The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center


The Bellagio Center is located on Lake Como, just outside the town of Bellagio, Italy. Bellagio arts & literary arts residencies are for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, multi-media and visual artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement, uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands. The Center typically offers one-month stays for three to five artists at a time. Artists of significant achievement from any country are welcome to apply.

Residency cohorts include artists, writers, practitioners, policymakers, scholars and scientists from around the world. Meals and informal presentations of work provide an opportunity for residents to engage with each other. During special dinners, residents also have the chance to interact with the participants of international conferences that are hosted in various buildings on the Center’s property. The combination of private time for work and informal gatherings is an important part of life at the Center.

Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency.

The Center also offers collaborative residencies for up to three persons working on the same project.

To apply and for more information please visit:

Residency Programme since: 1959
Description of Organisation:

A quiet setting for focused work. A place to connect with dynamic thought leaders from across the globe. A multi-sectoral community committed to solving the greatest challenges facing our world.

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center supports the Foundation’s mission through residencies and conference programs that align with the Foundation’s work to expand opportunities and to strengthen resilience for poor or vulnerable people. The Center has a record of major impact, from meetings that led to the Green Revolution and the Global AIDS vaccine initiative, to residencies that furthered Michael Ondaatje’s work on The English Patient and Bill T. Jones choreography. This legacy, the serene work environment on the shore of Lake Como in northern Italy, the diverse groups of people, and the promise of future achievements makes Bellagio an inspiring and productive forum for fostering positive change.

Organisation founded in: 1959
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Internet
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    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 organisation:
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Artists are expected to make a presentation about their work to others in residence at the Bellagio Center.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Street & Number: Contact Address (In USA): Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Committee Institute of International Education 809 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor
    Postal Code: 10017
    City: New York City
    Country long: United-States
    Contact Address (In USA): Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Committee Institute of International Education 809 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor
    New York City 10017 NY USA
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