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BAU Institute: The Otranto Arts Residency 2013 Open Call

Apply now! The 2013 Arts Residency, in Otranto, Italy, is a 30 day program, June 1-30. Two week sessions for June 1–15 or June 15–30.

The Otranto Residency gives artists, writers, photographers and others, the time and space to create new work. It is a haven for creative rejuvenation and intensive focus in a community of peers. This ancient town attracts artists for its light, countryside, sea, architecture and its stratification of cultures since prehistory. As one Fellow stated, “A few weeks in Otranto re-charged my painting for a year”.

Fellows live within the walled city by the sea. They have individual studios in the legendary Castle of Otranto. Meetings are scheduled with visiting critics if desired. Public exhibition space can be arranged in advance. Fellows enjoy artisanal cuisine and guided excursions with a helpful staff always available. Residents are supported to work on their own terms with no requirements.

The Residency Includes:
• Support staff for orientation, translation and general assistance
• Furnished apartments for 1 to 3 people
• Individual studios in the Castle of Otranto
• Special group dinners
• Meetings with Visiting Critics
• Guided excursions to cultural sites and antiquities

Travel expenses are the responsibility of participants. Otranto is accessible by daily flights to Brindisi, and by train to Lecce and by bus to Otranto.

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To Apply:
Contact BAU Administrator Barbara Anglisz at

After initial contact and payment of the application fee, applicants are invited to submit their materials for review by a peer panel. The majority of applicants are self-funded. Deadlines are the first of each month beginning November 1, 2012, on-going until filled. All applicants are accepted based upon professionalism, compatibility and stated artistic intentions. A limited number of BAU funded grants are now available!

The deadline for fully funded grant applications is December 15, 2012.

Application Requirements
Visual Artists: six images of artwork (digital)
Writers: Short writing sample (5-10 pages, digital)
Time-based film or video or recording: DVD or link online.

Everyone Must Submit the Following:
1. Application fee of $40 or 35 €, payable to BAU Institute
2. Indicate if you are self-funded or a BAU grant applicant
3. Resume
4. Short statement of creative intentions
5. Contact information for 2 professional references
6. Passport style photo of applicant
7. Submissions emailed to
Follow up information may be requested.
Costs for June 2013
Application fee, $40 (35 €) required before materials submission
Residency for 4 weeks, 3500 €
Residency for 2 weeks, 1800 €
Non-Refundable Deposit, 600 € is due within 3 weeks of acceptance.

The balance is due within 30 days.
(Payment in US dollars is subject to current exchange rate.) Checks are payable to BAU Institute. PO Box 1076 NY, NY 10013 USA

For credit card payments, contact Barbara Anglisz:

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BAU Institute is a 501C(3) non-profit arts organization registered in New York. BAU is artist-run and depends upon generous donors and volunteers to support its mission.