Pietrafitta FR

Our Italian site is run by Paola Bernardelli and is located in the village of Pietrafitta FR, in central Italy, where she is originally from. Resident artists are hosted in Paola’s house in the village.

The Pietrafitta residency is aimed at artists and arts professionals who seek to retreat in a remote and rural environment. Due to the nature of the location, this residency is suitable for individuals willing to self direct and work in isolation. Artists and arts professionals of all disciplines and at any stages of their careers are welcome to apply.

Our resident artists to date:

2019  Sue Morris, Derry – Northern Ireland

2018  Sara Riel, Reykjavik – Iceland

2017  Irene Bindi, Winnipeg – Canada

2016  Mak9 collective, Belfast – Northern Ireland

2014  Theo Sims, Winnipeg – Canada


/// This location is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions ///

We run a yearly residency programme, usually in Spring or Autumn. The duration of the residency can vary from one to four weeks, depending on the artist’s requirements. This residency is self-funded by the artist; we can provide help in the funding application process and a letter of invitation in the case of artists wishing to apply for funding in their own countries. For detailed information and for requesting an application pack, please email us using the Contact Page.

Geographic context

Pietrafitta is a small rural village in central Italy, located in a valley nestled in the Apennine mountains. The Valle di Comino is dotted with villages and small towns, some of which dating back to Roman times. This residency provides a unique entry into a rural and remote area of Italy, off the beaten track and with a strong cultural identity steeped in centuries of tradition