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ART & ECOLOGY Workshop - Central Italy

23 Jul 2021 – 22 Sep 2021

Regular hours

Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Workshop fee paid by artist €1,410 for three weeks

€67 a per day covers: Private Accommodation /All meals & dinks /Specialist fees for 12 day workshops & lectures /Excursions /Local transportation

Studio Verde AIR

Avigliano Umbro
Umbria, Italy

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Three week Art & Ecology program - workshops led by specialists in botany, entomology and zoology in central Italy.

About

Apply by 29th July

Workshop: 1st Sept-22nd Sept 2021

This three-week program is open to emerging and established artists, curators, and researchers across a wide range of artistic practices. It offers artists an opportunity to be immersed in the Italian countryside with an emphasis on merging Art and science. Workshops by local specialists on ecology, introduction to animal monitoring, botany and entomology  will run at the beginning of the program for 12 days enabling artists to collaborate and integrate art and science after which the residency will be self-directed. Max two participating artists ​

Workshop fee paid by artist €470 per week *​

€67 a per day covers: Private Accommodation /All meals & dinks /Specialist fees for 12 day workshops & lectures /Excursions /Local transportation ​

*This is a brand new artist run residency and currently we do not have funding at this stage, however we are actively working on this to offer support for artists in the future and make this program more accessible. We can provide a letter of confirmation for selected artists to assist them in applications for funding. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

At the bottom of this page you will find a few funding and mobility resources.

Overview of 12 day Art & Ecology workshops and lectures: ​

Botany: (2x Days)​

General introduction of the Plantae Kingdom. Analysis of their evolution and adaptations needed for living outside an aqueous medium. Decentralised VS centralised system and strategies for a survival without moving. General ecology, plant succession as a tool for landscape reading.

Herbarium: Introduction to the main families of plants, how to collect specimens, how to identify them using dichotomous keys and how to mount the specimens in a herbarium.

(herbaria provided)

Shapes in Plants and their structures, correlation between form and function, focus on reproduction strategies and different ways for dispersion.

Field trip in the surrounding area trying to see the function behind the shapes of the different structures found.​​

Entomology: (5x days)​

Introduction to insects: what is an insect, what does it look like, how does it work (development: complete and incomplete metamorphosis), what do insects do, where do they live.

Insect classification: principal families of insects and how they differ. Insect morphology: observation of insect shapes and structures.

Observation of insect specimens through microscope and alive insects. Looking at insect “artefacts” (galls, galleries into wood, …).

Insect ecology: interaction between insects & plants, interaction among insects (predation and parasitisation).

Observation of insects in the wild, walks/hikes: what to look for, observing insects and interpreting signs of insect activity.

Learning about collecting and preserving insects. 

Setting a light trap for night observation.​

Zoology and conservation: (5x days)​

Introduction to the history of the area - agroforestry and tradition (olive harvesting, chestnut harvesting & hunting)

Principles of biology/ ecology.

Introduction to the local fauna.

Identifying tracks & signs of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.  

Workshop on wildlife photography.

Introduction to animal monitoring using Camera traps- Artists will be given a camera trap to use for the duration of their residency. ​​

THE SPECIALISTS

Edoardo Gesuelli

BOTANIST 

Edoardo was born in Mogliano, a little village in the Marche region of Italy. After living in New Zealand he developed a strong interest in Natural Sciences.

He graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Florence with a thesis in taxonomic and functional diversity of semi-natural dry grassland. Eduardo is currently researching for his masters in Nature’s management and conservation. He is an expert in Italian flora and will run the botany program. He has recently become an interpretative Nature Guide with the intention of creating a connection between academic knowledge and the general public.

RICCARDO MATTEA

Zoologist/conservationist 

Born in Italy, Riccardo graduated in Zoology and holds a master’s degree in Biodiversity conservation in England. Research has taken him to countries such as Peru, Ecuador and Uganda. His great passions are photography, Entomology and Herpetology. For years he has been practicing macro photography focusing on Reptiles, Amphibians and Insects. During the time in Studio Verde, Riccardo will be in charge of the ecology program, educating resident artists about the animals, environment, and how these interact with local communities. Ricardo is an environmental specialist and will guide you on hikes exploring local mountains and natural areas. 

Ignazio Graziosi
ENTOMOLAGIST 

Ignazio is an entomologist interested in insects damaging forests and crops, invasive species in general, and forest ecology. Born in Bologna, he graduated in forestry at the University of Florence, and obtained a PhD in entomology from the University of Kentucky (USA).

He has worked in North America, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. He seeks to understand the ecology of invasive insects and to use this knowledge to develop management strategies - including the use of natural enemies (biological control). He is interested in communication, to raise awareness about the life of insects, forest health and invasive species.

THE SPACE

Artists are provided a private double bedroom. They have full access to the communal house, library, kitchen, living room and patio. Currently maximum two artists at a time.

Artists have 24 access to the ground floor conservatory studio as well as the outside workshop space. There are trails that take you up to the mountains from the house and beautiful walks through medieval Italian villages and archaeological sites.

All meals will be provided (vegetarian-  collected from the garden or locally sourced)

Specific trips can be arranged depending on what projects the artists are developing.

The objective is to provide artists with a natural environment and enrich their experience, providing them with an introduction to the ecology of the area that will inform their practice.

HOW TO APPLY 

The deadline for application is JULY 29th. A complete application should contain the following:

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  • A brief letter (max 500) of motivation considering the location of Studio Verde

  • Artist statement, short biography and CV 

  • Link to portfolio / website / film

  • 5 images of examples of recent work 

Please email your application to studioverdeair@gmail.com

HOW TO GET HERE

BY PLANE:

Fly to Roma Fiumicino Airport – take the train to Orte – someone will be there to collect artist/s from the station 

OR

Fly to Roma Ciampino Airport– take a bus from the airport to metro station Anagnina –Metro A Anagnina to Termini train station - Train to Narni Amelia* -someone will collect artist/s from the station – an additional 30-minute drive to the house

*There is about a 15 min walk to the platform in Termini station

BY TRAIN: Take the train from Roma Termini to Narni Amelia and someone will collect artist/s from the station – an additional 30-minute drive to the house

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