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Opportunity for Art Residency in Italy




at UNIDEE – University of Ideas at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto,


 Biella, Italy


Residency period: September 17th - November 17th 2018



UNIDEE - University of Ideas’ format (http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee) of Cittadellarte–Fondazione Pistoletto proposes an educational model based on ‘other’ ways of gaining experience in the meeting of critical theory, activism and artistic practice, not through subordinate relationships but rather through levels of interaction, exchanges and reciprocal interference.


Laboratory or seminar modules are held each week at Cittadellarte, moderated by a knowledgeable mentor with the support of a guest. The groups of participants, who are always different and arrive from all over the world, interact intensely as they discuss and examine relationships between art and the public sphere in depth, starting from different practices and going through connections with various disciplines. UNIDEE is an experimental school that uses methodologies, practices, the languages of art and the forms of activism to educate ‘artivators’ or agents for the organisation of actions and processes responsible for change in the social contexts in which they live.


The structure of UNIDEE - University of Ideas is articulated through three types of activities investigating the relationship between art and public sphere:


  • Weekly residential modules taking place at Cittadellarte, open to students (who can gain ECTS credits), professionals, activists as well as members of society. They are held by mentors who are experts on the three broad thematic areas chosen each year and examined in depth through participatory practices and a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellarte.
  • Connective Residency at Cittadellarte.




A 2-month educational residency program based on the relationship between participatory art practices and the socio-political transformation of society.


Duration:  September 17th - November 17th 2018


The residency offered through this joint grant (A. M. Qattan Foundation & Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto) includes:


  • Round trip travel from Palestine to Italy
  • 2 months’ stay at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto. (A single room is provided in an apartment shared with other international residents, inclusive of cleaning services, with use of shared studio space and workshop facilities.)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Taxi fares from airports to Biella
  • Expert visits, networking sessions, institutional visits and travel within northern Italy
  • Attendance at 2 weekly modules chosen by the selected artist
  • A small budget for project production translations
  • A per diem allowance


You are eligible to apply if (all the conditions below are met):


  • You are a resident of Palestine
  • You were born during, or after, 1982
  • You have not previously been the recipient of an overseas residency from the A. M. Qattan Foundation
  • You have a fluent knowledge of English.


Please note that the residency dates are fixed and no change can be accepted. Once the artist signs the agreement, it is mandatory to respect the given dates.



Selection Procedure:


A. M. Qattan Foundation will prepare an initial short-list of candidates, amongst whom the curatorial board at UNIDEE – University of Ideas will select one residency grant winner. Final results will be announced by Thursday, June 28th, 2018.



How to apply:


Please submit your applications to: cap@qattanfoundation.org


Subject line: QATTAN/UNIDEE application (your name).


Your email should be no more than 10 MB. If you are submitting more than one email, please number each email in the subject line as follows, for example: QATTAN/UNIDEE application (your name) 1 of 3 / 2 of 3 / 3 of 3, etc.


Deadline for submissions: May 31st 2018


Only digital submissions are accepted.


Please fill out (in English only) this application form by including your:


  • Basic / contact information;
  • Motivation letter, including a project proposal for this specific residency (up to 1000 words). In writing up your proposal, bear in mind that UNIDEE – University of Ideas values process and research based practices: thus, the project you are proposing at the time of your application is not binding and can be implemented while in residence if still relevant. Please also mention which weekly modules you would like to attend;
  • Artist statement;


Please attach to the e-mail:


  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Portfolio (PDF file, up to 8 MB) with a selection of relevant work, as images, texts, audio files, videos, URLs.


All material must be labelled with surname (family) name, followed by an underscore in the file name. For example: John Smith would label his submitted materials as Smith_(cv).pdf




First name:


Last name:




Date of birth:


Place of birth:














Motivation letter for this specific residency:


(The boxes will expand according to the size of the text inserted – up to 1000 words)





Artist’s statement:





I confirm the information in this application is correct. I have also submitted my C.V. and relevant documentation of my work, such as images, texts, articles, URLs, etc.


I am aware that UNIDEE – University of Ideas, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and A. M. Qattan Foundation will publish the names and projects of the successful applicants in various publications, such as on their websites, newsletters and annual reports.


If my application is successful, I agree to use the residency and grant provided in an appropriate and responsible manner.








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