Artist-in-Residence :

Mahler & LeWitt Studios Residency

in partnership with Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation

Residency: 14 August - 17 September, 2017

In partnership with the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, the Mahler & LeWitt Studios are offering an artist or curator of Indian citizenship, aged 35 or under, the opportunity of a five week residency in Spoleto, Umbria, Italy.

The Mahler & LeWitt Studios is established around the former studios of stone sculptor Anna Mahler, daughter of Gustav and Alma, and the seminal conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, who both lived permanently in the town for many years. The residency program provides a focussed and stimulating environment for artists and curators to develop new ways of working in dialogue with peers and the unique cultural heritage of the region.

The successful applicant, chosen through an open call, will be in residence alongside five other award winners, each with their own studio space and accommodation.


As well as the Anna Mahler and Sol LeWitt studios, which have a special and inspiring atmosphere of their own, Spoleto, a hilltop town an hour and a half north of Rome, boasts an impressive 20th Century art history owing to the famous Festival dei Due Mondi. The Spoletosfera, a geodesic dome built by Buckminster Fuller in 1967, stands near the gates of the old town and at the train station Alexander Calder built his largest stabile Teodelapio. Josef Beuys, Jasper Johns, Willem De Kooning, Lynn Chadwick, Henry Moore, Isamo Noguchi, Beverly Pepper, David Smith, Cy Twombly were all in their own time absorbed by Spoleto.

Spoleto’s Duomo boasts frescoes by Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio. As well as museums there are several important art history libraries and a rich array of architecture, especially Longobard and Roman. The formidable Ponte delle Torri, a vast aqueduct, was marvelled at by Goethe and painted by Turner. Within a short drive are Piero della Francesca frescoes in Arezzo and the important Giotto series in Assisi. Two of the most important centres of Italian ceramics, Deruta and Gubbio, are close by as are the key historical centres of the Etruscans and the Umbrii, Orvieto and Perugia respectively.

The Residency

The Mahler & LeWitt Studios residencies value personal space for creative reflection whilst also encouraging in-depth and dynamic working relationships to evolve between peers and an engagement with the region. A rich network of professionals - artists, gallerists, art historians and curators - in Umbria and internationally are brought together by the program. Each residency is facilitated in response to an individual’s needs and interests.

The responsive nature of the residencies, inspired by encounters within the town, Umbria or with other artists, tends to encourage experimentation. The Studios curator helps facilitate events or exhibitions, when appropriate, during the residencies. Further to this, informal weekly events are arranged for visiting artists with curators, writers, historians and artisans. Both visiting artists and locals may contribute to the program which has included film screenings, talks and workshops.

A public presentation - The Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency program concentrates on the process of research and development. However, at the end of the session each resident is asked to present their work (in progress) to a public audience. Previous presentations have taken the form of exhibitions, conversations, screenings, performances or workshops.

Documentation - As part of the process of evaluating the residency and reflecting on their work in Spoleto, each resident is asked to develop a contribution to an end-of-year Mahler & LeWitt Studios publication, made available online and in print. Previous contributions have included interviews with the curator, texts, original artworks or a combination of all three.


Selection of residents is predominantly made on the quality of the artistic work and its suitability for development in the context of a residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios. We recommend that applicants familiarise themselves with our previous projects and residencies, in order to understand the kind of work we might be able to facilitate. Information on our 2010 - 2014 projects can be found at annamahler.org, and for projects between 2015 - 2016 at mahler-lewitt. org. We recommend applicants read the ‘About’ sections on both websites.

The residency opportunity is for emerging and mid-career artists and curators. We are open to artists working in any media and are particularly interested in applicants who are exploring new ways of developing their practice.

The following criteria will be followed when the selection committee appoints a resident :

  • 1. The quality of the applicant’s creative work.
  • 2. The extent to which the applicant’s proposal reflects the Mahler & LeWitt Studios program and the opportunity this award offers.
  • 3. The potential for the award to have a significant impact on the applicant’s creative development.

We are interested in receiving proposals from applicants who can demonstrate a particular interest in visiting the Mahler & LeWitt Studios or Italy more generally, however applications which do not demonstrate this will be considered equally. We will look for candidates whose needs and interests are compatible with our facilities and expertise.

Successful applicants will be:

  • 1. Proficient English speakers. However, no prior knowledge of Italian is necessary
  • 2. Indian citizens
  • 3. Aged 35 or under


Open Call: 13 March - 17 April 2017 (Submissions deadline 24:00, G.M.T. 17 April)

The following information is required from applicants :

  • 1. A portfolio of work as a PDF attachment under 15mb. It should include recent work and contextualise this with reference to older work.
  • 2. A covering letter, up to 600 words in length, with a summary of the applicant’s practice and explaining why they are a suitable candidate for the residency.

Please email all applications to: info@mahler-lewitt.org

All applicants will be contacted via email by 30 April. Short-listed applicants will be invited to a Skype interview, scheduled for the first week of May. Short-listed applicants will then be contacted on 8 May with a final decision.

What the Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency offers

  • 1. Accommodation and studio space in the Mahler & LeWitt Studios complex for the five week residency.
  • 2. 24 hour access to studios.
  • 3. Curatorial support in the lead up to and during the residency. Including assistance in developing new work; critical feedback, sourcing materials and, where appropriate, facilitating public events and exhibitions.
  • 4. Administrative and pastoral support in the lead up to and during the residency.
  • 5. A program of excursions and meetings, tailored to each residents interests.

Direct Financial Support

  • 1. 30 euros per diem for living expenses and other amenities.
  • 2. A reasonable allowance for materials.
  • 3. Travel: Economy flights from India to Italy (Rome) with train transfers to Spoleto.

  • Important Information

    Visas and Travel Insurance - The successful applicant is responsible for organising their own visas and travel insurance; the Mahler & LeWitt Studios and INLAKS cannot cover these expenses.

    Waiver of Liability and General Release - All residents at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios are required to sign a waiver absolving the studios from responsibility of personal injury during the residencies.


For any enquiries please contact: Guy Robertson, Curator and Co-Director guy@mahler-lewitt.org. 0044 7735459614


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