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. 

Acme Studios' International Residencies Programme, London

An artist in an art studio
  Alistair Berg / Getty images 

Acme Studios' International Residencies Programme was established in 1972. Located in London, England, the residency encourages its artists to further develop their careers through networking and exchange.

Bridge Guard Art, Science Residence Centre, Slovakia

Bridge Guard Art, Science Residence Centre is located in Štúrovo, Slovakia, near the bridge which connects with Esztergom, Hungary. It was established in 2004.

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.

Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy

Civitella Ranieri Foundation was established in 1968. It is located in a 15th-century castle in Umbertide, Perugia, Italy and accepts visual artists, writers, and musicians. 

Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium

Frans Masereel Centrum was established in 1972 in Kasterlee, Belgium. This residency specializes in printmaking only.

Homesession Artist-in-Residence, Barcelona

Homesession Artist-in-Residence was established in 2007. It accommodates only one artist at a time. The residency is geared toward those who are working with site-specific installations of public and performance-based artworks.

Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Künstlerhaus Bethanien was established in 1974. In addition to its prestigious international artist residency program, guest curators work closely with the artists to realize art projects, symposia, performances, publications, and more. 

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten was established in 1870 by King Willem III. The artist residency has 55 studios and covers a period of two years. Artists are able to research, experiment, network, and establish their art careers.

Schloss Brollin International Art Research Location, Germany

Schloss Bröllin International Art Research Location was established in 1991 in Bröllin Germany in a 11th-century farm manor. The program is geared toward interdisciplinary art and experimentation.

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. 

Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland

Tyrone Guthrie Centre, located at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan Ireland, was established in 1981. It accepts visual artists, writers, composers, musicians, and dancers.