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About the program

The Amant Residency Siena is designed for artists and researchers from all disciplines to focus on their practice. Residents are encouraged to cultivate new directions in their work surrounded by a community of peers in a non-urban setting. The program is self-led and we support dialogue with fellow residents, while facilitating engagement and visits to local artistic sites and cultural institutions.

Artists will 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 there are two garden spaces now under development. The residency is an integral part of the village and artists will be encouraged to engage with visitors and the local community.

The area surrounding Amant Siena is 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 Unesco Heritage site of the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore founded in the 14th century by Benedictine monks. The abbey, famous for its early Renaissance frescoes by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma, is a short walk from the residencies.

The Residency comprises:

  • Individual apartments in Chiusure and studios spaces.

  • Return economy flights and airport transfers to Chiusure.

  • Travel and visa expenses will be covered.

  • The residency is self-directed. There is limited technical support on site.

  • Assistance in accessing nearby sites and monuments will be provided during the stay.

  • The residents will be asked to do an open studio or other similar event during the course of the residency.

  • Residencies run from June to September 2020.

The next open call will be issued in November 2020.