Villa R

Villa R

Open Call

Mar. 10, 2018
Deadline Apr. 15, 2018
Drawing, Film, Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Pain...
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Villa R

Villa R is an exclusive residency for artists, set in a meditative location in the city of Messina, Sicily.

The villa was designed in 1990 by the two owners, Iolanda Vacalebre and Nicola Rustica, whom have over the years used the villa for artistic and musical productions. 

Since April 2013, Iolanda and Nicola decided to offer most of the spaces of the villa for intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange with professionals (both foreign and Italian). These activities aim especially to the creation of new projects and artworks in a stimulating environment, in contact with other artists and with nature.

This is an exclusive opportunity to develop new ideas in a wide, beautiful and meditative location, far from the distracting vibes of the big city. The residence has wide space for artistic production of any size and media. 

Villa R offers a great view on the sea, valley and Eolie Islands. Artists have the possibility to work both in a light atelier of 80 square meters, with big windows, or outside with a space of about 2000 square meters, directly in contact with the earth, without limits of dimentions and media of work.

There is space to accomodate all artists in comfortable and spacious rooms (single or double). The distance from the villa to a very popular seaside is about 4km .The villa is on accessible distance from touristic destinations such as Milazzo, Taormina, Etna volcano and direct transports to Eolie Islands.

The cost of the residency for each artist is 300€ per week. Please note that for reasons related to space and comfort, if you are selected for a residency at Villa R and would like to bring someone to assist you during the creation process, or simply would like to come with your partner, the other person/people have to pay as much as each artist in residency. Therefore people that come along with selected artists, count as artists themselves.
Maximum number of artists per residency is 4.


– Giuditta R, director of Villa R, works as visual artist internationally

– Iolanda Vacalebre, sculptor, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Reggio Calabria and lead singer of ethno-world music band Isola

– Nicola Rustica, visual artist, painter and musician (guitarrist) at music band Isola.

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Next deadlines:

- 10th march 2018 – for applicants interested in april
- 15th april 2018 – for applicants interested in may and june
- 20th june 2018 – for applicants interested in september and october

It is possible to apply also for other periods of the year, we will eventually let you know when and if your request can be accepted!


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