About the program
The Amant Siena Residency is designed for outstanding mid-career professionals in the arts and the humanities. Residents are encouraged to focus on their practice while cultivating new directions in their work surrounded by a community of peers in a non-urban setting. Although the program is self-led, Amant provides ongoing support for the artists, while facilitating engagement between residents and organizing visits to local cultural sites and institutions. The residency is an integral part of the village of Chiusure and residents are encouraged to engage with visitors and the local community. They are asked to participate in open studios or other similar events during the course of the residency.
Artists reside in independent apartments located in the same complex as the studios. Each apartment is fully equipped and offers spectacular views of the landscape. There is a dedicated communal terrace and two garden spaces accessible to residents. The residency also provides the artists with a monthly stipend, return economy flights, airport transfers to Chiusure and Visa expenses.
Amant Siena Residency is situated in the geological area known as the Crete Senesi which refers to the clay sediments left behind from an ancient sea that submerged this area millions of years ago. The landscape is dramatic and varied. The venue of the residency is located in the hamlet of Chiusure, in the heart of the province of Siena. It sits on a hill overlooking the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, founded in the 14th century by Benedictine monks. The abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its early Renaissance frescoes by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma, is a short walk from the residencies.
Residents are selected through a process of nomination.
Each year, various renowned professionals from the arts and humanities are asked to recommend artists and researchers. These potential candidates are then invited to apply to the residency program.
Cedric Fauq, Curator, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Mark Godfrey, Curator, Tate Modern, London.
Quinn Latimer, poet and art critic, Basel.
Isabel de Naverán, Dance Advisor, Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Director of Serpentine Galleries, London.
Iheanyichukwu Onwuegbucha, Artistic Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos.
José Roca, Artistic Director FLORA ars+natura, Bogota and Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney.