Dentro La Terra


Dentro La Terra offers a residency programme where creators, writers, researchers and thinkers from various disciplines can stay for short or longer periods, depending on their needs and availability, either alone or as small collectives, to find the time, space and a serene atmosphere for their creation and to propose initiatives engaging local and global communities.

The residency programme is hosted in the village of Arielli (+/- 1,100 inhabitants) nestled in the Central-Italian region of Abruzzo, about 15 kilometers from both the Adriatic Sea and the foothills of the Majella mountain. Accomodation and work-spaces are situated in a palazzo, which was long owned by wealthy local landowners, with some parts dating back hundreds of years. Stretching out over three floors, it is surrounded by a large garden overlooking a forested valley, offering privacy and inspiration while being in the village center. It underwent an extensive renovation in 2018 and is now ready to welcome guests. It is called “Dentro la Terra” in honor of the colloquial expression used by the locals to refer to the historic center.

Resident(s) will be provided with a comfortable accomodation and a work space in the large venue. The residency is offered for a period of one month, but length can be adapted to the creative needs of the project proposed. Living costs and travel expenses are not covered by our programme, but the programme can seek sponsorships and support applications for scholarships or other forms of financial support.

The residency is self-run and will not follow a set programme. However, based on projects proposed and in agreement with the resident(s), the programme can include interactions with the host community and other cultural initiatives both at the global and local level. Expectations from residents is to complete the project proposed.

Selection of projects takes place on the basis of the priorities for each call and is undertaken by a committee that includes experts in the related field.

Residency Programme since: 2018
Description of Organisation: Dentro La Terra is the colloquial expression used to refer to the historic center of the small village of Arielli, situated in the Italian region of Abruzzo.

At Dentro La Terra we believe that it makes more sense than ever to plug local communities in global conversations and that – even if globalisation is often associated with the urban capitals of the world – it touches even the smallest village, opening doors, creating opportunities, and – increasingly so – raising apprehensions. We like to use the expression “”tutto il mondo ?? paese””.

The initiative is supported by a group of individuals and professionals. As part of this vision and efforts, an ancien palazzo, renovated in 2018, has been made available as a location to create unique opportunities for artistic and cultural growth, as well as for the regeneration of an ancient Italian village.

Organisation founded in: 2017
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Pescara, Rome
    How to reach by plane: Closest airports:* Pescara: Abruzzo International Airport (40 km) – Direct Ryanair flights from Belgium, Germany, Malta, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom* Rome: Ciampino Airport (240 km)* Rome: Fiumicino Airport (270 km)
    How to reach by train: Closest train stations:* Ortona (16 km)* Pescara (40 km)
    How to reach by car: Highway A14 Exit Ortona. Follow Ex SS 538 for about 10 Km towards Orsogna-Guardiagrele and exit towards Arielli.
    Street & Number: Vicolo Angelieri 2
    Postal Code: 66030
    City: Arielli
    Country long: Italy
    Vicolo Angelieri 2
    Arielli 66030 Italy
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