Individual Residency Programme Italy OPEN CALL / APPLY NOW!



Residency periods are available between now and end of October 2024.
Minimum 2 week residency period.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed within two weeks of receipt of application.

The TAKING TIME / PRENDENDO TEMPO Individual Residency Programme is designed to support research, study and/or the development of new work.

Applications are open to creative practitioners such as visual artists, film makers, writers, performance artists, curators, designers, musicians, theatre-makers and researchers who work either individually or collaboratively. Individuals and groups are welcomed. Interdisciplinary applications from creatives who work across disciplines are encouraged.

Each individual residency provides uninterrupted periods of time with no expectation of a final outcome. Whether you wish simply to be up close to your practice, allow nature to suffuse your thinking and feeling, produce new work or complete a project The Museum of Loss and Renewal does its utmost to ensure that you can achieve what you set out to do. The impact of what residents do during a period in residence is of benefit to a multitude of communities and contexts across the globe, in what become e.g. exhibitions, publications, curated programmes, learning environments etc.

”The residency programme that just keeps giving”.
Maree Hensey, Ireland, 2024

“My residency was a transformative experience in a warm and supportive environment. Beautiful facilities were provided, and I was welcomed with genuine hospitality, a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Dedicated time for reflection allowed me to set a clear direction for my artistic practice, and the proactive guidance given exceeded my expectations.” Deborah Scott, USA, 2023

“It was wonderfully restorative in every sense. Such a perfect environment that you have created; the space, the library, studios, people and of course Collemacchia itself. I feel very privileged to have been there.” Fritha Langerman, South Africa, 2022

The Museum of Loss and Renewal supports residents by providing the conditions that are vital to their artistic development: creative freedom, and an uninterrupted period in a caring and curated environment within which to conduct self-directed in-depth focused research and practice.


– Time: to produce, reflect, explore, focus
– Individual practice
– International peer-group of fellow residents
– Interdisciplinarity
– Sharing
– No expectation of a final outcome
– Informal mentoring by The Museum of Loss and Renewal curator/s
– Excellent studio / working space and accommodation
– Library: art, design, architecture, curating, collecting, (art)writing, publishing, walking …
– Natural environment of exceptional significance, accessible from the doorstep
– Local amenities within walking distance
– Curator’s local knowledge; history and contemporary environment
– Introductions to relevant local and regional expertise, collections, sites
– Social media presence: updates during period in residence


The residency is situated in Collemacchia, a small village within Italy’s National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, a protected area of exceptional significance and beauty.

The area is sparsely populated by villages that are largely trilingual Italian-French-English due to the large community of Italian emigrants who continually move between European nations, Canada, Scotland and USA, stemming from economic migration dating from approx. 1850.

The village of Collemacchia has been home to Tracy Mackenna’s Italian family for centuries and strong links are fostered with the local community, which is highly supportive of the Residency Programmes.

Engagement with the natural world begins on The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s doorstep where the mountainous Apennine and Mainarde landscape offers an excellent environment for reflective practice.

The undisturbed and extensive terrain holds a rich and complex history visible in the area’s architecture, customs, agricultural lands and forests, all accessible via gentle, ancient pathways. Samnite and Roman habitation is strongly felt in the multitude of archaeological sites throughout the region.


Residents are accommodated in two comfortable houses situated a couple of minutes walk from each other. Houses have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, sitting rooms, and double, twin and single bedrooms (single use bedrooms can be allocated dependent on availability). Central heating and internet throughout. Cleaning before arrival and on departure is included in cost.


Studio spaces are located in buildings that are situated a couple of minutes walk from each other, and in/from accommodation. They are recently renovated and are equipped with multiple tables, chairs, lamps, running water and internet throughout.

Small hand and power tools are available. Residents should bring their own specialist machinery or equipment. Residents are responsible for their material supplies. Advice regarding delivery can be offered.

The Museum of Loss and Renewal has an excellent library with a focus on: art, design, architecture, curating, collecting, (art)writing, publishing, walking, literature …

Ample outdoor space is available around the buildings and in the village. The extensive network of ancient footpaths that connects villages and runs through the Apennine mountains starts at the residency accommodation and studios.


The residency fee is €450 per week, per person. The residency fee is heavily subsidised and additionally, residents receive support and informal mentoring during the residency period, and ongoing support after the residency.

The Residency Programme is operated on a cost-covering basis, and is financially supported by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in order to keep fees low. There is no external funding for this project, so assistance with fees, flights, production costs or other subsistence cannot be offered. Typically, artists source funding by applying to their national arts funding bodies, by personal fundraising, or through academic institutional support. Letters of Invitation can be provided to assist with this process.

A deposit of 50% will be required within three weeks of accepting a place on the residency programme (non-refundable). The remaining balance is payable eight weeks in advance of the residency start date (or earlier depending on period between acceptance and start date). In the event that cancellation is required, residents may cancel up to a minimum of six weeks prior to their residency start date. If a resident has to end the residency early due to personal circumstances, a refund will not be issued.

Residents are responsible for funding and organising their travel, insurances and any visa requirements particular to country of origin. Detailed travel information will be supplied (closest airports Naples, Rome), and collection/drop-off at a local train station / intercity bus stop can be arranged for residents (minimal cost).


Applicants should email one PDF document containing the following information to tracy@themuseumoflossandrenewal.life

Motivation: about your practice and why you wish to undertake a residency / 250 words max

Relevance: how the above relates to The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s focus / 200 words max

CV: education, recent work (i.e. exhibitions, performances, writing, publications etc.) / 1 x A4 max

Documentation: link to your website/online platform, or document of visual/textual/audio work (2 x A4 max)

Studio or desk space: indicate preference

Residency period: number of weeks (2 weeks minimum); state preferred month/s

Contact Info: email address, telephone (inc. country/area code)

Access: include information about any access requirements if applicable

Please title your PDF application doc: FULL NAME_TTRP2024

If you are more comfortable submitting an application in another format e.g. recorded audio, video or a combination of these or through a phone call or with the assistance of another person, please email tracy@themuseumoflossandrenewal.life

Applications are considered on a rolling basis

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks of receipt of application

Please note that feedback on unsuccessful applications cannot be provided


– Creative practitioners at any stage of their career
– Creative individuals, duos and partnerships
– Creative practitioners based in any country
– Partners/families and Guests of Residents can be accommodated, space dependent