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ARTEMISTA Artist-in-Residency Programme

ARTEMISTA is a non-profit Cultural Association that deals with Theatre, Music, Social Projects and Environmental Awareness Education, immersed in the northern Italian rural communities of the Po Valley and surrounding wine growing hills of “OltrePo.”


ARTEMISTA was established in 2004 by artists from different disciplines - Music, Theatre, Photography and Visual Arts.


Our Association is located in the village of Spessa at the “Cascina Castello,” a farmhouse with adjacent buildings dating back to the XV century. We are near the Po river. Cascina Castello has been transformed into a Cultural Centre for artistic productions and various events, while maintaining some of its original farming activities.


Through its residency programme, ARTEMISTA selects individuals or groups (up to 20 people) with creative and original proposals twice a year. Thanks to the physical characteristics of our workplace, we aim to offer different opportunities to Artists-in-Residency:

  • research-based residencies

  • production-based residencies

  • interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial residencies


ARTEMISTA can provide spaces, and offer professional equipment, needed for producing a theatre or dance performance, recording an album, shooting a film, starting a publication, curating an exhibition, or writing a script.

Through the Residency Programme, residents are given the opportunity to live and work in the village of Spessa at “Cascina Castello.” Here they can develop their individual projects and immerse themselves in the region’s creative, rural atmosphere.



Artist-in-Residency Outcomes


All Artists-in-Residency are encouraged to share the work produced during their in-residency programme through a performance, exhibition, workshop, or open rehearsal for local audiences. NB. This is not a compulsory requirement.

Alternatively, a “work in progress” discussion session with feedback from other professionals, can be organized.

Artists-in-Residence should inform ARTEMISTA of their intentions at least one month in advance to allow for preparation of said events.



ARTEMISTA Cultural Association is immersed in the northern Italian rural communities of the Po Valley and surrounding wine growing hills of “Oltre Po,” specifically in the village of SPESSA, near the Po river.

Our Association comprehends “Cascina Castello” - a farmhouse, with adjacent buildings, dating back to the XV century.


Despite being part of the Lombardy Region’s rural reality, we are only one hour from the beating business and commercial heart of Italy – the city of Milan with all necessary modern amenities. (Milan Linate airport, Milan Malpensa airport, Central Rail Station, underground, motorways etc).


On a clear day one can enjoy a walk on the river Po levy and admire the Alpine mountain range to the north, the Oltre Po hills followed by the Apennines to the south, with a little mystic fog rising off the river to add romanticism to this unique view.



Accommodation Information 


ARTEMISTA Hostel and Arts Centre can offer various accommodation solutions, depending on your needs:


  • two double rooms (with bathroom)

  • one room with 3 beds (with bathroom)

  • three rooms with 4/6 beds (with bathroom)


There is a shared kitchen and dining/living area. Guests are kindly requested to take care of daily cleaning of communal spaces utilized.

Artists-in-Residence will also have access to outdoor areas, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi connection, bicycles for local travel, a weekly cleaning service and info-pack (sent prior to arrival).


Accommodation Capacity


ARTEMISTA “Cascina Castello” can accomodate:


  • 20 people from November to March

  • 10 people from July to September



Studio information


MULTIFUNCTIONAL ROOM (converted Granary, dating back to X century) 125 sqm. This studio has maintained its original flooring in terracotta tile and ceiling with wooden beams and cross beam. The studio can host different disciplines, visual arts, music, theatre and dance. NB Studio height has to be taken into consideration for jumps/acrobatics etc.


REHEARSAL STUDIO 96 sqm. This studio is suitable for THEATRE and DANCE. (8 m. x 12 m. H 5 m.) Ideal space for preparing new productions and/or organizing residential seminars.


RECORDING STUDIO - suitable for all kinds of compositions. When necessary the recording studio can utilize the Granary as an extended space for live recording. The Granary has extraordinary natural acoustics and can accommodate big ensembles and groups of musicians.


Technical Information

Studios come supplied with: dance carpets, theatrical lights with dimmer and control unit, sound system with speakers and mixer.


On Reservation: Recording Studio, fully equipped, for additional sessions Artists-in-Residence should require.


ARTEMISTA also has a workspace equipped with various craftsmen’s tools for woodwork and iron work, which can be utilized in preparation of scenery, props etc.



  • Internet connection

  • Electricity

  • Heating

  • Water



Paid by Artists-in-Residence


Artists-in-Residence are responsible for paying 300 euro per week for their participation in the programme.

Residencies are offered from a period of 2 weeks to 2 months.

ARTEMISTA requires a 40% deposit shortly after acceptance of Artist-in-Residence is received, in order to guarantee your place on the programme.

Full payment should be made one month prior to participants’ arrival. Payment via bank transfer.


As ARTEMISTA doesn't receive any public funding, the survival of our Cultural Association depends entirely on the success of our initiatives and activities.

A discount may be applied for long periods of stay (starting from 2 weeks) and for groups.

Prices and conditions may differ for long term co-housing and co-working projects.

Artists-in-Residence are responsible for their own travel expenses, food and personal working materials.

In case of additional use of the Recording Studio (on reservation), additional costs will be applied.


Application Guidelines


Please complete the Artist-in-Residence Application Form and send your application to:


Please attach an updated CV and portfolio (maximum ten works) to your application form.


NOTE: Please use Adobe Acrobat to access the Application Form file.

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