A List of Artists Residencies and Art Communes in Europe
These locations are known for their thriving art scenes.
Artists, writers, composers, musicians, and dancers all need significant chunks of time to dedicate to their creativity. An artist residency provides the perfect environment for creative folk to sequester themselves for a month or even several months so they can devote time to their art. The purpose of an artist residency is to allow artists to create, so family members and friends are usually not permitted to stay.
Artists' residencies may specialize in certain areas, such as painting or performance. Some might be located in pastoral landscapes, or they might be situated in big city art centers. Despite their differences, the one thing they all share is providing uninterrupted time and space in which artists can create.
It's also important for the development of artists' careers to include international experience, so it's often necessary for artists to leave home and work abroad. This cross-cultural artist exchange strengthens both the local and international art communities and can inspire creativity.
These residencies are located in European cities that are known for their thriving art scenes—Berlin, London, Barcelona, Paris, and Amsterdam—and in a wide variety of countries, including Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Slovakia. English is the standard language spoken in most of them, however.
Many of the European artist residencies have reciprocity agreements with countries around the world. Contact your local arts council for further information on how to apply to overseas artists' residencies.
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
Cité Internationale des Arts was established in 1965 and is located in Paris. With its fantastic location, the residency has hosted over 18,000 artists over the years.
The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts' Artists Residency, Greece
The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts' Artists Residency was established in 2001. Visual artists such as ceramists, painters, printmakers, screen-printers, and sculptors can work as artists-in-residence on this scenic island for a period of two to four weeks.