Application Period Open for Summer Residency, July 2018! We are accepting applications through March 15, 2018.

We are now accepting applications through March 15, 2018 for our upcoming Summer Residency season, to take place in July of 2018. 

Tusa viewed from the road

Tusa viewed from the road

We accept individual artists, artists working in collaboration, and try to accommodate partners, children whenever possible. The residency is self-funded and includes lodging in a private bedroom in a single or shared apartment with kitchen and bathroom, plus 24-hour access to designated studio space in a communal, multi-use workspace.  At the end of each residency period, artists are invited (but not required) to exhibit work or give a public presentation or workshop, reading, or film screening, if possible. The work of each resident artist will also be featured online as well as in a periodical print publication that documents each residency season.


We welcome artists working in all disciplines including drawing, painting, works on paper, artists' books, printmaking, photography, film, fibers, sculpture, installation, and writing. We will do our best to accommodate artists needs - but please bear in mind that we are in a rural location with limited access to art supplies and materials, limited public transportation between the train station and the town itself, and at times, unreliable cellular and internet connections. It is a great opportunity for artists who are seeking contact with nature (hills, forests, and beaches) and small town, agrarian, rural Sicilian life, and the chance to ruminate on new work or create work in response to the location with the materials at hand. Wonderful towns and cities with rich history and vibrant contemporary art scenes, including Palermo, Catania, Cefalu and Castebuono are accessible by train, bus or rental car, as well as the Aeolean Islands, which are just a ferry ride away from various ports located along the coast. Tusa is situated on a hilltop at between 600-800 meters above sea level, with the coastal fishing and resort portion of the municipality, Castel di Tusa (also the location of the train station), just a 10-20 minute drive down the mountain. 

We encourage artists to express in a proposal not only the scope of the project or work they would like to do while in residence, but also to specify what materials they wish to use so that we can assist artists in locating the materials and resources they need ahead of their arrival in Tusa. It is also advantageous to arrange for supplies to be sent or to bring them with you if there are specific items you absolutely need and are not easy to source locally. 

For the upcoming 2018 season, we welcome artists who are interested in both short and long-term stays, on average 2-4 weeks in duration from approximately July 1-July 31, 2018. The average cost per person ranges from 250-300 euro for the first week, and 200-250 euro for each subsequent week. Partners or children who will not be requiring use of the studio space or a separate bedroom can stay the duration of the residency at half cost. Lodging and studio space are included in the cost. Additional expenses not included in the residency cost would include: meals and groceries, local transportation (driver for hire, local bus, and regional trains) or rental car, personal art materials/supplies, and personal cell phone or mobile wifi hotspot device. The studio is equipped but to ensure you have uninterrupted service it is recommended to set up an international data roaming plan with your regular carrier, or purchase an Italian mobile device when you arrive in the country (such as Vodafone, Wind, TIM, etc.).


Apply via email to In the subject line, write "Application Summer 2018". Please send in the body of the email:

A proposal for the research or work you would like to do while in residence (even a vague idea is helpful - we know it is an organic process subject to change!); a link to your website or online portfolio, which dates you wish to stay, whether you will be coming alone or with a partner or dependent, and if there are specific considerations or needs you would like us to know about. As PDF attachments, include an artist's statement and CV, and lastly, 5 jpeg images characteristic of your work.  

We will be accepting applications through March 15, 2018 and notifying applicants of acceptance by April 15th, 2018 for residencies starting July 1, 2018. Please keep in mind that space is limited, so if your application is not accepted for the 2018 season, if you request us to, we will hold on to hold on to your application and roll it into the applicant pool for the following year. 

Before applying, please visit the website and read more about the Residency, Studio, Printshop and Accommodations, location, and transportation, and be sure to check out our links page where you will also find some helpful information about travel, sourcing materials, and more. If you have questions, please email or submit through the site. We look forward to your application!