information
To participate you have to enter the Arte Laguna Prize with at least two works in the same section and you will receive an email with the instructions to submit your application for the Art Residency.



Murano Glass Art Residency | Venice Italy

Murano Glass Art Residency | Venice Italy


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