The Museum of Loss and Renewal is delighted to offer a two week funded residency period in Collemacchia (Filignano), in the region of Molise, Italy. Our deepest gratitude goes to artist and naturopathic doctor Bonnie Star Marsh who has most generously provided part of the funding.

The village of Collemacchia has been home to the Italian family of The Museum of Loss and Renewal co-Curator Tracy Mackenna for centuries, and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen foster strong links with the local community which is highly supportive of the residency programmes.

A key aim in providing this residency period is to develop and nurture relationships between Scotland’s Orkney Islands and the region of Molise, Italy.

The recipient of the Orkney-Collemacchia Residency 2023 was Magdalena Choluj.

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

An individual residency provides an uninterrupted period 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 a resident does 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.

“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, 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.

The Museum of Loss and Renewal offers

– Local knowledge; specific to the history and current conditions of its environment
– Introductions to relevant local and regional expertise, collections, sites
– A critique of work in progress lead by The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s curator/s
– Personal profile on The Museum of Loss and Renewal website
– Social media presence: regular updates during period in residence


– Time: to produce, reflect, explore, focus
– Individual practice
– International peer-group of fellow residents
– Interdisciplinarity
– Sharing
– No expectation of a final outcome
– Excellent studio / working space
– Excellent accommodation
– Library on site: art, design, architecture, curating, collecting, (art)writing, publishing, walking …
– Natural environment of exceptional significance, accessible from the doorstep
– Local amenities within walking distance


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 emigrants who continually move between European nations, Canada 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 the curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal foster strong links 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 and 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 recently renovated, 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.


Studio spaces are located in buildings that are situated a couple of minutes walk from each other, and from accommodation. They are recently renovated and include indoor and outdoor making spaces, and desk space. Internet throughout.


This opportunity provides a two week funded period in residence (value €800) plus €230 towards the cost of travel. A Letter of Invitation can be provided to assist the successful applicant with applications for additional funding to e.g. national/regional funding bodies.

The selected resident is responsible for organising their travel, and insurances. 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.


Artists, archaeologists, craft makers, designers, musicians, writers etc. who live and work permanently in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK

Applications from two collaborators will be considered (sharing one room).